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What do you do after you kick the habit with Chantix? I have sampled most of the treads related to this drug but only find a little info on quitting Chantix. Looks like over half of users are having success for several weeks or even a few months. We all have some side effects but they don't stop most. Many fade of go away. Seems like virtually everyone who stay on Chantix for two months or more does lose the desire to smoke, at least while on the medication. After quitting many seem to have big problems, almost like a delayed withdrawal from nicotine.

So, if there are any double quitters out there (cigs and Chantix), I would love to have your experience and also any hints at how to best quit the drug. How long do you take it? Do you reduce the dose or quit cold turkey? Let's figure out how and when to know we are cured. Anyone out there who can help?

Nosmo King
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[QUOTE=Nosmo King;2823335]What do you do after you kick the habit with Chantix? I have sampled most of the treads related to this drug but only find a little info on quitting Chantix. Looks like over half of users are having success for several weeks or even a few months. We all have some side effects but they don't stop most. Many fade of go away. Seems like virtually everyone who stay on Chantix for two months or more does lose the desire to smoke, at least while on the medication. After quitting many seem to have big problems, almost like a delayed withdrawal from nicotine.

So, if there are any double quitters out there (cigs and Chantix), I would love to have your experience and also any hints at how to best quit the drug. How long do you take it? Do you reduce the dose or quit cold turkey? Let's figure out how and when to know we are cured. Anyone out there who can help?

Nosmo King
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Hi neighbor!!:wave:
Welcome to the boards!! This is a great place.
I have been quit smoking for 6 months 1 week and 5 days. I used the Chantix for 12 weeks. I had my last cigarette on August 14, 2006. How long have you been quit? How long have you been on the Chantix?

You ask about getting off the Chantix. My doctor had me to do this:
The last 4 days supply (8 pills) were split in half.
For 5 days I took 1/2 pill in the morning and 1/2 pill in the evening. (5 pills)
For 6 days I took 1/2 pill in the morning. (3 pills)

I had no trouble. I did not want to smoke when I got off the Chantix. It was no different than when I was on it. I still get what I call mini urges. They last for just a milli-second and then poof, they're gone.

If anyone else has completed their 12 weeks, please post how you got off. I'm curious to know how other people did it.

Memaw:wave:
I was in agreement w/ Rob until I read TrueBrit's response. So...who know?!? My "quit" has been sooooooooooooo easy. Yes, some side effects like everyone else has had, but the urges, etc., were easily manageable. (I had a few days last week that weren't quite as easy, but I'm much better now.) I remember a posting I made early on saying that this "magic" pill was incredible and it seemed almost too easy. I've got two months to go on Chantix and I'm terrified about stopping. I'm so afraid that the addiction is just gonna rear it's ugly head in full force. I know what others have said (like Meemaw) that she got urges and still gets them, but I'm just worried that it's gonna be like I was never on Chantix. Oh well....maybe I just need something to worry about.

I've pretty much made up my mind that I'm gonna stay on it 4 months and taper off during that 4th month. It might not make one whit of difference -- just stopping or tapering -- but I think it's gonna make me feel better.

True Brit: I hope you're successful in stopping the rx. I want to hear EVERY detail of what it's like. :) How much longer before you stop the med?
[QUOTE=Trish M&M;2837655]I was in agreement w/ Rob until I read TrueBrit's response. So...who know?!? My "quit" has been sooooooooooooo easy. Yes, some side effects like everyone else has had, but the urges, etc., were easily manageable. (I had a few days last week that weren't quite as easy, but I'm much better now.) I remember a posting I made early on saying that this "magic" pill was incredible and it seemed almost too easy. I've got two months to go on Chantix and I'm terrified about stopping. I'm so afraid that the addiction is just gonna rear it's ugly head in full force. I know what others have said (like Meemaw) that she got urges and still gets them, but I'm just worried that it's gonna be like I was never on Chantix. Oh well....maybe I just need something to worry about.

I've pretty much made up my mind that I'm gonna stay on it 4 months and taper off during that 4th month. It might not make one whit of difference -- just stopping or tapering -- but I think it's gonna make me feel better.

