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Re: Chantix
May 31, 2007
MA2AZ, thanks so much for sharing your experience. While I'm thrilled to have found something that really seems to be helping in my quit, I'm also nervous about how new the pill is, how every time I turn on the news, some drug company is facing countless lawsuits because a new drug was released either too early or just shouldn't have been at all.

Your experience, as well as Cindy's, is so helpful to me. I'd hate to suffer from some sort of placebo effect, but I'm really keeping a very watchful eye on side effects. I already know I don't want to be on this for three months. I'll give six weeks a shot, maybe eight. Frankly, I don't think my knee can handle three months of it. I'm *thinking* the three to six months the maker of the drug recommends is self-serving. The drug helps with initial cravings for nicotine, withdrawals, with cigarettes being unsatisfying. It doesn't do anything for habit. I figure after being quit for a month or so, the rest is really up to me and no drug can really help me there.

Every quit website I've been to is either extremely pro a certain aid (or just cold turkey; that those who use any aids at all will ultimately fail) or crazy pro Chantix. This is really the only one where you can share all kinds of experiences, pills, NRT, CT, weaning, good and bad.

Have you been smoke free since you stopped the Chantix? Did you have to use another aid?
Re: Chantix
Jun 17, 2007
Hi All-
So glad to read the discussions about Chantix, both pro and con. I am on day five of the starter pack, and am set to stop smoking on Wednesday, 6/20/07. So far, I have had none of the side effects, but I have noticed that just this morning my cigarettes are starting to taste a bit "funny", and make my mouth feel weird. I am committed to quitting, and this drug was recommended by a supervisor. I am under a lot of stress usually (Ph.D grad student), so I am hoping that the Chantix will help me find a way to deal with that stress other than picking up a cigarette.
I will keep updating as the time draws closer.
Thanks, and I may call on all of you for some support in the coming week.
Re: Chantix
Jun 17, 2007
i noticed you took chantix for 20 days before your quit. had you selected a quit date when you first started? hubby and i have been on it for a wk, and still have not cut down or set a quit date. should we put ourselves through cutting down, even though we still have same cravings as before chantix?
i posted a new thread on here because we really need help!
Re: Chantix
Jun 18, 2007
[QUOTE=daddymatt;3050662]Ok all, here's one for you...
I am now on day 6 of the Chantix Rx, and am still feeling alright. Get a bit nauseous at times, but it goes away fast. BUT I AM SMOKING EVEN MORE THAN BEFORE. I used to smoke about a pack a day, sometimes 1.5 packs. Yesterday I smoked 2 packs...almost unheard of for me. I suspect that it is because the Chantix is blocking the receptors in my brain, and without thinking, I am trying to get "high" by smoking more. I am not especially anxious about quitting, and the cigs are continuing to taste a bit "off" and smell a little funny, but am I on the right track with this thinking? Anyone else have this issue in the first week of the med before the quit date? I stop smoking on Wednesday.

First, congratulations on your decision to become smoke-free.

I'd read some suggestions on these boards from older posts about how to "smoke" while on Chantix. FWIW, I smoked 15 days on Chantix; my mother smoked around 23 or 24. If the smokes are tasting funny (they gave me a bit of a sore throat) and smelling off to you, this is a good opportunity to ask yourself each time you light up if you "need" this smoke or simply "want" this smoke. A good test is to give yourself five minutes before lighting up. What is your coping plan of action once you quit, anyway? What will you do after meals, in the car, on the phone, with coffee or alcohol? Try implementing what you will be doing once you quit NOW and see how you do -- again, just for five minutes when you want to smoke.

The easiest smokes to eliminate for me during the time I was still smoking on Chantix were the "boredom" smokes. Almost without fail, every time I'd give myself five minutes before lighting up a boredom smoke, I'd find that I'd forgotten about it after five minutes. I'd go and brush my teeth -- who wants to smoke with a freshly-cleaned mouth? I'd change rooms, do something on the computer, call a friend, chew some gum.

