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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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  • please be careful when taking this drug..my sister who has an anxiety disorder was prescribed this medication to quit smoking. Her doctor told her the only side effects were naseau and sleep problems. Chantix has set off panic attacks, depression, major joint and pain especially in her shoulder and back. SHe has been to countless doctors for the pain. It seemed as if her anti anxiety meds were not working at all and either were her pain meds. After realizing that the all this started happening at the time of starting the chantix..she stopped.. within two days i felt she was back to normal (not depressed and sleeping during the day)..she still is having problems with her normal dose of xanex calmingher down and still has pain but its only been a few days. I know Chantix works wonders for some people, ive read plenty of wonderful reviews..But there are also other people thathave sensative systems so please do your hw before taking. I thank God for boards like these, where people can gather information from other peoples experiences and not have to rely just on product info. I think this drug is too new and a lot more side effects will come to light..good luck to all those quitting smoking! you can do it!
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    • February 22, 2007
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  • Thanks to God for finding your E-mails. Since starting chantix I havesearched the web four times trying to find out why I feel like this.I truly was starting to think I was going off the deep end ( no offensemeant to anyone ). I am crying from relief as I type this.I was really sick with a upper chest infection at the end of Dec.I got so sick I decided this was the best time for me to stop smoking.I went to the doctor and amongst the other drugs for the infectionI got a prescription for chantix. I started taking the pills Jan 1st.I am currently on Effexor for anxiety and depression. The pills workgreat in the fight against smoking withdrawal , however I am nota functioning human being on these pills. I am depressed and physicallysleeping (not tossing and turning like my sleep pattern from the pastif I was depressed) 12 hours a day when I can and still tired when Iget up. I am always extremely tired (not like me at all), do not want togo anywhere or do anything that I have to get off the couch to do.I am not a lazy or laid back person by nature so the worry set in.My behave when I drank alcohol was like a mania and got me into trouble.I was loosing my mind over this until right now when I read your forum.God bless you. I took my last pill this morning. Maybe now I can geta shower or I may have to wait until these pills are out of my system sinceI am truly exhausted. I hope I can stay off the cigs because at this stageon chantix I want to start again because I am going crazy.Will get back on in a few days to let you know if I feel better.
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  • Hi, I am on my 3rd week of Chantix. I haven't smoked in two weeks. That's the good news.....I am a Medical Technologist......I have been aching so bad that I decided I needed to run some lab tests on myself. Of course, they all were normal. I was really beginning to think that had some type of horrible disabling disease. My legs, hands,neck, shoulders,everything aches so bad! I too, am on Paxil for anxiety disorder, which has helped me tremendously, but lately, I have been wondering why I have felt so bad and feel depressed. I guess now I have an idea. I am going to try to go Chantix free and see if my symptoms disappear. I have always been very active but not lately. I am totally wiped out! Let's hope this works.........
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  • Thanks to God for finding your E-mails. Since starting chantix I havesearched the web four times trying to find out why I feel like this.I truly was starting to think I was going off the deep end ( no offensemeant to anyone ). I am crying from relief as I type this....I am currently on Effexor for anxiety and depression. The pills workgreat in the fight against smoking withdrawal , however I am nota functioning human being on these pills. I am depressed and physicallysleeping (not tossing and turning like my sleep pattern from the pastif I was depressed) 12 hours a day when I can and still tired when Iget up. ... I hope I can stay off the cigs because at this stageon chantix I want to start again because I am going crazy.Will get back on in a few days to let you know if I feel better.F/32. I just googled Chantix and depression this morning due to severe depression. I also take Effexor for anxiety. Was pretty "blue" 2 weeks ago - 2 weeks into the med, but thought it might be a side effect of the drug along with PMSing. Got a little better after I got my period, but had the worst night of my life last night. I'm planning on seeing my Dr. tomorrow - I don't care what I have to do to be seen last minute. I haven't experienced the fatigue, but I would def. say concentrating can be difficult at times. I'm thankful that this drug has helped me quit smoking, but I sincerely hope I come out of this severe funk when I finish the 1st pack (in 3 days). I don't think I'll continue to the 2nd month, as I am beginning to worry what continued use will do to my mental state of mind.
