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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

No one will say it was easy and it takes alot of sheer determination to break the habit. Keep trying, you have nothing to lose but the habit.  (Jul 4, 2012 | post #72686)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

I think you are there. Many people here will tell you each person has their own "quit". Mine happened by accident, I kid you not. I was one of the lucky people who happened to run into a cardiologist that cared enough and told me "with the drugs available today, you can really quit". I waited 2 weeks before I filled the Chantix prescription and eben when I took the 1st pill I did not think it would work. But it did. I am so glad it did. If I can do this, you can too! This I know for sure. Good luck and run with it...  (Jul 1, 2012 | post #72677)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

Nothing but your will power but that is OK because the nicotine is out of your body completely. Basically the nicotine "Trojan horse" leaves your body within the first few weeks of non-smoking so the physical urge is gone, only the mental "habit" urge remains and actually I had dreams of smoking again and woke up with my lungs feeling so bad, almost choked up. All Chantix does is help you during the time you are not self medicating with the drug in cigarettes that MAKES your body think it needs to medicate with cigarettes again. That is my understanding of the chemistry behind it. Just imagine a chewing gum company was legally allowed to put a chemical in their gum that mad people want it more and buy it more and had a hard time stopping chewing gum. This is what the cigarette companies have done. You will be fine, just remember 1 thing, Chantix allowed you to take the handcuffs off. You smoke again, you are putting the handcuffs back on.  (Jun 29, 2012 | post #72667)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

Here I am shy of 5 yrs and I can tell you about 1 yr down the road you will never look back. You will actually feel sorry for those who still don't know they CAN quit and won't quit. Hard to explain really...what I try to do is help people see through my actions it is possible to have a non-smoking life.  (Feb 23, 2012 | post #72445)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

I would say about a week. But what you are feeling is exactly the same as I felt in the first 3-6 weeks, then I got used to it and about the 3rd month I started my wean. Once off the drug everything was back to normal. Your body is adjusting to your decision to make a life change. Trust me when I say you will be so much better for your decision not to smoke.  (Feb 22, 2012 | post #72441)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

I think we are. It's a one at a time victory for each of us. Each of us individually realizes their freedom from the cigarette companies. Working in manufacturing, I just imagine how much money we could make if we injected chemicals that made people buy our product more and created even more demand, specifically for our brand, but generally for our product category. It's a diabolical business practice, when you think about what the cigs manufacturers are doing.  (Feb 6, 2012 | post #72420)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

For the first time Thursday I was at an event where 10 people were gathered and no one was a smoker. I could not believe it....  (Feb 5, 2012 | post #72418)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

Connie, you need to visit with your Dr to see if your dose is OK. It prob is, but just in case. As to continuing to smoke, start "stretching " the smokes out. For example, go for 6 hours between smokes. Then 12 hours, then try an entire day without them. Then 3 days, then a week, etc. That's what I did and it worked. Basically right now your brain won't let go of the habit (hand/mouth routine). Your body is ready to quit, the dose is prob working. Do you feel it's pointless to smoke when you do? As it's not doing anything? If so, you can stop smoking altogether.  (Jan 30, 2012 | post #72404)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

You may want to speak to your Dr before making the decision not to refill. Just keep in mind all of this is CHANGE for you. It's going to feel different. There is a high chance you will go back to smoking if you do not follow through with at least 2 mos and a slow wean. As to the money, it's all a matter of priorities. That 2 mos worth of Chantix is the best $240 I have ever, I mean EVER spent. Saved me to date THOUSANDS And my life.  (Jan 9, 2012 | post #72373)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

You will do it BigJon! Just keep pressing, before you know it, 5 years will pass.  (Jan 7, 2012 | post #72370)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

Shoreboy, believe it when I say one of these days you will have a dream that you started smoking again and it will wake you right out of your dream. The last dream I had like that my lungs felt so terrible, as if I had been smoking again for weeks. That slip up is a taste of the smoking you, which you wanted to get away from. The coughing is the clearing up of the crap in your lungs for so many years. The lungs don't know what to do with all that pure air so the scilia that burned off in there are starting to grow again. You are probably going to start wheezing for a week or so, go to the Dr and see about getting an inhaler to pull you through it. Just keep up the positive attitude and you WILL make it.  (Jan 1, 2012 | post #72360)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

On the last smoke, did it feel like it was doing anything for you, or was it just an exercise?  (Dec 30, 2011 | post #72353)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

Great job Shore boy, I take it you live in DelMarVa? The lighting up thoughts at certain times of day are mental not physical, I had the same. The problem is when we smoked we conditioned our bodies so well for the habit. The biggest fight, mentally was my 1000 am cigarette. It just did not make any sense that I was not out there on the smoke area at work, at that time. So what I did in the beginning is just walk out there and talk instead of smoke. That's when they would ask me if the smell was making me want to smoke....all of this passes with time. As to the e-cigarettes, I don't know much about them but I suggest you transfer the habit (of self-medicating with nicotine to increase Dopamine in your brain) when you use that e-cigarette. So my advice is stop self-medicating altogether. But your quit is your quit. So you and your Dr can give you your own best advice.  (Dec 27, 2011 | post #72350)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

I quit May 2007 and if I remember right it was about the second week on the pill when I had my first dream. The dreams feel very real, even as you wake up out of them you wonder if it is or is not real. The first dream I had was the one I remember the most, it was very gory, an execution scene in a field, like in a combat zone (no I have never been in combat). For all of you starting your quit I can tell you that today, some 4 1/2 years after my quit, it is the best health decision you will ever make and these days, I don't even think of cigarettes, or smoking in general. But when I see people smoking it does catch my eye, and I think "wow, that was me". BTW, about 2 weeks into it my lungs got a bit congested and i had a hard time breathing. When I went to my Dr he said that was normal, basically the lungs are repairing themselves (cilia) and as they start growing (and filtering again) the lungs get sensitive to any smells, pollen, dusts, etc. Way to go you quitters!!!!  (Dec 23, 2011 | post #72347)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

Keep up the good work all you newby quitters! Seeing your comments reminds me of when I was at 2 weeks or one month. Soon you will be at 6 months, (that's when people ask how did you do it) then 1 year! All of a sudden 2 years. My mom is at 10 years.  (Oct 2, 2010 | post #71390)