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Chantix

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  • Posted By: bentley
  • August 10, 2007
  • 09:59 PM

Hello everyone
I am soooooooooooo glad I found this website. I recently located to a new area and had to see a new doctor. The second he knew I was a smoker he was selling Chantix. He told me he had awesome results 98% of his patients were able to quit smoking, with few side effects , as he said, crazy dreams and a little fatigue which will pass. Well, I'm not one for taking a pill to solve my problems or habits, so I have been doing some research on Chantix. Since reading the postings I have decided to just do it the hard way and go cold turkey. I have implemented an exercise program, walking 20 mins every day, and start back to work this week after a long summer break (I teach) where I'm not able to smoke anyway, stocked up on Ibuprofen to relieve the headaches from nicotine withdrawal, so I'm hopeful I can do it.
I have been an on again off again smoker for 20 years, usually with a five to seven year break in between starting again. I have to quit, I'm at that high risk age 51, and I really would like to be around long enough to see some grandchildren.
Also, I'm going through menopause ladies, and you know how the mood swings, sleeping problems and fatigue are predominant symtoms. Based on what I have read from your comments, I can't afford to take Chantix or I will become zombified. MY doctor never even questioned me about that. He was so excited about this pill and wrote me a prescription for 6 months worth.
I figure if I am going to suffer those symptoms that you have talked about I might as well just do it on my own.
If you have any suggestions that may help my going it alone I'd love to hear them.

