Post # 1
So unfortunately, I smoke I have wanted to quit for a looong time, quit once for 1 year but started again because of stress. I promised my FI that when we got married I would quit for real because I really want to and enough is enough. Well, I was having a hard time with it. So my MD prescribed Chantix. I’m only on my 4th day and I’m noticing some side effects and how overall its just such a weird drug!! It seems to be working with the smoking though, and I THINK I can put up with the side effects for awhile, but I’m not sure. I’ll have to see. Anyway I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with Chantix and if so, what? Any side effects? Did it work? I would greatly appreciate your feedback!! Thanks!!
Post # 3
It is a weird drug. By the next day or 2, you should notice a seriously lessened need to smoke. I had CRAZY dreams on Chantix!
I will be a nonsmoker for 2 years on October 12th, all because of Chantix. I highly reccommend it, especially if you’re willing to deal with the side effects. I had quite a bit of nausea and really vivid dreams. I did the support stuff that came with my prescription. They have this great online thing I did. I know one of the exercises was writing a goodbye letter to cigarettes…it sounds totally cheesy, but it definitely helped me mentally prepare to quit. Also, they have daily e-mails or phone calls you can sign up for–definitely do it, that first week wasn’t easy and it was great to have those daily check-ins…it made me feel like someone was really invested in my quitting. There’s even a hot line you can call if you feel the urge to smoke, and they talk you through the craving. (I did it once crying, and they talked to me for 15 minutes…so nice!)
Overall, Chantix makes it much easier to quit than anything else out there, but it’s not easy. You can do it! If you ever need to, feel free to pm me. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. The weird thing was, 2 weeks after I quit I met my fiance. He’s a cross country runner, and I don’t think we ever would have started talking if I smoked! That sounds mean, but it just isn’t in his lifestyle.
Be prepared to be pretty down the first week. Keep yourself busy and have lots of things to look forward too, it’ll help a lot.
Good luck, pm me anytime if you feel like you want to smoke or have more questions!
You can do it!
Post # 4
I haven’t used it, but I wanted to say, good luck with stopping smoking! You can do it!
Also, bupropion is also a stop-smoking drug, sold under the brand name Zyban. It’s the exact same drug as the antidepressant Wellbutrin, with a different name for marketing purposes. So if you feel really weird on Chantix, you should talk to your doctor and see what else you might try, because there are other options out there. I used to take Wellbutrin (for depression), and my side effects were very minimal. Good luck!
Post # 5
I used Chantix 2 years ago and it worked really well. I’m happy to say I am still a non-smoker! It definitely has some weird side effects, but they are so worth it in the end.
I didn’t take it for months like “they” recommend– rather, I took it for about 3 weeks to help me get over the initial cravings and shock to my system. After that, I relied on willpower (and it wasn’t that hard) to get me through.
I highly recommend keeping track of how much money you would have spent on cigarettes and then using rewarding yourself as you reach various milestones (one week, one month, six months, etc.).
You can do it and good luck!
Post # 6
Good luck! I watched a commercial about it recently and it seemed to have a lot of side effects but if it works, then it works! I am a non-smoker and highly respect smokers making attempts to quit =)
Post # 7
I’ve never smoked, but when my brother’s wife got pregnant, my mom used Chantix to quit smoking! She tried to quit cold-turkey for about a week, and it was not going very well. The Chantix really helped her to get past that initial first month. I know she took it for approximately two months and was able to continue after that on her own.
Good Luck and we’re here if you need us!
Post # 8
My brother took Chantix a couple years ago and he hasn’t smoked since! It really worked for him and I hope it works for you too! Good luck!