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Joint and muscular pain after taking chantix

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 4, 2006
  • 05:05 PM

Hi,

I took the new pill chantix to try to quit smoking about 8 weeks ago. 3 days after taking it I started to feel weak and sore. After 8 days I could hardly move, I was in pain everywhere. I stopped taking it and went to my Doctor, who said I have arthritis, and the chantix had nothing to do with it. However, before I took it I was in perfect health, I am 51 years old and very active. Has anyone else experienced this? I don't believe I have arthritis, the pain has decreased but is not gone.

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  • I had very bad joint pain, and severe depression from Chantix. Called pharmacist and was advised to stop taking it immediately.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 06:35 PM
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  • Hi, Im 38 and I started the Chantix the week between Christmas and New Years...I had my last cig the day after....I have smoked for 27 yrs...and LOVE to smoke...but felt I was pushing the limits and it was time to try and quit....I have been smoke free for 10 days...I have had to overwhelming cravings...but they only happen 2 or 3 times a day...so I think im doing ok....My problem is...since I started it I have been in some kind of mild euphoric daze...I lay in bed...Im very calm and peaceful...my husbands loves it...but have had to enery to do anything else..anyone else having these kinds of symptoms...and see I forgot what I was going to ask about in the first place...joint pain...My hands and fingers and ankles are killing me...my knuckles are swollen and my ankle that I had recunstructed 3 yrs ago and never had any discomfort is throbbing...It had me up half the night....anyone having these kind of symptoms....euphoria or sore joints???Let me know, pleasejen
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    • January 12, 2007
    • 09:35 PM
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  • I took Chantix for 3 1/2 weeks (Dec 06- jan 07). I quit because of severe migrain headaches of which I have never had or even mild headaches. While taking the drug I at times felt like my head was in a microwave and my brain was sizziling. Its been over a been ofer a month now since I quit the drug and I still have the headaches. I also am now in severe depression (From headaches or Chantix?) I did also experience knee and joint pain although not severe. Still have this now, but I had arthritis to begin with. At this point though I'm not sure if I'm going crazy or its the drug. I have also been suffering from depression for many years but this drug, or the headaches seem to have brought on a severe case of it.
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    • February 8, 2007
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  • Hi, Im 38 and I started the Chantix the week between Christmas and New Years...I had my last cig the day after....I have smoked for 27 yrs...and LOVE to smoke...but felt I was pushing the limits and it was time to try and quit....I have been smoke free for 10 days...I have had to overwhelming cravings...but they only happen 2 or 3 times a day...so I think im doing ok....My problem is...since I started it I have been in some kind of mild euphoric daze...I lay in bed...Im very calm and peaceful...my husbands loves it...but have had to enery to do anything else..anyone else having these kinds of symptoms...and see I forgot what I was going to ask about in the first place...joint pain...My hands and fingers and ankles are killing me...my knuckles are swollen and my ankle that I had recunstructed 3 yrs ago and never had any discomfort is throbbing...It had me up half the night....anyone having these kind of symptoms....euphoria or sore joints???Let me know, pleasejenYes, lots of aches and pains in my neck, shoulders and lower back. I'm just beginning my third week of Chantix. My physician is telling me that it could be due to the Chantix's effect on my dopamine levels. She says if it isn't better in a week she will add cymbalta to my Chantix. It's an antidepression medication that is used by people with fibromylagia. She tells me that feeling relaxed or a little blue may be normal since dopamine is decreased.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 08:15 PM
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  • I started taking Chantix in the beginning of January, I didn't realize what was happening, my knees hurt a little, and I thought it was because I had gained a few pounds (+/- 5), and i started noticing joint pain in my fingers, then later in my toes, and about a week or so ago in my elbows along with soreness in my shoulders and back. It seemed to get exponentially worse suddenly this week even though I don't always take 2 pills a day, and lately take just one most days. I wish I would have known this was a side effect because I had no idea what was going on. Chantix is great medicin, and if I knew that the symptoms would go away, I would have taken it anyhow. I have quit taking it for now and hopefully it will go away.
