Chantix side effects sufferers - not cheerleaders

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Virginia Lee

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One Talent
I have no voice for singing, I cannot make a speech.
I have no gift for music, I know I cannot teach.
I am no good at leading, I cannot organize.
And anything Iíd write would never win a prize.
But at roll call in the meetings, I always answer here.
When others are performing, I lend a listening ear.
After the programs over, I praise itís every part.
My words are not to flatter, I meant them from my heart.
It seems my only talent is neither big nor rare.
Just to listen and encourage and to fill a vacant chair.
But all the gifted people, could not brightly shine
Were it not for those who use a talent such as mine.
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Report your side effects if they are in the minority to the link below.
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you have a talent...

=D
Virginia Lee

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http://whyquit.com/pr/082506.html

Here is an interesting link about smoking cessation from all ways to quit. It's a long read but well worth the effort.

Thanks Smurfette

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Virginia Lee

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Oct 14, 2007
 
I am getting better every day thank you. Been going out and being nice to strangers to share the love and respect which makes me feel good to pass on positive energy. BTW what does =D mean?

How are you doing? Hope you get hugs they always help me and I am getting a lot of them and smiles back.

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Virginia Lee wrote:
I am getting better every day thank you. Been going out and being nice to strangers to share the love and respect which makes me feel good to pass on positive energy. BTW what does =D mean?
How are you doing? Hope you get hugs they always help me and I am getting a lot of them and smiles back.
it's a big ol happy smile atcha!!!

<hugz>

keep it positive, sista!!!

=D
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smurfette wrote:
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it's a big ol happy smile atcha!!!
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keep it positive, sista!!!
=D
Er, you know Smurfette, I've wondered about =D, too I know it's something obvious, but...
Also there's a LTAMFAO (or something like that -- long than LMFAO ...). Educate this clueless quitter? See ya on Yahoo! and YAYAYAY
Virginia Lee

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I started taking chantix on 4/21/07. The chantix helped me stop smoking after 30 years. Gradually my personality changed, I felt like my brain was in overdrive. Out of the five listed major side effects, vomiting was the only one I didnít experience often. The fine print (used a magnifying glass to read) and I didnít understand the medical terminology. I assumed the chantix was safe or my Dr. wouldnít have prescribed it. After 1 1/2 months, the 4 major side effects were so unbearable; I couldnít take the full dosage. My stomach felt like it was going to explode. I did follow the get quit on-line suggestions; I decided to cut the dosage in half. My lack of sleep worsened. I took chantix until the end of August as suggested to increase my chances success. On 8/31, I went to my Dr. for help. He suggested I cut the dosage of chantix to 1/4. The last pill I took was on 9/8. That was the start of my living nightmare.
On 9/9, I awoke in terror and called my family feeling something bad was going to happen. I sensed some drug was causing my odd behavior and felt the world was going to end that day. I had 3 psychotic episodes.
On 9/10, I became psychotic. At my request, my husband took me to the ER. I was afraid to go in. Eventually I gave in and entered the ER. I asked them to test my blood for drugs. Since I was acting strange, more staff started to surround me. This triggered my dyspnea (an unpleasant sensation of difficulty breathing) why my Dr. said I should stop smoking. My anxiety grew, but the staff and my husband got me into a locked room. I never struck out or acted violent in any way, only tried to escape. At this point adrenaline kicked in. The staff at the ER gave 2 shots of geodon, an anti psychotic drug. The Dr. told my husband one shot should have stopped a person twice my size. It only slowed me down. The staff gave me a shot of Valium. That finally settled me down some but not enough to let 6 adults approx. 200 lbs each to take a blood sample. My husband promised they were only going to take my blood and not give me any more shots from behind. I let them take my blood.
I relaxed enough to doze off. They took a CT scan of my head. I had given up. Some things I recall, others I donít. A social worker evaluated me and issued a TDO (temporary detainment order). A police officer put on handcuffs so tight it bruised my wrists to transported me to a hospital an hour away. He handcuffed my arms behind my back like a criminal. Thanks to one Dr. confirming fibromyalgia, he moved them to the front. I was docile and no threat.
The ER Dr. talked to the admitting psychiatrist and told him he felt my reaction was to chantix. The ER Dr. knowing nothing about chantix called a Dr. who had some knowledge of it. The psychiatrist gave the ER Drís information no credence and never looked into this ďwonder drugĒ. The psychiatrist who talked to me for about 20 minutes 6 hours after all the shots wanted to keep me in the isolation ward for 10 days. Two others disagreed with the psychiatrist and I was released on 9/12. On 9/13, I saw my Dr. and he didnít think the chantix he prescribed caused this. Instead he agreed with the psychiatristís mental illness conclusion. During my isolation unit stay I got two potassium tablets (level dangerously low), milk of magnesia, and Motrin. These were medications I received there. I followed all release instructions and another psychiatrist felt I was not mentally ill; he talked to me for 2 hours. I am now on Zoloft for depression due to this terrible experience. Post your experience using chantix and report it to the FDA.
Virginia Lee

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After learning what the side effects for Zoloft were, I decided to not take it or any medicine. I am now doing much better and able to think like I used to before taking Chantix. I still have early morning wakening and some issues with people that want to place the blame on me for not knowing the side effects written for doctors to understand. The doctors only appear to want to cover their errors rather then warn or watch patients for side effects.

