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Hello for the first time and congratulations to all getting this far!!:cool: :cool:
I stumbled across this place while researching side-effects for Chantix and glad I did. I'm 25 days of taking it, and this is day 18 of no smokes. :dizzy:
I can truly appreciate the spirit and verve of you all in not only getting over this horrible addiction, but in transcending the 'quit experience' itself! I'm pulling for you all as much as you pull for every stranger that wanders in here.
I don't always know if the weirdnesses I'm experiencing are the giving up of the drug and habit or another undocumented side effect of Chantix. Regardless, in the pages I've read back, I see you all have had to carry your own 'cross' on this, and I'm determined to as well.
33 years of 2 plus packs a day, and I cannot believe how much I actually think of it in past tense! In my own experience to now, it is not like I really want a smoke, but that in any given instant, I don't want to feel ':eek: like this'.
I've made it to 'day 21' before on patch, wellbutrin, and the American Lung Association programs, but in each had major sleep deprivation, where it was easier to start again than to quietly (or not so quietly) go mad.
When this issue cropped up again, my Dr. started my on Ambien, but even the controlled release only keep me out for about 4-5 hours. :/ Hopefully, this will keep my will up better than in the past.
I wanted to thank everyone once again, for the good will illustrated and spread here, as we also profit from it that merely read and lurk. I'm not always certain lately (in this quit experience) that what I am saying is truly what I mean, but I hope y'all get the drift.
I just know that this time my mantra has been 'Smoking is no longer an option', and I know it in my soul.
Now, how long until my body gets convinced???;)
I know it will work out as there are a whole bunch out there who've walked this path before. The thing that will keep me quit will be that I never want to have to walk it again!!
You all take care, and I'm sure we'll be chattin'. :)

Best Regards,
DeadFish
Deadfish,
Welcome to you!!
18 days smokefree.....wonderful accomplishment!!
What weirdness are you talking about? How are you feeling?

Here are the most common Chantix side effects:
headache, sleep problems, insomnia, unusual dreams, nausea, stomach pain, indigestion, vomiting, constipation, gas, weakness, tired feeling, increased appitite, unpleasant taste in your mouth.

And here are the most common nictoine withdrawal symptoms:
irritability, mood swings, restlessness, insomnia,
fatigue, inability to concentrate, sore throat, cough,
congestion, headache, increased appetite,
constipation, gas, stomach pain
dry mouth, sore tongue/gums, postnasal drip
tightness in the chest

I love that you found my favorite saying: Smoking is no longer an option!
It works, doesn't it? You keep telling yourself that.

Good Luck to you and please stop back and let us know how you are doing. Keep us updated on your progress to becoming a non smoker.

Memaw
Deadfish - I think your quit is terrific and attitude exceptional! I think a whole bunch of the side effects are directly related to quitting. I've been off of chantix now for about two months and some days I can't sleep well or feel light headed, etc. I honestly think it's just our bodies repairing itself and things beginning to work. Dunno what to do with all this extra oxygen!!
Paula,
They do say that laughter is the best medicine. If that is one of the side effects, that's a new one to me. If anyone says anything to you about it, just tell them it is and then laugh really hard.
Sorry your day wasn't so good. Some days will be like that. Your body has gone through and is still going through some major changes. Just accept that not every day will be easy. But in the long run, it will get easier!

Keep up the good work!!

