I have been taking Chantix since the first week of Dec. 2013. It is now 3/28/14. I have asked my 2 of my drs. (I have several health issues and am on a lot of other meds. ) how long I should take it for? I put up with the nausea, bad dreams and anxiety strictly because I want to quit so badly. It took me a few wks. to stop smoking completely once starting Chantix, but within a month, I started to feel the urge subside. In particularly stressful situations, I may have cheated with one here and there but they started to make me sick when I smoked them. Now at the end of the 4th month, I haven't been smoking at all, but my PCP says I should stay on Chantix for 6 mos. While my psychiatrist wants to take me off because of my anxiety issues and other side effects. I want to get off of Chantix, but I don't want to stop too early and relapse. Also, I am concerned about withdrawals from Chantix . Anyone have any experience with that? Thank you in advance for any input you may have.
Hello Annemarie49. 1st let me say Congrats on quitting & making it this far!! The side effects are definitely uncomfortable I know. All the literature points towards longer use of chantix to prevent relapse however in some instances a shorter therapy is recommended. Your situation sounds like it maybe 1 of those. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. My advice to you is talk with both your Drs & see if there's a middle ground for continued chantix use but more importantly look at your psychiatrists reasons for wanting you off. Talk about that with your regular Dr as well & make sure that what ever choice you make with your Drs is what's safest & healthiest for you mentally & physically. If Chantix use is compromising your health in other ways than its not worth the risk. Also see if you can find a support group in your area for ppl quitting smoking. That way once you quit the chantix you can use the support group for an alternative & have the support you need to continue being cigarette free. Ultimately my advise says talk with both your Drs try & find a middle ground that's healthiest for you & quit the chantix the way the drs advise & continue following thru as the Drs order. Good luck
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