Finally!!! I read through the blog and it's a small relief that other people are having the same side effects I am from the Chantex. I wouldn't wish the pain I've had on anyone! My doctor prescribed chantex almost 2 months ago. I started having pain and cramping/spasms from my upper back and left arm to my toes. I also began having symptoms of RLS (restless leg syndrome) and couldn't sleep at night because my legs hurt so bad. I went to the doctor and was given Requip (blood tests were also done to check my thyroid-it's fine). I was in the second week of Chantex when I noticed the symptoms (fatigue, extreme pain in my muscles and joints, blurred vision, loss of concentration, and speech problems) were getting worse. My muscle spasms in my left shoulder became so bad that my left arm would go numb and I couldn't use it. I also have kidney stones and found that my kidney hurt more when I took the Chantex-so bad I thought I was passing stones. I've been on Effexor for 5 months and noticed a difference (like a this Effexor isn't working anymore-difference). I read the other leaflet that came with the box (not the patient leaflet, but the other one that describes the "less common side effects." I found several of the symptoms I was having.
I went to the doctor who prescribed me a muscle relaxer to get the muscle spasms under control. I'm still having the joint pain (mild to severe) but the muscle relaxers have helped so much. The blurred vision and speech problems are gone.
I wish I would have done my homework and read this before getting the prescription filled. My insurance doesn't cover smoking cessation so a months supply cost me $110.00. There's no refund on prescriptions once they have been dispensed. Before I would have recommended Chantex to someone who wanted to quit. Now, I'd tell them to seek other options.
I go back to the doctor in the morning to follow up on the muscle spasms. I hope he can help me get the joint pain under control (since the muscle relaxers only target the muscles and not the bone and joint pain). The doctors in South Carolina are stingy when it comes to pain medicine (particularly narcotics). I don't know if it's because people abuse the meds or if the Feds have tightened the noose on prescribing pain killers. I'm not sure how it is in the rest of the country. I'm no pill head, but I hate it when you're in legitimate pain and the doctor treats you like a drug addict. I'm a stay at home mom with a seven month old. I can't just lie on the couch or in the bed because I hurt so bad I can't move-I have to get up and get going, I don't have a choice. Since I quit taking the chantex, the pain has gotten much better and somewhat bearable-although I have started smoking again. I'm trying the patch, but it keeps me up at night as you can see by the clock stamp in which this was posted.
So I say THANK YOU! to all that posted here. If it weren't for you, I'd still be on Chantex and expecting the worst to be wrong with me. It's nice to know there are plenty of people that share my pain and know what I'm going through. I worked in the medical insurance field for almost 4 years for a third party benefits administrator. I don't know much about the legal stuff when it comes to pharmaceuticals, but with so many people having the same problems there has to be some recourse. I'm more than glad to help if anyone knows what to do or how to get started.
The best of luck to all and thanks-glad to know it's not just me.
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