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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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  • Have any of you had your Thyroid function tested? Smoking tends to mask the symptoms of Hypothyroidism, and only after quitting smoking, many patients will suddenly feel the effects of Hypothyroidism, namely joint and muscle pain (with no arthritis), fatigue, weight gain, etc. etc. Maybe it is not the Chantix, but the symptoms of low thyroid function? Advice: research the Thyroid forums first before accepting test results, as the base levels of TSH, T3 and T4 are changing worldwide. Your doctor may not be up to date with the latest information, and will probably tell you that your thyroid levels are normal when in fact they are not. Research it yourself.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 7, 2007
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  • Thank you for your information about Thyroid and quitting smoking! I have been telling my doctor for 2 years that I have thyroid problems and have had it tested 3 times. Now that the Chantix has gotten me off the cigarettes, I'm going to have him test it again! By the way, I didn't have any aches or pains from the Chantix that I haven't had for 2 years anyway. I haven't smoked since January 2 of this year and feel confident that I won't ever smoke again! I was one of these people who thought "I can never do this!" but have succeeded! Thanks for all the information though.Have any of you had your Thyroid function tested? Smoking tends to mask the symptoms of Hypothyroidism, and only after quitting smoking, many patients will suddenly feel the effects of Hypothyroidism, namely joint and muscle pain (with no arthritis), fatigue, weight gain, etc. etc. Maybe it is not the Chantix, but the symptoms of low thyroid function? Advice: research the Thyroid forums first before accepting test results, as the base levels of TSH, T3 and T4 are changing worldwide. Your doctor may not be up to date with the latest information, and will probably tell you that your thyroid levels are normal when in fact they are not. Research it yourself.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
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  • I have been taking Chantix for 5 weeks. I am experiencing allot of the same side affects everyone else here is and more. I have pain in my back between the shoulder blades. I have blurry vision. I am having weak legs and hands and I have a real hard time walking, it's like my legs are really stiff. I have had a temors in my right arm, and head. I have had 1 occasion of severe spacisity in both of my legs. I am glad that I have found this website with all of this information from other people. I just can't believe this medicine is doing this to me. I have also had sever fatigue (couldn't get out of bed for 3 days). I am going to see my doctor tomorrow and I am going to see a neurologist just to make sure there is nothing more serious going on. Hope all of you get better soon. I am going to try to stay on the medication for another 4 weeks because it's so important to me to quit smoking. I will check back in tomorrow. Linda
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    • February 22, 2007
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  • After 4 weeks on Chantix and experiencing extreme fatigue, I decided it was time to get off of this med. I did try to reduce the dosage before stopping to eliminate any further side effects, but... I need to warn anyone who is taking this med that I went through severe depression, irritability, and nearly a mental meltdown for more than a week after discontinuation. I did call Pfizer to inquire if these were common side effects, but they were a little vague with their answers. I did, however find a physican's insert and on page 17 there is a barrage of common side effects not listed on the consumer copy.Understand, this med did help me quit smoking, but I think the consumer should know what the side effects are. Had I not looked more thoughly, I'd have thought I was having a mental breakdown, and may have went off the deep end. Thank God for friends and family who kept checking in on me.
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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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  • Glad I found this site. I am 45 and have fibromyalgia, reflux, asthma, IBS, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, I have had back surgery, and have a ruptured disc. The poster who posted '...it seems like anywhere I have ever had an injury in my life has been brought back to life' describes exactly what I am feeling on Chantix.The first week on Chantix was fine - some mild nausea, but that was it. Week 2 was a little worse but still ok. Now week 3 I have incredible stabbing pains in my chest, my feet feel like I'm walking on broken glass, I have intense pain in my right shoulder, my joints ache more than usual, I'm more tired than usual, I have shortness of breath, I have a more severe lack of concentration, and the lymph nodes on my underarms ache continually. I'm getting the ***l off Chantix before it does permanent damage!