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  • I felt compelled to post my experience with Chantix as well. I took it for 6 days, and did feel the 'euphoria' several people are describing here. I also noticed that I was 'disconnected' from day to day activities, and started to do some really spacey things. On the 6th day, I noticed the joint pain in my wrists and knees. I looked at the insert from the pharmacy which noted to call your doctor if this was experienced. I also noted that mental changes were mentioned on the insert. I quit taking the drug 15 days ago, and am feeling severe depression, agitation, forgetfullness, and continued joint pain. The most disturbing to me, however, is the disconnected feeling from tasks at hand. I am unable to concentrate, I am forgetting things a minute after I think about them, and sometimes not hearing/absorbing what people are saying to me. My mood ranges from feeling like bawling to being very agitated and short tempered with people to feeling as though I am going to have a panic attack. Very scary. I did not have these symptoms prior to taking this drug. And while I am quite upset about the lingering joint pain (I am 37 years old, and do not have a history of this) I am feeling extremely anxious about the mental changes that seemed to have taken place. My doctor says it is Serotonin withdrawel from having taken the drug. They advised to give it at least a couple of weeks, which it has been. My question to the forum...while at least some people have mentioned their joint pain has gone away, has anyone experienced the mental/mood changes, but did have them resolve? If so, how long did it last?I did not even make it to the 'quit' day. :(
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  • I am a 28 year old mother (not feeling like a very good mom lately). I had taken chantix for 8days and this moring is the first day that I will not take it. I am having the severe muscle and joint pain and also feel like my gait (walking) is off a bit. My arms hurt too! I am trying to figure out if it is muscle, bone, tendon or what! As of yesterday I was planning on going to MD this morning I wanted labs drawn and everything tested, my Goodness I thought I had bone cancer or something, Pretty scary for a 28 year old mom. Anyway I cancelled my appointment after finding this, I am sure it is chantix. I am just wondering if anyone has found anything that has helped, I keep reading about antidepressents and seratonin? I am in desperate need of something because I dont even feel like getting up and walking across the room and my skin and body feels so irritable that I can hardly have my 5yr old sitting next to me. I cant really do the pain pill thing so if anyone has any suggestions that would be great. I am concerened about my son, nursing license, and overall health. I hope everone starts feeling better soon you will be in my thoughts and prayers!!!! God Bless
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  • I've taken it for 20 days now. No joint pain but I do see the mental effects. Sorta of goofy and it does not mix well with Zoloft and alcohol. It seems to intensify the effects 3 fold. Anyone else have that problem? I like CHantix although I have slipped up a few times. It just makes them taste bad and the urge is less.
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  • I am a 28 year old mother (not feeling like a very good mom lately). I had taken chantix for 8days and this moring is the first day that I will not take it. I am having the severe muscle and joint pain and also feel like my gait (walking) is off a bit. My arms hurt too! I am trying to figure out if it is muscle, bone, tendon or what! As of yesterday I was planning on going to MD this morning I wanted labs drawn and everything tested, my Goodness I thought I had bone cancer or something, Pretty scary for a 28 year old mom. Anyway I cancelled my appointment after finding this, I am sure it is chantix. I am just wondering if anyone has found anything that has helped, I keep reading about antidepressents and seratonin? I am in desperate need of something because I dont even feel like getting up and walking across the room and my skin and body feels so irritable that I can hardly have my 5yr old sitting next to me. I cant really do the pain pill thing so if anyone has any suggestions that would be great. I am concerened about my son, nursing license, and overall health. I hope everone starts feeling better soon you will be in my thoughts and prayers!!!! God BlessPlease go ahead and go to your doctor and get some steroids to take care of your inflamation. My feet and hands hurt so bad my doctor sent me to a rheumatologist. The steroids are the only thing that made me feel better. Good luck.
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  • Hi, I too took Chantix. I quit smoking. When I was taking the chantix and I was so happy that there was a medicine that was going to help me I did not notice the side effects. I did quit smoking. But right afterwards I experienced the most painful joint pain moving throughout my whole body. My feet felt like they were on fire and they swelled. My doctor sent me to a rheumtologist. She has been treating me for the last 8 weeks. Using steroids was the only thing that helped me walk. My hands also hurt so bad. The scary part is I was recommending Chantix to everyone. I was saying it is a miracle drug. Luckly, I was at the park with my family yesterday and My sister told me about her friend who was having the same problems I was since taking chantix. So I came home and looked it up and found all of these post. Thank you so much for posting and I wish you all luck. I hope these reactions will go away. I would like to add that I was on the chantix for about 5 weeks. Please don't feel you have to take it for 3 or 6 months. I would quit it one week after I stopped smoking. Don't drag it out.
