USNBMC

Las Vegas, NV

#1132 Aug 6, 2012
terri wrote:
<quoted text>
And, you SHOULD be proud of yourself!! I know your family is happy!! Everyone knows smoking is bad. THAT'S why we went to the trouble and expense of getting a script! I TOTALLY agree that it DOES do something to the smoking receptors and REALLY does make smoking a chore. And, had it STOPPED there....I would've been THRILLED! But, it didn't and THAT'S where the problem came in for me. It traveled on and on throughout my brain...twisting/distorting all my thoughts and dreams. That drug OWNED me once saturated in my system. Learned the hard way that just because it's a prescription from your doctor, and FDA approved...DOESN'T mean it's safe. For ME, my problems started AFTER I stopped taking it. Guess everybody's different. But, CONGRATS to you!! I really mean it!!!!
So terri, what's happend to you? I'm finished today taking the Chantix. 86 days and 65 of no smoking but I feel the urge everyday.
My dreams got wierd and wild, in color however. Can't sleep well but boy do I dream when I do.
I was telling my wife this past weekend, I'll happy to be off of this stuff. Sometimes, I got so depressed of silly things that happened in my childhood or somethinf on TV. I want my energy back, I want my heard to stop aching over my right eye everynight!
Let's don't even talk about the constipation! Ouch!
Well, I don't smoke, I don't want to, but I still enter every contest Marlboro has!!!!
Be safe people. Do what's right for you. I hope this was right for me.
terri

Saint Louis, MO

#1133 Aug 7, 2012
USNBMC wrote:
<quoted text>
So terri, what's happend to you? I'm finished today taking the Chantix. 86 days and 65 of no smoking but I feel the urge everyday.
My dreams got wierd and wild, in color however. Can't sleep well but boy do I dream when I do.
I was telling my wife this past weekend, I'll happy to be off of this stuff. Sometimes, I got so depressed of silly things that happened in my childhood or somethinf on TV. I want my energy back, I want my heard to stop aching over my right eye everynight!
Let's don't even talk about the constipation! Ouch!
Well, I don't smoke, I don't want to, but I still enter every contest Marlboro has!!!! Be safe people. Do what's right for you. I hope this was right for me.
I hope Chantix was right for you, too. For me, my spiral didn't begin until AFTER I finished the regimens. I pray that doesn't happen to you. You already have two more things going for you than I did. ONE: Because you AND your family are aware of the possible side effects...you'll be more apt to handle them if they happen....and TWO: You quit smoking. And, in the end, that's really all that matters. Wishing you a continued, safe journey.
want to quit

Clyde, OH

#1134 Aug 22, 2012
Since taking this 2 weeks
want to quit

Clyde, OH

#1135 Aug 22, 2012
The last year of my life has been better than ever. So now was time to quit smoking I have my husband behind me 100%. I had back surgery 2 months ago and started chantix 2 weeks ago. Wow what a down hill ride. I just want to die. My back was great now it hurts horrible I so hate myself for taking this crap. So many people said it works no problem. Well ya im not smoking but I feel crazy depressed so sad and just want to be left alone some one tell me what to do. I want my happy life back
USNBMC

Las Vegas, NV

#1136 Aug 22, 2012
My idea? Talk to your Doc.! Tell him your depressed and get some mild antidepression fix. It might help.
I'm smoke free 82 days today. It wasn't easy and I smoke again. I don't want to :), I went through tis hell so I won't I do feel better. I feel better and don't want to run through the house naked or slap the kids next door!! LOL. Been off the Chantix about three weeks now and I have more energy. But I could still smoke. After all this and kicking it after 45 years, why would I want to?? Stay strong and tell yourself your better then this. I do wish you the best. Good Luck!
Eric

Sebastian, FL

#1137 Aug 28, 2012
Has anyone experienced food smelling rotten while taking Chantix? For some reason meat, no matter how fresh, has been smelling disgustingly foul since I started taking this. Its really screwing with my appetite.
want to quit

Enfield, IL

#1138 Aug 28, 2012
USNBMC wrote:
My idea? Talk to your Doc.! Tell him your depressed and get some mild antidepression fix. It might help.
I'm smoke free 82 days today. It wasn't easy and I smoke again. I don't want to :), I went through tis hell so I won't I do feel better. I feel better and don't want to run through the house naked or slap the kids next door!! LOL. Been off the Chantix about three weeks now and I have more energy. But I could still smoke. After all this and kicking it after 45 years, why would I want to?? Stay strong and tell yourself your better then this. I do wish you the best. Good Luck!
. I did go to see my doc he gave me a steroid pack 6 days and xanax my body was extremely inflamed from the chantix. No meds at all for 2 days and feel great only smoked 2 I just went back to work after 3 months off. Thank you
USNBMC

