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I am on day 4 with Chantix. The side effects are very odd for me. All weekend and part of last week since I started this I have not accomplished a thing which is very odd for me. No one has said anything about laziness as a side effect. I am very concerned about this as I proceed into the coming week. Is it just me and how my body is reacting or does anyone else share these same effects? Also, I read mutiple times that you should not operate heavy equipment while on this drug. Why is that? I work for the city and operate multiple different pieces of heavy equipment and I am very concerned about this.
I just picked my starter pack up hours ago. I'm afraid to start it with so many people having horrible side effects. Maybe I will change my mind.
[QUOTE=ainfante;3138393]I just picked my starter pack up hours ago. I'm afraid to start it with so many people having horrible side effects. Maybe I will change my mind.[/QUOTE]

Oh no I would not say that know today is my first day taking two pills and I seem to be feeling better. I just have to push myself a little harder is all. I was very excited to try this and to quit smoking and still very excited.
Minesota71, I had many lethargic days where I just couldn't seem to get motivated about anything. As a matter of fact, I still do, and I've been off Chantix for about six weeks now.

The worst days mentally for me were the days I was smoking and taking the med. Surprisingly, things got a little better once I put the smokes down.

Not sure on the warning about heavy equipment. I know this med makes some folks extremely sleepy. My guess is Pfizer puts that on there for liability reasons.

Good luck to you!
Yes that is just what I thought about the warning regarding operating heavy equipment. Know my friend/coworker will be stating his first week tomorrow upon my recomendation. I sure can tell when that first pill begins to wear off because my energy just shoots right back up there. It really is a wierd feeling, but I really can not wait until I get onto the full dosage. This drug just might be the real cats meow.
Minnasota,

Goodluck to you.I have been smoke free with chantix for 37 days now and I only take a half a pill in the morning.My GP tailored it for me and around my other meds.

Its been very effective.Even at a half a pill I sleep most of the day away,but I don't know if its the chantix or because of an illness that fatigue is a symptom of.

My chantix does not warn about operating heavy equipment,just drink plenty of water and take with food.


Ainfante,

Keep in mind meds effect everyone differently and at the present time chantix is a med that is one size fits all.Many have tailored it to fit them or their GP has.It definately is worth trying if you are serious about becoming a non-smoker.
thanks nuffs for all your support.

I usually take my night pill at 7 pm and here it is 10:30 here and I have not taken a pill and do not feel difference in the cravings. I am going to try to not tak the pill at all, if for one minute I feel and incredible urge I will take it right away. The pill makes me lazy and not able to sleep. Ends up me sitting doing nothing at all, but wide awake..

GOOD LUCK TO ALL JUST STARTING YOU CAN DO IT.....
[QUOTE=Minesota71;3137634]I am on day 4 with Chantix. The side effects are very odd for me. All weekend and part of last week since I started this I have not accomplished a thing which is very odd for me. No one has said anything about laziness as a side effect. I am very concerned about this as I proceed into the coming week. Is it just me and how my body is reacting or does anyone else share these same effects? Also, I read mutiple times that you should not operate heavy equipment while on this drug. Why is that? I work for the city and operate multiple different pieces of heavy equipment and I am very concerned about this.[/QUOTE]I just wanted to update you on my prescription(Chantix). It has been 7 days know and all of my side effects have went away except for the wierd dreams which is kind of cool any ways. Today was also my first day without a cigarette and it did not even seem like a challenge for me. So for all I can say to you guys let the drug do all the work it is very easy
Congrats day one down.keep up the good work.

The first 3 days are the hardest,if ya get through them your doing great.

Take one day at a time.
Yes I would definately agree with that. It is kind of funny the habit is still there and I just laugh know when I think that I am going to go have a smoke and than I quickly come to realization that I had quit and laugh a bit. Tomorrow I start full strength with the drug. So it should be much easier than
Minnesota, that's just awesome. I'm so happy for you. Here's to a lifetime of easy days coming at ya'

Enjoy those dreams while you can. I miss the bajeezus out of them. They were so much fun. Between the quit and the dreams, I've never in my life looked so forward to going to bed every night, lol.