Like you, I kept waiting for Chantix to make me not want to smoke. It never happened for me, and I really don't think it's intended to do that. What I find it does do is it makes you feel OK and it's not the end of the world if you don't have a smoke. But you do need to "help" the Chantix, too. It can only do so much. Like I mentioned on another post, it's like rowing a boat. Chantix grabs ahold of one oar; you need to grab the other one to get the boat where you want. Chantix makes it so you're not getting happy from smoking and you won't want to kill someone for a cig once you quit, but YOU need to work on the physical habit. Start implementing a few things now. I think you'll be surprised.

FWIW, the worst time in this whole journey for me has been smoking while on the med. It really gets much better once you put the smokes down and let the med do its job. Had I known this, I wouldn't have smoked for as long as I did while on it. I just kept thinking it wasn't really kicking in because I kept wanting to smoke. Hell yeah I wanted to smoke -- and at times, still do! But a funnel cake would be good right about now, too, but it ain't the end of the world if I don't get one, you know? That's the effect Chantix has had on me once I put the smokes down.

Please check in and let us know how you're doing!
Re: Chantix
Jun 22, 2007
keep up the good work matt, i'll be joining you on monday!
nina, your smoking habit was the same as mine, mine being 42 yrs, 2 pks or more a day.
have you quit before during that time? my serious quits were both for 4 mos., once cold turkey when i found out i had copd (about 12 yrs ago) the next was on the patch. are you finding chantix a real help to you?
you sound like you are on your way with a month quit behind you. i will be so glad when i am able to say that also!

keep posting, and keep up the good work, congrats to you!
Re: Chantix
Jun 26, 2007
Have enjoyed this thread, observing daddymatt evolve into a non smoker. How great is that. No matter what method one chooses it is great to be a non smoker. Almost 4 months for me. I cut back on my Chantix when insomnia and joint pain became a problem. each time I cut back i dealt with a few extra craves but nothing over a 5 if you want to scale it. I am totally off the Chantix since May 6th and have found all I am doing is fighting the habit. I have nicotine out of my system but know that I can never puff a cig again as I will be as hooked as ever. I feel too good now. I do not suffer from headaches and upset stomachs since quitting smoking, that plagued me for years. I bought one of those fake cigs from Spencers that look really super real and walked around with it in front of folks that knew I quit and got upset thinking I had caved in. I have found that people openly support you but tend to get lax after a while. No big deal. That is why I come to places like this. Takes one to know one mentality. These forums are my biggest support. I get help and I can also give help.Stay strong all!:wave:
Re: Chantix
Jun 28, 2007
Hi All!
Just want to relate my experience with Chantix. I was a 2 pack a day smoker for over 20 years. I had a smokers cough for the last 4 years, and knew I just had to quit. On top of the cost of cigarettes, I spent another $1.25 a day on cough drops. I perform in community theatre as a hobby, and worried about coughing on stage even with the cough drops. My brother told me about Chantix, he had tried 3 or 4 times in the last year or 2 to quit, using the patch, the gum, hypnotherapy, etc. He was amazed how well Chantix worked and how easy it was. He is clean for over 6 months now. I asked my doctor at the VA about it, and she told me that the VA didn't carry it, but that she could write a prescription for it as long as I was prepared to pay for it myself. No problem, I figured it was cheaper than smoking. As much as I wanted to quit, I was thinking I would still have a real struggle. Was I ever wrong.
Halfway through the first week I found myself putting out the cigarette half smoked, or going much longer between smokes without realizing it. Still apprehensive, I smoked my last one Saturday night and went to bed. Got up Sunday morning, went to light up with my coffee, and realized this was my quit date, and said no. I wanted it, but forgot about it in just a minute. I battled the habit thing for a few days, but thats all it was. No CRAVING, none of the NICOTINE CRAVING that had plagued me when I tried to quit before, the physical rush to get out of the airport so you could light up, the digging through the ash tray for butts, none of that.
It has been about 2 months now, I am proud that I quit, my family and friends are so proud of me, my house and car no longer stink, my cough is almost completely gone. I had absolutely no side effects, except for nausea when I forgot to eat first. I have just a few pills left, I am going to take them one a day to taper off, and not refill my prescription. I am a NON-SMOKER! I have told at least 100 people about Chantix, am writing to the VA to encourage them to carry it to help their veterans quit, and have told my pharmacist how great it works. I want everyone to know that it is so much superior to every other quit smoking program there is. I hope this message encourages everyone, if you really want to quit, this will do it for you with a minimum of effort.
Re: Chantix
Jun 28, 2007
Iluvthtre, hello & welcome :)

What a great post! I can personally identify with so much of it, like putting out smokes when they were halfway done and not rooting through garbage cans looking for butts those first few days quit. This is my first quit where I haven't done that.

