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Glad I'm not the only one!

Posted In: Muscle conditions 45 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 26, 2007
  • 05:22 AM

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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  • Was on Chantex for a month, I have been off of it for 11 days and have not had a cigarette for those 11 days. The side effects I have encountered are no patience, slight bouts of depression, short fuse and lapses of concentration. This seems to run cyclical. I haven't really felt any physical problems other than gas, very vivid dreams.Anyone else?
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  • I recently had a stroke and had to quit smoking. I had tried many times over the years to quit and either I could not quit or started back after a short time. Due to the smoking my right carotid artery is now totally blocked. I was told die or quit smoking. My family has been very supportive and I think you need the right frame of mind. I took chantex for one month. If I took it without food I would have more of the side effects, so I always tried to follow the directions on the prescription.Everyone is different and I think if you are in the right mind set it is worth a try. As far as the cost it is a one time cost. Smoking cost me so much more and I am not talking just money. I am very lucky. I have no noticeable signs of a stroke. It is depressing, my concentration has suffered and that could be permanent, my left arm and leg are getting better now but still have a ways to go.(I am 51 years old)I feel real lucky! I hope others are even luckier then myself, and are able to quit before this or worse happens to them.Best of Luck to all whatever quit method you use. Chantex worked for me!
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  • Hi I have the same problem as you. Three and a half yr's ago, I started having TIA's, felt great other then that. I finally was dianoised with 96% blockage in my right caritoid artery. I had the operation, and a month later they found a crimp in it, and had to insert a stent in it. I gave up cigarettes for eighteen months, and it was the hardest thing I've ever done. I felt great!Two yr's ago my back started hurting and I reached for a cigarette and have smoked ever since. I have tried so many times to quit. I live each day thinking it's my last. I feel terrible, but I am so hooked. My husband doesn't care if I smoke. So I have no support. I have tried on-line support, that doesn't either. I'm sorry about your caritoid, did they fix it?Do you think that cigarettes are the real cause?..I had a cholestrol problem for yr's before they found it, was that your case to?.. Write back. I'd really like to know how your doing.Ginger . gingeone@yahoo.com
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  • I just called my doctor to ask her if I could quit Chantex. She wasnt there. I really like the fact that it makes me not want to smoke. However the side effects are really getting to me. I hav e constant headache, like a cloud around my head at all times. My dreams are very very long and vivid. Last night I saved the world from an Alien take over in detail. That part is kind of cool. But the dry mouth, stomach aches, severe gas, loss of concentration, and headaches have to go. It have been on chantex for a month now. I think I will quit and tackle the rest on my own.
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  • Was on Chantex for a month, I have been off of it for 11 days and have not had a cigarette for those 11 days. The side effects I have encountered are no patience, slight bouts of depression, short fuse and lapses of concentration. This seems to run cyclical. I haven't really felt any physical problems other than gas, very vivid dreams.Anyone else?my wife tried this drug and began having hallucinations and is very disoriented...she'll die sooner on this drug than she ever will smoking.
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  • I've been on it two weeks......first week....very vivid dreams....a couple of nightmares....less dreaming this second week and no nightmares...Some of the dreams were interesting!!! :) :)This week I'm exhausted....total fatigue.....And reading this blog.....I'm really into this loss of patience thing too. (Was blaming it entirely on my anal boss!!)I hope the fatigue passes. I don't like how tired I feel at all!!I do want to quit smoking so I'm going to give this a chance.
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  • I have been on Chantex for 6 weeks and am having thougths of suicide. I am in a deep depression, I am on Zoloft for depression and this has made it much worse.
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  • have been on Chantex for 6 weeks and feel suicidal. Am trying to hang in , am on Zoloft for depression. I am going off Chantex, my sleep patterns have changed and I have very vivid dreams but the worst are the nightmares. I wake up and think they are real. Today I didn't want to get out of bed, I was scared. I kept the covers over my head and couldn't get up. It was 4pm before I could function. But even then I couldn't focus enough to do anything.I feel like I am going crazy.
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  • I was prescribed Chantix today, I came home and called to see if insurance will cover the med. I am lucky I will have a $30 co-pay. I have been smoking for about 20 years, and need to quit, not only because of the money, but for my kids.I have read through the post here, and have decided (with research) to get it a try. I can always stop taking it, but I have to have help in quitting smoking, I am powerless to it.
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  • "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)."Wow - at least you can still type with your right hand and foot. I've had some similer symptoms, have been taking for 6 weeks and quit smoking and drinking 5 weeks ago. I quit drinking because it makes it easier not to smoke. I feel that the temporary discomforts are worth not smoking. I have quit several times and always started back. I do not want a cigarette, I have not wanted a cigarette in a while - I have not been able to say that for 20 years.Stop Smoking - Chantex works
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  • I am wondering how any of you who have posted thus far are doing since you last wrote. Are symptoms better or worse? If you stopped Chantix, did your symptoms disappear, lessen, or remain the same? I'm trying to find out more about this drug as my roommate is a heavy smoker and alcoholic. Since hearing recently that this drug may be helpful in quitting both cigarettes and alcohol, I'm trying to research Chantix before bringing it up with him.Any remarks would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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  • Starting my second week on Chantex My urge for smoking has been cut more than half. Nausea, Wild Wild dreams, chest pains the first week not sleeping well at all but very tired. Hope this med does good by me I tried every thing else and spent fortunes. Donna 56 NY
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  • I just got done the first month and have been doing great. But, I'm thinking about not going and getting the continuim pack. Today is day 1 without Chantex and I am feeling a little anxious. Anyone quit chantex like this?Also, I highly recommend trying chantex if you want to quit smoking. After taking it for 10 days or so, a cig would make me nausious. I followed the instructions and the side effects weren't bad. In fact, I dont think the drugs had any side effects. I think it was the withdrawel from nicotine, smoke, and the chemicals. I have been very congested and coughed up a lot of ****, but after a month, my lungs are starting to feel very good. I did battle fatigue a lot in weeks 1 and 2. Good luck guys.
