questionsi started my first dose of chantix today. does…

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Be careful.

One of the guys who works for me... his wife started taking it and had some very strange side effects. she ended up wanting to divorce him and a bunch of other things. Overall, not a very good situation... took over six months before the whole thing got straightened out. (They are fine and still together about two years later.)

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What a terrific present for your birthday! Chantix isn't for everyone -- some folks can't take it because of really horrendous dreams, for example -- but for me it was the help I needed. I'd smoked heavily (sometimes more than three packs a day) for 42 or so years; I'd stopped a time or two, but always went back. I've just completed my fourth year as a non-smoker. The rewards are many.

Take it one day at a time or, if that's a bit much (& sometimes it was for me) one minute at a time. Breathe. Know that you can get there.

Good luck, and happy birthday!

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@baqui63: have you ever tried to spend 6 months with someone trying to quit smoking, whether with or without medication? They all go nuts.

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My ex sister-in-law took that when she was still my sister-in-law. I won't get into specifics, but just be mindful that it can mess with you. I know another person who was totally fine with it, though.

Never drink with it. I can't stress that enough.

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My sister-in-law is an RN, and when my mother considered using it, she was quick to mention that the prevailing wisdom in her circles was that Chantix induces personality shifts in users, which are not always reversed when use stops.

As far as I'm concerned (as a non-smoker), I observe that we know next to nothing about brain chemistry and function, so mucking around with receptors is a serious red flag for me, particularly with a drug that hasn't been on the market very long.

But then, I am a bigger fan of psychological assistance in quitting than I am in pharmaceuticals. Have you considered seeing a therapist who specializes in nicotine addiction?

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I know several who tried, one quit smoking first try without any issue, one went back for no reason, the other smoked while doing it so she didn't "deprive her body" and the one who started again developed gall stones, so careful on stomach pain.

The one who took it and actually wanted to quit smoking, quit right away without any issues.

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I heard numerous stories about Chantix, mostly firsthand, but a few good things as well, such as quitting first try from several people. I figured I'd forgo it and try cold turkey, since, well, after smoking for only 35 years, how hard could it be?
Even thought about trying the patch, but then you get to quit the habit AND then the drug, so that didn't make much sense.
Ever hear that you have to want to quit, REALLY want to quit, to succeed? It's true. I did, and if I can just about anybody can.
Whichever method, good luck to ya! There's more ex-smokers every day.

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I didn't use Chantix, I used nicotine gum. The 4th day was the worst for me. Even though I used nicotine gum, it was still very difficult to overcome that whole routine you get into with cigarettes. I also used lollipops, frozen grapes, coffee swizzle sticks and sugar free gum to get me past the oral fixation part. I began to eat sunflowers seeds, too. They kept my hands busy and my mind off of smoking. I slept quite a bit the first week. Not because I was tired so much, as that it was that many x number of hours I didn't have to obsess about not smoking. Even after more than a year of quitting, I still get the urge to smoke, but it's fleeting. I do keep nicotine gum around in case of emergencies.

That is so fantastic that you're quitting. Congratulations, what an awesome investment you are making in yourself.

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I've never been a smoker, but I've had plenty of them in my family. When my aunt decided to quit, she only used cinnamon Altoids. I guess that the fiery hell that your mouth is turned into if you eat several of them is enough to dissuade smoking.

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No real advice, just a little story. My parents were both long time off and on smokers (they'd stopped while my sister and I were growing up, for the most part) and started smoking a lot more towards the end of my high school school days. I gave them endless crap about it, pointing out to them that we'd just watched my grandfather die from smoking a few years earlier, and eventually they both decided to try chantix. As I've seen at least one person mention-there are some weird, weird side effects. The biggest for both of them was the dreams. They both started having really strage, intense dreams. Dad was able to handle it, and push through and he hasn't touched a smoke in over 4 years now. Mom, on the other hand, decided that she couldn't deal with the sleep problems it was causing, and quit the drug, and is still struggling to fully stop smoking.

