Any side effects while on Chantix?
jess

United States

#2059 Feb 23, 2010
I have been on Chantix twice, this time for a little over a month. It does wonders with my urge to smoke - it's gone. I have no urge to smoke and really don't even think about it. However, I'm having some HORRIBLE side effects. I had mild nausea the first time I was on it, but that was about it. Now, in the mornings, I get huge waves of nausea with hot flashes. These have been so severe that I thought for a while that I might be pregnant. I have mild nausea all day. I have bad headaches, but I have a history of that. My vivid dreams are more like vivid nightmares - I haven't had a good night's sleep in a month. My legs are restless all night. I went through a few weeks of severe depression and mood swings. I cried all the time for absolutely no reason. My heart pounds a lot of the time, like it's going to beat right out of my chest. I can't complain (much), Chantix has done what I needed it to. But are all of these side effects common?? I've been worried the last few weeks because they seem to get more severe and more frequent.

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#2060 Feb 23, 2010
jess wrote:
I have been on Chantix twice, this time for a little over a month. It does wonders with my urge to smoke - it's gone. I have no urge to smoke and really don't even think about it. However, I'm having some HORRIBLE side effects. I had mild nausea the first time I was on it, but that was about it. Now, in the mornings, I get huge waves of nausea with hot flashes. These have been so severe that I thought for a while that I might be pregnant. I have mild nausea all day. I have bad headaches, but I have a history of that. My vivid dreams are more like vivid nightmares - I haven't had a good night's sleep in a month. My legs are restless all night. I went through a few weeks of severe depression and mood swings. I cried all the time for absolutely no reason. My heart pounds a lot of the time, like it's going to beat right out of my chest. I can't complain (much), Chantix has done what I needed it to. But are all of these side effects common?? I've been worried the last few weeks because they seem to get more severe and more frequent.
Hi Jess....Please call your doctor about what is going on with you. He needs to know!

The dosage seemed to be too high for some of us here. Got to remember that a 100 lb person & a 300 lb person are taking the same amount. I only took 1/2 dosage during the whole time. I knew if the side effects were too bad I might not continue on it. I had smoked for over 40 years, this was my first real quit...I have been quit now for over 2 years...YEA..I'm loving it!

Ask your doctor if a lower dose might be better for you.

Some found taking their pill earlier in the evening helped them get a good nights sleep.

Keep changing old habits to help with your quit..So many things we do are tied into what we used to do when we smoked...Change it up!

Another thing I learned here was to wean off the Chantix.(It's fun using the pill cutter to try to make 1/4 equal parts out of that little pill..) For me it helped...with each step down there seems to be more urges & it gives us more time to learn how to cope with those.

Good luck to you!! You can do it but I hope you can do it with much less side effects. Let us know how you are doing...I worry about everyone..LOL
bella

Clarksville, TN

#2061 Mar 23, 2010
Chantix makes me crazy. I am ill and mad all the time at my husband, and the bad thing is hes taking it too! So we are at each others throat all day every day...but it is that important to me to quit smoking so i guess i will just have to grin and bear it and hopefully it will be over soon. It really has helped me with quitting; cigarettes make me sick now and I cant even stand to smell them, but of course still miss the habit of the hand motion but overall i guess its worth it.
pamella

Clarkston, MI

#2062 Apr 6, 2010
I in the beginning of my 3rd week of Chantix and near the end of the first week I starting having severve nausea when I would smoke therefore I did not want to smoke and now it is too difficult to eat or even drink at times because the nausea is so bad. Also, I have been having symptoms that are very uncomfortable for about a week and half now that feels like shock waves or a tingle sensation trough out my whole body starting from my face and radiating down my body as I move like i have electric currents flowing through my body but no pain just very strange and uncomfortable and tense tight feeling in my face that makes me feel strange when I smile or eat because it feels slightly parralyzed. I just now called the pharmasist and she said that 2% of people have felt this way and that I need to call my doctor now so I just did and am waiting for the nurse to call me back. Has anyone had this and did it go away and was it serious?
Janet

