User Reviews for Champix to treat Smoking Cessation
Champix has an average rating of 8.7 out of 10 from a total of 346 ratings for the treatment of Smoking Cessation. 84% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 8% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Champix
"I smoked for 40 years & had never really tried to stop, but as I was getting older & becoming more health conscious I thought I really need to try & give up the cigarettes. I started with the champix, set my date & off I went, almost 6 years later I am a non smoker & even detest the smell of it. I had no side effects what so ever, I love not being a slave to smoking anymore."
"I began taking Champix a couple of months ago. The side effects are pretty grim. I felt nauseous most days, struggled to concentrate at work, exhausted by 7pm, then experienced some very vivid & bizarre nightmares. I persevered with it though because I was determined to stop this time and knew people who'd successfully stopped using it. I stopped smoking on day 10 (after vomiting with my last cigarette) and haven't smoked since. I honestly can't believe how effective it's been. I spoke to my doctor about stopping it early because I was sure I no longer needed them, he said it was entirely up to myself and everyone was different. I took my last tablet on day 35. I have now been smoke free for around 8 weeks and feel great for it. I just wish I'd done this years ago instead of wasting time and money on patches/vaping/hypnotherapy(!)/inhalators etc. I have been a heavy smoker of tobacco and weed for 20 years and if I can stop, honestly, anyone can!!"
"After 40 years of smoking, and numerous attempts to quit using all different patches gum etc. I even paid a fortune for Hypnosis but no good. I read about Champix and was keen to try it. Within 3 months I was a non smoker. I had read that there were some side effects but I had none whatsoever. With champix I had virtually no cravings , Sometimes I still felt that something was missing (that would have been the stinky fag in my hand) but that was just habit and that was the easiest bit to change. 8 years later and I still cannot believe how easily I found it. Thank you Champix and whoever invented you X"
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"Now then, I was taking champix for 5 months and totally smoke free and I'm glad to say I've not smoked for a further two months without the drug and feel great. The thought of smoking again is not an option plus I've got a jar of money totalling nearly £3.5k... makes you think."
"I only completed the starter pack, so 4 weeks of champix. Been smoke free for a month. Champix works but my side affects included vivid dreams , irritation to annoying people, and some cloudy thinking. Still worth it I feel great now, deep breathing gets me through any urges and just feels good to be able to take deep breaths without coughing. Good luck everyone, you've got this."
"I smoked about 20 per day for over 5 years, tried quitting numerous times. Gum - didn't work, nictotine spray - hiccups, e-cig - did nothing for me, patches - carried on smoking anyway. My quit nurse recommended Champix, I took it for a week and continued smoking as recommended, then the day came - I finished a packet and simply didn't want to buy another, no cravings or anything. No side effects for me whilst taking it. By around 3 weeks later the smell of cigarettes repulsed me, I stopped taking the champix and haven't had a single cigarette since, now about 2 years."
"I have been smoking for 50 years .15-20 a day now I'm 70 I decided to quite. On Champix for 3 weeks and I'm down to 2 a day for the last week. WOW!! As I live in Australia ( The most expensive country in the world for ciggys its eating into my pension. It is $25 per a pack of 20 !! Now I keep a big jar and put in the amount of money I would have spent on ciggys and see it grow. I'll be able to go on holiday after 1 year. Side effects include colorful dreams and slight nausea. No interest in the taste just the habit of having a beer and a ciggy. No more standing outside a pub in the rain feeling like a leper."
"I was advised that champix is a 3 month course to stop smoking but I could only stand 3 weeks, I felt weak, tired and nauseous the whole time. I can honestly say that I have never felt close to as bad as Champix made me feel. Before champix I was also drinking a bottle of 5% wine most evenings, my tolerance is low and I was tired of feeling groggy in the morning and the compulsion to drink. Champix turned me off alcohol before cigs, within 10 days I wasn’t smoking or drinking and it’s been 3 1/2 yrs now since I had a cig and I can count on one hand the no of times I have drank alcohol and it has been a very small amount in celebration of something like New Year. I have pre existing high blood pressure but since stopping smoking my meds have halved. Post Champix I lost 3 stone in weight. I no longer worry about not seeing my kids moving through adulthood with all the milestones that brings. Champix saved my health, my bank balance and most importantly my future with my kids. I can not recommend this medication highly enough."
"Two weeks taking Champix and I haven’t had a cigarette since day 3. It says to keep smoking until week 2 but I had no desire and the last few cigarettes I had weren’t enjoyable at all. I used to smoke anywhere between 10-30 per day but now I’m finally free. I have no cravings at all, actually zero. Last night I had a couple of wines (alcohol is what I have been most worried about) and felt a mild pang but it was fine! I’ve also listened to Alan Carr’s - Easy Way To Quit Smoking (audiobook) a number of times which addresses the psychological aspects and compliments the Champix perfectly. It changed my mindset from dreading this process to actually enjoying it. This time I know I’m quit for good. Thank you Pfizer and Alan Carr you glorious bast**rds!"