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  • I felt compelled to post my experience with Chantix as well. I took it for 6 days, and did feel the 'euphoria' several people are describing here. I also noticed that I was 'disconnected' from day to day activities, and started to do some really spacey things. On the 6th day, I noticed the joint pain in my wrists and knees. I looked at the insert from the pharmacy which noted to call your doctor if this was experienced. I also noted that mental changes were mentioned on the insert. I quit taking the drug 15 days ago, and am feeling severe depression, agitation, forgetfullness, and continued joint pain. The most disturbing to me, however, is the disconnected feeling from tasks at hand. I am unable to concentrate, I am forgetting things a minute after I think about them, and sometimes not hearing/absorbing what people are saying to me. My mood ranges from feeling like bawling to being very agitated and short tempered with people to feeling as though I am going to have a panic attack. Very scary. I did not have these symptoms prior to taking this drug. And while I am quite upset about the lingering joint pain (I am 37 years old, and do not have a history of this) I am feeling extremely anxious about the mental changes that seemed to have taken place. My doctor says it is Serotonin withdrawel from having taken the drug. They advised to give it at least a couple of weeks, which it has been. My question to the forum...while at least some people have mentioned their joint pain has gone away, has anyone experienced the mental/mood changes, but did have them resolve? If so, how long did it last?I did not even make it to the 'quit' day. :(Not sure if I am posting this correctly but my husband took Chantix for 2 weeks and has now been off of it for 2 weeks. He is depressed as well. Not as bad as last week where he would cry out of nowhere but is still in a bad funk. He is very withdrawn and can not focus on a thought. I am also wondering how long it takes for this medication to get out of his system. Wondering if this gets resolved over time or does he need a therapist to get through this???
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  • I took Chantix for approx. 7 weeks. I had joint pain start from about the third day, but thought I had injured by shoulder. Then the pain progressed to my ribs and hip. I went to an orthopedic doctor and was checked, but he nor I thought it could be the Chantix. Proceeded to a chiropractor (diagnosed bursitis in shoulder) and I have been living in ***l till I heard that it was probably the Chantix. I have been off it for three days, not much improvement yet. I am exhausted from lack of sleep and pain. This week is is even hard to shift the car and it is automatic.Pass the word to all that are considering taking this drug. I can only wish them well and hope they do not have these side effects.
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  • Wow! Very interesting stuff from everyone. I too have just recently started taking Chantix & I do not notice the muscle & joint pain but let me inform you that I already have chronic back pain from messed up discs so if there was or is any muscle/joint pain..it is already masked through my existing pain or my tolerance level is just high from my previous injury. What I HAVE experienced is the Nauseousness - usually pretty intense within the first 10 minutes of taking it & sometimes will keep creeping off and on for about an hour - so I drink more water (probably dehydrated as well too). Have also experienced the vivid dreams & when I first started the drug I noticed a somewhat surge of energy & wasn't sleeping as well...maybe 3-4 hours with some crazy dreams and then waking up & I am a person that LOVES sleep. Here's where it gets a little strange...My first 4 weeks were finished and I was doing well with not smoking but still had some urge - mostly when I was feeling extremely stressed or around a lot of other smokers (the after eating & while driving in the car and all the other little triggers were easy to control) so I was doing well with not smoking BUT KEEP READING & so I didn't get my prescription refilled and for the following 2-3 weeks I started feeling extremely depressed; couldn't focus or think straight and even thought I was having a mental breakdown as someone else mentioned. I started smoking again..not as much as I used to but all the crazy feelings I was experiencing led me to go buy a pack of smokes - still felt depressed - still felt like my brain just wasn't functioning like it should be. SO now I have decided to try another 4 weeks of this stuff and am paying EXTRA attention to everything. I have bookmarked this forum & will try to come back and post again after the next 4 weeks. Thanks to everyone for posting & the informative links. This is how we stay informed & can figure out what's really going on here! (34 female)Akhila777
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  • I started taking Chantix in late December. My quit date was January 2nd. I have not had a cigarette since and like others felt Chantix was a miracle drug.In mid March, I had forgotten to take my nightly dose of Chantix for 4 days. I decided that was a good time to quit it. I've been off of it for about a month. I still have joint pain - especially in my knees and some tingling in my hands and feet. I would think that after a month, symptoms would have disappeared. Has anyone else had symptoms for this long? Do they ever stop?
