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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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  • Iam so glad i found this site, i some how feel better that iam not losing it, that all these symptoms are from the chantix. I started taking chantix in september and i was able to quit after about 2 weeks of taking chantix, but i started having severe mood swings and couldnt sleep, i couldnt fall asleep till about 5 or 6 in the morning, then i would sleep all day and have really bad dreams and thoughts.I would be very depressed but at first even though i felt like crying i couldnt, i felt numb. i didnt have any enery i would lay in bed and think of all the things i needed to do but couldnt move, i almost felt paralized in a way. I too had very bad pains in my knees and legs and chest but didnt connect that at the time to chantix till reading this forum today. I was smoke free for almost three months but because of some stress i had recently going on in my life, i thought i just need one cigerette but that lead to me smoking again, i was still taking the chantix so i quit taking it, since i was smoking again. I started taking the chantix again for about 2 1/2 weeks but it wasnt working this time and i thought well maybe i need to start from the beginning again instead of doing the continuing pack, so i called chantix yesterday to see what they thouhg ti should do(boy was that a waste of time) first you get someone who asks you your name, addy, phone # and asks what iam calling about, then she says iam going to connect you to some one who can answer all your questions and help you, she puts me on hold for about 5 min, then another person comes on and says i need to ask you some questions first is that ok/ iam like sure ( thinking she needs all the information to be able to help me) as iam talking she stops me and asks all my personal info like name and number ect... while iam telling her all bout my symptoms and every thing she stops me repeatealy to type every thing in and about 45 minutes have passed with her, finally i say what do you think i should do? she says you need to talk to your doctor, i say i did and he says that they dont have enough data to know every thing yet, i say, should i start the beginng pack over again or just continue using the continuing pack? she gave me the run around, finally i say, i thought when i called here i was going to get some help and some support about what to do, she says we arnt a support group, she apologies to me, and i say so, basically your just using me for your studies and wanted to know all my side effects she says i asked you if i could ask yopu some questions and i said, yeah i thought you need to know to help me, i said you think i was bored today and said, hey let me call up pifizer and see if i can be of any help to them today and spend an hour and a half on the phone with them because i didnt have any thing better to do?? i hung up, i was so *****d.So basically they dont care what happens toyou they just want to use you for there data. OK, that all being said, iam still smoking, i will try somthing else to help me quit, even thou i first thought and told every one this was amiracle drug, i thought the side effects were still better than the alturnative, as of this morning of reading all your blogs i will not take it any more and also, i thought i was gonna have these side effects forever i thought it would stay in my systome and not go away, well, i have been off the chantix for 3 weeks now and just the last couple of days i started feeling a little more like my self so hangin there every one it may take some time to leave your body but it will. good luck to all.
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  • 1111Healer,There are many ways to get your point across, but I really think you are crossing the line here. Please show a bit more compassion - you are writing nasty stuff and aren't helping this thread. Take a deep breath before you post again and don't let someone else's opinions get to you. Concerning Chantix and other pharmaceutical drugs: Please be an informed consumer and read up on all medications that are prescribed to you. Doctors and pharmacists just don't take the time to tell you side effects and interactions. www.drugs.com and www.rxlist.com are excellent resources - use them! It is insanely hard to quit smoking, but it CAN be overcome, and takes determination and support. Everyone who is considering quitting, please take extra vitamin C - I like EmergenC as it gives you good energy. Vit C is deficient in smokers. Ear (auricular) acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in withdrawal symptoms from smoking. Consider Rescue Remedy to help calm the mind and deal with the stress of quitting - it is very helpful 4 drops in water to help you sleep. You can find this at any healthfood store. Best wishesDOM
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  • If you go to Chantix.com and look for prescribing information, it lists most of the side effects everybody is describing. It is close to the end maybe page 13 or so. Some of them are listed as frequent. I wonder why they didn't put that in the insert or encourage the pharmacists to have patients report these symptoms. That bothers me. When you quit smoking ,as most of us have done numerous times, you expect to have some symptoms. The aches, sleeplessness, disconnected feeling, constipation, irritability. I had all these when I quit before as part of the withdrawal. So how are you supposed to judge if it is a serious muscle problem or other side effect. I've taken Chantix since 4/7/07. The first 3 days I was fine and continued to smoke. By day 4 I realized, hey I don't get any relief from my cigarettes any more. By then I was somewhat committed