I, too, was a 2 pack a day smoker; sometimes more, actually. I went through a carton in four days, and I smoked the long ones, the Virginia Slims 120s. I started smoking when I was 14, and I'm 35 now. I can totally relate to all the "masks" we had to buy. I work in court and depositions as the silent "record keeper," and coughing was a huge no-no. So few of the lawyers and judges smoke anymore, I positively reeked after a break, so I'd have to actually wash hands and cover myself with sprays, then a mint or cough drop. And I knew it didn't help all that much.

A judge who's a personal friend of mine talked to me once about smoking. He'd read something that he sort of agreed with and it just struck a nerve with me (in a sort of good, motivational way). He believed smoking was going to kill a big portion of the middle class. The poor can't afford cigarettes; the rich are too "educated" to smoke (that one really hit home for me). That leaves the middle class who are the majority of smokers.

Over the years, I'd thought about his comments and had found them a bit disturbing, almost morbid and, at times, insensitive. But what's important is I was thinking about what he said. Next time I see him, I want to thank him. As dark as his comments were, they were a bit of an eye-opener.

Stay strong in your quit!!!
Re: Chantix
Jun 29, 2007
I'm sorry, Bob, about the trouble you're having with your doctor. Maybe he should visit Pfizer's own Chantix "feedback" forum they've created? I truly don't understand why doctors don't LISTEN to their patients. My friend complained about joint and muscle pain for a year after starting Lipitor, and her doctor said the same thing, that it's impossible that the pain came from Lipitor.

Now it's a listed side effect and included in its marketing. She'll have a limp for the rest of her life because her physician dismissed her complaints.

FWIW, I lost my physician over Chantix, too, but I figure best to have these things happen now with prescriptions and paper than to realize what kind of incompetent doctor I had when something serious happened.

I sent DH to him to get an rx for Chantix. This all happened at the same time we were applying for an individual health insurance policy. He never touched DH, never even asked him to remove his clothes, yet dictated in his note that DH has a history of skin cancer. He has no history of skin cancer. We find this out when our insurance application is rejected. DH calls the doc's office (mind you, this is my doctor of 12 years) and firmly requests the doc to amend his office note, as it was incorrect and has now caused us to have a rejection on our record for insurance.

Doc amends his note to include the words, "After close physical examination, multiple lesions appear on the patient's back and shoulders." Umm...hello? Hubby never removed his clothing for you to see this. Anyway, insurance companies don't like these notes, either, so we're uninsurable now.

Oh, and this doc sends us certified letter "dropping" the both of us from his practice. His nurse said it was a personal decision of his, but it was obviously more than that if all of his affiliated practices and physicians won't see us either. It's about 60 physicians in this group.

All this so my hubby could get an rx to help him quit smoking :mad:

So, yeah, be wary. Listen to yourself and try and find a doctor who listens to you.

Best of luck & congrats on staying quit!!!
Re: Chantix
Jul 3, 2007
Hi, Sara :) Good for you for taking steps to stop this nasty addiction and habit. I wish I'd had that kind of sense when I was 18! The pills made me extremely sick, too. The only thing that helped me was splitting my pills in half and taking them four times a day with a meal (not a snack) and a huge glass of water. Even then, I had to take it a little easy for about 15 minutes after taking the pill. I would still do it again, tho, even with the side effects -- which included a few more than just nausea for me.

Robin, I hope you were able to get squared away with the itching/heart racing. I know some have had their physicians write them an rx for something to help them sleep while on the med. Maybe something similar can be done for the itching? The heart racing would definitely freak me out! Keep us posted on what your doctor says.

MommaBryant, how you doing on the cravings now that you're back on the med? I did a very slow wean because I was afraid of what would happen to me if I just stopped Chantix. I haven't had a Chantix in almost two weeks and I'm doing okay. I also did not take it as long as Pfizer recommends.