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  • I don't think you should fear anythign until you have tried and have just cause to fear it. I was a smoker for almost 15 years and have tried just about everything to quite smoking. I did try Chantix and it does work. I did not ever feel "zombified" but I did have nausea for about 20 minutes at the evening dose. I think that had a I mentally decided it was time to quit, Chantix would have worked really well.I ended up going cold turkey so to speak. The ony thing I used was the gum for those tense moments. I am in and out of doctor's offices everyday for my job so I was very concious of what I did. I bought the new fruit flavored gum and it actually tasted really good. It took away those urges for the nicotine need but i had to use imagery for the breaking of my habits (smoking in the car, after a meal, etc). I, like you want to see my grandchildren, let alone my own children (I have none as of now). The thing that keeps me going back to smoking is that I am terrified of not being able to breathe and having to be dependent on oxygen. I visualize being at my child's graduation and having to take a hit of oxygen to be able to stand up and cheer. As a nurse, I have seent the detrimental effects on th repsiratory system, believe me- having to suction out a trach tube is horrendous for both the patient and the care taker.I know where you are and promise you that I know that the paths to success are different for everyone- BUT, I do know that no matter what, the biggest battle in quitting is being mentally ready.Best of luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 06:42 PM
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  • I have smoked almost non stop for over 35 years (2- 9 month breaks during pregnancies) and I can honestly say I had no desire to quit which made it that much harder. I got Chantix back in May and it took until August 26th for me to take the first pill. I quit on Sept 2nd and have been smoke-free for 3 weeks. I really wasn't bothered much by any side effects and the cravings are very few and far between at this point. I am very pleased with my results. If I had to do it again I would take Chantix more than 7 days before I quit. I think that would have made day one more tolerable.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 24, 2007
    • 08:07 PM
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  • My husband FINALLY quit using Chantix. He had the queesy stomach every night and some funky dreams. He has been trying to quit off and on for about 6 years and I am very happy to report that he has not smoked in about 4 months- that is the longest he has been able to stay smoke free since I have known him. Also, on Chantix he was not at all grumpy like he was on his prior attempts at quitting. It seemed so easy for him, it was kind of weird actually. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
    • 05:49 AM
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  • I took chantix and did manage to quit smoking. I felt like a zombie for weeks tho and still feel like a zombie 3 weeks after I stopped taking it. Did anyone else find themselves making "stupid" decisions. I did a few things that I really don't know why I did them. One day while I was pretty foggy-headed, I "cleaned out" my closet, packed up most of my winter clothes (including my good winter coat) and drove them down to the donation box at the thrift store. I still can't figure out why I did that or what might have made me think I wanted to get rid of all of my winter clothes. Am I the only one that turned into an idiot ?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
    • 11:04 AM
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  • the health food store have homeopathic quit smoking remedies...you could try those...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 30, 2007
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  • I took chantix and did manage to quit smoking. I felt like a zombie for weeks tho and still feel like a zombie 3 weeks after I stopped taking it. Did anyone else find themselves making "stupid" decisions. I did a few things that I really don't know why I did them. One day while I was pretty foggy-headed, I "cleaned out" my closet, packed up most of my winter clothes (including my good winter coat) and drove them down to the donation box at the thrift store. I still can't figure out why I did that or what might have made me think I wanted to get rid of all of my winter clothes. Am I the only one that turned into an idiot ? OMG I am so glad that I found this site. I thought I had lost my mind. My husband and I have been happily married for almost 5 years when we wanted to start a family. He doesn't smoke but I do so I talked to my doctor and she recommended Chantix. I had only been taking it for about 3 weeks but I also noticed a few odd things that I had done. After my wedding (5 years ago) I had my wedding gown cleaned and packed in a sealed box. For some reason, when I was on Chantix I thought I HAD to have it altered so it would fit me. I opened the box and took it to a shop downtown that does alterations and had the woman resize my wedding gown to the cost of $260. I never told my husband but a week later when I picked the gown up and brought it home, he thought I was nuts. He convinced me to stop taking the chantix. He said I had been acting so depressed and like I was in a fog most of the time. He was really worried about me. I am still kind of groggy most of the time so I hope this wears off. After reading some of the information here, I don't want to get pregnant with this stuff in my system. I am going to call my doctor and see if there are any long term effects.
    Cissy J 1 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 10:00 PM
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  • I am definetly foggy and sleepy all the time on Chantix. I am only in my first week, 5th day and can't take the nauseous feeling, dizziness, fogginess, and headaches! I can't even get out of bed...I am sleeping right through my alarm clocks! I am stopping taking it immediately. It is NOT working for me if I cannot function! After reading other comments it would scare me to continue on this. I would rather smoke!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2007
    • 04:58 PM
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  • I started taking chantix on 4/21/07. The chantix helped me stop smoking after 30 years. Gradually my personality changed, I felt like my brain was in overdrive. Out of the five listed major side effects, vomiting was the only one I didn’t experience often. The fine print (used a magnifying glass to read) and I didn’t understand the medical terminology. I assumed the chantix was safe or my Dr. wouldn’t have prescribed it. After 1 1/2 months, the 4 major side effects were so unbearable; I couldn’t take the full dosage. My stomach felt like it was going to explode. I did follow the get quit on-line suggestions; I decided to cut the dosage in half. My lack of sleep worsened. I took chantix until the end of August as suggested to increase my chances success. On 8/31, I went to my Dr. for help. He suggested I cut the dosage of chantix to 1/4. The last pill I took was on 9/8. That was the start of my living nightmare.On 9/9, I awoke in terror and called my family feeling something bad was going to happen. I sensed some drug was causing my odd behavior and felt the world was going to end that day. I had 3 psychotic episodes.On 9/10, I became psychotic. At my request, my husband took me to the ER. I was afraid to go in. Eventually I gave in and entered the ER. I asked them to test my blood for drugs. Since I was acting strange, more staff started to surround me. This triggered my dyspnea (an unpleasant sensation of difficulty breathing) why my Dr. said I should stop smoking. My anxiety grew, but the staff and my husband got me into a locked room. I never struck out or acted violent in any way, only tried to escape. At this point adrenaline kicked in. The staff at the ER gave 2 shots of geodon, an anti psychotic drug. The Dr. told my husband one shot should have stopped a person twice my size. It only slowed me down. The staff gave me a shot of Valium. That finally settled me down some but not enough to let 6 adults approx. 200 lbs each to take a blood sample. My husband promised they were only going to take my blood and not give me any more shots from behind. I let them take my blood.I relaxed enough to doze off. They took a CT scan of my head. I had given up. Some things I recall, others I don’t. A social worker evaluated me and issued a TDO (temporary detainment order). A police officer put on handcuffs so tight it bruised my wrists to transported me to a hospital an hour away. He handcuffed my arms behind my back like a criminal. Thanks to one Dr. confirming fibromyalgia, he moved them to the front. I was docile and no threat.The ER Dr. talked to the admitting psychiatrist and told him he felt my reaction was to chantix. The ER Dr. knowing nothing about chantix called a Dr. who had some knowledge of it. The psychiatrist gave the ER Dr’s information no credence and never looked into this “wonder drug”. The psychiatrist who talked to me for about 20 minutes 6 hours after all the shots wanted to keep me in the isolation ward for 10 days. Two others disagreed with the psychiatrist and I was released on 9/12. On 9/13, I saw my Dr. and he didn’t think the chantix he prescribed caused this. Instead he agreed with the psychiatrist’s mental illness conclusion. During my isolation unit stay I got two potassium tablets (level dangerously low), milk of magnesia, and Motrin. These were medications I received there. I followed all release instructions and another psychiatrist felt I was not mentally ill; he talked to me for 2 hours. I am now on Zoloft for depression due to this terrible experience. Post your experience using chantix and report it to the FDA.http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/feedback.htm
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 03:29 AM
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  • are these reports for real, i thought i had the flu the last couple days.i re-read the side effects in the chantix package and everyone that is frequent i have..now i find this site and i am scared out of my mind...to have these symptoms months later would be horrible, i am stopping chantix immediately
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 25, 2007
    • 10:51 PM
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