and figured that it would take a while for the chantix to get out of my system so my cigarettes would begin to have an effect again so why not make it another day without them and so on. I started having the vivid wierd dreams some scary and very sad. by the time I started the 1 mg twice daily the dreams stopped but then I was awake all night long. I had to cut back to once a day in the morning. I never had the tiredness or sleepiness. The last 2 weeks I have had hot flashes, night sweats and now today, I have this terrible pain in my right mid to lower back around to my belly button and down to my buttock in the back. Like the start of a kidney stone or a bad back strain. I so do not want to start smoking again and am very concerned if I stop the chantix now that I may. I have absolutely no urges now even with cigarettes in the house. But I really don't think I can possibly handle 12 weeks worth of this. I would like to know how many people have continued to not smoke after they have had to quit the chantix for whatever reason whether it was after the full treatment or not. Thanks,Just MeThe first time I used it was for 1 1/2 weeks... I stopped for approx. 4 months..Problem with me though is socializing... If I have a drink then I usually want a cigarette... not a craving... just want one... I had a stress crisis in March then started smoking again... about 1/2 pack a day... I forgot about the reason I stopped Chantix in the first place... not even sure why I kept the rest of the RX... But I missed feeling better and not smelling of smoke... So I started again... ONE week later, I remember why is stopped taking the meds in the first place... Tonight... I am throughing away the rest of the pills...Hope all works well out for you...MaryL
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  • all of this is very interesting and informative.my husband and i started taking chantix in march of '07. we figured quit together or we'd never stop, which has turned out to be true.we did not pick a quit date; rather, we reduced stress by simply cutting back until we were not smoking. and that was our quit date. let's see. we have been smoke free now for 8 weeks. we reduced our dosage of chantix about 10 days ago and i have now been chantix free for almost a week and i feel like i'm in ***l.i'm not a young woman, so i do get up in the middle of the night to urinate. it's kind of strange, however, to get up every half hour to an hour. i now have frequency, urgency and pressure, so that i do not feel as if i'm done urinating. even though i'm probably done.my hands are numb in the morning and my fingers hurt, as if they are arthritic, which they aren't nor do they have the appearance of arthritis.i have back pain like i've never had before. i broke my back a few decades ago and it wasn't like it is now. i'm not even going to mention the variations in my intestines and what that does....i will say, however, since i stopped taking the chantix, those vivid dreams which bordered on nightmares have ceased. i am still going from manic behaviour to lethargy. not a good combo.i don't regret taking the drug. i do believe it did its job. but, ***n. i never expected what's happening once i stopped the drug.....
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  • My husband and I started taking chantix in march. we did not pick a quit date, as we did not want to stress ourselves; rather, we reduced our smoking day by day, week by week. i believe we were through the first pack when we decided not to smoke anymore. both of us were down to less than 6 cigs a day, so it seemed like the thing to do. personally, i think the chantix was the only way both my husband and i were going to stop smoking, so no complaints here about the subsequent side effects we are experiencing now. i do not miss the vivid, bizarro dreams nor do i miss the insomnia. i do not miss urinating every hour....that seems to be slowing down a little bit, since we stopped the chantix last week. we stopped, not because we were done the 12 weeks, but we were forgetting to take the pills and we were not freaking out. i think we were taking one pill a day when we remembered, so we stopped altogether. thing is, now, as i stated above, we have to kind of 'come off' the chantix.... not only that, but the urinary thing for me almost had me going to a doc to get my uterus and bladder checked out. the numbness and tingling in my hands, left in particular, is very annoying and continues.the pain in my lower back and knees and thighs, along with coordination issues, which i have never had, is also annoying and continues. where i was never short of breath, i am now, unable to finish a sentence at times. that's kind of strange. there are a myriad of little things and some things that make me sit up and take notice. i was also taking lexapro at the same time and was weaning off the lexapro at the same time i was stopping the chantix, so Lord knows what side effect belongs to which drug. but i did read all of the posts here and there is one thing we all have in common. we were all smokers. i don't know about you guys, but i've smoked for 3 decades. i have no idea what my 'norm' is for my body or my head. and, even if it only takes 48 hours for nicotine to leave the system, it can take up to a year for the body's environment to adapt to not smoking. it took years for our bodies to adapt TO the chemicals contained in smoking; i would think that it's gonna take some time for our bodies to settle down from smoking. i think chantix has some side effects for real.....and i am not discounting any of them for any particular person, as we all react differently... but i think, too, we have to consider there are going to be body changes as our bodies begin to realise we are no longer feeding it this drug cocktail contained in cigs.