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  • I am so glad that i have been reading all of these posts. I haven't had an "anxiety attack" in 15 years and since I have quit the Chantix 4 days ago I have had one every day . I even talked to my MD today who has put me back on Effexor. The leg cramps I experieced have past thank goodness. Still not smoking not really even thinking about it. I hope these attackes get under control because I hate them. So now that I know I am not alone maybe I won't be such a crazy menopausal women!
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  • Im taking Chantix, and I havent felt a ***n thing while taking it. but you all got me scared over here one person quoted that chantix 'caused them to feel like they're stomach was coming out. and others say fda didnt approve them.and then of course the muscle ache, which every doctor should tell you.. you will get that. When you take meds, you have a re action. that are bad regardless if you're taking tylenol. or ibuprofen. You people rather quit chantix, and die from lung cancer. which isnt pretty. I've seen it. But anywho, im gonna take your alls advice, im gonna quit taking chantix.. because I do have an anxiety disorder, i do drive. I do everything you all quote. My vision isnt blurry though, i'd sure hate for that to happen. and I havent had any weird dreams, other than my usual dreams I have every night. Anywho, if anyone has any good information about chantix try adding me i'd like to have some support about taking it. 'cause i'd rather have a headache over lung cancer anyday. thanks.
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  • 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???Update to my previous quote. Per my persuasion my husband went to a psychiatrist - turns out he is going through manic depression. He never had a history of any sort of depression before. Doctor is not sure how long this will last or if it will occur again later in life. He has been prescribed seroquil and a low dosage of alprazolam. My husband has been very honest with me regarding his feelings and thoughts which is putting me through major anxiety. I have done some research about manic depression and it is a pretty nasty and scary thing. I put my full faith and trust in God and pray that this will pass. I want my husband back!! It kills me that this drug is being prescribed and putting so many people in harm!!
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  • Dear Fellow Addicts,After smoking two packs of cigarettes for 35 years I am finally nicotine-free. I have been taking Chantix for six weeks and have been a non-smoker for 32 days. I have experienced none of the aches and pains described here, just a bit of mental fogginess. Big deal.Stopping any addiction is bound to cause anxiety and an increased self-awareness. It is normal to blame all new physical problems on the new drug one is taking. Those of you that are so concerned with the side effects of Chantix might do well to consider the side effects of smoking (cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, etc.) Chantix saved my life. It's that simple.Best of luck to you all, but please don't discourage those desperate smokers who have not yet tried Chantix. That would be murder.Sincerely,Former smoker
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  • I've been on chantix for 6 days now and having stomach pain, increased anxiety but no muscle pain yet although, I felt so terrible this morning, I called in sick. You people are right! I read the enclosure the doctor gave to me and couldn't believe the possible side effects. I wish I could list them all right here but the possibly my heart could stop scared the crap out of me. ie, CARDIAC DISORDERS infrequent: Angina pectoris, Arrhythimia, Bradycardia, Ventricular extrasystoles, Myocardial infarction, Palpitations, Tachycardia, etc. Just read the enclosure! Sound more dangerous than smoking. I've stopped smoking cold turkey for a couple of weeks before and it was ***l but I lived though it but I didn't make any new friends and lost a few in the process. I feel safer just smoking.
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  • I have been on chantix for 15 days today. I will admit the cravings I have always experienced with quiting smoking has disappeared, but at what cost? The first 7 days of the starter kit was not that bad. I felt tired and had weird dreams. Then when I started the stronger dose, what a difference. The dizziness, nausea and vomiting started. Depression, clouded thoughts, flu symptoms, constant bloatness, social anxiety, anger, sleeping 12+ hours a day, barely been to the gym since I started this medication because lack of motivation, my memory is off, and I lose track of time, I just feel plain AWFUL! This is not worth it to me. And I only took the stronger dose for 2 days and then I started to take a half a pill which was the same dosage as when I began the kit and still felt all of the above side effects. Two days ago I started taking it once a day. I am still off but I did get up nice and early today and worked out. I really felt good till I took my once a day dose. Tomorrow I don't think I am going to take any. These side effects have cured me from ever smoking again because I never want to feel like this again! I am going to deal with this the old fashioned way, cold turkey!