Las Vegas, NV

#1139 Aug 28, 2012
Eric wrote:
Has anyone experienced food smelling rotten while taking Chantix? For some reason meat, no matter how fresh, has been smelling disgustingly foul since I started taking this. Its really screwing with my appetite.
Amazing! Do you know that I experianced a loss of appetite while taking it, now I could horse and ask for the tail!!!
However, I experianced foul oders while taking it. After I stopped smoking I change all the A/C filters and wiped down the walls, used carpet fresh and set out Glade things. So I don't know if it was just me or if the Chantix triggered something in my sense of smell?
If anyone wants to quit smoking, Chantix is worth trying.
Virginia Lee

Hopewell, VA

#1140 Sep 4, 2012
want to quit wrote:
<quoted text>. I did go to see my doc he gave me a steroid pack 6 days and xanax my body was extremely inflamed from the chantix. No meds at all for 2 days and feel great only smoked 2 I just went back to work after 3 months off. Thank you
Chantix has caused many people PAIN. Maybe because it blocks your natural responses to counter pain and inflamation. It also effects your bodies ability to combat stress by blocking 5-TH3.

Here is a new link which supports chantix does different things to different people. It depends which you are and I bet you and your doctor don't know. So taking chantix is a crap shoot.

"Both rodent 42, 53 and human 62, 65 studies show that mecamylamine and varenicline can induce antidepressant-like effects in subjects administered an ineffective dose of a classical antidepressant such as an SSRI. Indeed, in a review in 1986, Dilsaver noted that the cholinergic hypothesis should more accurately be termed the cholinergic-monoaminergic interaction theory, because any manipulation of one neurotransmitter system in the brain has extensive consequences on a large number of other systems as well 72. Therefore, the future of antidepressant treatment might be the use of augmentation strategies in patients who are non-responsive to monotherapy. These data further suggest that mood and antidepressant modulation by nicotinic compounds is not simply unidirectional, that both inhibition and activation of nAChRs may result in antidepressant effects under different circumstances, and that the effects of nicotinic compounds on different receptors, brain areas and neurotransmitter systems will result in differing outcomes in individuals with different levels of stress or depressive symptoms63."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2...
want to quit

Enfield, IL

#1141 Sep 8, 2012
Virginia Lee wrote:
<quoted text>
Chantix has caused many people PAIN. Maybe because it blocks your natural responses to counter pain and inflamation. It also effects your bodies ability to combat stress by blocking 5-TH3.
Here is a new link which supports chantix does different things to different people. It depends which you are and I bet you and your doctor don't know. So taking chantix is a crap shoot.
"Both rodent 42, 53 and human 62, 65 studies show that mecamylamine and varenicline can induce antidepressant-like effects in subjects administered an ineffective dose of a classical antidepressant such as an SSRI. Indeed, in a review in 1986, Dilsaver noted that the cholinergic hypothesis should more accurately be termed the cholinergic-monoaminergic interaction theory, because any manipulation of one neurotransmitter system in the brain has extensive consequences on a large number of other systems as well 72. Therefore, the future of antidepressant treatment might be the use of augmentation strategies in patients who are non-responsive to monotherapy. These data further suggest that mood and antidepressant modulation by nicotinic compounds is not simply unidirectional, that both inhibition and activation of nAChRs may result in antidepressant effects under different circumstances, and that the effects of nicotinic compounds on different receptors, brain areas and neurotransmitter systems will result in differing outcomes in individuals with different levels of stress or depressive symptoms63."
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2...
. Thank you very much your very helpfull

Since: Apr 12

United States

#1142 Sep 14, 2012
I have been taking chantix for a week and a half and let me tell you I have quit I still have the urge to put something in my mouth but I do not.even want.to light up but as for.the topic of.this discussion I do have some major mood swings but I don't think its the pills I think it has to do with not smoking I believe it will soon pass as I have only been cigarette free for 4 days now the only thing I would.possibly complain about is the nausea after taking them I do take them with food I've tried taking them as I eat 5 mins after 10mins after and I still get nauseous but it is a side affect to the pills and it.never lasts long so it.doesn't bother me too much! I will say that the dreams are freaking.crazy though but that's all for.now ill give another update in about.a week. Oh by the was insomnia is another side affect its now almost.midnight here and I'm usually in bed and asleep by 9:30
Virginia Lee

Hopewell, VA

#1144 Sep 27, 2012
Suzy ... the researchers know different. They have stated it is an increase of dopamine in the brain instigated by the drug chantix. Since chantix is only a substitute for nicotine, it acts like nicotine. Chantix does have a much longer half life. So be careful when you stop taking it. Your mood swings could become worse. Added with your lack of sleep, these effects can bother you much more. Be careful and be sure to tell others you are on chantix. This way they can avoid the possiblilty of harm from violence if you mood swing become uncontrolable and help you see the truth ... it is chantix not quitting smoking causing these bad things.

Let's put it this way ... you associate the nausea with chantix. Chantix does block seritonin in the gut causing nausea and bowel issues. By blocking seritonin you have less dopamine being released ergo your mood swings and insomnia.

Here is a bit of info about 5-HT3 receptor ... Read the fine print which hopefully came with your Chantix pills. Pfizer knows chantix effects these receptors as they have stated to the doctors. Now if the powers that be will only listen to the science ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5-HT3_receptor
Jason

Springfield, MO

#1145 Oct 8, 2012
Love the dreams!
Scott

Marion, MI

#1146 Oct 11, 2012
I could not hardly get any sleep. The only way I could fall asleep was to drink way too much before bedtime.