Congrats on doing so good :)
Steno I have to agree with you on the incredible dreams, I have been off the pill for 2 days and do miss those dreams. it has been a week so far and doing great no urges or cravings that I cannot handle.
Hi Hotdam,
You stopped taking the Chantix? How long did you take it before stopping it? And you feel good -- no cravings? I'd like to stop taking it so I could sleep better and not be so bloated, but I don't want to if the risk of powerful cravings and possibly smoking again is lurking round that corner. Any advice you or others have on how long to take would be appreciated.
Ariel, I was on my third pack of the blue pills when I stopped taking the chantix, Everyone is different I decided I tired of being bloated also and the gas was getting to be a little too much. I did have a few cravings this past weekend but I told myself NO WAY!!!! I am not going to give in. Just remind yourself of the reason you quit, you can do it, if you need to keep taking the chantix just keep taking it until you feel ready to stop. :)
Thanks, Hotdam. So if I understand you correctly, you feel generally the same without the Chantix as with (minus the bloating, etc.), except for a few craving now and then (which you probably had on the Chantix too?)?
Yes, but if I feel the craving getting worse I will take the pills and not reach for a ciggy.
Let me know if that happens or not, i.e., whether you need to take the med from time to time to stem any cravings.
I am on day two of my starter pack. I am not very optimistic at this point. My smoking has cut down a little, but I still want to smoke badly all the time, even right after I smoke one.
I guess I'm just thinking I can't do it! Not even on Chantix! Do I just need to give myself more time? Any suggestions? I'm open to anything. :(
[QUOTE=jaycubed;3155786]I am on day two of my starter pack. I am not very optimistic at this point. My smoking has cut down a little, but I still want to smoke badly all the time, even right after I smoke one.
I guess I'm just thinking I can't do it! Not even on Chantix! Do I just need to give myself more time? Any suggestions? I'm open to anything. :([/QUOTE]
absoulutely, you need to give yourself more time. Chantix directs you to take the medication for one week before you quit smoking. My coleague and I both started it around the same time and has been working very well to this point. I actually quit smoking one day early my buddy on the other hand did not. I have been on the drug for almost two weeks now and my buddy has been on it for a week and one day. I actually had many different side effects that went away after the first week and my buddy had no side effects. Good luck to you as I am sure that you will not need it as long as you take the drug. Be a quitter like the rest of us.
I smoked 1-2 packs a day for 30 years. I am 5 months quit on Chantix. I am off the Chantix since May 6th. I quit smoking on my 9th day of Chantix. Thought it was not working until I tested it. This med does not magically make you quit smoking. It makes it easier but there has to be some will power and your true desire to quit and stay quit. I under stand the aprehension. With me it took 4-5 days for me to feel a big difference in the smokes. I was not finishing them and they had begun to taste nasty or no taste. Was not getting the buzz. I agonized the day before I had my last cigarette. That is pretty normal so I just told my self just see how long I can go without the smoke by taking it one hour at a time. I counted the 8 hours cig free that I had while sleeping and just added to it the following day. Before I knew it, it had become 24 hrs. All I needed was that first 24 hours cig free to prove to myself that I was stronger than the nicotine. If you can stay quit for 24 hours you can do it if you really really want to. I still take it day to day and I know that I can never take another puff. I feel too good to throw it all away. Good Luck to you newbie quitters!:)
I am now on my eight day of chantix and doing ok with smoking (had 1 yesterday) but i could lay down right now and go to sleep. I have had absolutely no energy for the past week. I hope this passes!!!
Jaycubed,
It's normal not to feel any or very little effect of the Chantix on the first few days. Don't be discouraged -- the med will kick in at some point and you won't feel like smoking as much. When it kicks in seems to be different for everyone. Just go with the flow for now and don't worry about it.
Phew! I feel a little more relieved. I have read the other posts talking about counting the hours and not days in the beginning. I already can tell a difference (it is only day three) in that they taste really bad and I don't get that "aaaahhh" feeling when smoking. I feel it is mostly psychological right now. My husband (who is a nonsmoker) asked me on day one "I thought you were quitting." He doesn't understand how it works. I told him about the quit date being later and he just rolls his eyes. Maybe that is why I got discouraged. I really have had no side effects at all, so far, except the horrible headache. I just need to be patient. I know it is not a miracle drug and that one has to have the desire to quit, which I really, really do. I want to nip this in the bud for good and not ever go back and be proud to say I am a nonsmoker.
Thanks for all the encouraging support! This message board does help me a lot with the mind frame of quitting for good.

