Chantix-Problems After Quiting or Weaning -Pt 4

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Nov 2, 2007
 
Time for a new one. The last one(Part 3) dropped too far down and was getting to the point that because of number of messages, it was starting to bog down as is the problem with the original one; also due to the high number of responses so its best to simply start a new. This topic was always my favorite and I know others have felt the same.

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Nov 2, 2007
 
For those who are in the need to wean. Here is the wean that I followed and so have others that was originally posted by Viki.

1/2mg twice a day for one week
1/2mg once a day for one week
1/4mg once a day for one week
1/4mg once every other day for one week
Off of Chantix

Of course, this wean can be altered to fit the need of each individual. For example; I took the "1/4 once a day" for two weeks instead of the one.

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Nov 2, 2007
 
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Nov 2, 2007
 
So it is okay to split the tablets, right?

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Nov 2, 2007
 
Jen1 wrote:
So it is okay to split the tablets, right?
Hi Jen. Yes. I did when I weaned. I even split them into quarters...or I should say my wife did for me.

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Nov 2, 2007
 
Jen1 wrote:
So it is okay to split the tablets, right?
Hi Jen: A bunch of people here split their pills, including me, but someone posted recently that Pfizer says not to do that. I've also heard that one isn't supposed to split a pill that isn't scored for splitting. But...I did it w/ Chantix and it worked fine for me.
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Nov 2, 2007
 
So happy I found this blog. I've been feeling very alone and kind of nervous since coming off Chantix. I'm 100 days smoke-free after 40 years ... could NOT have done it without Chantix. But, nothing in life is free, and it seems that Chantix did cost me. I had only a little bit of nausea and some muscle/joint aches and pains. I stayed on Chantix for the full 12 weeks and have been weaned off Chantix for awhile now. It should be out of my system by now. I should be feeling like my "old" self but I don't. I still hurt everyday (muscles and joints) and my head doesn't feel right some of the time ... like my balance is off or I'm in a dizzy fog. Never felt like this before. Is this what non-smokers feel like or is this the after-effects of Chantix? Will it ever go away? Has anyone else felt "different" and "not quite right" after stopping Chantix? I don't know where to go to get real, honest answers. Thanks for listening.... Annie
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Nov 2, 2007
 
My doc only prescribed the starter pack and one 1-month continuation pack, so I only have enough for 8 weeks. Is there some reason why he did not prescribe the full 12-weeks worth, other than to charge me for another visit when I have to come in to get a new prescription to be able to continue.

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Annie509 wrote:
So happy I found this blog. I've been feeling very alone and kind of nervous since coming off Chantix. I'm 100 days smoke-free after 40 years ... could NOT have done it without Chantix. But, nothing in life is free, and it seems that Chantix did cost me. I had only a little bit of nausea and some muscle/joint aches and pains. I stayed on Chantix for the full 12 weeks and have been weaned off Chantix for awhile now. It should be out of my system by now. I should be feeling like my "old" self but I don't. I still hurt everyday (muscles and joints) and my head doesn't feel right some of the time ... like my balance is off or I'm in a dizzy fog. Never felt like this before. Is this what non-smokers feel like or is this the after-effects of Chantix? Will it ever go away? Has anyone else felt "different" and "not quite right" after stopping Chantix? I don't know where to go to get real, honest answers. Thanks for listening.... Annie
Hi Annie: I didn't have any problems getting off Chantix, but I stayed on it 5.5 months and weaned for 6 weeks. I don't think, however, that you're in a minority with what you've described.

For me, at along about 4 months, it became difficult to recall what being a smoker was like and it's the same way today...almost 9 months quit.

A lotta people have been where you are. You don't have to face things alone. Come right here and post as often as you like.

Best Wishes!