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  • I am in the same boat as the rest of you. I have had awesome results from Chantix as far as quitting the nasty habit. I started taking them the first week of April and I stopped smoking Easter. I have has a relatively stress free experience in that aspect. However, in the past two or three weeks, I have had excruciating pain and swelling in my ankles and feet. I can barely walk. My calves are extremely weak and I turn my ankles if I try to walk in the gravel or even grass. I called and asked my doc if it could be related to the Chantix and she said no. My friend is having the same problems and she has been on the Chantix for about two weeks. I decided to see what I could find out for myself and ran smack dab into this thread. As of today, I am a nonsmoker without pills. I am hoping that my legs and ankles will get better in the next few days and that I didn't cause any permanent damage.
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  • I am in the same boat as the rest of you. I have had awesome results from Chantix as far as quitting the nasty habit. I started taking them the first week of April and I stopped smoking Easter. I have has a relatively stress free experience in that aspect. However, in the past two or three weeks, I have had excruciating pain and swelling in my ankles and feet. I can barely walk. My calves are extremely weak and I turn my ankles if I try to walk in the gravel or even grass. I called and asked my doc if it could be related to the Chantix and she said no. My friend is having the same problems and she has been on the Chantix for about two weeks. I decided to see what I could find out for myself and ran smack dab into this thread. As of today, I am a nonsmoker without pills. I am hoping that my legs and ankles will get better in the next few days and that I didn't cause any permanent damage.I have had the same thing as you. My ankles and feeet are really swollen and I have pain in my calves and upper legs like I just ran a marathon. I think it effects different people in different ways. I just hope it doesn't last for too long. Please keep us posted with your progress and I will too.
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  • I have started the Chantix pills twice. I just got out of the hospital yesterdayevening. Thursday afternoon at work both sides of my neck started throbbing.I was having to push in on them to relieve the pain. It started including theupper part of my chest. When I got home I called my Doctor and he said to get to the emergency room. I won't do a blow by blow here but by the time I was able to get into a room I couldn't walk. The pain had encased my head and chest. I finally was given pain killers after my EKG, blood work, and chest x-ray. (Which all came back perfect.) The next day I had a nuclear cat-scan and I had to do a stress test that ends with a shot to speed your heart up for the last 60 seconds. All tests were perfectly fine. I am home now, hurting again. Not at the level I was but I have to be very careful in my movements or I have strong pain in my neck, ears, and sides of neck. The first prescription I started ended in a severe case of DX: asthmatic bronchitis. I had to miss 18 days of work and was scared to death at times. The only reason I wasn't hospitalized then was due to not running fever, therefore I didn't meet the Insurance 'criteria' for hospitalization.
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  • I WISH I had that one. I'm so tired I can hardly do anything and that's after only taking Chantix for 5 1/2 days. After reading this site, I don't think I'll be increasing the dosage for my second week. If I'm this tired on 1 mg per day, I can't imagine increasing it to 2. I'm just going to stick with the 1 and hope that by the time the starter pack is gone, I'm confident enough to go off it and stay quit on my own. I'm a 48 yr. old, female, smoker for 30 yrs.I did exactly what you are considering doing. I quit smoking on the 5th day of taking chantix. Once I got to the 1mg dosage of my startes pack, I cut the pill in half. I took half in the morning and the other half in the late afternoon. After everything I had been reading about the side effects of this drug I stop taking it after about 5-6 days of being smoke free. It is a fantastic drug for removing the stress of physical withdrawal, but I found it a scary drug to be on. At the same time as starting chantix, I was reading Allen Carr's: Easy Way To Stop Smoking and I'm still a non smoker and it's been 2 months since finishing Chantix. My Advise: Use it until your smoke free for 3-5 days, cut down to 1/2 a pill in the morning only for a couple of days and then get off the drug completely. It took me about a week until I felt like I was back to myself again and I'm pleased now I never increase the dosage or stay on it any longer. I used to feel spaced out on it, hada few ach's and pains, and a little bit of depression...but I'm right now. A pill is not going to change a persons attitude about smoking anyway...but Allen Carr will. Taking a pill is not going to solve the habit side either like doing something with your hands or a smoke after eating. Being patient and giving your sub-concience mind some time to re-adjust solves it. Either that or stay on a scary drug for life(yeah right) or spend your money on dried out leaf's for the rest of your life. Nicotine is the natural insecticide a tobacco leaf use's to protect itself against bugs and it's addictive nature is stronger than man can control. After 72 hours, the addiction is " your thinking" and eduction is the best cure. Look up: whyquit.com and read Allen Carr if you haven't already. If you had time to smoke, you have time to read it. If you could afford smokes, you can afford to buy a copy of it. WE are what we think,if we think something will be hard, will then it will be hard, why wouldn't it? (think about it) If we think something will be easy, we will find it easier....Rick, age 40