Memaw
Wowwee, you folks rock!!
Many appreciations for welcome, suggestions and good will shared to me.
I've just read through all the other threads hit on since I was here last and there is some great stuff here. I wish that more folks that contemplate quitting could find this place easier and realize that there were good folks pulling for them in very real ways.
I'm gonna try and comment on a few things here, as long as my concentration holds up. This has been a very real issue for me that has been driving me nuts. It is one thing to not have your mind working 100% when you are used to it, but entirely another to KNOW it and not be able to do much about it other than hope that that clears up. I've made some brutal errors in judgement the last few weeks that I personally find embarassing and out of character to my past, but....:confused: "One step after the other" is all I can do sometimes and hope none of it is so dramatic that I cause any major hurt. And here is the 'kicker', that maybe I've always been this way and never slowed down to notice. (You know, us 'quitters' have all this extra time now! ;) )
Paula, your comment about 'giddiness' is a case in point that I find in myself a certain lack of stability that I attribute either to the 'quit' or the Chantix, or a combination. I have to say, Kevin's comment to me that included how everything was paired to a smoke while building a salad...cracked me up almost to tears! Likewise somethings bring me to tears easier.
I don't mind either extreme, when real, but hope I feel more secure 'down the road' about the genuine nature of my feelings.
Appreciate the list of side effects Memaw! The feeling in my chest was/is worrying me, but ultimately I'm a 'poster-child' for most of those lists! Throw in the occassional diarea and the double dose of gas as both the Chantix and withdrawal bring out, and you can figure out I have problems at *both* ends on a regular irritating basis. :eek:
I have to admit, the 'unusual dreams' have been one of the better parts of the ordeal. Besides great adventures, I've had interludes with a lot of friends and family in them some years passed away that helped me smile as I wake to a new day...:angel:
Um, more side effects, itching! Was reading someone's long-term quit notice that dry skin got better. Maybe I'm just being neurotic like my Labrador when he doesn't get to run enough, but I gotta get THERE!
I've never had much appetite oddly and this hasn't changed, but I make myself eat regularly, including breakfast to ease the bounce of the first dose of Chantix. Other dose is taken with supper, even if not 12 hours apart. Can appreciate those that don"t like the tummyache from this stuff!
And if this fun weren't enough, I've broken a molar grinding my teeth the 2nd week and need another crown:(
But STILL it is worth it!!!
Oh yeah, you know I was thinking about the 'side effects' thing that can be more than withdrawal from nicotine or the Chantix. When I tried the nicotine patch, it was NEVER (for me) the same as the 'buzz' I got from a smoke. Given things said in some of the anti-smoking 'propaganda' I had read in the past when they mention all the OTHER chemicals released in a cigarette, I'm sure a lot of us miss them to, even if we can't spell them. ;)
Ayup, I still feel a desire every day, and every day, I've gotten past it. I wish I had a nickle for every time I thought about going and buying some, but don't. I guess I ought to put those nickels in the jar of savings from not buying smokes, eh?
Bought my 2nd month's worth of Chantix, tomorrow is day 21; and I'm gonna set a new world record for how long I've ever gone without burning one!
:blob_fire
Thanks for giving me a place to rant, and the comfortable feeling that I can.
I'm sure I'll do some more soon.

Hang in there everybody!! You long-termers out there that keep coming back and helping us all out are incredible. You other short-termers out there and the folks just thinking 'bout it are looking at perhaps one of the bravest things you have ever done!

The fresh air smells GREAT!!

Best Regards,
DeadFish
[QUOTE=Memaw649;2806148]Paula,
They do say that laughter is the best medicine. If that is one of the side effects, that's a new one to me. If anyone says anything to you about it, just tell them it is and then laugh really hard.
Sorry your day wasn't so good. Some days will be like that. Your body has gone through and is still going through some major changes. Just accept that not every day will be easy. But in the long run, it will get easier!

Keep up the good work!!

Memaw[/QUOTE]

Thanks Memaw! I don't know what it is but it's certainly a boost in my day! I did survive the w/e. I even went out with friends and drank and although I 'was' the only smoker I thought I'd be going up a tree wanting one but surprisingly I wasn't. I almost didn't go but decided sooner or later I'll face that situation and I read (The Easy Way to Quit Smoking) it's better to face these situations sooner---that way whatever comes up in the future, you know you made it through what normally would be a 'tough' time.
wailana,
How long has it been now? Is the Chantix working okay for you? Any side effects that you can't handle very well? It's funny, but smoking didn't seem to bother my taste buds. Food taste about the same to me....GOOD. It's either that or all those years of smoking has totally ruined my taste buds. My sense of smell still hasn't returned. I've been told it may never return to normal. I may have done too much damage to it.
Good Luck to you!! Seems you're doing very good with your quit!

Memaw
[QUOTE=Memaw649;2809783]wailana,
How long has it been now? Is the Chantix working okay for you? Any side effects that you can't handle very well? It's funny, but smoking didn't seem to bother my taste buds. Food taste about the same to me....GOOD. It's either that or all those years of smoking has totally ruined my taste buds. My sense of smell still hasn't returned. I've been told it may never return to normal. I may have done too much damage to it.
Good Luck to you!! Seems you're doing very good with your quit!

Memaw[/QUOTE]

[FONT="Georgia"][SIZE="4"][COLOR="Navy"]Aloha Memaw! Actually, I'm not on Chantix. I started with Wellbutrin/Zyban and stopped taking the medication about 5 days after taking it. Wellbutrin/Zyban made me too anxious (I'm already an anxious person). It did help me not wanting to smoke. Right now it's been 12 days of smoke free...yippee! I have my cravings here and there. The craving come and go. There are times I think, "How about one?" Then I shrug it off. I've been feeling nauseous right before I sleep. Not sure whether that's part of the withdrawals. After I stopped taking the Wellbutrin, I was constipated for days and also bloated. Right now, I'm still in a brain fog and very tired. Lately, I have been craving some sweet stuff, especially peanut butter cookies and ice cream.

Thanks for checking in on me, Memaw, I really appreciate it.;) [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]





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