Dreams or nightmares on Chantix

Dreams or nightmares on Chantix

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Pamela

Shafter, CA

#1 Jun 13, 2007
The only side effects I had were sleep disturbances. I swear the strangest vivid nightmares I have ever had
Its as if I sat on the edge of my bed and watched myself have nightmares. I felt like I was entering into freddie kriger land.
I would wake up at about 1:00a.m and could not go back to sleep
I would have to get ready for work and that day would walk around like I hadnt slept for a coupke of days.
I only was on the pills for a month
After a week of horrible nightmares I cut back on the dosage.
Instead of taking 2 1mg I cut back to 1 mg. a day
I am smoke free now for 5 weeks. Chantix was the easiest way I have ever had to stop smoking but I will never want to go back to smoking because I NEVER WANT TO TAKE THE DRUG AGAIN, IT TOOK ALOT OUT OF ME AND i ALMOST FELT LIKE i WALKED AROUND IN A FRIKN DAZE FOR ALMOST A MONTH.
I HAVE BEEN OFF THE PILLS NOW FOR ALMOST 2 WEEKS AND AM NOW FEELING PRETTY NORMAL AGAIN
Cindy and Darin

United States

#3 Jun 13, 2007
I am on the full dose, 39 days smoke free and planning on staying on 6 months of the full dose! I dont dream as much as I did when I first started the Chantix...Bummer, I enjoyed the dreams! Any other side effects I truly blame on nicotine withdrawl, not the Chantix.
SF Angie

Watertown, NY

#4 Nov 19, 2007
i have only been on chantix 5 days now.I have NIGHTMARES about my 15mth old boy. its awful they are so real. i read to try taking it earlier in evening. tryiong that tonight
JenP

Britton, MI

#6 Dec 22, 2007
I'm on my 10th day of Chantix, and the day I upped to the full dosage, I had the most awful nightmares, waking myself up yelling at the top of my lungs. So I'm thinking of either stopping altogether or keeping it at one pill a day instead of two...

Since: Jun 08

United States

#7 Jun 7, 2008
Hey quiters,

I just got the perscription and I can not wait to have these nightmares. I have not had a nightmare in years and i mean years. I loved reading these stories and hope to provide some of my own. I will begin the sequence tomorrow after I somke my last pack. I have so many hopes and dreams that this drug will finally get me off nicotine and my family will get off my back. It is all in love. The hrardest thing is that i like to smoke,especially with a coffee or beer/s. Well no crap, right. Well wish me luck on my journey on being smoke free and the most important, having the most vivid nightmares we have all seen. Sounds sick but cool at the same time.

Later

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#8 Jun 7, 2008
twwhite73 wrote:
Hey quiters,
I just got the perscription and I can not wait to have these nightmares. I have not had a nightmare in years and i mean years. I loved reading these stories and hope to provide some of my own. I will begin the sequence tomorrow after I somke my last pack. I have so many hopes and dreams that this drug will finally get me off nicotine and my family will get off my back. It is all in love. The hrardest thing is that i like to smoke,especially with a coffee or beer/s. Well no crap, right. Well wish me luck on my journey on being smoke free and the most important, having the most vivid nightmares we have all seen. Sounds sick but cool at the same time.
Later
twwhite73 - You're going to have to move to a more active thread - come on over to the "Has anyone heard of Pfizers Chantix" lots of good people there to cheer you on.

Have you already started taking the Chantix? Most of us did/do have very VIVID dreams - most don't have bad ones just crazy ones that we really remember after we wake up.

I had smoked for 44 years - this is my first & final quit. Today I've been quit for 139 days. Chantix will help with the quit but you WILL have to supply the willpower. The first few days are hard but not as hard as I thought they would be. The time will drag by for a while but goes faster the longer you are quit. You can do it!!

Margaret

Margaret

“smoke free since August 2009”

Since: Jan 08

Baltimore, Maryland

#9 Jun 7, 2008
twwhite73 wrote:
Hey quiters,
I just got the perscription and I can not wait to have these nightmares. I have not had a nightmare in years and i mean years. I loved reading these stories and hope to provide some of my own. I will begin the sequence tomorrow after I somke my last pack. I have so many hopes and dreams that this drug will finally get me off nicotine and my family will get off my back. It is all in love. The hrardest thing is that i like to smoke,especially with a coffee or beer/s. Well no crap, right. Well wish me luck on my journey on being smoke free and the most important, having the most vivid nightmares we have all seen. Sounds sick but cool at the same time.
Later
You know that you can smoke on the chantix. I thought you wrote you will start tomorrow when you are finished your last pack.Post often so we can support you.
Brandy

Chicago, IL

#10 Oct 21, 2008
I have to say that first the dreams were nothing out of the norm but were more frequent or at least I could remember them once I woke up. I'm only on day 8 and I woke up so disturbed and distraught. The nightmare was so real. I felt like I was watching myself in a movie. I can honestly say that this has been the easiest way to quit, but also the scariest. I could never handle these dreams for six months. To be honest, I questioned that maybe the nightmares is what can make people so depressed. I did not wake up a happy camper.