Nashville, TN

#2063 Apr 29, 2010
Jess-IS-a-Mess wrote:
I was telling my DR about what Chantix did to me and my husband and she's like oh no one else has ever complained, that we were the first. I was thinking that maybe she hasn't prescribed it very much then. She acted like the only side effects to it were nausea and constipation. I think she needs to be more educated on Chantix side effects. Anyone else's DR act like this when you complained?
My doctor reacted the same way. I was the only one she had heard with my complaint. My story below:
I believe I had minor stomach problems from time to time in my past, but hard to remember them. I was in great health before this drug. I took Chantix to quit smoking in July 2008 for three months and quit smoking after 25 years. By October 2008 my stomach was so miserable, I decided to never eat again!! I had bloating, diarrhea, cramping. I immediately stopped the Chantix when I realized that was the only thing new to my system. It is now April 2010 and I have the same symptoms above every day, but now I have uncontrollable nausea for weeks at a time. They have me on anti-nausea medicine they give cancer patients!!! I have been to several doctors and have had several tests and they have no idea what is wrong with me. They think I may now have IBS. It is hard to work, to eat, to play, to LIVE dealing with this every day. ALL DAY!
I may not be suicidal, but there is something to be said about quality of life!
Even though this may not happen to you, trust me, it is not worth taking a chance. Find another way!
And on top of that, I started smoking again!!!!
How can Pfizer keep selling this horrible drug?
RogerM

United States

#2064 May 4, 2010
Nikki wrote:
I've been on it for not quite a week and today I had a really bad stiff neck set in. But for about 3 days I have found that I really just don't care about much at all. I usually like to keep my house clean and like to work on little projects here and there and since being on chantix, I am totally happy with watching b movies in a loop on my DVR. Wow, it's a new cure for overachieving.:)
Nikki: I am on day 59 of Chantix and 51 days smoke-free. The weird dreams were fun, really, and have tapered off a lot. And I have a continuous stuffiness in the nose that is not usual for me. Nothing, Really - BUT when I read your post, I realized that YES - I have that same loss of drive and purpose that you describe and it is very unlike me. I can veg-out and watch TV for shockingly long periods of time. My goal is to begin to taper off the Chantix once I reach 60 days smoke-free. If I can get the motiviation to do it ! Being smoke-free is worth it all! I can now hug my grandchildren and they don't think I "smell funny". Good luck to you, Nikki. Hang in there.
Amy

United States

#2065 May 26, 2010
When I started Week 3 on Chantix, I developed vertigo, which is probably the dizziness you're experiencing. It got so bad that I called the dr. and they reduced my dosage. I did do some online research on this - it's not one of the listed side effects, but a LOT of people have had the dizziness problems. Try cutting back. My dr. cut me back to 1mg./day instead of 2mg.
Also, my dr. recommends slowly reducing the amount you're taking instead of quitting cold turkey when you quit taking Chantix, as it can cause bad withdrawal symptoms (similar to how you have to wean off of steroids).
alice

Caguas, Puerto Rico

#2066 Jun 7, 2010
I just started the pill and made me get my period 15 days before!
krazykris34

Junction City, KS

#2067 Jun 19, 2010
I have been taking Chantix for a month am still having some weird dreams,I just started being dizzy thought it might be my sinus but I am not sure it could be the chantix I just hate it.I feel good about not smoking,I am not sure if I stop taken the meds if it would stop am going to the doctor just to make sure what it is.I am just wondering if I am the only one who has this side affect

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#2068 Jun 19, 2010
krazykris34 wrote:
I have been taking Chantix for a month am still having some weird dreams,I just started being dizzy thought it might be my sinus but I am not sure it could be the chantix I just hate it.I feel good about not smoking,I am not sure if I stop taken the meds if it would stop am going to the doctor just to make sure what it is.I am just wondering if I am the only one who has this side affect

Kris...Glad you are going to the doctor. You need to have the dizzy stuff checked out by the doctor. Make sure that you're breathing deeply...I realized I wasn't after I quit smoking.

Some people here cut down on their dosage..If the doctor finds no other problem maybe he'll suggest this.