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  • After 4 weeks on Chantix and experiencing extreme fatigue, I decided it was time to get off of this med. I did try to reduce the dosage before stopping to eliminate any further side effects, but... I need to warn anyone who is taking this med that I went through severe depression, irritability, and nearly a mental meltdown for more than a week after discontinuation. I did call Pfizer to inquire if these were common side effects, but they were a little vague with their answers. I did, however find a physican's insert and on page 17 there is a barrage of common side effects not listed on the consumer copy.Understand, this med did help me quit smoking, but I think the consumer should know what the side effects are. Had I not looked more thoughly, I'd have thought I was having a mental breakdown, and may have went off the deep end. Thank God for friends and family who kept checking in on me.Hey, I've been taking this stuff for three weeks , (was smoking 2 packs a day now 1 or less). Anyway did you find some info on the reactions from this stuff after we stop taking? is the withdrawal from the meds worse than from the nicotine? sorry for bugging ya but now I'm getting scared!!!!Teresa (jack****38@yahoo.com)
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  • This is serious stuff...i googled and looked for other sites that people talked negative about experiences with chantix and could only find this one and one other...a poster here put the link in for it...all other results were articles and people raving about it. I understand that it effects different people different ways...my experience with it after 6 days...SEVERE mouth pain...surrealness and brain fog almost causing a car accident...my legs almost felt like they were disconnected from my body...extreme fatigue...major ringing in my ears when i laid down to sleep...the ringing in the ears was what scared me the most so i stopped and opted for cold turkey...the positives were i did not crave smoking or much else for that matter and i had some cool dreams.I have read all over the place that people love it and good for them if it has helped them. My concern is the people who have had really messed up side effects and having one or two search results as opposed to the 50 thousand others.I myself am trying to get the word out about being cautious with this new drug by posting as much as i can on different blogs...hopefully it will help. Good luck to every one
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  • After posting yesterday I sat down a did a little thinking. Today I have quit Chantix. YES I DID quit smoking and it did work. It only took 2 wks and I will not return to smoking. I looked back from the start, the first two weeks I was great. SInce then, fatigue and depression is at its worst. I am 50, work fulltime, have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren and usually going non stop. Now I don't find fun or the drive to have fun. It all hit home when my husband ask me if I felt ok two Sat's ago when I got up at 10AM, I'm up at 5:30/6:00 AM everyday and have been for years. This morning I overslept again and was late for work. I have NO ENERGY and can't concentrate on my job. My gums having been bleeding for the last two weeks. I couldn't figure it out. They've never bled. My finger end joints have lumps on them and they are sore. I'm a bookkeeper and they look like I have arthitis. I'm not blaming Chantix but none of this was happening before I took it. I will post later when I know the drug is out of my system and let you know if I return to normal. Like I said yesterday, I feel like someone has beat me up. My reactions to things is very slow.
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  • This whole chantix experience is really something. I stopped after week 5 because of fatigue, feeling depressed, achy joints, sleeping hours on end and just generally not me. The weight gain I had was only 8 lbs but still right now I cannot shake those pounds no matter what I do. I was losing weight slowly before I even started the drug, then wham put 8 lbs on and now it won't go away. I also have tingling going down my arms to my hands occasionally not all the time. I have never in my life experienced such side effects or strange things, and still having the weird dreams. I sure hope this stuff goes away and with reading some of the posts regarding months later I am beginning to worry. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your mother. After Chantix, I am afraid to trust any other medication again, except Motrin.I have quit smoking before in 1998, and stayed quit for 9 years, I never had arthritis during or after that time I quit without Chantix. In fact I became a runner after, I felt great!Of course I was stupid to start smoking again 8 years after that, but now being months off nicotine with Chantix, this is a totally different experience. My nurse friend said these side effects are the same as Methadone, and Suboxone which are used to get off herion. I just hope there is an end to this joint pain and weight gain in sight. Chantix has been a nightmare for me. I gained 54 lbs in 6 months, and can't lose any weight, even dieting! I was hoping someone here could give me an estimate of how many more months I need to suffer before the side effects usually subside.....anyone?