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Annie509 wrote:
So happy I found this blog. I've been feeling very alone and kind of nervous since coming off Chantix. I'm 100 days smoke-free after 40 years ... could NOT have done it without Chantix. But, nothing in life is free, and it seems that Chantix did cost me. I had only a little bit of nausea and some muscle/joint aches and pains. I stayed on Chantix for the full 12 weeks and have been weaned off Chantix for awhile now. It should be out of my system by now. I should be feeling like my "old" self but I don't. I still hurt everyday (muscles and joints) and my head doesn't feel right some of the time ... like my balance is off or I'm in a dizzy fog. Never felt like this before. Is this what non-smokers feel like or is this the after-effects of Chantix? Will it ever go away? Has anyone else felt "different" and "not quite right" after stopping Chantix? I don't know where to go to get real, honest answers. Thanks for listening.... Annie
HI annie, Congrats on your 100 days. AWESOME. As far as how you are feeling, There have been others who have felt the same. To be honest, I still don't feel 100% either, but I do feel much better than I did between my abrupt stoppage of Chantix(cold turkey) and my wean. I went 10 days after stopping the Chantix cold turkey and my wean. That withdrawal was horrible but as I said, I'm still not 100%. I feel as if I'm in a fog at times and just not right. It comes and goes but for the most part, I feel good. I still feel in time I will be 100% all the time. Not sure about your muscle aches. Best thing to do is to talk to your Dr. Please continue to post to let us know how you are doing.

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Jen1 wrote:
My doc only prescribed the starter pack and one 1-month continuation pack, so I only have enough for 8 weeks. Is there some reason why he did not prescribe the full 12-weeks worth, other than to charge me for another visit when I have to come in to get a new prescription to be able to continue.
It seems some Dr' don't know too much about Chantix. Mine did the same as yours and all I did was call my Dr's office to have them phone in a refill of the Chantix to give me another 4 weeks worth. No additional office visit charge. Good luck with that. Let us know how you do.:)

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Mike221 wrote:
HI Annie, Congrats on your 100 days. AWESOME. As far as how you are feeling, There have been others who have felt the same. To be honest, I still don't feel 100% either, but I do feel much better than I did between my abrupt stoppage of Chantix(cold turkey) and my wean. I went 10 days after stopping the Chantix cold turkey and my wean. That withdrawal was horrible but as I said, I'm still not 100%. I feel as if I'm in a fog at times and just not right. It comes and goes but for the most part, I feel good. I still feel in time I will be 100% all the time. Not sure about your muscle aches. Best thing to do is to talk to your Dr. Please continue to post to let us know how you are doing.
Just to explain a little further, my problem may be from an antidepressant my Dr first put me on instead of having me wean off of the Chantix when I first experienced my withdrawal. My Dr felt it would be best just to weather the storm and not put me back on the Chantix and to try to combat the withdrawal with the antidepressant. Well, it seems that the antidepressant has side effects too, much of how I was feeling but I also felt withdrawal after trying to stop taking this med after weaning. I then did a slower wean and I now have been off that med since last Saturday but still not feeling up to par. So at this point, I still don't know what is causing me not to feel 100%. It very well may be the antidepressant.

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Annie509 wrote:
So happy I found this blog. I've been feeling very alone and kind of nervous since coming off Chantix. I'm 100 days smoke-free after 40 years ... could NOT have done it without Chantix. But, nothing in life is free, and it seems that Chantix did cost me. I had only a little bit of nausea and some muscle/joint aches and pains. I stayed on Chantix for the full 12 weeks and have been weaned off Chantix for awhile now. It should be out of my system by now. I should be feeling like my "old" self but I don't. I still hurt everyday (muscles and joints) and my head doesn't feel right some of the time ... like my balance is off or I'm in a dizzy fog. Never felt like this before. Is this what non-smokers feel like or is this the after-effects of Chantix? Will it ever go away? Has anyone else felt "different" and "not quite right" after stopping Chantix? I don't know where to go to get real, honest answers. Thanks for listening.... Annie
Hi Annie, congrats on your quit! I am 56 days free of smoking and 46 days free of Chantix and I still feel weird. I think it just takes a little time to get out of your system. I have had alot of depression since taking Chantix so my DR put me on Cymbalta and I am finally starting to feel a little relief. Good luck to you. Yes to answer your question, I believe it's the Chantix.

