Chantix - Does any one else feel a li...

Chantix - Does any one else feel a little crazy on Chantix?

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Bill

Chicago, IL

#1 Sep 21, 2007
Since taking this drug, itís been a strange experience. It feels as though Iíve been hyper-aware, prone to outbursts of anger (not like me normally at all). The anger thing has worried me so much that today is the last day I will take this drug.

I work at the Chicago Board of Trade. Itís an aggressive environment, and yelling at people is the norm, part of daily life, but since Iíve been on Chantix, Iíve noticed an abnormal, and unnecessary amount of aggressive behavior, and so have my co-workers.

My head feels constantly foggy, almost like being hung over, but at the same time, Iím jittery and people just donít seem to move fast enough; total hyper-awareness.

Last night and earlier tonight, I went out with two groups of friends. They both noticed a slight change in my behavior. When I said that I was taking a new drug, both groups said that Iíve been saying weird things; that my interaction with strangers has not been as normal and as pleasant as it normally is.

Yes, Iím smoking less, but not much less, certainly not enough to become some weird social pariah, and itís certainly not worth compromising my position at work.

So, I think Iím going to sit this one out, and wait for the next ďmiracleĒ drug. Because as I sit here typing this, feeling weird, I donít feel like Iím myself, and Iíd rather feel sane and in control then smoke free.

Bill

Chicago.
Bill

Chicago, IL

#2 Sep 21, 2007
PS- Iím waking up at least every hour and a half and it takes me another half hour to forty-five minutes to fall back asleep.

Noticed that right away, and this has been going on since Day One.
Douglas

France

#3 Sep 22, 2007
Was taking Champix (same thing as Chantix) for 32 days, smoke free.
Experianced the the lack of sleep.
But increasingly a feeling of detachment from events coupled with anxiety.
Finally after 32 days with a couple of glasses of wine it turned me aggressive and I lashed out verbally and physically. I have stopped smoking and drinking and am lucky to still be here.
libby

Norfolk, VA

#4 Sep 22, 2007
Bill

It sound like you are not getting enough sleep to me. I had to quit taking it because I was "working all night" as well as all day. I was having a very hard time waking up in the mornings and hard to fall asleep some nights. I don't think I had any personality changes, but I stopped taking chantix at about 3 1/2 weeks into it. Thank goodness I was able to quit before I stopped taking the pill and am now 55 days smoke free. It almost sounds like with the rigors of your day and not enough sleep, you are very irritable.

Good luck and I hope you can quit this was the miracle drug for me.
chris

Tempe, AZ

#5 Sep 24, 2007
the drug blocks your nicotine receptors so even though you were smoking you wern't feeling it. you were still on a nic fit.
Scott

Houston, TX

#6 Sep 25, 2007
I am thinking about starting Chantix but have been a little scared by some of the crazy things that I have read about. Some people are claiming some really crazy stuff.

I have heard about suicides and crazy psychotic acts. I am sure that if these are true they are rare but it is still a little scary.

You should look a little more into it. Try googling "Chantix Psychotic."

Since: Sep 07

Anoka, MN

#9 Sep 25, 2007
Bill wrote:
Since taking this drug, itís been a strange experience. It feels as though Iíve been hyper-aware, prone to outbursts of anger (not like me normally at all). The anger thing has worried me so much that today is the last day I will take this drug.
I work at the Chicago Board of Trade. Itís an aggressive environment, and yelling at people is the norm, part of daily life, but since Iíve been on Chantix, Iíve noticed an abnormal, and unnecessary amount of aggressive behavior, and so have my co-workers.
My head feels constantly foggy, almost like being hung over, but at the same time, Iím jittery and people just donít seem to move fast enough; total hyper-awareness.
Last night and earlier tonight, I went out with two groups of friends. They both noticed a slight change in my behavior. When I said that I was taking a new drug, both groups said that Iíve been saying weird things; that my interaction with strangers has not been as normal and as pleasant as it normally is.
Yes, Iím smoking less, but not much less, certainly not enough to become some weird social pariah, and itís certainly not worth compromising my position at work.
So, I think Iím going to sit this one out, and wait for the next ďmiracleĒ drug. Because as I sit here typing this, feeling weird, I donít feel like Iím myself, and Iíd rather feel sane and in control then smoke free.
Bill
Chicago.
Hey Bill, I felt the same way. Just not myself at all, plus very intense headaches. I stopped taking Chantix after 11 days. I will try to quit another way. It took about a week after stopping for my headaches to go away and to finally feel like myself again. I am happy to feel normal again. My husband also had really bad mood problems until he quit the drug. He is still smoke free and Chantix free and much nicer now!
Barney

Smyrna, TN

#10 Sep 25, 2007
Here's the updated official website:

http://www.chantix.com/content/Chantix_Brande...
Bruce

Atlanta, GA

#11 Sep 25, 2007
I stated Chantix on 9/7/07. quit smoking on 9/9/07. I'm 54 and have been smoking for over 35 years. Was taking the pills as prescribed until today. I took one/half at lunch today and it will be my last one. I can't sleep at night and have no energy and this foggy thing going on.
I think I can continue to not smoke from now on.

