Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

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REUNION DAY!!!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR....Being smokefree is HUGE....Such a better world!!!!

LadyMac...So good to see you...check in more often! One of these days I plan to go to Modesto...When I go there I'll think of all you CA people :-)

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Well last night I rang in the new year at the local pub...and didn't smoke at all and didn't even have the urge!! I am now nicotine free for almost 3 days

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Way to go bigjon...I do remember the test at the beginning of my quit. Going to the Casino & not having the urge when sitting next to a smoker...Just had to move when the stink got too bad :-) Keep it up...Hold on tight!!

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Happy New year and Happy Reunion Day! I am coming up on 3 years and 5 months quit - it is hard to believe how long it has been now. I am so happy I do not smoke - and so happy I do not smell like that anymore! I was at a neighbor's party last night and a lot of people were smoking. Even though there were packs laying around everywhere, I was not tempted at all. I was just trying to stay out of all the second hand smoke!

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Happy Reunion Day !!

Happy New Year !!
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Woohoo 2 months smoke free as of yesterday!!! Happy smoke free New Year!! I joined a gym yesterday and will have a personal trainer for a couple months to help me get back into shape now that I am smoke free and did put on a few pounds with quitting. So excited to be healthy and hopefully back in a bikini this year!!!:o)

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Jan 3, 2012
 
Day 11 and still smoke free....coughing is not nearly as bad as it ws a few days ago, and breathing is much easier than it's been in years...haven't hd a drag on the e-cigarette in a few days, so the hand-to-mouth habit is being broken slowly but surely....

My girlfriend starts a quit attempt soon...she just went today to get a prescription for the inhaler...she's supported me very well thru my quit so far, so I will for sure be supporting hers...
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Congrats and good luck to your G/F also!!!

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I am on day 9 smoke free and am feeling great!! Been coughing a lot of flem but other than that just a few urges to have one when I get stressed...I just keep thinking that if I made it this far there is no need to turn back now!!

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bigjon0217 wrote:
I am on day 9 smoke free and am feeling great!! Been coughing a lot of flem but other than that just a few urges to have one when I get stressed...I just keep thinking that if I made it this far there is no need to turn back now!!
You will do it BigJon! Just keep pressing, before you know it, 5 years will pass.

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Day 18, and i feel great!! Chantix is about to run out...I have one day left in my starter pack...no money though to refill, however I have been so good at controlling the urge, I am considering just sopping the Chantix now and continuing with my quit...it has definitely helped get me past the hardest part of the quit, which is the nicotine withdrawals...just up to me now to control the physical urge, which I am confident I have full control over at this point...

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Jan 9, 2012
 
I would also like to add...
cutting out the chantix is as much my decision as it was a financial decision...Although it has done its job wonderfully, some of the side effects have been a little too much to handle...I never got the vivid dreams i so looked forward to...no did i get depression, however what it does do to me is causes me to have an almost constant sense of insecurity, for lack of a better explanation. I have a feeling as if I'm sitting outside the principal's office..I don't know what's about to happen, but I know it's not gonna be a good thing...that feeling...

Those feelings extend to my relationship as well...suddenly I had this unending fear that my girlfriend was cheating...it even went as far as spying on her, however, I had absolutely no evidence to even substantiate a fear to begin with, it just started one day sitting at the house like normal...this has since led to a breakup, and hopefully now a reunion, since we have both discussed things at length...she noticed that the issues didn't start until a few days after I started on the chantix...

All in all...Chantix is great. Would I recommend it to someone else to help them quit? Most definitely....However, just make sure that you have an understanding significant other, just in case the mental side effects do take place....

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I would also like to add...
cutting out the chantix is as much my decision as it was a financial decision...Although it has done its job wonderfully, some of the side effects have been a little too much to handle...
You may want to speak to your Dr before making the decision not to refill. Just keep in mind all of this is CHANGE for you. It's going to feel different. There is a high chance you will go back to smoking if you do not follow through with at least 2 mos and a slow wean.

As to the money, it's all a matter of priorities.

That 2 mos worth of Chantix is the best $240 I have ever, I mean EVER spent.

Saved me to date THOUSANDS

And my life.
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Jan 10, 2012
 
Shoreboy I would definately suggest a wean. If you just quit the Chantix you will more than likely relapse. I know you feel it is all just an I control the urge, but it isn't. I tried just stopping the Chantix but within a day got back on it and did a wean. I have now been off the Chantix for 3 weeks after weaning off and feel great. 2 months smoke free. Please just get 1 more month just to do the wean.

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shoreboy31 wrote:
I would also like to add...
cutting out the chantix is as much my decision as it was a financial decision...Although it has done its job wonderfully, some of the side effects have been a little too much to handle...I never got the vivid dreams i so looked forward to...no did i get depression, however what it does do to me is causes me to have an almost constant sense of insecurity, for lack of a better explanation. I have a feeling as if I'm sitting outside the principal's office..I don't know what's about to happen, but I know it's not gonna be a good thing...that feeling...
Those feelings extend to my relationship as well...suddenly I had this unending fear that my girlfriend was cheating...it even went as far as spying on her, however, I had absolutely no evidence to even substantiate a fear to begin with, it just started one day sitting at the house like normal...this has since led to a breakup, and hopefully now a reunion, since we have both discussed things at length...she noticed that the issues didn't start until a few days after I started on the chantix...
All in all...Chantix is great. Would I recommend it to someone else to help them quit? Most definitely....However, just make sure that you have an understanding significant other, just in case the mental side effects do take place....
shoreboy congrats. I only used 1 month of the drug myself...but I weaned off by cutting the last weeks pills into halves and quarters and made it last for 5 weeks. There is some evidence that stopping chantix abruptly is not a good thing. As for the possibility of starting back....it was never a factor for me. If you don't tempt fate and try to smoke "just one" you'll be fine.
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CONGRATULATION to our friend LadyLonghorn...FOUR YEAR QUIT.....HUGE!!!!!!!!! I don't have a list anymore of others quits so please chime in...

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Shoreboy.... the concensus here, among many, many before you is that a slow wean is the best way to quit the Chantix. Do whatever it takes to afford the chantix. It is no more expensive than the cigarettes you were smoking. You may also find the side effects lessen with a lesser dosage.

Congratulations on 18 days !!!

Katz..... great you have 2 months smoke free. From here on out the task is simple. Don't ever smoke another one. NOPE !!

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Congratulations Lady L on 4 years yesterday!!!

Shoreboy, there are numerous reasons for the wean off chantix. Relapse, anxiety, depression are all side effects to just stopping. If you have been reading this thread from the front to back, you will have read about the many negatitve effects to just stopping. I knew better, but I was sick of taking them after weaning to the one a day, so I just stopped. So not a good thing to do. WEAN!!

I have been quit for 4 years 1/21. I smoked for 32 years.
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Jan 12, 2012
 
Thanks Charlie. I still have urges but not near as much as I used to. I am working out 6 days a week now which helps everything also :o)

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Jan 13, 2012
 
Trust me,if I could have weaned I would have, when I was out I had no money, still don't until next week, I have been off the chantix for 3 days now...really no side effects to speak of, urges are a little stronger than what they were, but nothing I can't manage, stress level is still high due to personal issues, but I am managing very well...emotionally, no issues, well at least not because of the meds, girlfriend and I are in the middle of a break-up, get back together, I wanna be friends, thing...so emotions are already at a low, however not really thinking the lack of chantix is making it any worse...no more depressing than any other breakup, and I can still manage to laugh with friends...basically saying, normal me all around....except for the cigarettes!!

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