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Nov 3, 2007
 
Jess, so good to see you. I haven' seen you since I came back. Congrats on your 56 days of being smoke-free.
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Jess-IS-a-Mess wrote:
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Hi Annie, congrats on your quit! I am 56 days free of smoking and 46 days free of Chantix and I still feel weird. I think it just takes a little time to get out of your system. I have had alot of depression since taking Chantix so my DR put me on Cymbalta and I am finally starting to feel a little relief. Good luck to you. Yes to answer your question, I believe it's the Chantix.
Jess-

It was very good to see your post. I have been wondering how you were doing. I am very hopeful that the Cymbalta would resolve some of the depression issues for you as it did for me, and glad to hear that it may not be adversely affecting you as that other medication did. It was also a comfort to me to know that once I stopped taking it, the depression and anxiety did not return.
I am very glad I checked this new board today.
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Annie509 wrote:
So happy I found this blog. I've been feeling very alone and kind of nervous since coming off Chantix. I'm 100 days smoke-free after 40 years ... could NOT have done it without Chantix. But, nothing in life is free, and it seems that Chantix did cost me. I had only a little bit of nausea and some muscle/joint aches and pains. I stayed on Chantix for the full 12 weeks and have been weaned off Chantix for awhile now. It should be out of my system by now. I should be feeling like my "old" self but I don't. I still hurt everyday (muscles and joints) and my head doesn't feel right some of the time ... like my balance is off or I'm in a dizzy fog. Never felt like this before. Is this what non-smokers feel like or is this the after-effects of Chantix? Will it ever go away? Has anyone else felt "different" and "not quite right" after stopping Chantix? I don't know where to go to get real, honest answers. Thanks for listening.... Annie
Annie,

You are definitely not alone in how you feel. I haven't felt 'right'- mentally (mostly memory), since I took Chantix back in Feruary this year. And I continue to have the joint/muscle pain as well. I also had to be put on an antidepressant due to a major depressive episode brought on by Chantix.
With regard to the pain issues, has your doctor run any tests? I saw a rheumatologist, had some tests done, and they only came back with 'your vitamin D level is very, very low'. They said they really couldn't explain that because in Iowa in September (when I had the tests run) one's level should be at it's highest, since we get Vit. D from the sun. They said they couldn't say whether it was from taking Chantix or not, but that lower levels can be associated with aches and pains. To note, I have always taken a high potency multivatimin, have done that for years - so I thought it was very odd.
So now I am taking extra Vit. D supplements, and seeing if that helps the leg pain - I will let others know if it beneficial.
Please consult with your doctor, though. I wouldn't want someone to read this and hop on mega doses of vitamins, even that could be detrimental in some cases. But maybe this is something they can check. I have seen other people being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis following Chantix treatment, but I tested negative.(I am only 37 years old.)

Congratulations on your quit.

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Nov 3, 2007
 
BLB(Brenda, right?) great to see you and thanks for backing me up.
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Nov 3, 2007
 
Thank you everyone for all of your comments, advice, and support! I was hoping everyone would say that what I was feeling would magically disappear after awhile ... but I guess this is the "price" of my quit. I am not ungrateful for the help from Chantix. Without it, I probably would still be smoking. I just wish my Dr. and I knew and really understood the long term effects of Chantix before I took it for 12 weeks. Who knows, maybe when I'm quit for one year, all of this will be a distant memory and I'll be feeling pretty much like myself .... only a year older! Thank you again for all of your help and congratulations on your quits!!!!
Annie

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Mike221 wrote:
Jess, so good to see you. I haven' seen you since I came back. Congrats on your 56 days of being smoke-free.
Thanks Mike! I took a few days off myself...It's good to be back.

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