True Brit: I hope you're successful in stopping the rx. I want to hear EVERY detail of what it's like. :) How much longer before you stop the med?[/QUOTE]

Hi Trish
Of course I will post all details. Two weeks ago I cut one third of each pill and the only side effect was depression for a couple of days. Cravings were not significantly different except for on one day last weekend for some reason. By the end of next week I should be down to half dose. I have enough meds to last 4 weeks of that or longer if I feel the need to halve them again at the end. My local health shop recommended a product called Serotone 5HP to take at night to deal with depression. You can read about it on the net. I have used it 3 nights and I feel noticably generally happier. It really works for me. I am hoping it will negate any depression because it acts on serotone receptors but does not have side effects of anti depressant drugs. It also makes you sleep like a log which is why you take it only at night. Oddly I don't worry about cravings too much as we are frequently told that a craving is subconsious or because of habit so after 3 months logic would suggest that coming off Chantix won't be like quitting smoking over again because we have already overcome the worst. Anyway I am getting boring but I promise to open a new thread when I start the half pills.
Keep up the good work and perhaps we should heed Memaws advice and not "borrow" problems
I wish I had thought about what it might mean to withdraw from Chantix before I took it. I only took it for four weeks and it has been a week since I stopped taking it. I'm not smoking -- that's a good thing, but it hasn't been because I'm not craving cigarettes. It's will power now, but I have all kinds of weird side effects since stopping Chantix that are worse than the side effects while taking it. Vivid nightmares, sleep interruptions, anxiety, edginess, teary-eyed, angry, impatient, this numbness in my lips, bloatedness, insatiable hunger, first I'm burning hot and then I can't warm up (no, I don't have a fever). All of these things are not things I generally have problems with. I finally decided to call my doctor today, but of course the office is closed because it is Good Friday. Any advice to help with the symptoms until I can get to the doctor on Monday?
Dear soul flame,

If it's only been 4 weeks since you quit smoking youre probably still feeling the side affects of nic withdrawl, not from the meds. I felt pretty confident I had beat the smoking craving also after about three weeks but decided to stay on chantix after learning from others that stopped the meds out of confidence and then eventually relapsing. Have you thought about weaning off the chantix gradually to help with the withdrawl symptoms? As far as dealing with the side effects I would suggest stocking up on HEALTHY snacks like sunflower seeds or carrot sticks to satisfy that oral fix. The sunflower seeds or unshelled nuts are great because they really give you something to busy yourself with. As far as the anger and moodiness go, You really just have to remind yourself ALL THE TIME that the reason you feel this way is from the withdrawl, and warn your friends and loved ones that you are most likely going to be a nasty [email protected]#er on occasion and please be understanding. I hope this helps...

First time I've ever done something like this, but feel compelled to let everyone know of my experience with Chantix. Been smoking for 20 years and have tried everything to quit: patch, gum, zyban, I've tried it all with no success. I gave Chantix a try and I have to tell you, even though most of you may already know, the first week was wild. After I smoked for a week while taking it, I expected to have the typical jerk personality the next day. However, to my amazement, I did not even think about a cigartette until around 3 in the afternoon the day I actually stopped smoking. And that only occured after I walked past a guy who was smoking. The next two months there was no physical or mental desire or urge for a cigarette. I kept thinking I should have one, but it never happened. I was on it for two months and got my third and last month perscription filled. I started to stop taking it. That is when I first started to experience some very strange side effects. The longer I stopped, the worse it got. I do not want to scare anyone off, however, ppl like me who think it is the wonder drug (and I do believe it is for quitting smoking) need to be prepared. The evenings trying to sleep are hell. I find myself lying in bed and my brain won't stop. I almost fall asleep, then the easiest thought suddenly becomes the most intense moment of the day. And it simply gets worse as the evening goes on. Heavy breathing, high anxiety to a close to a near panic sensation over the normally silliest thoughts. Example being in the past two nights, I've had three hours of sleep. I quit smoking two months ago with NO issues or cravings. I quit Chantix one week ago and while it has not been easy at all, it is easier than the whole cold turkey non smoking process. I've done alot of research of this stuff recently and while it is different for everyone, it is definately not easy in the end. But considering the side effects from ppl Ive seen with a life long and life ending smoking habit, I still believe the anxiety effects from Chantix are worth it. But be prepared, it's not over until the after effects of Chantix are finished and Im not there yet.
I just quit chantix this week (day 3.) I have successfully quit smoking and I have slowly weaned myself from the full dosage to half dosage with no side effects.

Today, I have an incredible high level of anxiety, I have not been able to sleep the last few nights and I itch all over. None of these symptoms are normal for me. I called my doctor and he advised to keep taking the chantix (I still had some.)

This is just a word of caution to others out there. Yes it will help you quit but I had no idea that I would have to go through this to get off of the drug! I wish I would have had more information when it was prescribed....I'm happy that I don't smoke but this stuff is bad too.





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