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Chantix & Severe Upper Abdominal Pain- HELP!

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  • Posted By: Soon2bEyeDr
  • May 29, 2007
  • 06:52 PM

Hello everyone! I'm new to this board, but have a pressing question.

I recently started taking Chantix to help stop smoking. I've smoked on and off for about 4 years. It is not the urge to smoke that keeps me lighting up, but the stress and hostility that I exhibit to others that has me reaching for the cool menthol and matches.

About six days ago I asked my doctor about Chantix because I heard that it helps control this anxiety and anger. He gave me a perscription and warned me that it was expensive and I could experience some mild nausea. I walked out of the doctor's office happy and with barley controlled excitment that my miracle pill may have been found.

Fast forward to day two on the medicine. Doing fine the .5mg and can already feel a decrease in my need to smoke. I'm still very happy.

Press fast forward again to day four. I took my last dose of .5mg for the day (you take it twice a day) and I'm feeling sick as dog. Muscle pain, sore throat, flu like symptoms, extreme upper adominal pain, and a distended stomach. I'm scared to death, but refuse to quit taking it at this point.

Day six. I'm now in agony, I can barely stand without my upper stomach feeling as though it will burst; it's as though someone is inflating a ballon and at any minute it will pop. My muscle pain is worse (although less bothersome than the abdominal pain), and a fever is spreading through my body. I did not experience naseau until this morning, but anytime I try to eat or take advil I feel though I could hug the porcaline goddess until noon tomorrow.

I'm too scared to call my doctor, I do not want my potential golden pill taken away, I believe that, perhaps, the symptoms will abate. However, at the same time, I'm afraid I'm inflicting permenate self damage onto myself.

:confused:My question is: has anyone else experienced this and what did you do? Does anyone have any advice? I've searched the internet for possible answers all morning. Even though I'm a science geek, my clouded mind refuses to think properly and I'm reduced to asking others for the answers because not a single thought will form properly. Please help.

Thanks so much for your time.
Any responses will be greatly appreciated.

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