“smoke free since August 2009”

Since: Jan 08

Baltimore, Maryland

#11 Oct 21, 2008
Brandy wrote:
I have to say that first the dreams were nothing out of the norm but were more frequent or at least I could remember them once I woke up. I'm only on day 8 and I woke up so disturbed and distraught. The nightmare was so real. I felt like I was watching myself in a movie. I can honestly say that this has been the easiest way to quit, but also the scariest. I could never handle these dreams for six months. To be honest, I questioned that maybe the nightmares is what can make people so depressed. I did not wake up a happy camper.
Try taking the med earlier in the evening. I had also cut it in half.
Good luck
Fern

United States

#12 Nov 12, 2008
I took Chantix for 6 weeks and I haven't smoked in a year. I'm still having the nightmares. Is this usual?

“smoke free since August 2009”

Since: Jan 08

Baltimore, Maryland

#13 Nov 13, 2008
Fern wrote:
I took Chantix for 6 weeks and I haven't smoked in a year. I'm still having the nightmares. Is this usual?
I would not think it is normal or related to chantix. I am not a doc. Go see one!!!
LisaMI

Farmington, MI

#15 Dec 14, 2008
Hi all, I just started taking Chantix a week ago and I just started the first day of taking two a day. I just woke up from a horrible nightmare that I never want to have again. I've had bad dreams but this was horrible and I'm deeply disturbed. I killed two people in that dream and I've NEVER EVER had dreams like that before. I'm seriously wondering if I can keep taking this drug. I saw some of your posts say that you had to cut back to one 1mg tablet a day so I may just do that. I'm really scared now after this dream it felt too real and I have no idea how I can come up with faces and places that I've never seen before.

“Endurance”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#16 Dec 14, 2008
LisaMI wrote:
Hi all, I just started taking Chantix a week ago and I just started the first day of taking two a day. I just woke up from a horrible nightmare that I never want to have again. I've had bad dreams but this was horrible and I'm deeply disturbed. I killed two people in that dream and I've NEVER EVER had dreams like that before. I'm seriously wondering if I can keep taking this drug. I saw some of your posts say that you had to cut back to one 1mg tablet a day so I may just do that. I'm really scared now after this dream it felt too real and I have no idea how I can come up with faces and places that I've never seen before.
http://www.topix.com/forum/law/healthcare/TBP...
http://www.topix.com/forum/law/healthcare/TQJ...
Hi Lisa,
Those links are to more active Chantix threads. I had very vivid dreams, and I was very busy in my dreams which caused me to be tired all the time. I did not have bad dreams. I believe that some started taking the night pill earlier in the afternoon. Or cut it to half a pill in the afternoon was what others did.
Here is some information which can help you with your quit.
Here is some information which may help you.
Your Quit smoking toolbox....
http://quitsmoking.about.com/od/preparetoquit ...
Quitting smoking and blood sugar levels (eating)..
http://whyquit.com/pr/010506.html
Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms (for new quitters)...
http://quitsmoking.about.com/cs/cravingsandur ...
97 Reasons to Quit Smoking...
http://www.health.com/health/condition-articl ...
Nicotine Withdrawal & Recovery Symptoms....
http://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Symptoms.html
Nicotine Cessation tips...
http://whyquit.com/Tips2007.pdf
Tearing Down the Wall...
http://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Thoughts.html
The Smokers Memorial...
http://whyquit.com/whyquit/Memorial.html
Good Luck, and ask any questions. We will try to help you on your journey.
LisaMI

Farmington, MI

#17 Dec 27, 2008
Bronco96 wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.topix.com/forum/law/healthcare/TBP...
http://www.topix.com/forum/law/healthcare/TQJ...
Hi Lisa,
Those links are to more active Chantix threads. I had very vivid dreams, and I was very busy in my dreams which caused me to be tired all the time. I did not have bad dreams. I believe that some started taking the night pill earlier in the afternoon. Or cut it to half a pill in the afternoon was what others did.
Here is some information which can help you with your quit.
Here is some information which may help you.
Your Quit smoking toolbox....
http://quitsmoking.about.com/od/preparetoquit ...
Quitting smoking and blood sugar levels (eating)..
http://whyquit.com/pr/010506.html
Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms (for new quitters)...
http://quitsmoking.about.com/cs/cravingsandur ...
97 Reasons to Quit Smoking...
http://www.health.com/health/condition-articl ...
Nicotine Withdrawal & Recovery Symptoms....
http://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Symptoms.html
Nicotine Cessation tips...
http://whyquit.com/Tips2007.pdf
Tearing Down the Wall...
http://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Thoughts.html
The Smokers Memorial...
http://whyquit.com/whyquit/Memorial.html
Good Luck, and ask any questions. We will try to help you on your journey.
Thank you for all of the links!! I've found a way around the nightmares by taking Chantix earlier in the evening and by also staying away from negative things like the news for instance right before I go to bed. It helps alot. As for an update on my smoking. I haven't smoked for over a week now. Thanks again!