Good luck to you! Hope you keep the quit forever!!!! It just keeps getting better...REALLY.
betsy

Minneapolis, MN

#2069 Jun 22, 2010
i love chantix. im on day six, smoked my last cig today and i didnt even care that i dont have any more.the problem is at night in lay down and cant sleep until three or four in the morning and then when i wake up i am tired and foggy untill 7 or 8 at night. i think i will do one more week of the full dose(if i can make it that long) and then cut it in half.im worried that if i quit chantix i will start smoking again.
Kim

Waco, TX

#2070 Jun 23, 2010
jess wrote:
I have been on Chantix twice, this time for a little over a month. It does wonders with my urge to smoke - it's gone. I have no urge to smoke and really don't even think about it. However, I'm having some HORRIBLE side effects. I had mild nausea the first time I was on it, but that was about it. Now, in the mornings, I get huge waves of nausea with hot flashes. These have been so severe that I thought for a while that I might be pregnant. I have mild nausea all day. I have bad headaches, but I have a history of that. My vivid dreams are more like vivid nightmares - I haven't had a good night's sleep in a month. My legs are restless all night. I went through a few weeks of severe depression and mood swings. I cried all the time for absolutely no reason. My heart pounds a lot of the time, like it's going to beat right out of my chest. I can't complain (much), Chantix has done what I needed it to. But are all of these side effects common?? I've been worried the last few weeks because they seem to get more severe and more frequent.
I have had the same exact problems. My 150lb husband has depression as a sidde effect butI am 280 and have a lot worse side effects. I do not think weight is a factor (the other post that replied to you). At night, I have horrible pains in my legs and I just want to move and stretch them. Massive headaches, nightmares, irritability, depression and clenching. At night I have started grinding and clenching my teeth so bad that I wake up in pain. I am so glad I found your post because I feel so much "saner" with my symptoms.
Mary

United States

#2071 Jun 28, 2010
Chantix is also inducing REM sleep for me and I hardly ever sleep that deeply. And it completely stopped any anxiety/depression I had (prior to just had a nervous breakdown). I quit smoking without any problem whatsover. I love chantix!
Steven

Seattle, WA

#2072 Aug 2, 2010
Wow - I wish I had done more research on the web before taking Chantix. The good news is so far it has worked for me. After 30 years and many unsuccessful attenpts at wuitting - I have now been smoke free for four months. I was on Chantix for over three and a half months as I stretched out the last box and have been off Chantix now for over a week.

Prior to beginning the regimen, I read the box but did not see any cautionary notes regarding intense anger. Although generally I am an easy going and laid back person, since the medication became effective, I have been experienceing intense anger and flying way off the handle for no justifiable reason. It has damn near resulted in being divorced, disowned, and discharged. This weekend it finally came to a head and the light bulb went off as to the cause of this aggression. I strongly believe that the nictine withdrawal is little or not cause for these feelings - it is defintely the Chantix. Please be aware that alcohol consumption magnifies the condition even greater.

I will be following up with my doctor today to see if there is anything avaialble to alleviate the uncontrollable anger I am experienceing, but likely it will dissipate over time.

Although I am thrilled to be smoke free for the first time in decades, I simply cannot recommend this medication. If you choose to take it, please monitor your mood changes closely.
PAMELA KING-SCOTT

Hope, KS

#2073 Aug 18, 2010
I HAVE LOST 43# AND HAVE AND STILL EXPERINCING MASSIVE HAIR LOSS. I TOO HAVE HAD HALLUNITION EFFECTS, I REACH FR THINGS ON TELEVISION AS IT I COULD PICK IT UP,AND FIND MYSELF PUTTING THINGS IN THE REFRIGERATOR THAT DOESN'T BELONG THERE. I WATCH MYSELF DO THIS AND KNOW IT'S WRONG BUT DO IT ANYWAY! I FEEL SO DEPRESSED I HAVE NOT LEFT MY HOME UNLESS FAMILY COME AND TAKE ME TO DOCTORS APPTS. I HAVE MISSED SO MANY DR. APPTS. THAT SOME HAVE REFUSED TO SEE ME AGAIN, I JUST DON'T CALL TO CANCEL AND TELL MYSELF IT'S O.K. HELP!!!
PAMELA KING-SCOTT