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  • WOW, am I glad to have found this site. I thought I was losing my mind, seriously. I quit taking Chantix 3 days ago because I couldn't take the disoriented, foggy headedness. I can't stay organized or focused on a task. My hip joints, legs, and knees hurt. But the biggest concern is depression. Thoughts of suicide have gone through my mind and were not as scary as they should be. I am going to call my doctor today. Has anyone else felt this depressed ?I'm glad I found this web site. I originally started taking Chantix in 3/07 and quit on day 7 with the starter pack. I didn't have ANY side effects and actually lost weight, but then at the time I was on antibiotic Rocephin IV 2 grams/day. I was doing fine with no smoking until stress hit in late April when I started again (I only took the Chatix for 4 weeks). I started Chantix again on Sept 6, 2007, it sent my monthly period into wacko, I'm eating next to nothing but have gained 5 pounds. Last night did eat dinner and gained 5 pounds in 12 hours with horrible leg, feet, hands swelling. The nausea even with food has been unbearable and the insomnia is unreal. The brain fog (similar to advanced Lyme disease) was back and I was frightened I may have to go back on IV again (which I've completed 132 days this year), so, 10 days into taking Chantix again for the 2nd time, I just put the remaing 3 days of week two back in the back of the closet. I'm just going to "hold steady" and go cold turkey and use the simple reminder that 2 of my best friends are dead from their years of smoking.
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    • September 16, 2007
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  • After 33 years of smoking I went on Chantix. Quit smoking in 7 days. after 30 days. I started to get numbness in hand and arms and then severe pain in hand arms & legs (did not relate this to the drug for several weeks). It is like carpal tunnell. I know I had a child a few years ago and had toxima which caused swelling and caused carpal tunnell. I have been off Chantrix for a week now and still I am in a lot of pain. I can not even hold up the phone to talk for more than a minute before my hands go numb and the shoooting pain begins up my arms. Also, getting cravings back for smoking. Maybe because of stress from pain. Always smoked with stress. I get about 2-3 hrs of sleep at night because pain wakes me up when I move my arms
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  • Hi everyone,It's nice to know I am not alone. I have been on Chantix for a month now and haven't smoked in 19 days nor do I want to. I am experiencing side effects - For the 1st time in my life, I feel completely overwhlemed, depressed and definately not myself. In addition, I have horrible pain in my TJM bone in my mouth. It started a couple weeks ago and has only gotten worse. I have a nightguard and been to the dentist but he says there really isn't anything he can do. I have never had TMJ before- it's definately a side effect of chantix and the pain is too much.My work is suffering, the little thing is too overwhelming for me to cope. 7 weeks ago, I can cope with the most stress ever.Starting today, I am going to cut my dose in half and wein myself off of it. I think Pfizer should look into some additional studies.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2007
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  • I believe that WE are the additional study group! I have quit smoking, lost the desire, and have had the side effects and still do, even though they seem to be getting better little by little. But the experience reinforces my feeling towards drugs,drug companies and unfortunately,doctors. Health and Happiness to all...Peabody Hi everyone, It's nice to know I am not alone. I have been on Chantix for a month now and haven't smoked in 19 days nor do I want to. I am experiencing side effects - For the 1st time in my life, I feel completely overwhlemed, depressed and definately not myself. In addition, I have horrible pain in my TJM bone in my mouth. It started a couple weeks ago and has only gotten worse. I have a nightguard and been to the dentist but he says there really isn't anything he can do. I have never had TMJ before- it's definately a side effect of chantix and the pain is too much. My work is suffering, the little thing is too overwhelming for me to cope. 7 weeks ago, I can cope with the most stress ever. Starting today, I am going to cut my dose in half and wein myself off of it. I think Pfizer should look into some additional studies.