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  • My husband is on Chantix now and is doing very well, with very little side effects. I'm posting here because my husband doesn't want to read, think, or write anything that will make him have to dwell on this whole habit-kicking ordeal. He is focusing on his work and projects around the house.After reading some of the tirades in this thread, I had to respond.Many of the evil side effects that some are noticing may not be caused by Chantix but by withdrawal from such a powerful toxin. It would be interesting to see what brands everyone was smoking to see how that relates to the side effects. My husband had switched to Winston years ago after he heard that it was the "cleanest' brand, with the least amount of additives and ammonia and stuff. Also, pre-existing health issues may surface, uncovered when the body is no longer focused on the nicotine fix.Also, other medications are going to complicate identifying what is causing which side effect.I'm no stranger to the health-nut stuff - I am very suspicious of today's pharmaceutical environment and the poor training of doctors and all that. I have spent over 3 years healing myself by doing a lot of research when doctors’ kind efforts were largely ineffective or downright damaging. I have been more successful at curing myself of fatigue, mental fogginess, depression, crippling headaches, debilitating joint pain, and a bunch of stuff than any well-meaning regular doctor has been. I have gotten help from naturopaths, homeopaths, acupuncturists, and chiropractors. Most of what I find is that whatever the doctor and their beliefs, it always boils down to their competence, intelligence, openness, and good sense. So to wrap this up, I'm largely influenced by "natural" healing beliefs.That said, I see Chantix as a better alternative to the chances of death and health problems caused by inhaling poisons.Tiredness is going to occur when you aren't getting stimulation from nicotine and other toxins the cigarette companies don't admit to. My husband is sleeping more and seems lethargic. He says his dreams are weird.He has lost his craving for coffee, sugary foods, and diet sodas. He is less interested in eating.But that's the extent of the side effects.My husband, 48, has smoked heavily since a teenager. He is diabetic, on the "sugar pill" and on cholesterol pills. He has a huge belly, though normally shaped everywhere else.He has never successfully quit smoking - typically mild-mannered, he turns into a nasty vicious screaming SOB after a day of not smoking -bringing me to tears. Once when trying to quit he had a car accident due to his fixation of looking for a pack of cigarettes when he decided he couldn't take it anymore. He is intensely addicted to this habit. Nicotine can be more addictive than cocaine.By day 5 of Chantix, though my husband was told to maintain his pack-a-day smoking the first week, he was losing interest in smoking. By the 7th day, he was throwing down the cigarettes after two puffs. He says that he wasn't getting any kind of charge from them and it was like trying to make himself smoke when he was a kid. Cigarettes taste like crap to him now. Cardboard.So now he stopped smoking as directed after the 7th day and has not smoked now for four days. He says it is an effort but he is so happy not smoking. He is starting to smell things he couldn't before and taste food more intensely.I don't miss the cigarette smell on his skin and clothes.His skin is starting to look a little clearer.His body no longer fighting the effects of constant cleaning itself from cigarettes may be now able to cleanse other things.Please you guys, before thinking Chantix is the culprit, do some research on toxin withdrawal.
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  • My husband is on Chantix now and is doing very well, with very little side effects. I'm posting here because my husband doesn't want to read, think, or write anything that will make him have to dwell on this whole habit-kicking ordeal. He is focusing on his work and projects around the house.After reading some of the tirades in this thread, I had to respond.Many of the evil side effects that some are noticing may not be caused by Chantix but by withdrawal from such a powerful toxin. It would be interesting to see what brands everyone was smoking to see how that relates to the side effects. My husband had switched to Winston years ago after he heard that it was the "cleanest' brand, with the least amount of additives and ammonia and stuff. Also, pre-existing health issues may surface, uncovered when the body is no longer focused on the nicotine fix.Also, other medications are going to complicate identifying what is causing which side effect.I'm no stranger to the health-nut stuff - I am very suspicious of today's pharmaceutical environment and the poor training of doctors and all that. I have spent over 3 years healing myself by doing a lot of research when doctors’ kind efforts were largely ineffective or downright damaging. I have been more successful at curing myself of fatigue, mental fogginess, depression, crippling headaches, debilitating joint pain, and a bunch of stuff than any well-meaning regular doctor has been. I have gotten help from naturopaths, homeopaths, acupuncturists, and chiropractors. Most of what I find is that whatever the doctor and their beliefs, it always boils down to their competence, intelligence, openness, and good sense. So to wrap this up, I'm largely influenced by "natural" healing beliefs.That said, I see Chantix as a better alternative to the chances of death and health problems caused by inhaling poisons.Tiredness is going to occur when you aren't getting stimulation from nicotine and other toxins the cigarette companies don't admit to. My husband is sleeping more and seems lethargic. He says his dreams are weird.He has lost his craving for coffee, sugary foods, and diet sodas. He is less interested in eating.But that's