Hope, KS

#2074 Aug 18, 2010
hair loss-massive!hallusinations,de pression, crazy stuff ,excessive weight loss!!!
OnlyInNevada

Las Vegas, NV

#2075 Sep 2, 2010
27 years of arguing with myself about smoking and finally did it with Chantix. I elected a “safety officer”(a friend I have had for 20 years that works out with me daily) empowered to be forcible with me if I was acting depressed or worse. At worst, I developed a hair trigger for stupid, but not worse than my control-personality usually has. I was on for 90 days total, 30 days while still smoking and 60 after I stopped (a personal choice). I had lost significant weight prior to staring the process and have a fairly structured gym-routine so weight gain was minimal. The side effects I had were 1) dreams - although I have to tell you my only regret was the inability to record them - wild and way fun, 2) the constipation and related breath issues, but I rather think the smokers breath was worse - and now off Chantix for 90 days, this stopped pretty fast, and 3) total loss of sexual interest and performance. This is a very big continuing issue and causing a problem with my SO ad so far nothing has remedied it.

Anyone have this and have a suggestion?

I really do miss the dreams – very fun stuff when you know it’s a dream and can watch yourself that way.
Dixon In Munford TN

Memphis, TN

#2076 Sep 10, 2010
WOW, you have said everything RIGHT!!!! My husband is on this medication and is going into his 6th month and it has been HORRIBLE!!! He use to be wonderful and now he is unhappy about everything and has had multiple suicidal thoughts and has been very violent. I don't understand how this medication ever got thru the FDA!!!
Dont Use Chantix Period wrote:
I was on chantix for 2 months and thought everything was great. Other than the wild dreams and gas of course. I quit smoking on my quit day, everything was working out, and I had never felt better in my life. As I entered my final refill on the drug I slowly noticed that nothing excited me anymore, I felt blah and like there was nothing to look forward to. I decided to quit taking Chantix and then a day after I began having anxiety attacks. I became paranoid, fearful, and was to the point where I couldn't leave my bed because all of the thoughts of how can I go on like this. I then read in the fine print on my prescription forms about all of the crap that Chantix can cause even once you've stopped taking it.
This drug is a disaster and just because you are on it for a week or month and are fine doesn't mean you will stay that way. Stop taking it! You have to understand that chantix will make you quit smoking by lowering your dopamine levels, it also lowers them for everything! It doesn't just go in your brain and say...lets make smoking bring no pleasure, it does that for everything over time! Some people do better than others but if your one of the many who will ultimately be filing a lawsuit you will understand what I'm talking about.
It has been 2 months since I stopped taking Chantix and I am starting to do better now. I am on antidepressants for the first time in my life and I used to be the happiest person you ever met. I can tell you 100% sure that Chantix is responsible for what I have gone through. Doctors may try to tell you otherwise but I guarantee you if you feel anything like how I did it is the Chantix.
Now I have read stories that it takes time to recover from Chantix so be patient. Depression and anxiety caused by Chantix lessen with time and help from psychiatrists, or even antidepressants. Seek help, talk to people, listen to music, know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As your brain slowly recovers things get back to normal. I'm on track and just wanted to write this to help anyone out there who knows what I mean.
To people thinking about taking Chantix, DON'T! This Drug should never have been approved and I Hate that I ever took it! If your on it, QUIT! You would rather smoke 3 packs a day than live one day how I had felt!
Bob

Flushing, NY

#2077 Sep 20, 2010
Very sore neck, great shape never a problem! It must be the pill..
Janet

United States

#2078 Sep 24, 2010
I took Chantix. It did help me quit smoking and it worked rather quickly. It wasn't a struggle like it would have been normally. This was a couple years ago. The terrible part about it was I came down with acute pancreatitis. I am not a drinker. There was no other explanation for why I came down with this. I nearly lost my life. I was in the hospital for eight days. This was a very scary time for my family. I simply went into the doctor because I had upper abdominal pain that was into my back that just got worse and I just could not deal with it any longer. Good thing I went in. Chantix did this to me. I just wanted to share my story for anyone who may be wondering about their own situation and needed a comparison or was thinking about taking this drug.

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