"I have been a smoker for 30 odd years about 12 a day. I have had multiple attempts at quitting over the years but always started up again. I know a few people that had quit for good using Champix so thought I would try it. Well all I can say is WOW!! I am on day 23 taking Champix and have not wanted to smoke since day 10. During the first week I noticed that I could only smoke half a cigarette and only smoking about 5 a day. Then on day 10 I woke up not even wanting to smoke. Feels like a miracle. I am finally free and know that it will be life long. The only side effect for me, was a bit of nausea but found that taking it straight after brekky and dinner worked well. Give it a go and good luck "
"Hi guys, I'm on week 10 of the tablets now and oh my what a great result its been! I gave up smoking on just day 8 of taking champix and have not had a cig or cravings since! I had tried all sorts before finally giving in to seek help from my GP. I'm glad I did otherwise I wouldn't be where I am today. Every time I walk past someone smoking or someone is stood next to me smoking the smell makes me feel sick? Anyone else get that? Good luck guys and gals here's to a smoke free future."
"Hi I smoke for 35 years 40 a day tryed patches for 3 months went back smoking tryed vaping went back smoking so I thought I would try champix I stopped smoking one day before my stop date I did feel nauseous but fought my way though. The dreams are not bad some of mine were funny "
"Used Champix to stop smoking after 40 years. I think this is a miracle drug and is underused. My doctor did not tell me about this drug - it was my pharmacist that suggested it. So I asked the doctor to give me a prescription. Within 3 weeks I was smoke free and it happened almost without me realizing it. I would light up a cigarette have a puff and suddenly think, "I really don't want this" so would put it out. I've noticed that some people have said that they still got the urge but I don't believe that the "urge" was due to nicotine but just the "habit" of "lighting up". Champix can also be used to treat alcoholism, heroin, opioid & cocaine addictions!!!! I know there are side effects but all medications have side effects. I have many smokers say that they can't use Champix because they are afraid of the side affects. I then ask them what side effects does smoking have? Thank heavens for Champix!!!!"
"Day 8 on Champix. I've smoked for 22 years. For the past year now my smoking has increased from smoking all the years 6-7 per day to double the amount. Side affects: slight nausea after taking pill last around 5-10min.I don't eat breakfast so I just take it with a large glass of water. Bad Constipation, bloating, takes me ages to fall asleep at night and wake up constantly. No bad dreams. I'm eating more and feel hungry all the time. I'm now at the point where I don't go out first thing upon waking in the morning with my coffee to smoke. I love my red wine and I have found that I don't even feel like having wine or drinking since a couple days ago! I can only really smoke half a cig then I have to stub it out. Champix works by slowly reducing my crave to smoke. Each day especially since starting the 1mg twice daily I'm not thinking of smoking and today I only had 3 which is already a big achievement for me. The best thing I've done for myself and my family."
"Been on Champix 12 days now and not smoked for 9 days, since taking the two a day I have had a feeling of nausea in the mornings, that lasts for about and hour and easily managed by sipping water! I have zero cravings or desire to smoke I cannot believe how quickly this has worked for me, I have more vivid dreams but not nightmares. It has been brilliant for me, although I only smoked 8 a day I have tried countless times to quit cold turkey and it has never worked! So far so good I have no intention to return to the cigarettes!"
"After 45 years of smoking a pack a day plus I decided to try Champix. This is my first serious attempt to quit smoking. I continued smoking during weeks one to five however the number of cigarettes I smoked tapered off drastically. I am now in week seven and am eighteen days smoke free. I will be honest, it is a battle for me since I enjoy my cigarettes. I've almost given up a few times due to cravings and the fact that I am cranky as heck. (I'm chalking the crankiness up to the lack of nicotine in my system) But I haven't caved in yet nor do I plan to. As for the 'side effects' - my dreams are vivid but interesting. I take this medication with food and the recommended full glass of water so I do not feel any nausea. The cravings, well, there's bound to be some. Make sure to have lots of gum or mints on hand! Honestly though, I would recommend Champix to anyone who wants to quit smoking."