the extent of the side effects.My husband, 48, has smoked heavily since a teenager. He is diabetic, on the "sugar pill" and on cholesterol pills. He has a huge belly, though normally shaped everywhere else.He has never successfully quit smoking - typically mild-mannered, he turns into a nasty vicious screaming SOB after a day of not smoking -bringing me to tears. Once when trying to quit he had a car accident due to his fixation of looking for a pack of cigarettes when he decided he couldn't take it anymore. He is intensely addicted to this habit. Nicotine can be more addictive than cocaine.By day 5 of Chantix, though my husband was told to maintain his pack-a-day smoking the first week, he was losing interest in smoking. By the 7th day, he was throwing down the cigarettes after two puffs. He says that he wasn't getting any kind of charge from them and it was like trying to make himself smoke when he was a kid. Cigarettes taste like crap to him now. Cardboard.So now he stopped smoking as directed after the 7th day and has not smoked now for four days. He says it is an effort but he is so happy not smoking. He is starting to smell things he couldn't before and taste food more intensely.I don't miss the cigarette smell on his skin and clothes.His skin is starting to look a little clearer.His body no longer fighting the effects of constant cleaning itself from cigarettes may be now able to cleanse other things.Please you guys, before thinking Chantix is the culprit, do some research on toxin withdrawal.I simply have to poke holes in this theory. While I am extremely glad that your husband has not suffered any adverse effects from this drug, as many of us here have, the idea that sudden onset joint pain, depression, etc. could be caused by nicotine withdrawel simply does not hold water in my opinion. I will reiterate my experience...I quit taking Chantix on day 6 because of the joint pain...no history of it. I did NOT quit smoking, as the quit date was day 7. Therefore, my smoking amount/habit has never changed. And 6 months later, I am still having the stiffness of the joints. I am sure there are many people on this forum who have had short term quits in the past, and I would be willing to bet none of those people would attest to joint pain after they quit, and an alleviation in that joint pain once they resumed smoking. Far more disturbing in my case has been the emotional and mental changes..again, I cannot equate this to not smoking, as I did not stop.I have said this in other forums, but most people know what is going on inside their own bodies. What we need now are answers on how to fix it.
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  • The side effects reported may be from the Chantix, but more likely what I am reading on these posts are withdrawal from nicotine. It produces extreme tiredness, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, etc. Are you drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day? Expect to sleep more because your adrenals are exhausted. It will take months to repair the damage that smokibng has done to your body. Chantix merely relieves the craving, it does not help the body repair. You must eat healthy, reduce caffeine, including sodas, exercise and take vitamins and minerals to replenish the damage you have done to your health. Also, people need to take a smoking cessation class from their local health department - free - to learn how to modify their years of smoking behavior. To stop smoking is a process, not an event. Chantix may get you off the cigarettes, but only a modification in your habits will keep you off in the long run. To stop smoking is hard work. If you want to take an easy way, expect side effects.
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  • I started taking Chantix 3 weeks ago. Had my last smoke 7 days ago.The first 2 weeks were really rough with side effects. I've had 2 surgeries for cervical ruptured discs and thought I had another the first week of taking chantix until I dug deeper about the side effects. I'm convinced that's where the neck pain came from. The 2nd week I had diarrhea, which has remedied itself. Now I'm experienceing muscle aches and tension across my shoulders, it seems to be worse when I try to lie down! My side effects to seem to change with each week I continue with the prescription. Anyone else experienced this? The only side effect that has been constant and continual is the crazy, colorful, vivid dreams. Some of them have been pleasant, some of them not, but not full blown nightmares, so I'll deal with it. I find I do not really want to smoke. I still have mental 'cravings', like when I get in the car, I used to always light up. But, since on chantix I've been able to resist the urge, where I never could before. I've been a smoker for over 20yrs at 1-3 packs per day (depending on the day). I've tried to quit cold turkey, wellbutrin, the patch, the gum. I'm amazed at how well this is working.....I'll suffer through the side effects and pray they won't be permanent after I stop the meds. It's been so worth it so far!Just found your post to describe my experiences - including how long you've smoked, what you've tried, and your symptoms from chantix - exactly. I've been on chantix for about 8 weeks, and at first the side effects were terrible. Emotional wreck and really fuzzy for 2 days, then just foggy, joint inflammation and pain (held ice cubes in my hands and my knuckles quit hurting). Now I have no fogginess, gotten over the fatigue, and deal with the 3-minute 'hurlies' after I take a pill. I have quit smoking, and I know the chantix is continuing to help me. My only concern now is the muscle spasms in my back that occur daily. Hope those go away when we go off the meds. I hear you have to 'wean' off the chantix, as it's a seratonin replacement for nicotine.I'm definitely concerned that these side effects will last, but right now I'm concerned about lung cancer, etc. more. I am just hoping for the best!
