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I just took my first pill today. I'm praying it works and am very optomistic. The only real side effect I'm worried about is the dreams. I once tried quitting with the patches, and I had very vivid, terrifying dreams. I'd wake up in a sweat and try not to go back to sleep because I was afraid of the dreams, they felt so real. I've read some of the threads and know many people have had vivid dreams but I haven't heard anyone complain of terrifying dreams. Has anyone had nightmares?

I appreciate all of you who contribute to this site. It's already helped me, and I'm only on day one. I was optomistic before, but I'm even more so now.

Thanks to all!
Welcome to the club Optomistic,

I was also very concerned about the dreams. So far I havenít had any bad ones. They have been very vivid and some nights I look forward to sleeping to see whatís on my mental TV next. Anyhow, best of luck to you. You can do it!!
I've heard a lot about the vivid dreams while taking Chantix, but I think it has more to do with how your brain reacts to a lack of nicotine than taking any particular pill. My brother quit cold turkey, didn't use nicotine replacement Wellbutrin or anything, just flat-out quit, and he had the same sort of dreams after about a week of not smoking. For him, they were very vivid and sometimes downright scary. Then I started thinking that maybe it's not the Chantix, maybe it's just after years of smoking your brain kicks into overdrive "searching" for some nicotine and the result is these dreams. And some people have them and some don't. I should have my Chantix prescription today and plan on starting it tomorrow (Friday) and the dreams/sleeplessness have me concerned. I don't function well if I don't get enough sleep. But I'm trying to prepare myself. Good luck to you!!!!!
Julianna
[QUOTE=optomistic;2845544]I just took my first pill today. I'm praying it works and am very optomistic. The only real side effect I'm worried about is the dreams. I once tried quitting with the patches, and I had very vivid, terrifying dreams. I'd wake up in a sweat and try not to go back to sleep because I was afraid of the dreams, they felt so real. I've read some of the threads and know many people have had vivid dreams but I haven't heard anyone complain of terrifying dreams. Has anyone had nightmares?

I appreciate all of you who contribute to this site. It's already helped me, and I'm only on day one. I was optomistic before, but I'm even more so now.

Thanks to all![/QUOTE]

Hi optomistic!!:wave:
Welcome to you!! Always glad to see a new quitter!!
Chantix works differently on each person. So far after reading everything on this board, no two people respond exactly the same way. I didn't have the dreams at all.:( I had constipation, gas and nausea, the fun side effects!!:eek:

Good Luck to you and let us know in what ways we can help. Keep posting and reading this board and anything you can get your hands on about stopping smoking. The more you know, the better your chances of being a successful quitter are.

Memaw:)
Reading about all these symptoms has definitely been interesting. I always had a headache at the end of the day. This has gone on for many years now. I just figured I put in a rough day. So I would come home and take one Bayer aspirin and it went away. No big deal... The very day I quit smoking, the headaches disappeared. I have not had one headache in six weeks.

I noticed people reporting just some of the following:

"Sort of like rosacea but not as bad."
"vivid dreams."
"a little more tired"
"the vivid dreams"
"the headaches disappeared."
"haven't had a period since the day I quit smoking"
"depression"
"thyroid problems"

I had to have varicose veins surgically removed from the back of my leg last year. My surgeon told me they would continue to get worse the longer I smoked. This surprised me!!! I learned that when you smoke, your veins contract. When you are not smoking they start to expand again. All day long it was expand, contract, expand, contract, expand, contract - with each cigarette smoked. Now I don't know about you folks, but I have smoked a LOT of cigarettes over the past 35 years.

I am starting to think many of the symptoms described above are coming about as a result of [U]our veins healing themselves[/U]. We've learned that smoking "masks" problems. Here in Chicago we have the "Body Worlds" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry where they show several human anatomical displays. You would be astounded at the number of veins each of us has in our body. The veins in the lungs, hands, feet, and brain look like cotton candy. There are a couple hundred miles of them.

Just thinking out loud here... Makes me wonder...

Kevin__





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