Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

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Mar 1, 2013
 
Happy reunion day! Meme is having trouble with her password....I am lucky my computer remembers mine for me!

On the 9th, I will be 4 years and 7 months quit. That is more than 40,000 cigs I did not smoke and in today's prices, more than $11,000 I did not burn.

I met good friends here. Thank you for helping me quit!
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Mar 2, 2013
 
After watching a commercial i remembered how much support i got from the wonderful people at this thread. I had smoked for 35 years and tried every way possible to quit. I really did enjoy smoking but it was getting too expensive and got in the way of many things i wanted to do without working around the habit. With chantix and months on this forum i am now six years quit without the wwight gain and cravings i had experienced with other attempts. Those of you trying to quit make a plan and follow it, and post here as often as you need to i remember getting up in the middle of the night just to share how i was feeling, kind of like journaling except people listen. This is one of the most difficult things you'll ever do. It's also one of your proudest moments when you succeed!

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Mar 7, 2013
 
Happy belated Reunion Day !!

I completely missed February !! I guess after almost 3 1/2 years of not smoking I don't think about it much, if ever !!

You know, it seems like just yesterday I quit. It's pretty frightening how fast the time is going!!

Keep up the quit my friends !!!
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Mar 7, 2013
 

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Trying to get more information on this anti-smoking drug. Pfizer's website is a bit sparse on the subject.
Thanks!
Here is the latest news.

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/03/pfizer_se...

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Pfizer Inc. has settled about 80 percent of the more than 2,700 lawsuits filed against it in federal and state courts nationwide over its smoking cessation drug Chantix, according to a company filing with a federal regulator this week.

The company says it is assuming a loss of $273 million for 2012 to settle those cases and expects to spend an estimated $15 million more to settle remaining ones in the future, according to the filing Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Most of the more than 2,700 lawsuits filed nationwide by people who complained of psychological problems, including suicides or suicide attempts, were consolidated as a multidistrict litigation _ or MDL _ in Birmingham federal court under U.S. District Court Judge Inge Johnson.

Among the lawsuits settled were 254 cases being handled by the Birmingham law firm Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris.

Most of the more than 2,700 lawsuits filed nationwide by people who complained of psychological problems, including suicides or suicide attempts, were consolidated as a multidistrict litigation _ or MDL _ in Birmingham federal court under U.S. District Court Judge Inge Johnson.

Among the lawsuits settled were 254 cases being handled by the Birmingham law firm Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris.
"We have reached a resolution of the litigation on behalf of all of the Chantix clients of Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris, subject to the approval of our clients," Ernest Cory who represents the 254 clients in 28 states, stated in a prepared release.

The terms of the settlement are confidential, Cory said. He said he is pleased that his clients will be able to put the litigation behind them.

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Mar 8, 2013
 
Good Morning My Dear Friends I'm sorry i missed Reunion Day but i have been ILL, Ulcers and other problems,,, I quit smoking 5 yrs and 6 months ago total days 2,008 I have not smoked 60,240 cigarettees I should have saved over $10,542.03 and life saved 6 months 3 weeks 5 days and 4 Hrs...
I'm so grateful to Chantix and the people which have become family I could not have done it without Chantix and the surport I recievd here much love for you all... Welcome to the Newcomers and to a new way of life,,, Hugs

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Mar 8, 2013
 
Mike, I hope you're feeling better! Congrats on your 5 and 1/2 years! Wooohooo!
Tomorrow it will be 13 months for me. Thank you for your encouragement and support over the past year.

Michelle.

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I hope you are feeling better Mike!

Congrats Michelle, Barb & Charlie!

Virginia - Did you win anything in the lawsuit?

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Mar 9, 2013
 
Michelle Mrs_R wrote:
Mike, I hope you're feeling better! Congrats on your 5 and 1/2 years! Wooohooo!
Tomorrow it will be 13 months for me. Thank you for your encouragement and support over the past year.
Michelle.
Thank you Michelle I always pop in and check and i see you here whicih is cool cuz that's what i did for a long time keep up the good work Hugs

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Mar 9, 2013
 
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I hope you are feeling better Mike!
Congrats Michelle, Barb & Charlie!
Virginia - Did you win anything in the lawsuit?
Hi AZQuitter your one of the oldies but goodies and I'm still feeling weak but it's like they say this too shall pass I Hope LOL. keep up the goood work and Hugs