Bruce
Cheryl

San Antonio, TX

#12 Sep 25, 2007
Bill et al.

I've been smoking 20 years at a pack a day. I'm one of those people who uses cigs in place of coping with stress, boredom to celebrate etc. I've never been successful quitting. Cold turkey was torture. I'm thinking about trying Chantix. But, I've heard mixed things about it. There was a recent news story about a guy who had very vivid dreams to the point that he hallucinated and couldn't tell the dream from reality. He ended up outside of his house yelling and went in to his neighbors' yard yelling and not making sense. The neighbor got a gun because of being so terrified by him. This man accidently got shot and died. This story aired last week. The man had been drinking alcohol prior to this (2 or 3 drinks). He'd also reported to his doctor that his dreams were terrifyingly vivid and his sleep very disturbed. Many stated drinking alcohol and taking Chantix causes an extreme reaction. They also featured another person on the drug who had hallucinations after having one drink. Anyway, I thought folks should be aware of this. Chantix doesn't have enough research to say this is the case but they do say to "avoid alcohol."
The posts here are very encouraging for someone who's about to try the drug. Thanks.
Sally

Salt Lake City, UT

#14 Sep 25, 2007
I took Chantix until yesterday. It worked like a charm. I smoked for ten years, about a pack a day. I had quit before, but always started back up within a year. Chantix was like a magic wand was swept over me and a spell was cast, "You shall smoke no more, forever." During Chantix smoking wasn't gross to me, nor did I want to do it. It just was like I had never smoked before in my life. I noticed a few side effects, like thirst and headaches. And the dreams....ohhh, the dreams. Not exactly nightmares in my case. No blood or guts or Freddy chasing me. Mine were more of a hidden anxiety variety. I had dreams that lasted all night, like my brother dying in Iraq, my husband cheating on me, my dead cat walking around my house... and they always ended at 4 am. Like clock work, and may times I couldn't fall back asleep until close to six. I am only an insomniac when I am depressed. Looking back on it, it seems logical, but while you are going through it, sometimes you can't put two and two together, or you think you are wrong. Another bonus to Chantix, your appetite decreases dramatically. I ate about half a sandwich a day and was never hungry. Life was good.
Then...I got close to having my period. PMS and Chantix delt me a one-two punch that I'm still trying to get through. The usual mood swings of PMS turned were magnifyed by Chantix. I was exhausted, didn't care about anything, all my dream activity was beginning to take its toll on my rest. On 'accident'(?) one night, I forgot to take my Chantix. And guess what? No dreams. I caught on quick. No night dose = better sleep. SO i skipped my night dose on purpose after that. i still experianced the non-smoking effects AND I was getting rest at night. The headaches grew worse, and I couldn't shake them. My food started tasting weird. I was realizing that I felt depressed. I didn't want to see friends or family, began to dread every day. I ignored friends' calls, got irritated and blew things way out of proportion easily..but still, I just chalked it up to PMS. It wasn't until several days had passed after my period was done, and my PMS symptoms were not lessening, were in fact getting worse, did I question Chantix.
Sunday morning I took my normal dose, but Sunday night I had the worst panic attack I've ever had (only once or twice before...seven years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter) it lasted about an hour and a half.
Monday I did not take my dose. I had a panic attack Monday morning. I called my doctor and was told she would call me back later.
Today, i had another panic attack that lasted about four hours. We will see what tomorrow brings.
I have read all these stories about how some other people are being affected, and i just wanted to let you know...I'm in there too. Chantix did what it said it would, I just can't believe I was stupid enough to think it was going to be without penalty.
danvers