I had the hiccups for 22 hours straight.

I said some very hurtful things to my wife and daughter..
My wife told me I needed to quit the drug, I refused until after I insulted my daughter so badly that she has broken off all contact with me and can not believe it could be from the Chantix.

I also would keep hearing a fly buzzing in the room, but there was no fly
Virginia Lee

Hopewell, VA

#1147 Oct 11, 2012
Scott chantix is the drug with the highest report of aggression and violence out of all drugs currently on the market. I think this alone IS reason to remove it from the market. Unfortunately more have to be harmed in order for chantix to be removed. I am sorry you experienced these additional effects from the drug. However it is FROM the drug not from quitting smoking. You didn't mention if this nicotine SUBSTITUTE helped you quit or not. Know chantis is just that a non nicotine substitute.

The fly buzzing you are hearing is probalby tinnitus. A well known and listed s/e many have reported.

I am glad you did not pyshically harm your wife or daughter, others have. You can quit smoking. Using chantix to ease the withdrawal from nicotine is the most dangerous way, IMHO.
USNBMC

Las Vegas, NV

#1148 Oct 11, 2012
Sorry Virginia, I think you’re over stating the issues. Scott, in my opinion, it's the nicotine withdrawal that's making you act like that.
As I have said before. After 45 plus years of smoking and smoking three packs a day I've stopped.
I tried cold laser, hypnotism, support groups and cold turkey.
Yes of course you’re going to feel "A Little Crazy".
You’re coming off a drug more powerful then heroin.
Feeling crazy? Go for a walk. Drink lots of coffee or ice tea. Talk it out. You’re an adult, your better then nicotine! Stay strong!
Virginia Lee

Hopewell, VA

#1149 Oct 12, 2012
Sorry USNBMC, your advice to Scott could do more harm then good. Did you miss the part where he said he could NOT sleep? You tell him to drink lots of caffeine. That is NOT a good idea.

http://www.killthecan.org/robs/cafnic.asp

"If you feel jittery, extra anxious or are having trouble sleeping after a few days, take a look at your caffeine consumption levels. As shown by the below study, nicotine doubles the rate at which the body depletes caffeine and some caffeine users may find that they cannot tolerate caffeine consumption at pre-quitting levels."

Chantix is a non nicotine SUBSTITUTE! One with a much longer half life then nicotine.

http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/archives...

"The elimination half-life of varenicline is approximately 24 hours. Varenicline undergoes minimal metabolism with 92% excreted unchanged in the urine."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicotine

"Nicotine is the natural product of tobacco, having a half-life of 1 to 2 hours."

http://www.pharmalot.com/2010/07/chantix-and-...

“We believe this may be the first scientific report to examine the characteristics of aggression/violence as a psychiatric side effect for any prescription drug. What do these cases look like? A question answered for possibly the first time. We found the details striking and chilling. This is the first time we know of that aggression/violence has been clearly documented as a side effect in a peer reviewed scientific journal. This raises the question of whether (Chantix) is suitable for use in the military, by police and others who are already in stress situations. One key characteristic of these events is uncontrollable rage. Not a good side effect for people paid to carry guns.”

Over stating ... NO ... I would say I am understating the dangers of chantix. I did not mention the guy who killed his wife or the one who stuck their child under the influence of chantix! I bet Scott's wife noticed things she found disturbing and is way more qualified to know her husband's normal character.

I bet you did not know chantix was crossed with MORPHINE to give it the extra kick to switch your bodies dependence to it from nicotine of heaven forbit your own natural acetycholine!
Virginia Lee

Hopewell, VA

#1150 Oct 12, 2012
I quit smoking cold turkey. I quit chantix cold turkey too. Only quitting chantix made me feel crazy and landed me in the hospital for several days. The first time in my life since childhood.

Chantix is poison. It is far more poisonous then nicotine.

I am glad you quit smoking. Chantix isn't for everyone. Pfizer neglected to test it on a "REAL WORLD" population of smokers. They neglected to warn me before I took it too! I would never take a drug so closely linked to mental illness as this one now IS!!!

Feeling crazy isn't something you can cure with a walk. Crazy isn't a walk in the park! Going crazy ruins your life, inhibits your freedom and destroys relationships!
USNBMC

Las Vegas, NV

#1151 Oct 12, 2012
Virginia, I'm sorry you had such a serious reaction to this drug. Even more sorry it put you in the hospital. Just to be clear, I'm not a representative of Pfizer. My point to the previous respondent was to encourage him and point out that my results were positive even with some of the crazy side effects. Keep in mind, no two people are the same. I wish you good health.

Since: Oct 12

Euless, TX

#1152 Oct 12, 2012
Wish me luck. I start taking the chantix on Monday. I'm a lil nervous since reading about the side effects, but im willing to get used to them over ending up with heart disease or lung cancer.

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