Jen
I hit my quit day today. Actually quit yesterday. The desire to smoke is still there but it's just a "dull roar" instead of "screaming". Hopefully willpower will get me through although I'm just in my first 24hrs. JayCubed, you can do it. As for the rolling of the eyes, for some reason, non-smokers think you can just stop. That it is easy. If he drinks coffee, ask him to stop cold turkey. Tell him to multiply that feeling by 100. Then he might understand. You keep at it. This board is the best thing since sliced bread for support.

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Jaycubed, Those who are not addicted to nicotine do not understand what it takes. We are all here for you and know what you are going thru. Please believe me when I say it does get easier. Take it one day at a time you can do this!!
Thanks velveeta! Today is the day I double up so I am a bit more hopeful!
We are here for major support, we can and will succeed with our quit. it has been over 2 weeks for me and I already feel so much better. I am back on the chantix as I was getting cravings and I reached for that instead of the demon. :angel:
[QUOTE=hotdam;3159521]We are here for major support, we can and will succeed with our quit. it has been over 2 weeks for me and I already feel so much better. I am back on the chantix as I was getting cravings and I reached for that instead of the demon. :angel:[/QUOTE]

That's what I'm talking about! I am hoping the encouragement from this message board does it for me this time. I do remember last time I quit (for 10 months) I did feel better and I noticed my skin looked awesome and my nails weren't yucky anymore and of course, I smelled nice. :D

I still have a huge headache and I noticed today my elbows and wrists hurt. Hoping these side effects will go away soon. I'm going to hang in there.
Hotdam you are doing real good! I am cheering for you!!
So I mentioned my weird aches occurring today in my arms. The discomfort is in the muscles in my arms and not the bone. This morning I noticed my blood vessels were popping out like a big ol weight lifter. Anyone else have this?
Did not happen to me but I would call the doc if I were you. Just in case. I did have joint pain but that went away after I reduced my dosage on my own. I hope it is nothing to worry about. Let us know.
Doc just called me back. She said to not up my dose just yet and to wait until the headache and muscle aches go away before titrating up. I told her I didn't want to have a stroke or anything in my sleep and she said not to worry. Shoot! I was excited to bump up and stop smoking sooner!
Ladies & Gents - it gets easier trust me. I quit back in February on Chantix - only took it for a couple of weeks, then just stopped and went cold turkey. It was fairly easy but you have to really want to be quit and stay quit, which we did. So far, it's been a dream come true!! Today is my 25 weeks, 6 hours, 59 minutes, 3 seconds anniversary of being quit!! I feel wonderful - gained a few pounds, but do NOT miss smoking one little bit. I feel sorry for the people I see still smoking, it's such a horrible drug to be addicted to, I should know!!

So keep up the faith, you can be a non-smoker and you will love yourself for it, I promise it! You'll think, I can't believe I used to smoke, how disgusting!! :)
[QUOTE=Skimmer;3161204]Ladies & Gents - it gets easier trust me. I quit back in February on Chantix - only took it for a couple of weeks, then just stopped and went cold turkey. It was fairly easy but you have to really want to be quit and stay quit, which we did. So far, it's been a dream come true!! Today is my 25 weeks, 6 hours, 59 minutes, 3 seconds anniversary of being quit!! I feel wonderful - gained a few pounds, but do NOT miss smoking one little bit. I feel sorry for the people I see still smoking, it's such a horrible drug to be addicted to, I should know!!

So keep up the faith, you can be a non-smoker and you will love yourself for it, I promise it! You'll think, I can't believe I used to smoke, how disgusting!! :)[/QUOTE]

Awesome Skimmer! I'm going to print this out and tape it to my forehead as a reminder and encouragement. LOL





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