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  • Update to my previous quote. Per my persuasion my husband went to a psychiatrist - turns out he is going through manic depression. He never had a history of any sort of depression before. Doctor is not sure how long this will last or if it will occur again later in life. He has been prescribed seroquil and a low dosage of alprazolam. My husband has been very honest with me regarding his feelings and thoughts which is putting me through major anxiety. I have done some research about manic depression and it is a pretty nasty and scary thing. I put my full faith and trust in God and pray that this will pass. I want my husband back!! It kills me that this drug is being prescribed and putting so many people in harm!!The joint and muscle pain is so bad even now after 3 months off Chantix, that I forgot to even mention my depression! Add severe edema and major weight gain to that--------I was better off smoking!
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  • I've been reading here after discovering this forum last week from another forum that I found while I searching for adverseside effects of Chantix. I have not used the drug but my husband did and he did quit smoking, which was what the aim wasof him taking the drug. He took the drug about 3 weeks and I saw him climbing the walls at night and moving all over thethe place wildly when sleeping. He had developed chest pain and upper gum pain after starting the drug started living on ibuprofen. He had big personality changes going on too. He would go from super sweet, to meanand arguementitive with me being the cause of it all, so I did some searching and ended up here and saw all this and convinced him to taper off it, which he did rather fastly, but he is has been off now for 4 days now.The chest pains stopped. His upper gums are still very bad. The reason he quit smoking is he has to get upper dentures, very soon and they wanted him smoke free. But the gum pain did not start until after he started Chantix and its been none stop since. He is still very up and down and all over the place and I do hope that leaves him soon, its hard to live with someone who abruptly changes there personality whenever and takes it out on you.What concerns me is I see many people here going onto antidepressants after the Chantix, to relieve what they are going through and it scares me that this might be the beginning of the drug road for them. Antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs, are addictive and very hard to get off, and the w/d from them can be very severe and for many long lasting. I have been drug free for over 6 years now, but after 1 1/2 years of Xanax use and then 9 months of Paxil I went through a 2 1/2 year big time w/d. All for a life crisis anxiety I experienced.So in hope that someone might be spared I am going to give those who need it website that I found long ago that helps others get off these drugs or just learn about them. The owner, Laurie is also an activist and is out there all the time fighting to get changes that are needed on our prescription drugs. She, along withothers fought and got the black box warning for children onto antidepressants, and continues the fight to this day. She is now at work at it being mandatory for physians and pharmicists to get the instruction sheet on the drug (the full one) out to each and every patient and to inform them of it. The address is http://www.paxilprogress.org/forums/. Good luck to each and everyone of you and I wish you success in your quitting smoking. I know my husband intends to continue to not smoke. And I hope everyone heals quickly from whatever adverse effects they have gotten from this drug quickly, including my husband.Lilly
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  • I too started on the Chantix program to quit smoking. One week after I began, I started having the pains in my muscles. The doctor has sent me for test after test and all is normal. The only thing they can tell me is that they think I have a little arthritis. I have also experienced horrible nightmares and anxiety attacks now. Is there anyone else out there experiencing this?
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  • just so you know, it is VERY common for people to self medicate depression with... guess what..... cigarettes... so, about 6 months after quiting smoking, if you are still depressed, you need to seek expert advices....sometimes it is just a symptom of quitting... but, sometimes it is worse...Update to my previous quote. Per my persuasion my husband went to a psychiatrist - turns out he is going through manic depression. He never had a history of any sort of depression before. Doctor is not sure how long this will last or if it will occur again later in life. He has been prescribed seroquil and a low dosage of alprazolam. My husband has been very honest with me regarding his feelings and thoughts which is putting me through major anxiety. I have done some research about manic depression and it is a pretty nasty and scary thing. I put my full faith and trust in God and pray that this will pass. I want my husband back!! It kills me that this drug is being prescribed and putting so many people in harm!!