Moral of the story? It might be really weird, and hard to stick with, but it does give you a good chance at stopping! Best of luck!

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Sure-fire way to quit smoking.....come to in the cath lab recovery room with the cardiologist right in your face "You WILL quit smoking or you're gonna DIE! You'll be back here in 6 months and there's NOTHING I'll be able to do!"

Wellbuterin perscribed for a couple of months, and I chewed straws to death for about 4 months......this was going from a 2+ pack a day habit to cold turkey.

Well over 8 years later, still no smoking, but I have gained 60#.........

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What ever you do, commit whole-hearted. I have several friends who have quite using various methods; cold turkey, hypnosis, wellbutrin, acupuncture, chantix, but it will only work when they all decide to quit at the same time. The smokers seem to drag the non's back..... You can try the only method that worked for my wife, get pregnant.

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Good for you!!! Like other people have mentioned I've heard the dreams can be bad. I used the habitrol mint gum. No weight gain at the time (17 years ago) and just tried to keep very busy.

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My buddy and her husband quit using Chantix.
1. Finish the dosage and smoking scheduled set by your doctor. About your 5th day in you will think you do not need to smoke continue the plan.
2. Expect emotional changes. (it was invented to help depression)
3. Once you quit there is no such thing as 1 smoke. Once you quit you can never ever smoke again.

Congratulations!

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I quit (cold turkey) about 2.5 years ago. As someone above mentioned, I picked up a sunflower seed habit (though after creating a sore on the inside of my cheek from holding the salty seeds up there for a few hours a day, I am now a more recreational user of sunflower seeds). I also picked up an exercise habit - not sure what your level of fitness is, or what your level of interest is, but I started exercising (P90X, to start) and got in shape (and lost about 100# in the process). I think that helped me quit (I had tried before, but it had never stuck for more than a couple of weeks) because I had additional motivation - I could barely get through a workout, how was I going to do it if I couldn't breathe?

Every now and then (usually when I've had a couple of beers, but not always) I'll have an emotional desire for a cigarette. Not a physical craving or some insatiable need, but the thought that it would be really nice to have a cigarette. Nice to be able to think "nah, don't need it"

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Congratulations on your decision to quit!

Both my parents died of lung cancer, and it broke my heart when my son began smoking at age 12. At age 35, with a two-pack-a-day habit and after dozens of attempts to quit, he started Chantix. He had the usual vivid dreams plus a great deal of stomach distress, but he battled through it and quit successfully. His wife and I were thrilled.

Again, congrats and encouragement on your decision to quit!

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Don't smoke?

Seriously, though, follow all directions, and tell people you're doing it. It may be neat to have it as a surprise for those around you, but if nobody knows and you go crazy on somebody for no reason, there could be consequences that last a lifetime.

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My dad quit smoking many years ago and he offered me a great piece of advice for when I was ready to quit:

"If you're not ready to quit then you won't. When you are ready to quit then just quit and be done with it."

I quit "cold turkey" with the help of nicotine gum. After a few weeks I just couldn't handle the taste of the gum anymore and my jaw was so sore. I'm also cheap and the gum is expensive!

In order to quit you have to be able to accept the fact that you can NEVER HAVE ANOTHER SMOKE AGAIN! You have to convince yourself that this is one rule that can never be broken.

And I know it's fun to do this on your own and surprise everyone but believe me. Tell every one you know that you quit. This will make it harder for you to start again!

And don't be afraid to be around smokers. If you're going to cave because someone nearby lit up then you're not ready to quit just yet.

It's been three and a half years since I quit. Yes I still crave them but it doesn't bother me anymore!

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I know someone it worked for and someone it didn't. Unfortunately, the one who it didn't work for is my wife. She woke up one night at like 3am and grabbed me and asked me if I was leaving her. Night after night she kept waking up. Vivid, scary, funny, stupid dreams. They made sleeping almost impossible for her.