Bob, how you doin'? I can relate to your wife's comment about wanting her hubby back. DH had a rough month after being quit. Just a bad case of the blues. After his "meltdown" on Chantix, there was no way he was going to see a physician about depression/blues just to get prescribed another pill. Believe it or not, something called Holy Basil has helped him tremendously. I got it at the health food store, and it's a form of basil -- the common kind we in the US eat and grow on windowsills. Holy Basil, tho, is a touch different and hails from India. It took about three to five days to "kick in," but he is so happy he tried it. We were both pretty skeptical, but were willing to try just about anything to get his smile, sense of humor, motivation and energy back up. We both also take a good multi-vitamin.

Where's Matt? Matt, you making it?

I hope everyone is benefiting from their decision to go smoke-free. I don't regret my decision at all. It's been six weeks almost to the minute since I smoked my last smoke (I called them stackers), Tuesday, 5/7, at 10:30 in the morning. The bloat finally went away about a week after I quit the med, I could begin to at least think about wearing clothes I was wearing three months ago, was feeling energized and "good" about exercising every day and then . . . this month's Bon Appetite came out with some exceptional margarita recipes. I don't know what happened to my willpower, but, yes, I am now even making my own calorie-ridden simple syrup for these lovely concoctions (blackberry & thyme is unreal!!!). Hey, at least it's natural and doesn't contain high-fructose corn syrup, right?

Looks like I picked the wrong month to worry about gaining weight?

Keep up the fight, folks!!! It is soooooo worth it :)
Re: Chantix
Jul 3, 2007
Thanks for asking. I am doing much better since back on
chantix. It does help take the edge off the cravings. I read a post the other day from Donna and I believe she said she's been quit for years and still craves the smokes. I just know that's going to be me and I don't have that much will power, Since May 29 and I'm still struggling. I hope I can find her post again. I so hope I misread it. Everybody have a great 4th and keep the quit. Let's keep celebrating
Re: Chantix
Jul 15, 2007
Thanks so much for the warm welcome. I am so excited to be here! So far still no s/e so I'm hoping that it stays this way. :) Today I actually noticed a difference in smoking. In one of the other post someone had said to wait 5min and see if you still wanted a cig~that has REALLY helped. When I woke up this afternoon (I'm not lazy I work nightshift :jester: ) I put off my first cig and then only smoked one after dinner before I left for work. I then made it all the way to work without one!! (After eating and in the car are my worst triggers.) I am keeping a smoking diary to help keep up with triggers and it really seems to help seeing it wrote out. Sometimes I can put it off just because it looks bad on paper! LOL! Hey, whatever works. Thanks again for the warm welcome and congrats to everyone!! I am really looking forward to becoming a non-smoker.
Re: Chantix
Jul 16, 2007
Hi Japennington and all,
I've just read this thread up to page 14 or so and feel like I know you all! I'm on day 4 of taking Chantix and really hope it will help me quit. How are you doing now Daddymatt? Stenolady? Wish me luck....
Re: Chantix
Jul 17, 2007
hey ariel7, I'm in the same boat you are. I am on day 6 of chantix and still smoking - a bit less, but still smoking. Other than waves of nauseousness more vivid dreams, and some fatigue, I don't notice much of a difference. I posted a bulletin yesterday and several people told me to let the chantix tell me when my quit day should be. It's different for everyone and from what I've read onhere, some people take chantix for 2-3 weeks before quitting. I am waiting for it to kick in and am hoping it happens soon. I'm going to keep smoking into day 8 if I feel like it and hope that within another week, i am ready to quit. I know i have to have a lot of willpower to quit but I want to allow the chantix to work as well as it can too - to help me out. I don't think I can go much past two weeks though - i want to be smoke free. Good luck to you and I hope it kicks in soon.
So have you noticed being more tired since taking the chantix?
Re: Chantix
Jul 19, 2007
Hello! I've been reading the posts here for a few days now and thought it might help to introduce myself as I will begin my journey into non-smoking. I've actually never been a part of a message board before, but I think I'll need all the help I can get.
I've been smoking or 15 years now and have tried to quit twice. The first time was unbelievably easy (but only lasted a couple months) but the second time was just horrible! (only lasted 1 month) So, here I am again, hoping third time will be a charm. I will start taking the Chantix this Saturday. I plan on quitting the following Saturday, but I will see how it goes. My motivation this time is if I can quit, I can possibly influence my husband and my father to quit also. My dad is a pretty bad diabetic and I know if he stopped smoking it could help some of his problems. As for my husband, I just want him to be around as long as he can.
Ok, I don't want to babble on too much. I will let you guys know how I'm doing. I wish everyone the best of luck with this life style change we are all doing. Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated!;)
Re: Chantix
Jul 23, 2007
You can do this MPSunshine. My experience with chantix was the cigs did not start tasting bad. I kept reading that they would but they didn't at all. The chantix did help me cut back like you are doing - although I didn't consciously do it. I would djust realize that I had been smoking the same pack for more than a day. I quit on the 8th day even though the cigs didn't taste bad. My mom had quit the day before so I felt motivated and the mental stress of "when are they gonna taste bad? when am i gonna quit?" was bugging me so I figured that was as good a time as any. I believe it's mostly mental anyway. I do hope they taste bad for you but if they don't, you can still do it!!! Good luck.
Re: Chantix
Jul 24, 2007
Today is day 4 on Chantix, will begin 2 white pills a day. Ok, this is weird, but I don't want a smoke. I lit one up this morning, took 2 drags and put it out. Same cig, lit it up a few hours later and had no desire to smoke it. I actually made myself smoke it because I'm feeling crappy today and thought it might help. I have NEVER forced myself to smoke a cig. I'm actually confused. My mind is like, don't smoke anymore (see how that goes), but then I'm like I don't want to go through withdrawal at work. I picked this coming Saturday to be my quit day so I can go through the withdrawal at home for 2 days and if needed, use a sick day Monday.
I feel a little sick to my stomach, head is starting to hurt, chest has a weird sensation and have been coughing today. Having to make myself eat because I'm not even hungry. (that part I'm liking!)
For the first time, I feel like this is going to work. It won't be easy, and I'm dreading the insomnia if I end up experiencing that, but I am determined to live my life as a non-smoker and a healthier individual!
This message board has been such a help. Thanks!
Re: Chantix
Jul 26, 2007
I have been cutting my pills in half for about two weeks now. I take half in the morning and half in the evening. I hate the foggyness. So last night I skipped my pm half and I was fine. I was even less bloated this morning and didn't even get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Lately I've been getting up 2 or 3 times a night to go, which doesn't help my sleep.
I was in a better mood this morning and getting out of bed was a little easier. I think from now on I'll just take half a pill in the morning, unless I'm going to a bar later then I think I'll take the pm just so i don't slip and have a smoke.
Re: Chantix
Jul 26, 2007
Stop! Think! (In the name of ..... What would be the Saturday Night Live finish to this sentence? a la the Supremes?!).