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Mar 10, 2013
 
Get well soon Mike !
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I hope you are feeling better Mike!
Congrats Michelle, Barb & Charlie!
Virginia - Did you win anything in the lawsuit?
When I do I will not be at libery to post about it. Just posting the fact of the settlement in progress. Sure shows liabilty and Pfizer's neglect in warning of the hazzards in using chantix for some people. I think they do not want their CEO's to have to testify about reglan being contained in it.
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#73027
Mar 11, 2013
 
Haven't been here for several years but thought I would drop by and say Hello. I smoke for 45 years and my wife smoked almost that long. We quit on Oct. 16, 2007 using Chantix. I remember we had a brand new carton of cigarettes that we tore up and threw in the garbage. My wife went through the Chantix recommended time frame I quit using it after a month. Neither of us has smoked since. I had some weird dreams but nothing terribly bad.

I had tried quitting three times previously--twice cold turkey and once with patches. Never was able to go longer than six week. But with Chantix it was different. After about a month we both felt like we had to much invested to take even one puff on a cigarette.

When we first quit we joked that if we ever were told we had a few months to live the up side would be we could start smoking again. But that has passed. After over five years I don't have any urge to start again. We quit because it was bad for our health. But the biggest bonus from quitting was the extra time we have in our lives. In the old days my days were broken down into one-hour increments--that about how long I would go without a cigarette. They ruled my life. Even then the cost was unbelievable--over $200 a month for the two of us. Can't even fathom what it would be now.

I don't go around chastising people who still smoke. I know how had it is to quit. But I'm glad I quit. I was 62 when I quit and I'm thinking I may still have quite a few great years left camping with our granddaughters and touring Europe and Asia (something we can afford to do because we aren't spending the money on cigarettes).

The only advice I have is to quit--with Chantix, the patch, gum, cold turkey or whatever other method available. And if you backslide don't give up. And don't say "well life is too stressful to give up smoking." Cigarettes rule a smoker's existence. Your entire world is different if you don't spend half your life counting down to the next cigarette.

Good luck and keep trying. If you do there will come a day when you suddenly realize "NOW I'm ready to really quit." When that feeling hits you the battle is already won.

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#73028
Mar 11, 2013
 
I was reminded of this board because a friend of mine just started Chantix and was mentioning her fears of the side effects, etc. I was one of the original posters on this thread (way back on like page 2 or something, is when I started), back when Chantix hadn't even been on the market a year yet, and I remember how wigged out we were then, about if it would work and what price we'd pay for this STRANGE NEW DRUG in our brands. And I remember then thinking how important it was to have *positive* stories reflected on boards like this, because it is far more common for people to be online bitching and moaning when things are going wrong than they are joyfully talking about how things are going right.

So, I would like to say that February 6th was SIX YEARS of smoke free for me. After having smoked at least a pack a day for 22 years, and numerous quit attempts - Chantix was and always will be, for me, a miracle pill.

If anyone from the "old days" is still around, HELLO! And I hope you are all doing well. And congrats to all of you who have also taken the step to non-smoker in the years since I have posted regularly here.

Diane
Started Chantix 01/30/07
Quit Smoking 2/06//07
Last Chantix 4/23/07

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Mar 11, 2013
 
Wayne and Diane, I'm glad to hear from both of you. It's nice to meet other success stories because it means there are even more people in MY corner! LOL! Seriously though, I only used Chantix full strength for the very first week. Then I was so scared to use the twice-a-day doses that I cut the pills into quarters and only took a quarter of a pill once a day for a couple of weeks. I didn't smoke after that first week at all. I still surprise myself.

I do love to walk by anyone who is smoking to catch a whiff of their smoke. My doctor thinks it's the funniest thing she's ever heard an ex smoker do. So be it. I'll make her laugh for all of those extra days, months, years I've added to my life.