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    • August 26, 2007
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  • Being a past Chantix user and quitting due to side effects, I was talking with my mother in law, cousin in law and her husband about Chantix. Bare in mind, I warned my mother in law about several side effects that I had. She is doing well with the non smoking but she has gained 10 lbs in 3 wks and her belly looks abnormally bloated. She is a small woman and very picky about her weight. I was shocked at how she looked. Her daughter told me that talking to her was hard lately because she was so cranky. My cousin in law, had big problems. She is a nurse and had never been sick a day in her life, she experienced fatigue, depression and finally got the flu that turned into pnemonia. Her husband ended up with bronchitis. She is totallly sure its the Chantix. I have spoken to at least 4 people in the past few weeks that are going to take it, I have advised them to research the drug throughly before spending the large amount of $$$$ IT COSTS to take this drug. I still have sore shoulders and gums and teeth. Most of my other pain and gas symptoms have gone.
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    • September 4, 2007
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  • I have been off the Chantix for one month today. I did not immediately experience any side effects thet came on slowly. As I explained in a previous post I experienced facial numbness while I was taking the Chantix. I did not attribute this at the time to the Chantix. after being off Chantix for two weeks I started to experience abdominal tightness, weakness in my arms and shoulders, general fatigue, anxiety and depression. It also appears to have affected my ability to feel pleasure. Although I am not smoking I would prefer to go back to smoking and feel the way I did and try and quit cold turkey. Has anyone had similar symptoms and have they disappeared?
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    • September 28, 2007
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  • I have been off the Chantix for one month today. I did not immediately experience any side effects thet came on slowly. As I explained in a previous post I experienced facial numbness while I was taking the Chantix. I did not attribute this at the time to the Chantix. after being off Chantix for two weeks I started to experience abdominal tightness, weakness in my arms and shoulders, general fatigue, anxiety and depression. It also appears to have affected my ability to feel pleasure. Although I am not smoking I would prefer to go back to smoking and feel the way I did and try and quit cold turkey. Has anyone had similar symptoms and have they disappeared?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 ? How long after stopping the Chantix do the side effects last for ???
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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. :(Have you actually stopped smoking? Having never taken Chantix (yet) but considering using it to quit smoking, these symptoms sound like withdrawal from nicotine. I HAVE attempted to quit several times over the last few years and experienced severe mood swings, what they call "brain fog", inability to concentrate, irritability, fatigue, etc. just from not smoking. I am wondering after reading all these posts if some of the problems people are experiencing are simply getting off cigarettes, not necessarily due to Chantix.
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    • October 8, 2007
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  • Have you actually stopped smoking? Having never taken Chantix (yet) but considering using it to quit smoking, these symptoms sound like withdrawal from nicotine. I HAVE attempted to quit several times over the last few years and experienced severe mood swings, what they call "brain fog", inability to concentrate, irritability, fatigue, etc. just from not smoking. I am wondering after reading all these posts if some of the problems people are experiencing are simply getting off cigarettes, not necessarily due to Chantix. I understand some of these symptoms could appear to someone (not experiencing them) to sound similar to nicotine withdrawel. I was only on Chantix for 6 days, (the instructions of course saying to quit smoking on day 7). So my smoking habit never changed, or was reduced in anyway. And since by day 6, my knees and my wrists hurt so bad, I stopped taking it. That is when my world fell apart. So, no, I did not quit smoking, still smoking, and I now have the legs of a 70 year old with arthritis, 9 months later. Continued problems with memory and mental confusion. I had quit previously on 2 occasions, once for a year, and I have never, ever, experienced anything like this. Sure, some agitation, but not thoughts of driving my car into the lake. And I have no history of major depression, things were pretty darn great when this happened. I won't say to not try Chantix, but I feel it necessary to at least warn people that there is a small possibility you may have some adverse effects (as with any drug). That was always a chance I was willing to take. What I absolutely did NOT sign up for is to have side effects that have so far lasted almost the entire year after I stopped taking it. I know I would have appreciated a warning.
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    • October 9, 2007
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  • I got 4 weeks worth of Chantix..5 Mg pills for 4 days then after 7 days went to 1mg pills.After the first week the cravings to smoke were steadily going away. I still smoked because it was the habit.The side effects I had were pain in all my muscles and joints. Nauseua and very strange dreams. FatigueAt first the cravings were stonger than the desire to NOT deal with the naseua. After 2 weeks The cravings were leaving and then I didnt want to be nauseus any more. I had dreams like myself and John Cusak were trying to get inside a quarter. No kidding.so as far as chantix getting rid of the cravings? It worked.. It replaced it with muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue EXTREME NAUSEA. I have not been on Chantix for 2 weeks. I still have all the other symptomstazznhou@yahoo.com
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    • October 31, 2007
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