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Hubby and I both quit together on Chantix. He had no side effects at all. The only side effect I had was that taking the pills made me intensely nauseous, which just meant I had to start eating something, take the pill and then finish eating something. We had no dream or mood issues, nothing bad at all. We made no other changes in our lifestyle (didn't change our diet, didn't change our sleep patterns, continued to drink booze, etc.) and were quite successful.

Because we had no issues and made no changes, I can't give you any great advice. Due to the possibilities, though, definitely pay close attention to how you feel throughout the process. Don't stress too much about what may or may not affect you until it does.

GOOD LUCK!

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I had a friend who had some very bad side effects while on Chantix. Another friend took it briefly -- just a few days -- and quit because of the intense dreams and a general feeling that she just wasn't herself while on it. I know it helps people quit, but the side effects can be alarming. Good luck, but be careful!

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Think happy thoughts and avoid alcohol and other smokers. I quit a few months ago and it was rough, but I had convinced myself (which is super important). Just know that even after the 7 days, it wont be over. You will still have nic fits and want to smoke out of habit, but you will be over the physical addiction. The rest is between the ears. GL and WPS!

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Tried Chantex a little over a month ago. In terms of reducing the desire to smoke, it works. By the 2nd day I noticed I just didn't get the rush I usually got from the ciggies; they were just...eh.

I stopped after 3 weeks when I could no longer stay awake. For some reason it made me horribly tired all the time. I am sorta smoking now; a drag or 2 here and there, but my cigarette consumption is DRASTICALLY reduced.

I happen to think Chantex should be advertised with YMMV prominently displayed on the package.

HTH
Alli

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Congrats and way to go! It may be hard, but the results will be well worth it. So, hang in there!

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Good for you! Congratulations on taking the first step!!!!!

TODAY is my 42nd day of being smoke-free. I didn't use Chantix, I did cold turkey after 12 years / 1 pack a day. This is my 8th or 9th attempt (3 of them were at least a year, I did successfully stop when pregnant) so I'm not too cocky, but I'm more determined this time. I'm over the stigma and reliance.

The first three days I spent more or less curled up in a ball on the living room couch. Crying.

Day 4 I literally begged my husband to let me have JUST ONE PUFF. After watching me cry on the couch for three days he refused.

Day 5 I started exercising again. This is where things started to get better. I've always been active at the gym but not as hard core as I am now.

I started lifting, didn't do cardio at first because I knew it would just make me feel worse. So I did back / bicep reps, chest and tris / shoulders and abs... for some good examples Google Jamie Eason Livefit program. (cont)

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I don't stick to the LiveFit program,but the exercise sets got me off to a good start.

NOW I have to warn you about something. Even though I have been exercising 6 days a week, I have gained a full dress size. I ate a lot of sugar for the first two weeks, because it pushed the cravings down. But that would not justify the amount of weight I gained (and not the pretty muscle weight either). Your metabolism will go to crap for a bit - mine is just normalizing now.

Anyway, after 2 weeks I started doing cardio every workout. It's been hard. It took me 15 minutes to jog/walk a mile. And I was panting by the end of it. I've always avoided cardio at the gym because of the smoking - I knew that I would cough and everyone would know I was a smoker (granted I am a bit neurotic).

Last week (week 5) I ran two miles without stopping. I started crying in the middle of the gym because I have NEVER been able to do that. 3 weeks - what a difference!

It's so hard, but so worth it. You can do it!!

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ALSO about the Chantix dreams, I want to sound in that I had NIGHTMARES every night for over a week.

I did not take Chantix or use any other quit smoking aid.

The nicotine withdrawal itself does cause side effects. Don't necessarily blame the Chantix for that portion of it. If it works for you go for it, just keep a good friend near to be a gauge of whether your personality does a complete 180.

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Congrats on your decision to quit, I really hope this works!

My Dad quit many years too late, he had been a smoker his whole life and decided in his early 50's that it was making him feel bad and went cold turkey and never smoked again. In his mid 60's is when they found the tumor that they assumed stopped growing because he quit smoking but it mestastazied in to bone cancer and eventually he died at age 67. My Mom quit in her late 50's and I make sure she gets checked regularly for tumors.