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    • September 30, 2007
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  • Hi everyone,It's nice to know I am not alone. I have been on Chantix for a month now and haven't smoked in 19 days nor do I want to. I am experiencing side effects - For the 1st time in my life, I feel completely overwhlemed, depressed and definately not myself. In addition, I have horrible pain in my TJM bone in my mouth. It started a couple weeks ago and has only gotten worse. I have a nightguard and been to the dentist but he says there really isn't anything he can do. I have never had TMJ before- it's definately a side effect of chantix and the pain is too much.My work is suffering, the little thing is too overwhelming for me to cope. 7 weeks ago, I can cope with the most stress ever.Starting today, I am going to cut my dose in half and wein myself off of it. I think Pfizer should look into some additional studies.I have just found this link to the FDA to report problems with drugshttp://www.fda.gov/medwatch/how.htmEVERYONE who has posted a problem with Chantix in this forum should report the problem immediately. If everyone here reports the problem, maybe people will start to pay attention to the problems this drug actually causes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2007
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  • I found that information on one of the many pages where I was researching this poison. I will see if I can find it again and send you the link! Glad it works for some without the side effects...I just hope they don't find out down the road that there are problems (ie:Vioxx, Fen-Phen, etc). People were making fun of the poster HEELER on the site for saying to use natural/herbal/mind, but if I am going to quit I think thats going to have to be the route I try.I don't think that there is a person on this website that doesn't know that there is something very wrong with this drug. How long down the road before the manufactor of this drug admits that, could be years. My husband and I took it in April and have been smoke free since that time. I have never denied that it does a wonderful job for what it was manufactored for, but the health problems since that time, I have to say I wish I had never heard of Chantix, because I would glady trade smoking a pack a day and having my health restored to what it was before I took Chantix, in a heartbeat. We have spent more on medical this year, and we have insurance, than we have in our entire lifetime. From blood pressure issues to MRI's, etc. And we still have tremendous pain, my back and my husband in his neck and now both of us have to take two blood pressure medications and we are not young, but not over 50 either. I pray and hope that there is something out there, such as some sort of antidote, or anything that maybe eventually we can all take take and get some relief. I can't imagine how people without insurance are dealing with this, because stress just adds more health problems and those who are having so much trouble and who don't have insurance probably have a lot of medical debt and that is adding more to their health problems. May God bless each and every one of us, when we all took Chantix to improve our health and throw away cigarettes and look at us now. It was not worth what we are going through and I believe that most of the people that took Chantix agree with this. I remain hopeful and pray for us all that sometime soon someone will find something to help us.
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    • November 16, 2007
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  • I am a 31 yo female. I was a 1.5 pack a day person for about 14 years. I am on day 13 of Chantix (6 days smoke-free), and I have had virtually no side effects. I was really sleepy the first 3-4 days, but it wasn't as if I couldn't get out of bed or anything. I was just a little more tired than normal. Sadly, I can't report any weight loss either. I did have a flare up of the shingles virus that I have in my face. However, that could have been due to the stress and anxiety of quitting smoking. I suffer from severe migrains and have for many years, but I have not had one! since I quit smoking. I think that Chantix is a miracle drug so far. I still have cravings, but nothing that I can't hadle. My husband started taking it the same day I did, and he has had no side effects either. He is also smoke-free thus far. I am sorry to hear that so many people are having such a hard time taking Chantix.
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    • December 3, 2007
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  • I am a 31 yo female. I was a 1.5 pack a day person for about 14 years. I am on day 13 of Chantix (6 days smoke-free), and I have had virtually no side effects. I was really sleepy the first 3-4 days, but it wasn't as if I couldn't get out of bed or anything. I was just a little more tired than normal. Sadly, I can't report any weight loss either. I did have a flare up of the shingles virus that I have in my face. However, that could have been due to the stress and anxiety of quitting smoking. I suffer from severe migrains and have for many years, but I have not had one! since I quit smoking. I think that Chantix is a miracle drug so far. I still have cravings, but nothing that I can't hadle. My husband started taking it the same day I did, and he has had no side effects either. He is also smoke-free thus far. I am sorry to hear that so many people are having such a hard time taking Chantix. I am sooo proud for you and your husband. It is great that you quit smoking but even greater that you dont have any of these side effects that may last a lifetime. I hope you can go the entire course. I did quit after 2 wks. and only took Chantix for 3 wks. I still want one pretty bad sometimes but will never smoke again. (39 yrs.) No I take that back, if smoking would take this pain away I would gladly rather take my chances smoking. Thanks also for not talking down to those of us here looking for help and support.