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    • August 20, 2007
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  • Follow-up to #385... my brother tried to warn me against taking Chantix. He started taking it back in Feb or March 07 and stopped right after he was taking the full dose. He said everything was great up until that point, but after that, he had a very frightening episode of anxiety. He called Pfizer to inquire about what was happening to him and got the same responses other people mentioned (i.e. "unique symptom"), but he persisted and got one of their people to mention that anxiety was reported with some frequency and magnitude in the trials -- only there was not one word about it in the literature. Why not? Rather than accepting responsibility on any level, they tried to tell him that it was a symptom of nicotine withdrawal. He said that wasn't possible because he never quit smoking. In fact, on account of the anxiety that came over him, he began smoking 2-3X the normal amount. So it can't be nicotine withdrawal if he never withdrew -- unless we consider that his receptors may have been blocked. Maybe, although he was smoking, his brain was not getting the usual nicotine fix, which means it could have been withrawal of sorts. He immediately stopped the Chantix and will eventually look for another way to quit smoking. For myself, I can definitely see why it is being considered for alcohol cessation. Along with not wanting to smoke, I really had almost zero desire to drink. I wasn't trying to stop drinking at all, but ended up cutting back considerably. In the past 6 months, I can't say how many glasses of wine I've poured, but didn't actually drink. Dozens just sat on a coaster until I eventually poured the entire untouched glass down the drain. When I ended up in the emergency room with symptoms of a heart attack, my brother immediately started blaming the Chantix. I was released from the ER after many tests that were all normal. The ER doctors speculated that I was having some sort of nicotine withdrawal, but admitted they hadn't seen anything like that before. Since then, my symptoms have persisted and others have developed as well. I've been to my internist, a pulmonologist and a cardiologist, several times each. I went to an endocrinologist, too. They all said that I'm fine. I'm thinking I should have more bloodwork done and compare the results to my pre-Chantix panels. In July, I had two sleep studies done and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. After six weeks on APAP, I'm not feeling better like I should. Today, I'll be seeing my pulmonologist to find out if there is any apnea or APAP-related explanation for why I'm still so tired, unmotivated, foggy, unable to focus or concentrate or organize my thoughts. Previously, they confirmed that my levels were perfect and my incidents were less than one per hour. I am also 100% compliant with the APAP. At first, I was blaming all my symptoms on the sleep apnea and just waiting patiently for the treatment to start working for me, but that no longer makes sense. When I was looking for answers for my ongoing symptoms, I ended up at this site and now I believe, without question, that it's all rightdfully attributed to the Chantix. I would really like to hear people who took the drug for the full 12 weeks (as directed)reporting that their symptoms are clearing up. Anyone?
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    • September 13, 2007
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  • Follow-up to #385... my brother tried to warn me against taking Chantix. He started taking it back in Feb or March 07 and stopped right after he was taking the full dose. He said everything was great up until that point, but after that, he had a very frightening episode of anxiety. He called Pfizer to inquire about what was happening to him and got the same responses other people mentioned (i.e. "unique symptom"), but he persisted and got one of their people to mention that anxiety was reported with some frequency and magnitude in the trials -- only there was not one word about it in the literature. Why not? Rather than accepting responsibility on any level, they tried to tell him that it was a symptom of nicotine withdrawal. He said that wasn't possible because he never quit smoking. In fact, on account of the anxiety that came over him, he began smoking 2-3X the normal amount. So it can't be nicotine withdrawal if he never withdrew -- unless we consider that his receptors may have been blocked. Maybe, although he was smoking, his brain was not getting the usual nicotine fix, which means it could have been withrawal of sorts. He immediately stopped the Chantix and will eventually look for another way to quit smoking. For myself, I can definitely see why it is being considered for alcohol cessation. Along with not wanting to smoke, I really had almost zero desire to drink. I wasn't trying to stop drinking at all, but ended up cutting back considerably. In the past 6 months, I can't say how many glasses of wine I've poured, but didn't actually drink. Dozens just sat on a coaster until I eventually poured the entire untouched glass down the drain. When I ended up in the emergency room with symptoms of a heart attack, my brother immediately started blaming the Chantix. I was released from the ER after many tests that were all normal. The ER doctors speculated that I was having some sort of nicotine withdrawal, but admitted they hadn't seen anything like that before. Since then, my symptoms have persisted and others have developed as well. I've been to my internist, a pulmonologist and a cardiologist, several