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  • I started taking Chantix in late December. My quit date was January 2nd. I have not had a cigarette since and like others felt Chantix was a miracle drug.In mid March, I had forgotten to take my nightly dose of Chantix for 4 days. I decided that was a good time to quit it. I've been off of it for about a month. I still have joint pain - especially in my knees and some tingling in my hands and feet. I would think that after a month, symptoms would have disappeared. Has anyone else had symptoms for this long? Do they ever stop?I started Chantix the same time you did. I stopped Chantix after the 3 months, but it was awful. The joint and muscle pain got worse, plus I had cravings for a cigarette. So I got another month's worth of Chantix. Took the first week 1 in morning one at night. Then I went to 3/4 morning, 1/2 night. Now I am on 1/2 morning, 1/2 night. Next week I will do 1/2 morning only. I really hope it works. Would love to hear from anyone else that has tapered off and did it work?
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  • I'm glad I found this and I guess I just need to say this to somebody. I started taking Chantix August of last year. I quit Smoking September 8th, and am still smoke free. I took almost the whole 3 months worth of Chantix as my last dose was in the beginning of December. About 6 weeks later, every joint in my body started to hurt. I thought it was the flu, but it didn't go away. I am now seeing a rheumatologist (who says he's never heard of Chantix causing joint pain...) who can't find anything wrong with my joints. I could see this being a side effect, but it didn't start until 6 weeks after my last dose. I had no unusual side effects (bloating and flatulence were really all I had), and can't figure out if this is really related. And, if it is, how can I make it go away, since it's been 3 months already? I am 33 years old, and I feel like an 80 year old woman. Any ideas?
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  • I am having the same problem...not joint pain but bladder pressure...so horrible it has completely ruined life as I once knew it. The thing is it didn't start til a week or two after I stopped taking chantix. How is that possible?
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  • Hi Jen,Yes I have had the same symptoms. I have discontinued the Chantix. I have only taken it for about 2 1/2 weeks. For three days now I have had severe joint pain. Especially where I have had an injury. I have occasional pain or discomfort in these areas. But nothing like I have had recently. I also felt like my kidneys were going to explode. Just miserable. Also very dazed and dreamy. Not me normally.
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  • Message #83 talked about pain under the rib cage and message #93 stated he and his wife had to have their gall bladder removed.I started Chantix on March 24th and quit taking it on April 14th. I've had increased joint pain, upper back pain (into the neck), hip pain, headaches, dreams, feeling disconnected and agitated, and had constipation.On April 10th I started having painful tenderness in my upper abdomen just under my rib cage. By the 14th the pain was radiating out just like when I had my gall bladder problem. I don't have my gall bladder anymore so I figured possible pancreas problem and stopped taking Chantix because I'd been not feeling quite right (general sense of something is wrong with this medication).I now have an elongated knot from my ribs downward about 4 inches but it's only 1/2 inch wide. My doctor says it's right under the skin so he thinks its a muscle. If this is still a problem in a few weeks I'll have a sonogram.Since I stopped the Chantix I've come out of the fog I was in and I'm more like my old self but the increase paid and shoulder/neck problems are still happening.vlh
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  • I took chantix for 1 and 1/2 weeks in March and I still feel not like myself.I felt in the fog,and had some body pains but the worst was the stomach problems that I still have now.One day I will be constipated with really bad pain,and then the next day Im in the bathroom all day.My stomach makes loud noises all the time.I have little to no energy whatsoever.Has anyone else felt this way?I see alot that have joint pain,but wonder if anyone else has been off the chantix this long and have had bad stomach problems.I did not ween myself off the pills I just threw them away,and I stll am smoking.What a waste this was.
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