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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:46 PM

Day 1 taking Chantix.

I'm so excited about quitting!

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Reply Day 1 taking Chantix. (Original post)
VenusRising Oct 2012 OP
seabeyond Oct 2012 #1
VenusRising Oct 2012 #2
seabeyond Oct 2012 #8
VenusRising Oct 2012 #10
tk2kewl Oct 2012 #3
VenusRising Oct 2012 #4
applegrove Oct 2012 #5
VenusRising Oct 2012 #6
applegrove Oct 2012 #11
intaglio Oct 2012 #7
VenusRising Oct 2012 #9
VenusRising Nov 2012 #12
VenusRising Jan 2013 #13
backtoblue Feb 2013 #14

Response to VenusRising (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:48 PM

1. i am with you. about day 6, lol

 

i havent stopped yet, but getting there. each day, last day....

sigh...

have you dont chantix in the past?

hey.... how much did it cost and how long your prescription. use to be $130 for three months. this last time, i was so sick, got medicine for all kinds of stuff, and they only gave me one month, no refill, $200 adn something.

and good luck

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:55 PM

2. This is the first time I've taken Chantix.

The cost was a little less than $120, but we got a discount card from the doctor. After doing the math, it's about as much as we spend on 10 days of cigarettes. Figuring that out made it a no-brainer for us.

The doctor said he would give us the script as long as we needed it, but we set our quit date for next week. I'm thankful that my BF and I are doing it together. It makes it easier to have someone going through it with you to support you.

Good luck to you, seabeyond! I hope it works for all of us!

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Response to VenusRising (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 01:47 PM

8. some tips.

 

it hurts the stomach for about a half hour after taking. i always take with water and eat my breakfast (bowl of cereal) or dinner, snack when i take the pill. it helps a little.

but, it is only like a half hour.

it escalates anger. and that does not have to be a deal. you may notice you fly off the handle over something small. that may not have been a big deal before taking the drug. once aware, it is very easy to not have an issue.

and dreams....

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 01:51 PM

10. I made sure I ate something before I took it.

I had a lot of people telling me about the stomach issues. I've had stomach aches all my life, so I'm not worried too much about that.

I am also being really aware of my emotions. I am prone to depression anyway, so I just have to stay on top of it.

I am so happy to have support here and IRL.

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Response to VenusRising (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:57 PM

3. good luck

 

chantix can be a hell of a ride

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:59 PM

4. Thanks.

I hope it's a good ride. I'm being as vigilant as I can about the emotional aspects.

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Response to VenusRising (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 01:08 PM

5. Worked for me 4 years ago. Don't forget to log into the quitnet.com if you

have a crave. I went for walks too.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 01:11 PM

6. Thanks for the advice!

I really want this quit to stick!

I started smoking a lot heavier because of stress and just not caring anymore after my husband died. I'm ready this time.

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Response to VenusRising (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 08:16 PM

11. Chantix/Champix separates the pleasure centre of your brain from the act of smoking. Once I was

quit using chantix I started smoking herbal cigarettes, which are just awful. Maybe a pack of those a week. Yuck. After a few months I quit those which was a pleasure. Now whenever I think of smoking I get that herbal smoke sensation .... which is just rank. And I don't want a smoke. Even if I see somebody smoking. I think they way I did it cured me for good.

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Response to VenusRising (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 01:43 PM

7. Go do it!

6 years here, it can be done - I was about a 40 a day man.

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Response to intaglio (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 01:49 PM

9. Yay, you!!

I hope I am as successful.

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Response to VenusRising (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:34 PM

12. UPDATE...

It has been one month and 3 days since I've had a cigarette. I'm feeling pretty great about my results so far. I do have cravings once in a great while, but it's more like a craving for a food item you don't have in the house. Bummer.

I can't believe it's working so well!!

On to month 2!!

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Response to VenusRising (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:55 AM

13. Another Update...

I am only 10 days away from 3 months smoke-free. I am having a hell of a time for the past two days. I haven't had a cigarette, but I have started having anxiety attacks, and smoking used to be one of the things that I did to help myself get through the attacks. I don't want to have a cigarette, but my brain is screaming at me for one. The anxiety is coming from the fact that my BF is gone for several weeks, and I've never in my life been alone for so long. I am freaking out a bit. Anyway, just thought I'd share because even if no one reads this, then I'm at least getting it out so maybe, just maybe, I can tell my brain to "STFU" for once in my life.



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Response to VenusRising (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:32 PM

14. Keep it up VenusRising!!

I am going on 9 days smoke-free myself. I took chantix a few years back but had horrible nightmares from it.

This time I just went cold turkey. No one understands the smoking addiction/cessation unless they have been through it. I've had night sweats and been just plain cranky this week.

I can relate to the anxiety attacks. Smoking was my way of dealing with so many of my other problems. I'm learning to do deep breathing and meditation. I still don't know what the hell to do with my hands but I know if I don't quit it's gonna kill me.

Three months is awesome and I truly hope you're doing better now!

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