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    • September 16, 2007
    • 10:09 PM
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  • I took chantex for a little over a month, it took my urge away to smoke, it was excellent for that. I couldn't believe how easy it was. However I had really bad dreams, as have others who have taken this medication. I did have gas, and if you don't eat a good amound before you take this medication, you will get very sick at your belly.
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    • September 19, 2007
    • 00:49 PM
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  • I started taking Chantix 10 days ago. I have noticed alot of muscle cramping, but not the joint pain. My husband quit smoking the same time I did, but he is not using the medicine. I wanted to let you all know that he has had more symptoms of irribility, insomnia and joint pain without any medicine than I have with it. I'm sure Chantix is probably causing some things, but it amazing me what the body will do when going through withdrawl.
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    • September 19, 2007
    • 03:48 PM
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  • Please consider Allan Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking - it saved my life. He talks about why we smoke and the actual way the addiction works. Please try this book. I smoked for 38 years.
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    • September 20, 2007
    • 05:31 PM
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  • I was on Champix (which is the UK equivalent to Chantex( for almost 4 weeks. Yes it definitely stops you from smoking, but I have had side effects/reactions, that are not listed in the medicines leaflet.Extreme depression, shaky leg thing going on (restless leg), pains in all of my joints,bad taste in my mouth and everyone and everything smells horrible!The nightmares were quite bad too, although some of the dreams were actually amazing and I don't know how I could have ever thought that kind of thought!Because of the sleepless nights I was very tired and grumpy too, very short tempered and shattered, close to tears and very emotional and angry.Its the taste thing with me at the moment.... Yesterday I had an orange and it tasted of FISH. I had a bread roll that tasted of BEER, coffee tastes of NEW PLASTIC FUMES, tea has the metallic taste u get when you put your tongue a battery, toothpaste tastes of VOMIT, alcohol is like PERFUME, in fact everything is just awful at the moment.I am wondering if its just me with all these other weird reactions or is there someone else out there?
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    • November 7, 2007
    • 04:03 PM
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  • WOW! This is something else. I was not sure either if it was the chantex or maybe I am going through menapause. October 17 I started using the chantex. It made me soooo tired that I was going to bed at 7 P.M. I could have earlier but fought to stay awake. I got up in the morning and took my chantex and within a half hour my husband saw the bags under my eyes again. I took the chantex for about 3 weeks and then I had to quit taking it. The good news is that I still have not smoked. The bad news is that I have become irritable, moody, suicidal feeling,am gaining weight, have a headache. THese symptoms are continuing even though I quite taking the chantex. EVERYTHING seems to get me angry. I cry easy. I am an emotional wreck. Two weekends ago I had to go to the doctor on a Friday during work because I honestly felt that I would kill myself that weekend if I did not get help. They put me on Welbutrin. I am doing somewhat better. The Welbutrin helps some but not much. If I take a dose later than I should then I feel it and start getting "mean" again. I went in this past week and had blood drawen to be checked for menapause. If I am not going through that then I will have to blame it on the chantex since I was not like this before taking the pill. I feel badly for my husband. He has stuck by me but it has been HARD! He is understanding and I am lucky about that! I will get back with you when I get the results of the menapause.
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    • November 22, 2007
    • 05:29 PM
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  • To Unregistered that's just beginning on the medication. Be prepared for a long journey. I'm in my second week and if I wasn't too old, I'd think I was expecting. The side effects are bad but I can tell it's working so I'll hang in.Stock up on anti nausea and constipation medication so you don't have to run to the drug store in the middle of the night! Good Luck. :)
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    • November 27, 2007
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  • Been on it for 12 days...today is my 3rd day of not smoking a cigarette. Im 37 years old and have been smoking since I was 16, time to STOP this nasty habit. This is how I feel about the side effects.1) Short temper...F*$K YA, but I dont think its the drug, every other time I tried to quit I would blow up. Or if I couldnt find a cigarette I would become a demon.2) the crazy vivid dreams are awesome, not as strong anymore hope they come back. In one I went to a tattoo removal place with Slash from Guns & Roses...I'm talking crazy vivid dreams.3) My shoulder is sore, but I wiped out bad surfing and hit it against my board. Cant blame the drug on that one either.4) I do have gas sometimes, but if I eat Taco Bell, or Hummus I get gas as well.IT WORKS!!! Hopefully I will never smoke another cigarette again.
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    • November 28, 2007
    • 04:28 AM
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