I know from other posts you have a family, so I am truly glad to hear you are quitting, as I'm sure you will want to be around for them as long as you possibly can.

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Eat a lot of food with it. It made me feel like crap for the first week.
I took it for a month and now I've been smoke free for over three months. I do miss the awesome dreams I had while taking it. Speaking of dreams, for some reason I still smoke in my dreams. I wake up and thank God that I wasn't really smoking. Freaky!

Good luck to you. If I can quit, anyone can quit.

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It looks like this question has run it's course. I wish I could thank everyone who has posted here, but I'm just not able to. :( Here is a blanket thanks to @all who replied, and also to those who had nothing else to add but are supporting me. I will do it. :)

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I took it the same time I was taking a smoking cessation class. I had smoked over 42 years. I don't know if one or both helped but I haven't touched a cigarette in over 4 years. Just stick with it and when you want a smoke think of something else. Good luck, it'll be one of the best things you ever did.

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@cartman46: Thanks...I'm still smoke/nicotine free on day 29.

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Wow - congratulations! That is, if you are still smoke-free after nearly 2 months (I hope,
I hope!) I have no idea why this question showed up for me on the front page, but I did not realize how old the question was until I read your last post - which was a month ago!

Initially, I was going to say, as other people did, that you REALLY have to want to quit smoking for it to work. I have taken Chantix a couple-few times - the most recent was several years ago, and it did not work for me, but I now know why it didn't. I took it and waited for it to make me not want to smoke anymore, as this is what it did for a friend. It doesn't work that way. The commitment to quit and quit date need to be in place before starting it. That was not emphasized back then, but it is now and I realize that is why I failed.

I would say more, but almost out of room. I'm currently coordinating with my husband a date to trying quitting with Chantix again, & hopefully this time willbe successful. G'luck t'you!

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@michaels1715: Thanks for your words of encouragement, and yes I am still smoke-free. I realize that you know the key now, and I bet that you and your husband will do it. You are welcome for the "hint" that I gave you in the other thread (BTW this is my thread so we can talk about whatever off-topic thing that we want). I throw in a helpful tidbit once in a while when I can. Are you a shirt dot woot refugee? I've been seeing several of those over here lately. Again, thanks for your kind words and make that change soon!

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You're welcome - and thank you for your words of encouragement. Thanks for answering my hurricane "question" too - lol. Ouch, the response to that is sad - so now you see why I don't post answers often and don't ask questions often. Lol! I respectfullly disagree with you though - although I don't have as bad of a feeling as I did last night, but I still think this storm is going to fierce, and that it will set some records. I remember the days when storms used to be hyped up & then nothing happened. But that really doesn't happen that often now - I've noticed the last couple years especially. maybe because our business is so dependent on the weather (lawn/landscaping business).

And no, I'm not a shirt.woot refugee :)

I know I need to make that step soon, I just need to really be committed to quitting, because I know it won't work if I'm not. I also have to make sure my husband is ready too, because it won't work if he's not either.

Thank you - have a wonderful evening!

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@michaels1715: Don't be so hard on yourself about asking questions here... I hate that feature being weighted like it "supposedly" is, but it is what it is. FYI, weekends can be a good time to ask questions, because the attendance here is lower so the question stays up front longer. They can also be a bad time for the same reason. Nothing intended, as I'm sure you realize, by the shirt refugee comment. I just wasn't used to your name, but I will know better now. Back to the Chantix thingy....honestly, I enjoyed smoking....it gave me private time outside(even though it might be freezing), but I made myself realize that we are all going to die, and that smoking would only increase my chances of it happening sooner. I grumble a lot, but I do enjoy life. Quitting smoking gives me a better chance to enjoy it longer, and it will do the same for you and DH. Set a date, and follow through....you won't miss it.
tl;dr Do both of yourselves a favor and set a date...how about 11/11/12?

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@michaels1715: I'm at 4 months smoke/nicotine-free now. I hope your program is underway as well. Happy New Year! :)