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#18 Dec 27, 2008
LisaMI wrote:
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Thank you for all of the links!! I've found a way around the nightmares by taking Chantix earlier in the evening and by also staying away from negative things like the news for instance right before I go to bed. It helps alot. As for an update on my smoking. I haven't smoked for over a week now. Thanks again!


Hi Lisa - I'm not sure where Bronco is today. She is forever off & running!! I'm staying in the house since they are saying maybe ice for us today.

That is so great that you've found a way around the dreams. If you've made it through week one of not smoking you've made it over a BIG hurdle!!

Just keep posting here & one of the helpful posters will find you.. Without this group of good people I don't think I would be smoke free today.

I just stumbled upon this site at topix & I believe it has been a lifesaver! Bronco & I have been LONG time smokers & are both smoke free for over 11 months. I didn't know her before this, I had never talked with anyone online - now I have some very good cyberfriends!!

Just hang in there! Time will start going more quickly & you'll have a LOTS less want for a smoke!!! I have a thought but not urge from time to time - I know I NEVER want to smoke again.

“Endurance”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#20 Dec 27, 2008
LisaMI wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for all of the links!! I've found a way around the nightmares by taking Chantix earlier in the evening and by also staying away from negative things like the news for instance right before I go to bed. It helps alot. As for an update on my smoking. I haven't smoked for over a week now. Thanks again!
Hi Lisa,
Got a message from Meme that you had posted. I am so happy that you are doing good. Just keep moving forward. I would tell myself when I hit an urge that "I do NOT smoke....so get over it". It will get easier and easier. I am happy that you figured out your dream issues. Keeping yourself away from negative things is a very good idea. When an urge is hitting you, find something physical to do. I walked on my treadmill or I would shovel the driveway. Anything to get yourself busy.
Good Luck Lisa!!!!
aprils

Harrisonburg, VA

#21 Jan 2, 2009
I took Chantix this summer and it worked great, for the smoking. I too had terribly frightening dreams. I still remember the scariest ones in full detail. The dreams didn't start until about a week into taking Chantix. I quit, until recently. I took my first .5 ml last night, much to my surprise I woke up with a horror movie running through my head. I finally get back to sleep and the dream continued AND I took it first thing yesterday morning. So I did not take it late in the day. I think I am going to try good ol' will power. The last time I took Chantix I barely slept for three weeks from all the terrible dreams. Disturbing is minimizing the actual effect - I am tramatized! Now I am going to be paranoid for the next week that my ex is going to try to kill me! I dreamt he told me I had one week to live - how terrible is that? From an outsiders view reading this post, I would probably be laughing at how dramatic it sounds, but from the dreamer's standpoint - it sucks!
matt

Norristown, PA

#22 Apr 23, 2009
Nightmare 1 of 50 lol seriously. In my dream i actually woke up in my bed and the nightmare began. Seriously when do you wake up in your bed in a dream. I hear a commotion downstairs. I walk over to the top of the steps grab a flashlight (why i didnt use the lightswitch i have no clue). As i get to the bottom of the steps i hear someone running across the room. I turn the corner and I see what looks like someone laying under a blanket on my couch. I said whos there. as the words come a man with the blanket still over his head jumps up and runs at me. I then thankfully woke up. Yeah it was just a little difficult to go back to sleep. When i woke up i couldnt tell if it was reality or still the dream.
Slickeer

Baltimore, MD

#23 Apr 27, 2009
I'll tell you this. I've had some crazy dreams , but so far, and not too far into sleep deprivation, I've enjoyed them. I went completely Bruce Campbell on some zombies last night with the help of a pick-up full of hispanics, my girlfriend's father and an Amy Winehouse soundtrack. Boomstick baby.

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#24 Apr 27, 2009
Slickeer wrote:
I'll tell you this. I've had some crazy dreams , but so far, and not too far into sleep deprivation, I've enjoyed them. I went completely Bruce Campbell on some zombies last night with the help of a pick-up full of hispanics, my girlfriend's father and an Amy Winehouse soundtrack. Boomstick baby.
I missed the crazy dreams but liked getting more rest when I didn't have them anymore!! LOL

When is/was your quit day? Good luck to you!

Margaret

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