Brooklyn, NY

#17 Sep 25, 2007
Bill wrote:
Since taking this drug, itís been a strange experience. It feels as though Iíve been hyper-aware, prone to outbursts of anger (not like me normally at all). The anger thing has worried me so much that today is the last day I will take this drug.
I work at the Chicago Board of Trade. Itís an aggressive environment, and yelling at people is the norm, part of daily life, but since Iíve been on Chantix, Iíve noticed an abnormal, and unnecessary amount of aggressive behavior, and so have my co-workers.
My head feels constantly foggy, almost like being hung over, but at the same time, Iím jittery and people just donít seem to move fast enough; total hyper-awareness.
Last night and earlier tonight, I went out with two groups of friends. They both noticed a slight change in my behavior. When I said that I was taking a new drug, both groups said that Iíve been saying weird things; that my interaction with strangers has not been as normal and as pleasant as it normally is.
Yes, Iím smoking less, but not much less, certainly not enough to become some weird social pariah, and itís certainly not worth compromising my position at work.
So, I think Iím going to sit this one out, and wait for the next ďmiracleĒ drug. Because as I sit here typing this, feeling weird, I donít feel like Iím myself, and Iíd rather feel sane and in control then smoke free.
Bill
Chicago.
hi Bill:
I understand. I too was told the same by co workers and was SEVERLY DEPRESSED! I stayed on it for one month -- I only took .5mg once a day and had all those side effects AND the side effect of not smoking. I am now one month off Chantix and 2 months smoke free. I hung in there as long as I could, on the .5mg dose... I still don't want to smoke -- had a really bad day today and have thought about smoking all day, and was going to bum a cig from somebody but you know what: I don't want to smoke and that is thanks to Chantix. I have qut many times before once for almost 5 years... I don't know, but I do understand what you are saying... I was SO irritabile and angry and so unbealivably depressed, so depressed, that there were a few nights that, well lets just say, I was looking forward to death. that was then, I feel better now, off chantix and as a non smoker.
Big T

Elizabethtown, KY

#24 Sep 28, 2007
that is scary!
BLB

United States

#25 Sep 28, 2007
Teresa in Tennessee wrote:
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Some people are claiming some really crazy stuff because some people are really crazy.
you want scary? here's scary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =u_8BerrJg0MXX
There is a reason ABC, CBS news, People magazine, and other organizations are all doing stories on adverse reactions to this drug right no. There is also a reason the Health Researchers at one of the top consumer advocate groups are making the recommendation that people not take Chantix for the next seven years (time for drug recalls to happen)...there is a reason personal injury lawyers are getting involved (Although I have no interest whatsoever in a law suit). There is a large number of people, including myself, who have been very adversely affected by taking Chantix. Percentage-wise, it might not be that impressive of a number. But the claims of attempted suicides, and some successful suicides as people experienced debilitating mental side effects on Chantix should not be taken lightly, in my opinion.

I assure you, I was completely fine, a well adjusted, and a happy person before I took this drug, and not 'crazy'- as you put it. 8 months later, I continue to have issues I simply did not have prior to taking this drug.
BLB

Des Moines, IA

#27 Sep 28, 2007
Teresa in Tennessee wrote:
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I agree with you, BLB. I did not mean to offend you by seeming to take it lightly. We try to inject a little humor here because we are all SCARED. We all lost our BEST FRIENDS the cigarettes and we ALL have issues of one kind or another.
I self medicated for 30 years myself and I think my poor body doesn't know what to do without not only the nicotine but the other gazillion chemicals it is used to.
Chantix is a very powerful mind altering drug that has NOT been fully studied and only time will tell.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
It's a free country and I sincerely hope you will keep comin' back!
Yes, sorry to get on the defensive (it was the term 'crazy'). Also, I did not lost my best friend, I am still smoking like a chimney, never did quit. So I also know what I went through had nothing to do with nicotine withdrawels. But frustrated that I am now going to a neurologist, rheumatologist, to see why I am just not the same person, physically and mentally, as I was before I took this stuff. Congrats to you, I am glad you did not experience anything like I and others have.
What to do

Refugio, TX

#29 Sep 28, 2007
I took Chantix 1/07 since I had 2 friends that had quit smoking and both were heavy smokers. They did not complain of side effects. I took it for about 2-3 weeks and had some crazy dreams, waking up 3 times a night etc. I had major changes in life and stopped Chantix and have smoked since. I decided it is time to quit smoking for good and was going to start on Chantix again. I went on a search for coupons since it is so expensive.(that is another story)My search resulted in many horror stories and forums but no coupons. The 1st time I tried Chantix, I didn't research it or look for coupons so I had no idea. Here is the kicker. Ever since I stopped taking it I have had stomach problems. I have had the pain in the joints too. But the stomach worries me the most. I have had: Colonocopy, endoscopy, cat scan along with blood and urine test. All tests have come up normal. My doctors can't tell me why I am having the stomach pain. I never gave it a thought that it might be the Chantix until I did this search. Now what? I beleive doctors get a kick back from drug comapnies so they are not going to agree for a moment that Chantix is the cause. Is the risk of the drug worth a chance at being smoke free after 33 years.

