I started Chantix about 21/2 months ago, I have to take 1/2 pill 4 times a day to avoid horrible side effects. I am still smoking about 4-5 cigarettes a day and cannot get past that. It seems to be not as effective.
Chantix is not magic. It wont MAKE you stop smoking. It only helps to reduce cravings. For Chantix to work, you have to pick a date to quit, usually about 5 days after starting the medication. It is still not an easy venture and will still take effort on your part. You have to really WANT to quit and you have to push yourself through the cravings. Chew gum, take a walk, do SOMETHING to distract from the cravings. It can help to enlist someone close to you to help you past the cravings. I quit cold turkey over 25 years ago and there were times I almost had to sit on my hands to keep them from reaching for a cigarette! You have to REALLY want it and it takes hard work. Chantix is only a tool-it wont do the work for you! A craving is generally passed in about 15 minutes. At first cravings will come often then, in time, they come less often and get easier to get through and one day they will just be fleeting and easily repressed. It takes about 4-6 weeks to get past the worst of it.
Once other peoples smoke begins to stink rather than make you want to smoke, you are on your way! It CAN be done but not without effort on your part. If the Chantix gives you too many side effects, make up your mind to do it without. If you give in to a craving, get right back to trying to push through them but keep in mind, every time you give in, you set yourself back so you have to tell yourself this each time a craving hits-"do I want to undo all the good I have done so far? NO!!" I used to smoke a pack to a pack and a half per day for several years and I was able to quit and if I can do it, so can you!
Hey there Yrusmkg. Chantix gets rid of the physical craving but not the mental habit craving. For me the hardest times were right after eating & when I got in the car. So I bought a vapor pen with nicotine free liquid & I used that for the 1st few months when I felt those nasty persistent mental cravings. After about 3-4 months i slowly cut out the vapor pen as well which wasn't hard at all. Maybe this could help you too. Just make sure to use the nicotine free. Good luck!
DzooBaby is right: you have to WANT to quit and then DO it. It's not a miracle drug. Get past that first day, then the next and it does get easier. I quit once on Chantix using the method that many of the people out here seem employ (but hopefully do not advocate). That is, I smoked throughout the dosage (albeit less than a half pack a day), meaning that I NEVER QUIT! Well, not this time. I'm taking it as perscribed and went from 17 cigarettes on day 7 to 0 on day 8. It wasn't easy but made much easier with the medication and each day has been easier. Now whenever I think of having one I say aloud "Cigarette!" (instead of having one) and keep count of those instances. It helps me recognize situations and other triggers because it is mental, not physica,l at this stage. To me, it's always been more so about the mechanics and ritual than it has been about the nicotine. There is no pill that addresses those issues. But like the Beatles said, "It's getting better all the time".
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