times each. I went to an endocrinologist, too. They all said that I'm fine. I'm thinking I should have more bloodwork done and compare the results to my pre-Chantix panels. In July, I had two sleep studies done and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. After six weeks on APAP, I'm not feeling better like I should. Today, I'll be seeing my pulmonologist to find out if there is any apnea or APAP-related explanation for why I'm still so tired, unmotivated, foggy, unable to focus or concentrate or organize my thoughts. Previously, they confirmed that my levels were perfect and my incidents were less than one per hour. I am also 100% compliant with the APAP. At first, I was blaming all my symptoms on the sleep apnea and just waiting patiently for the treatment to start working for me, but that no longer makes sense. When I was looking for answers for my ongoing symptoms, I ended up at this site and now I believe, without question, that it's all rightdfully attributed to the Chantix. I would really like to hear people who took the drug for the full 12 weeks (as directed)reporting that their symptoms are clearing up. Anyone?I have been through everything you have, almost to the letter. I took Chantix for 3 months. I have spent a small fortune in tests and specialists for symptoms like you described, along with several ER visits. Was convinced that something terrible was happening to me. But, all tests/scans came back normal. I thought I was having a heart attack, stroke, or some serious disease. I have serious anxiety/panic attacks now. Sometimes, several a day. I missed a lot of work. I've never had these problems before--EVER! Now, I'm having to take Prozac and Xyprexa. I was beginning to think I had some horrible disease or disorder.All my tests/scans have come back normal. It's been about a week since I stopped taking it and I'm starting to feel better. But, some things are still happening (vertigo, blurry vision, numbness/tingling in my arms and legs, slow thinking), but not as bad as they were. I hope it all goes away completely. I want to feel like myself again. I do believe that Chantix messes up our brain chemistry. Just hope it's not permanent. I just started seeing a neurologist that I am asking to give me a complete work up to see if there is any neurological damage. Hope this helps you not feeling alone in this. I'm saying prayers and crossing my fingers that this all goes away really soon. I reported my experience online to the FDA. I think everyone should. The more they hear, the more likely it will prompt an investigation. I have this hunch we will be hearing about Chantix, like the other drugs this company has produced, on the news in the not-so-distant future. Hang in there!
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    • September 16, 2007
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  • I would be really careful - because of the link between this and Seratonin - cold turkey could be the same effect as going off Lexapro or Effexor cold turkey. You could feel anxious, depressed, dizzy for weeks on end.My advice would be to taper off and ask your doctor for a low dose anti-anxiety medication to taper off some symptoms when you stop. I think Ativan is the best since withdrawal is usually limited to a couple of days vs. Xanax which can take much longer.
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  • JimK I have smoked for over thirty years. I had quit on three previous occasions, never for more then 8 months. Several people O knew told me about Chantix and how well it worked. I went to my doctor and received a prescription for Chantix. I began taking it on July 31st. I followed the instructions and made sure that I ate and drank plenty of water so as to avoid the possible nausea. I did not experience any nausea from taking the drug except on those days where I did not eat or drink as recommended. On August 7th I quit smoking. After one month I stopped taking Chantix. My last dose was August 28th. During the first two weeks of having taken the drug I developed a rash and joint pain. In the morning when I work my ankles were very sore. I also developed a numbness on the right side of my face. I was checked for lyme disease which came back inconclusive. I was given a three week supply of anti-biotic. The weakness and the facial numbnesss stayed with me and approximately three weeks ago I developed a tighness under my ribs. I went for a follow up medical exam and outside of a slightly elevated white blood cell count everything was normal. About one week ago the numbness on my face got worse and i went to the ER because I thought I might be having a stroke. All tests again came back normal. Last week I started experiencing severe muscle weekness and could hardly walk. I again wound up at the ER and again everything came back normal. The weakness comes and goes as does increased anxiety and depression. I actually did not atrribute my symptoms to the Chantix until the other day. Prior to taking chantix I did not have any physical problems at all. I used to walk every day, at least three miles at a 4 mile per hour pace. I am also not an individual that goes to the doctor except for annual check ups. In fact prior to my suffering from these symptoms, I would have looked at anyone complaining of these symptoms without any medical proof to back up as neurotic. I do believe my symptoms have been caused by the Chantix and I do hope they disappear. Ps: The bloggers who believe that the symptoms complained of on this blog are from nicotine withdrawal are morons. I have quit on three separate occasions for over 6 months and have never suffered these symptoms.
