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TTC

Tuscaloosa, AL

#2513 Dec 26, 2011
Wow, just stumbled on this while looking for info on Chantix pill-splitting. Looks like I had no idea what I was getting into. I will have to do some serious backreading and plan a quit strategy asap. (Six weeks Chantix, two weeks off cigarettes.) I want to head off any new problems and avoid courting a cig relapse.
TTC

Tuscaloosa, AL

#2514 Dec 26, 2011
Oh, geeze, some of the early posts mention hormonal effects and female bleeding problems. ... I started taking Chantix while in treatment for a reproductive cancer. I am thinking now is a very good time to start weaning.

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

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#2515 Dec 26, 2011
TTC...I'm going to give you another link here on Topix which is much more positive...Several of us visited online during our quits...we were just luck to find a very supportive group & most only had minor side effects but I think we all did a wean & had successful quits.

I am going to start you at page 325 & you can read forward... Good luck with your quit!! You can do it just remember..Not One Puff Ever...N.O.P.E. I had smoked for over 40 years & in Jan I will be 4 years quit...Seldom remember that I ever smoked & don't crave it...Just feel sorry for the people who haven't quit.

http://www.topix.com/forum/law/healthcare/TBP...
Robin

Marietta, GA

#2517 Mar 14, 2012
I am thankful for finding this blog! I have only been an ex smoker for 5 days, and taking Chantix. So, I had wondered how people feel after getting off of Chantix, and I have to say, I am a little concerned. I do know how to wean myself off, but also don't want to feel like I am in a fog, like I do now-- while on the medication.

My doc gave me two prescrips; the starter pack (4 weeks), and then another 4 weeks. I was wondering if people recommend the full 12 weeks or if I should try weaning off of Chantix after my 8th week. Suggestions are appreciated if you have gone down this road, please post. Thank you!

Robin
TTC

Tuscaloosa, AL

#2518 Mar 15, 2012
Robin wrote:
I am thankful for finding this blog! I have only been an ex smoker for 5 days, and taking Chantix. So, I had wondered how people feel after getting off of Chantix, and I have to say, I am a little concerned. I do know how to wean myself off, but also don't want to feel like I am in a fog, like I do now-- while on the medication.
My doc gave me two prescrips; the starter pack (4 weeks), and then another 4 weeks. I was wondering if people recommend the full 12 weeks or if I should try weaning off of Chantix after my 8th week. Suggestions are appreciated if you have gone down this road, please post. Thank you!
Robin
Well, I let myself get all paranoid about going of chantix and got caught up with some purist 12-step type quitters instead. All's I can say is, if you're on it and it's working, for heaven's sake, stay on it!
I quit for about 6 weeks with Chantix and got off it and started smoking again for about that long.
I stepped down to a half pill 2x/day for a week to get off it and recently re-started the same way. My pharmacist said that was OK, and his clerk assured me that getting on and off is no big deal and that she had a fairly easy time of quitting on the second try after going off Chantix too soon the first time.
Bottom line, you know how you feel. Pay attention to how your body and your head feel. Odds are pretty good that any negative effects are mild compared to the negative effects of continuing to smoke. Speaking for myself, I tried every "natural" way to stay off the cigs, but Chantix is the only thing that's worked.(Took about a week of full doses for the drug to take the "kick" out of smoking for me.)
Good luck and pay attention to how you feel. Really, you're the only person who can tell you if Chantix is right.
Virginia Lee

Hopewell, VA

#2519 Mar 19, 2012
Smoking cessation pills simply make anxiety and depression worse. Chantix blocks nicotine receptor sites in the brain in order to reduce nicotine cravings, but in that process, naturally occurring dopamine and serotonin are blocked, creating dangerous and nearly intolerable side effects.

When a human being experiences a stressful or exciting event, natural hormones create neural reactions in the brain's central processing area called synapses, which involve neurons firing electrical charges that stimulate behavior and mood elevations. By taking Chantix, the smoker is blocking these natural reactions from doing their job, preventing the person from coping with anxiety, depression, and frustration.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033621_Chantix_Zyb...
Virginia Lee

Hopewell, VA

#2520 Mar 19, 2012
Chantix IS only a substitute chemical for nicotine!

If you really want to stop smoking scare yourself with cancer pictures and articles rather then keep taking another new drug which has hurt more people who really only needed support to kick a deadly habit!
destiny

United States

#2521 Jun 7, 2012
I have been smoke free for almost a month now I have been experiencing severe gas. The gas was so bad that I felt as if I was having a heart attack. I'm weaning my self of the chantix and the only side effects I have had from it is weight gain, vivid dreams and gas.
destiny

United States

#2522 Jun 7, 2012
Oh does anyone know if the weight will drop after we quit chantix completely?
TTC

Tuscaloosa, AL

#2523 Jun 8, 2012
Sorry, can't speak to the weight gain thing. I started taking it while in cancer treatment, so I haven't noticed anything significant.
Coming off of it after a six-week second round with a week of half doses. Wondering whether to cut my last five in half again for a couple weeks of quarter doses or just call myself done tomorrow.
Stepping down has me a little loopy and craving sugar and caffeine like crazy. A smoke would feel good, but that's off the table. Might have gained some weight, but have been having post-radiation GI trouble that contributes to that.
Anyone with help for staying quit post chantix? I'm a little scared about that.
Joe Blow

Murray, KY

#2524 Jun 23, 2012
I have taken Chantix now for 45 days and have cut back to 1/2 amount for the last week. I'm 35 days smoke free today and after today I'm out of Chantix. I don't want to spend the money and I don't feel like I need it (Chantix) anymore. I haven't felt good since I stopped smoking, which sounds funny I know. So are you saying you felt worse when stopping Chantix or while on the drug?
TTC

Tuscaloosa, AL

#2525 Jun 24, 2012
Me?

I don't really know. I haven't felt "right" since being on Chantix, but smoking again didn't feel "right" either.

Don't get me wrong, nicotine feels good, but wanting it once in a while is a whole lot better than being hooked and feeling like you need it all the time.

I am a bad example though. Been off cigarettes for 90 days but only completely off chantix for two weeks. Feeling a little off balance and doing a lot of caffeine and sugar.
newbie

United States

#2526 Nov 20, 2013
i have been on chantix for 2 weeks,1 week smoke frre ,i am getting heart flutters now and i am thinking of weaning myself off of them ,but i am worried i havent been on it long enough,my urge to smoke isnt there as much ,thought i could go cold turkey the rest of the way??
Karen

Tuscaloosa, AL

#2527 Nov 23, 2013
I personally don't think two weeks is anything to fret over. I'd check with your doctor about the heart flutters.
Honestly, Chantix worked well for me, but started up after I finished the course. Earlier post about it keeping you from coping with psychological effects sounds pretty smart. I pretty much knew all along I was going to have to buck up and just quit naturally. Now, about just doing it already ...

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