"Prescribed by my doctor. Took champix for 3 weeks. Please go online and read stories of suicide, violence, aggression, mood swings and amnesia. The last day I took Champix I woke in a police cell the next morning not knowing why I was there (total amnesia). Over a nine hour period I had became violent and abusive and even took to driving my car. Champix should be banned. Before you use Champix please do your own research. The web is full people and their stories of how this drug has ruined lives and people’s mental health"
"I was a smoker for 65 years. I was a long distance truck driver so occasionally I would smoke 2 or 3 large packs a day. I enjoyed smoking for the most part and worked out quite a few problems smoking a cigarette. Finally for health reasons I was talked into quitting. Through the years I had tried the patch, other types of pills, and acupuncture but nothing worked. I started champix and within 3 weeks the sensations started to fade. Now 8 months smoke free it doesn't bother me sitting with my wife or friends while they smoke. I have no urges or desires to light up. Thank you champix and as soon as we can afford my wife is going to start the system she is so impressed with me."
"I used to smoke 2-3 packs a day, I'd have a 15 minute break at work and smoke 3-4 cigarettes in 15 minutes, 10-15 in half an hour, I decided to start champix after my dad passed away due to cancer (unrelated), day 1 of champix I was smoking 46 cigarettes a day, day 2 was similar, day 3 I suddenly didn't want to smoke as much and dropped to 11, day 4 I had 9, day 5 I had 3 and day 7 I had to force myself to smoke 1, day 8 was my first day of being smoke free and it felt like the easiest thing I've ever done in my life thanks to champix, I continued the medication for 2 more months and then quit taking the medication as I did not feel like I needed it anymore, I have now been smoke free for 2 years, because of champix it was the easiest thing"
"I stopped smoking after only about 12 days on champix. The only problem was as soon as a doubled the dose As instructed i developed heart arthymia, chest pains, a pain attack leaving me in hospital, and now 6 weeks on I'm paying 1000 for urgent private cardiac assessments to try and save my job, my house, my llife. Finally, symptoms seem to be subsiding a little after 6-7 weeks. Be v v careful people. My advice is stick to half dose ie one in morning, one at night."
"Hi everyone I have smoked on and off for 10 years, I must say that I have completely tried almost everything, so one day I searched the net to see if there's a tablet for stop smoking, and wow I came across this champix. So I researched it, then went online doctor for a assessment, which I payed £35.00 for the starter pack, I took for 7 days and that was it, no more smoking, now back to my gyming. Honestly really is a bad habit and it's powerful, and those who do not smoke wouldn't understand how hard it is . I work for the NHS. Thanks for reading."
"Have tried to give up smoking in the past with other methods always returned to the fags. However, had a health issue that basically said give up or that will be your life over so had to give champix a go. My husband also is trying to give up in support of me. I smoked for 40 + years so a big habit to quit. I have found the champix a challenge to be honest, its the nausea and fatigue but also I have started a shed load of other medication too, so could be these as well. My husband has no side effects at all now, he had a bit of restlessness at night, I have sleepless nights but dreams have stopped, we are both on day 28. I haven't smoked for 14 days, my husband has had one roll up a day for 14 days but I still think this is amazing. Reading tips on this forum I will try to take morning tablet with milk and evening one after dinner to see if this helps reduce nausea. I will continue taking the champix as although I crave a cigarette and feel a bit flat this is the best its ever been without nicotine."
"Smoked for 50 years. Last 20 years 2-3 packs a day and lots and lots of alcohol. I came to a mindset that I needed to stop. Took me a month and a half of champix everyday and I've knitted a scarf that would go around the world. Had a couple of very vivid dreams, not scary. Learned very quickly to eat a good balanced meal before taking champix, to keep nausea away. Drank lots of water and still do everyday. For the first time in over 3 decades I have a clear head, feel good and confident that I can make good decisions. Now I am at a stage of getting more motion into my days. I truly was amazed how stopping smoking and no drinking went hand in hand, and my healthy food choices all work and I feel GREAT."
"Champix WORKS!! have been a chronic smoker for 28 years, tobacco and skunk marijuana. My teeth started to fall out through smoking at about age 24, I knew smoking meant I would have a short life or worse let me live with something horrific, the nightmares I had were horrible and absolutely real. I woke and wondered if what I dreamed was actually real, thank God not, such weird stuff , sometimes I thought how could my brain actually come up with these things? Having said that nothing else has ever worked for me. Don’t underestimate the struggle that you are going through, it’s not for everyone, for me it’s the only thing that works, give yourself time, relax, it will get better, I’m starting to deal with the nightmares they get easier and don’t last, you're doing the best thing in your life ever!! I would also say if it causes so much stress don’t be afraid to seek an alternative course of treatment, God bless you and good luck!!"
"I was coming up to 60 years old after been a heavy smoker since I was 16 years old. I have previously tried everything to quit for the last 20 years with no success I was diagnosed with COPD ten years ago so I tried Champix on a course recommended by my GP. I cut down and totally quit after two months that was 2 years ago still occasionally fancy a cigarette but they have worked well my only side effects was lucid dreams but they soon stopped after I finished the course. Try them if you're serious about quitting nothing else worked for me highly recommended"
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