Since: Jul 07

United States

#30 Sep 28, 2007
BLB wrote:
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Yes, sorry to get on the defensive (it was the term 'crazy'). Also, I did not lost my best friend, I am still smoking like a chimney, never did quit. So I also know what I went through had nothing to do with nicotine withdrawels. But frustrated that I am now going to a neurologist, rheumatologist, to see why I am just not the same person, physically and mentally, as I was before I took this stuff. Congrats to you, I am glad you did not experience anything like I and others have.
BLB,
I go to the endocrinologist the 17th. I will let you know if they find out anything on my thyroid. Maybe some of the tests I have had can help you.

Since: Jul 07

United States

#31 Sep 28, 2007
What to do wrote:
I took Chantix 1/07 since I had 2 friends that had quit smoking and both were heavy smokers. They did not complain of side effects. I took it for about 2-3 weeks and had some crazy dreams, waking up 3 times a night etc. I had major changes in life and stopped Chantix and have smoked since. I decided it is time to quit smoking for good and was going to start on Chantix again. I went on a search for coupons since it is so expensive.(that is another story)My search resulted in many horror stories and forums but no coupons. The 1st time I tried Chantix, I didn't research it or look for coupons so I had no idea. Here is the kicker. Ever since I stopped taking it I have had stomach problems. I have had the pain in the joints too. But the stomach worries me the most. I have had: Colonocopy, endoscopy, cat scan along with blood and urine test. All tests have come up normal. My doctors can't tell me why I am having the stomach pain. I never gave it a thought that it might be the Chantix until I did this search. Now what? I beleive doctors get a kick back from drug comapnies so they are not going to agree for a moment that Chantix is the cause. Is the risk of the drug worth a chance at being smoke free after 33 years.
My doctor has stated that she believes that my issues are completely chantix related or triggered. I was a healthy (smoking aside) 28 year old woman on no mediciations, prescription or OTC, with no health complaints or issues. I had a bad reaction to chantix on my 10th day. It wasn't "bad" in the terms of how I felt. I felt just the opposite...total euphoria. I sat at my desk at work giggling like a fool. I had no concern whatsoever for myself or my actions. Everything was just so funny and happy. I went to the doctor, and they determined I had a "rare" reaction to the medication and took me off. The next day, I had severe pain. Now, over 3 months later, I continue to have pain, fatigue, memory issues, concentration issues, ect. I have been to a rhuematologist, and am now being sent to an endocrinologist because since I have gotten off chantix, my thyroid has been all over the place (my doctor tests me often to monitor it). Because these were so immediate and severe, there is just no way to say they are unrelated. Not all doctors are going to do the "party line". Find yourself a good one, and stick it out until they find out what is wrong. Remember, every test that comes back negative is still a step in the right direction of figuring out what is wrong!
BLB

Des Moines, IA

#32 Sep 28, 2007
Tina028 wrote:
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BLB,
I go to the endocrinologist the 17th. I will let you know if they find out anything on my thyroid. Maybe some of the tests I have had can help you.
Hi, Tina,

I was wondering if you were out there...I was thinking the same thing, the neuro is going to test some of the goofy thinking/memory problems you and I have talked about experiencing. I was thinking that too...maybe there will be some answers there for both of us, and others.

I will probably get the same diagnosis as you from the rheumatologist.

How is your pain level these days, any improvement?

Brenda
Debbie

United States

#33 Oct 1, 2007
Well, it has certainly been a "trip" to say the least. My whole life has changed and not exactly for the better. I have had bazzar thoughts. Nothing I felt like taking action on, but wild stuff. Like, one morning after eating a bowl of cereal, I thought "I should pour this left over milk into the toaster"! Crap! I don't know!! When I drink beers, I have blank spots in my evening. I have never done this before Chantix. Thought about driving off of the highway for no aparent reason. Didn't think of getting hurt or wanting to hurt myself, it was just a real thought. I was completely fine before Chantix. I can't concentrate anymore. I use to be a very organized person. I've almost lost my job due to anger outburst. Hopefully this will be out of my system soon! I really do not like myself right now. but I'm Not Smokin!!!!

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