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    • December 4, 2007
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  • I am a 31 yo female. I was a 1.5 pack a day person for about 14 years. I am on day 13 of Chantix (6 days smoke-free), and I have had virtually no side effects. I was really sleepy the first 3-4 days, but it wasn't as if I couldn't get out of bed or anything. I was just a little more tired than normal. Sadly, I can't report any weight loss either. I did have a flare up of the shingles virus that I have in my face. However, that could have been due to the stress and anxiety of quitting smoking. I suffer from severe migrains and have for many years, but I have not had one! since I quit smoking. I think that Chantix is a miracle drug so far. I still have cravings, but nothing that I can't hadle. My husband started taking it the same day I did, and he has had no side effects either. He is also smoke-free thus far. I am sorry to hear that so many people are having such a hard time taking Chantix.Beware! For weeks I had been thinking that Chantix was a real savior. But for this past couple of weeks fatigue and weakness has been setting in. I go to the New Heart gym daily where blood pressure and oxygen are monitored often (they've been fine - blood pressure has even been getting lower). Now, each time I go I have to quit due to weakness and fatigue before completing my routine. There have been joint and headaches too but those haven't been my concern (I'm getting along in years). By the way, I used to run every morning. I was a true believer in the adage, "burn energy to gain energy". I always felt great after my morning routine. But recently it's been just the opposite, after exercise I feel totally un-energetic, fatigued, and weak. And .. I just had a thorough physical just a few weeks ago .. Passed with flying colors.Today, after leaving the gym early I decided it was time to google my symptoms. They just didn't make sense. Very interestingly I happened upon related discussion on Chantix. After a few of those hits I happened on this site where I find 56 pages of comments (with multiple comments per page) from people experiencing symptoms very much like mine. Actually, it's good to realize that I'm probably not in the early stages of some scary disease. By the way, for those suggesting that some of this might be withdrawal symptoms, over the years I've quit for 7 years, 3 years twice, and for 1 year a few times. I know what withdrawal symptoms are like. These are not withdrawal symptoms.In other words, at day 13 I had no symptoms at all. It wasn't until around week 9 or 10 that these symptoms started showing themselves in grand fashion. So don't get over optimistic at just 13 days. Keep a watch out. If you feel some of these symptoms coming on, you at least will have some idea of what they very well might be about (wish I had seen this forum a few weeks ago, I'd have probably been off Chantix by now).
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    • December 5, 2007
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  • WOw so glad I found this site. I thought I was loosing it. I been telling my doctor, my joints have been killing me, I feel like a old lady. I been having a lot of Vowel Troubles and not sure if that from the Chantix. But the pain is not fun. Just wondering of we are all being Guinea pigs. i have been smoke free for all most a month now and this is my 2nd try with chantix, The first time I was quit for 2 month and couldn't afford the drug any more and i was doing so good I quit taking it. But with in 3 weeks I started smoking again. But I did have some very bad stress at the time. But I am wondering when I stop taking this will the cravings for the drug Nicotine come back! This quit I am using Voices of Nicotine on line group. Its in Paltalk.com under health if any one wants to check it out. The people there have help me a lot with the habit part. But I think after reading this today I am going to talk to my doc again
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    • December 13, 2007
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  • First, let me say I am a 58 year old female that was in excellent health.The different pains have started at different intervals, but once they started they have all increased in intensity. I had passed out on November 3rd which actually sent me to the emergency room for stitches in my head. The first thing the emergency room docs think is that you MIGHT have a heart problem when you pass out especially at my age. Well I left there with a prescription for Chantix and started the next day. I had a slightly slow heart rate in the emergency room, but the rate continued to decline and this pain near my heart and chest started immediately but not anywhere near the level of pain I am in now.My knee and hip pain just continues to get worse each day. I stopped the Chantix 3 days ago. No improvement of anything yet, but I am pretty confident that all these symptoms are going to go away the further I get away from Chantix. Especially after reading all these posts.All Docs knew I started Chantix as I was not on any drugs before, so that is the only thing I was taking. The Emergency Room Doc is the one that gave me the script. My blood work has been run to check for Pancreatitis, liver, you name it. The plumbing of my heart is perfect.(nuclear stress, heart cath, etc.) The electrical now has a PACEMAKER. (I hope not needlessly) The increase in my heart rate now is probably due to the Pain Meds according to my GP. I am going back in to see my GP next week to plan the next attack for this pain. He is out of town or I would call and ask him what he think (if this could all be from Chantix) He is making an appointment with an Internist for my next stop. I had just written my Doc an email 3 days ago that I feel like I am living in a nightmare and can't get out. How do you report something to the FDA or will the Docs do it for me.
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    • January 25, 2008
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