Bless you all. P.S. Wayne, I absolutely love Eagle. We have friends in Star. Beautiful country!
Wayne wrote:
Haven't been here for several years but thought I would drop by and say Hello. I smoke for 45 years and my wife smoked almost that long. We quit on Oct. 16, 2007 using Chantix. I remember we had a brand new carton of cigarettes that we tore up and threw in the garbage. My wife went through the Chantix recommended time frame I quit using it after a month. Neither of us has smoked since. I had some weird dreams but nothing terribly bad.
I had tried quitting three times previously--twice cold turkey and once with patches. Never was able to go longer than six week. But with Chantix it was different. After about a month we both felt like we had to much invested to take even one puff on a cigarette.
When we first quit we joked that if we ever were told we had a few months to live the up side would be we could start smoking again. But that has passed. After over five years I don't have any urge to start again. We quit because it was bad for our health. But the biggest bonus from quitting was the extra time we have in our lives. In the old days my days were broken down into one-hour increments--that about how long I would go without a cigarette. They ruled my life. Even then the cost was unbelievable--over $200 a month for the two of us. Can't even fathom what it would be now.
I don't go around chastising people who still smoke. I know how had it is to quit. But I'm glad I quit. I was 62 when I quit and I'm thinking I may still have quite a few great years left camping with our granddaughters and touring Europe and Asia (something we can afford to do because we aren't spending the money on cigarettes).
The only advice I have is to quit--with Chantix, the patch, gum, cold turkey or whatever other method available. And if you backslide don't give up. And don't say "well life is too stressful to give up smoking." Cigarettes rule a smoker's existence. Your entire world is different if you don't spend half your life counting down to the next cigarette.
Good luck and keep trying. If you do there will come a day when you suddenly realize "NOW I'm ready to really quit." When that feeling hits you the battle is already won.

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Mar 12, 2013
 
Wayne and Diane,

Wow, a blast from the past !!

Glad to see you posting. Even after more than 3 years I still come here to read and post. Not as often, but I do check in. Great people here and I am forever grateful for the encouragment provided in my quit !!

Chantix worked for me. I took the recommended dosage for 1 month and then tapered off for 4 more weeks.

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#73031
Mar 12, 2013
 
Michelle,

I still enjoy the smell of cigarettes as well. Guess I always will.

I will never, ever smoke one though !

Keep up the quit Michelle.

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Mar 15, 2013
 
CharlieJ wrote:
Michelle,
I still enjoy the smell of cigarettes as well. Guess I always will.
I will never, ever smoke one though !
Keep up the quit Michelle.
I know what you mean, I spent the last couple of days playing cards at the casino and eveyone around me was smoking. The burning cigs and smoke don't bother me one bit. On the other hand, smoke breath, clothes and dirty ash trays stink like sh1t.
One lady dealer came back from her smoke break and she could barely talk cause of all the hacking she was doing. She tried to play it off as a cold, but I recognize the hack when I hear it.
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Mar 23, 2013
 
I started Champix on Feb. 14th. Quit on March 1st. o have been smoke-free for 22 days. I also had the weird dreams, insomnia (still do. but my non-addictive, mild sleeping pill helps once in a while) flu-like symptoms up until a couple of days ago. Despite all of that. I am so happy and proud to have quit smoking. My teeth feel better, My hair smells great. My breath soesnt smell like an ashtray and my cough is almost gone. If I have a rare bad moment feling irational I take a deep breath, drink some water or talk myself out of it, It only lasts for a few minutes anyway. I thank you Champix and my wonderful family and friends for helping me get through this,

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Mar 24, 2013
 
Oh, Lucy! That's absolutely wonderful! Congrats for quitting. Chantix is such a great way to quit. I celebrated a year in February. If I can make it through that year, so can you. WOOOHOOO!

Michelle.
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I started Champix on Feb. 14th. Quit on March 1st. o have been smoke-free for 22 days. I also had the weird dreams, insomnia (still do. but my non-addictive, mild sleeping pill helps once in a while) flu-like symptoms up until a couple of days ago. Despite all of that. I am so happy and proud to have quit smoking. My teeth feel better, My hair smells great. My breath soesnt smell like an ashtray and my cough is almost gone. If I have a rare bad moment feling irational I take a deep breath, drink some water or talk myself out of it, It only lasts for a few minutes anyway. I thank you Champix and my wonderful family and friends for helping me get through this,

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Mar 25, 2013
 
Lucy wrote:
I started Champix on Feb. 14th. Quit on March 1st. o have been smoke-free for 22 days. I also had the weird dreams, insomnia (still do. but my non-addictive, mild sleeping pill helps once in a while) flu-like symptoms up until a couple of days ago. Despite all of that. I am so happy and proud to have quit smoking. My teeth feel better, My hair smells great. My breath soesnt smell like an ashtray and my cough is almost gone. If I have a rare bad moment feling irational I take a deep breath, drink some water or talk myself out of it, It only lasts for a few minutes anyway. I thank you Champix and my wonderful family and friends for helping me get through this,
Hi Lucy first of all let me welcome you to a new way of life and to Our non-smoking family, it sounds as if your on the right path and let me reassure you that it does get better,, I have been quit for over a little more than 5 1/2 yrs after smoking Marlboros for 41 yrs and I could not have done it without Chantix and the help I received here from my dear Friends.. stay strong as always your new Friend PRMike

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