I just read your email. PLEASE don't give in tonight -- because I am wanting to too. I just went to a four hour party and though only one person of about 80 was smoking -- I wanted to smoke with him! (Hey, I like to root for the underdog....) I am now home and I still want to smoke. Aaugghh, as they say in the comics.

You can do it TJ -- Tell me you can, okay?

Don't be p.a., as the French would say. YOu gotto help me on this one too, TJ.

Re: Chantix
Jul 27, 2007
I made it through the night!! Ariel, I did not give in no matter how much I wanted to. One of the bar regulars even went and got me a pizza just so I would have something to do other than light up....My craving finally went away and then I realized just how jealous I was of everyone there that was blissfully smoking away, not even realizing what I am going through....I do know that deep down they are jealous of the fact I AM giving up this addicitoon and am strong enough to stick with it....On my way home, again, I wanted a cig, not sure why, today has been the hardest day so far, but I am over halfway to a full week as a non smoker......I guess our partying days are over huh, lol, seems so much harder to party without a cig and I know I am not one of those people who can just take an occasional puff.

Ariel/Mekales, thanks for all your help through this and your support...I didn't cave partially b/c I knew somewhere you guys knew what I was going through and if you can fight it so can I! We can all do this, just one day at a time......It is so helpful to just be able to get it allout and know that people do understand exactly what you are going through...Well it is 5 am here and I must sleep to get day through day 5 of being a non smoker!

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