I am reporting the doctors and hospitals for their unethical treatment. Now that I have gotten most of my normal self back, I am able to do what I have to do. Starting at the bottom and will work my way up the chain of organizations to address my experience. It's inhumane to treat people like lab rats. I know the asthma inhaler is not recommended and triggered my serious reaction. Not wanting to have anyone else get hurt by mixing medicines, I will not let this go on without being addressed properly. Bad doctors and bad medicine kill more people then smoking does. Many people I have related my issues to have responded with similar problems. I now have a doctor that is treating several other Ex Chantix users in my area. I still have problems getting a sound sleep but rest better knowing I have helped others not get hurt by this product.

Silly me to think big business might care about their customers, it is all about money. I am not. Now I know a little pill is not the answer to solve my addictive habit only cold turkey will work to break any addiction.

So those not interested in improving medicine and how doctors treat patients can take their advice. I will do what I have to do and hope you will too.

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Virginia Lee

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I guess someone here really does have a mental illness. Mental powers can sometimes be mistaken by simple minded people. There is no excuse for being cruel to others. That's more of a inhumane thing to do and a sad state for sure. I hope Smurfette learns God gave us two ears and one mouth for a valid reason.
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Oct 29, 2007
 
my boyfriend is very interested in trying the chantix because no other method has worked. he is a healthy, 30 year old male who doesnt drink. i wonder if this will affect him the same?

“Quit: Aug. 24, 2007”

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heather wrote:
my boyfriend is very interested in trying the chantix because no other method has worked. he is a healthy, 30 year old male who doesnt drink. i wonder if this will affect him the same?
Some people have a lot of trouble, but statistically something like 97 percent of people do fine. I did fine -- no side effects. Nausea, weird dreams are very common. A lot of people make sure they eat something with each pill to combat the nausea. Some people take the second daily pill at mid-afternoon to avoid insomnia and/or dreams. Good luck to you both!
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Virginia,

Did it ever occur to you that all these horrible things that happened to you were a result of NICOTINE WITHDRAWAL and not due to the Chantix? If you smoked for 30 years, you would be pretty seriously addicted to nicotine. Chantix is NOT a miracle drug. It helps, but does not do all the work for you - the person taking it has to want to quit and be willing to put up with some discomfort during the quit process. Chantix does not work for everyone, and you are obviously one of the ones that it does not work for. However, I do not think your psychotic episodes are related to the Chantix - they're probably more related to a lack of nicotine being pumped in your system.
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Oh, by the way, Virgina: The package insert in Chantix CLEARLY states that if you experience unpleasant side effects that don't go away, STOP taking the drug. You continued to take the drug for 1 and 1/2 months with horrible side effects. Even if your doctor told you to take it, YOU are in charge of your body, not your doctor.
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Chantix Cheerleader wrote:
Oh, by the way, Virgina: The package insert in Chantix CLEARLY states that if you experience unpleasant side effects that don't go away, STOP taking the drug. You continued to take the drug for 1 and 1/2 months with horrible side effects. Even if your doctor told you to take it, YOU are in charge of your body, not your doctor.
Hey Haddonfield. I live in your neck of the woods. Did you take Chantix?
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I just spent 7 days in hell... I only took the stuff for 5 days! I am still screwed up and it is very scary. This is a physcoactive drug and it is horrible.
I have no idea what to do, if anyone has any info please post it. I feel like my brain has been short circuited.
Virginia Lee

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Chantix Cheerleader wrote:
Virginia,
Did it ever occur to you that all these horrible things that happened to you were a result of NICOTINE WITHDRAWAL and not due to the Chantix? If you smoked for 30 years, you would be pretty seriously addicted to nicotine. Chantix is NOT a miracle drug. It helps, but does not do all the work for you - the person taking it has to want to quit and be willing to put up with some discomfort during the quit process. Chantix does not work for everyone, and you are obviously one of the ones that it does not work for. However, I do not think your psychotic episodes are related to the Chantix - they're probably more related to a lack of nicotine being pumped in your system.
I did ask for NO CHEERLEADERS sugar!

BTW, nicotine withdraw does not last for longer then 2 weeks. I did quit smoking as I stated on May 1. Last but not least, I do not care what u think.
Virginia Lee

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Chantix Cheerleader wrote:
Oh, by the way, Virgina: The package insert in Chantix CLEARLY states that if you experience unpleasant side effects that don't go away, STOP taking the drug. You continued to take the drug for 1 and 1/2 months with horrible side effects. Even if your doctor told you to take it, YOU are in charge of your body, not your doctor.
I know that silly but what I didn't know was to not trust my doctor's judgement for he was wrong. I did not say I suffered from horrible side effects while taking Chantix. So thanks for blaming ME! That was NICE of u to respect my wishes and point a guilty finger at the wrong things. Have a nice day on your pills!
Virginia Lee

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Roy wrote:
I just spent 7 days in hell... I only took the stuff for 5 days! I am still screwed up and it is very scary. This is a physcoactive drug and it is horrible.
I have no idea what to do, if anyone has any info please post it. I feel like my brain has been short circuited.
Hi Roy,

I have posted information but when I post links to lawyers who are willing to listen and not judge first, they go poof.

I can't tell you what to do because I choose not to be as judemental as other posters here. I do not know how long Chantix will effect you or me. So far ... neither does Pfizer. I do wonder why the FDA allowed this drug on the market. You can submit your experience to them and maybe if the numbers add up to more then what Pfizer claims they will do something. I for one am not counting on it though.

Good Luck Roy! Don't let the ugly people that are out there for the $$$ get you down, they suck!

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