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    • September 24, 2007
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  • JimK I have smoked for over thirty years. I had quit on three previous occasions, never for more then 8 months. Several people O knew told me about Chantix and how well it worked. I went to my doctor and received a prescription for Chantix. I began taking it on July 31st. I followed the instructions and made sure that I ate and drank plenty of water so as to avoid the possible nausea. I did not experience any nausea from taking the drug except on those days where I did not eat or drink as recommended. On August 7th I quit smoking. After one month I stopped taking Chantix. My last dose was August 28th. During the first two weeks of having taken the drug I developed a rash and joint pain. In the morning when I work my ankles were very sore. I also developed a numbness on the right side of my face. I was checked for lyme disease which came back inconclusive. I was given a three week supply of anti-biotic. The weakness and the facial numbnesss stayed with me and approximately three weeks ago I developed a tighness under my ribs. I went for a follow up medical exam and outside of a slightly elevated white blood cell count everything was normal. About one week ago the numbness on my face got worse and i went to the ER because I thought I might be having a stroke. All tests again came back normal. Last week I started experiencing severe muscle weekness and could hardly walk. I again wound up at the ER and again everything came back normal. The weakness comes and goes as does increased anxiety and depression. I actually did not atrribute my symptoms to the Chantix until the other day. Prior to taking chantix I did not have any physical problems at all. I used to walk every day, at least three miles at a 4 mile per hour pace. I am also not an individual that goes to the doctor except for annual check ups. In fact prior to my suffering from these symptoms, I would have looked at anyone complaining of these symptoms without any medical proof to back up as neurotic. I do believe my symptoms have been caused by the Chantix and I do hope they disappear. Ps: The bloggers who believe that the symptoms complained of on this blog are from nicotine withdrawal are morons. I have quit on three separate occasions for over 6 months and have never suffered these symptoms.You said it correctly!! I am on a campaign against Chantix. I have told everyone I know and emailed them this website as proof. I quit taking Chantix the 6th of this month. My knee is just now getting to where there is no pain when I walk. I tell everyone to quit smoking cold turkey. They had me convinced that it would be like black tar heroin withdrawals (not quite that bad). Now I know they are full of ****. I tell everyone DO NOT TAKE CHANTIX!!!!
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    • September 25, 2007
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  • JimK...Wow! You're the first that I've heard of with the numbing in the face! Please let us know how this comes out! Like some others, I think maybe they're actually gathering data from our use. I know that posts are being read on different sites according to the news article on ABC's GMA show. I did quit smoking, have been smoke free since 6/4,but I have paid a price with my health. I hope that what I am feeling now is NOT PERMANENT! Like you, I never went to the Dr. unless I was REALLY sick,which was seldom. I let my kids talk me into going to get a "check up" after my husband passed away 2 years ago. The story goes on from there,but I will stop here. The one thing that irritates me at this point, the DR. wants to put me on an antidepressant. She says that is why my joints and muscles ache. She's right,I am depressed because I am tired all of the time,I've gained weight and I hurt! I didn't have these problems before I took this drug and now she wants me to take another drug to cover up? I don't think so! I'll see if I can ride out the storm on my own.Health and Happiness to all.....Peabody Although the degree of facial numbness changes it never disappears completely. The anxiety and depression come and go, as does the muscle weakness and abdominal tightness. My doctor has also prescribed a medication to be taken daily (Lexipro). I have started taking it but am not happy about being on a daily medication. However one of the blogs left here, I do not recall the number, stated that the Lexipro worked for him. I am also sceduled for another MRI. I will keep you posted. PS: I have noticed that the mornings are better then later in the day and I have been trying to get in an early walk before I become fatigued. Although the walks are realtively short it is better then nothing. I hope you feel better soon.
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