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[QUOTE=jguthrie20151;3268865]Today is my 3 month mark. I was on Chantix for 2 months of it. I hate to say that the last month has been total hell. Not from wanting to smoke. That habit is gone. But from the Chantix withdrawal.

The hell includes anxiety, irritability, confusion, fogginess, etc. It is to the point that I am starting to explode with a temper at some of the stupidest things. Things that I would laugh off now send me into a torrent.

I believe it is Chantix withdrawal because I had about a half a dozen pills left over from when I forgot to take them. I have been back on them for 2 days now and already notice a major difference. My 'good mood' is back and I am able to laugh at life again.

Keep in mind, I believe I was the first experience my doc had with the stuff. I told him I was concerned about coming off of it. I learned about Serotonin, Norepinephrine, and Dopamine when I was going through a substance abuse program. (Addiction tends to be greater in those of use where these chemicals are out of balance.) He said to go ahead and quit the Chantix cold turkey.

Tomorrow I am getting my prescription refilled for at least another month. I want to get myself back under control and 'balanced'. Some of your slower methods sound like they are worth a try. I hate the thought of having to be on Wellbutrin or Cymbalta for the rest of my life.

I don't want to scare anyone away from the Chantix. I just want to give a heads up on quitting it cold turkey. While on it I was loving life. I barely had the urge to smoke. I couldn't believe it could be soooo easy. I was happy. Started going to the gym. My wife loves the way I smell now. I'm not having to duck out from my family for a smoke anymore. Most of all, I am my son's hero.

Thanks for the tips. I'll let you know how it goes.[/QUOTE]

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