My boyfriend has been on Chantix for 5 months now and he's still smoking. He has been smoking less. Instead of 1 pack per day he is smoking between 4 and 7 per day. I don't think he has actually tried to quit during this experience but rather hope the drug will work miracle.. I can't tell him what to do but I'm worried about what happens after the end of the 6th month (his last pack of pills). He isn't even meeting with his doctor again until 4 months after that. How can he at minimum keep up just a few smokes a day after the treatment? Will he go right back to smoking a pack a day without the drug? Does he need to ween off of it somehow?
What if you still smoke on Chantix?
Question posted by tbug1 on 11 June 2011
Last updated on 3 April 2018
I myself have been taking Chantix now for 5 weeks. I had picked my quit date and planned on doing so but I lost my brother and found that I wasn't able to maintain for the first couple of weeks without a cigarette. But now I find that most of the time I don't think about smoking. There are times when I can't seem to stop myself. I'm sure you all know those times. When you first wake up and are having your morning coffee. In the car on the way to/from work. After you eat. And right before bed. I have 4 cigarettes a day now instead of 30 or so. It's a vast improvement. However, I have managed to cut out the cigarette in the car. My next step is to cut out another one this week. I'm hoping taking one at a time will make it easier. My doctor recommended that I take it for 3 months... I still have a month & half left.
If you smoke while on Chantix you may feel a little nauseated or sick on your stomach the first week but those feelings subside quickly. If you can work through that issue smoking while taking your Chantix won't make you ill anymore. The longer you take it you'll find the less you care about smoking. You smoke less & less while on the med as the Chantix builds up in your system. Before you know it you'll find you almost "forget" to smoke. The med will still make you quite if you smoke on the med because that's how it's designed to work. Good Luck!
Hello tbug. I believe and am fairly certain that once stopping the Chantix he will go back to his old habit. Chantix is to be taken as perscibed. I took nicorette gum and had to ween myself off the gum because I was still receiving my nicotine fix. It has been 3 years for me and still not smoking (I also have COPD) because of a life time of smoking. Best of wishes to you both, pledge
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