I searched the board last week for threads on Chantix and didn’t find too many threads dedicated to the drug, but the threads I did find were quite helpful.
I’m taking Chantix now (it’s a drug prescribed to help a person quit smoking) and I thought I’d post a new thread and hopefully get some new stories about people taking it.
So this is my fourth and hopefully final attempt to quit smoking. Been smoking since I was 17 in 1996, I’m 32 now. I tried Welbutrin (it gave me the worst panic attack ever), patches (I became allergic to the patches) and cold turkey (yeeeaah…hard). I can’t try the gum because I have a bad jaw and can’t do gum.
I was really hesitant to try the Chantix, after my experience with Welbutrin. My job doesn’t allow me to be muddy or hyper or moody or anything. I really need to be on the ball. I also didn’t want to become depressed or have another super panic attack.
But I also realized that I’d tried everything else, short of hypnosis, and I needed to give this a try. A few weeks of moodiness was going to be better than a lifetime of smoking.
So I got a prescription and I read all the literature. I was still nervous to start taking it. Stuff I read on the SDMB ranged from “I heard of a guy who killed himself while taking Chantix” to “My friend just up and quit, thanks to the Chantix.” Pleasant stories SLIGHTLY outweighed the horror stories, so I started taking the pills that night.
You go up from .5mg a day (3 days) to 1mg a day (4 days) to 2mg a day (11 weeks). Right now I’m on day 4 of 2mg.
The day I started, I emailed my brother to let him know that if I call him he’d better answer. He’s the one who came and saved me from my super panic attack.
I emailed my business partner and told him that it’s possible I may be moody or mean for a while, but please let me know if he thinks I am off balance. I told him I planned to be hyper-aware of my mood and my emotions and I wanted to be sure not to go overboard.
However, I have experienced none of the crazy side effects. The ONLY problem I’ve had is that the first few days, at .5mg, I did have bad gas (this is the #1 side effect). That is actually ok because I work alone, from home
My sleeping has been fine. My dreams have been a little longer than normal but they haven’t been nightmares (I’ve always been a vivid dreamer). My demeanor has been fine - I may be a little extra chatty but that I feel is pure nicotine withdrawal.
I’ve not experienced any nausea whatsoever, but I am extra careful to always take the pill on a full stomach. In fact, I went out and got myself some special snacks (high protein snack bars) to take with my pills in case I didn’t remember to take them after a meal.
The BEST part is…I have actually quit smoking. I haven’t had a cig in almost 72 hours now which is a milestone for me. On previous quit attempts, I would still be sneaking a smoke (sneaking from myself?) at night “oh just one” or taking drags from my dad when I visited him.
The Chantix instructions say to just keep smoking as you work your way up to the 2mg a day and then pick a Quit Day. I marked a big red Q on my calendar for Monday the 7th. I actually smoked a good bit that first week, before the 7th. I was waiting for the Chantix to make me stop. It never happened.
Instead I realized that it was getting easier to forget that I wanted to smoke. As in…I still had to physically stop myself from acting on that initial impulse to smoke, but instead of sitting around becoming increasingly agitated that I was not smoking, the impulse would pass and suddenly it would be a few hours since I last thought about it.
Two cool things:
I went to my dad’s at the end of day 1 of having quit. Dad smokes a lot, and he is always willing to share a cig. I could have stood there and lit one up from his pack or dragged on his, but I didn’t. I was totally ok.
I have one cig and two half-smoked-butts left in my house. They’re not in plain sight but I do see them when I open the closet. I haven’t touched them tho. They’re just there so I don’t go mental thinking there’s no cigs in the house, but I am completely able to avoid them. On previous quitting attempts, I’d be going mental w/o any cigs in the house and I’d keep buying more.
Just thought I would share this positive Chantix story with anyone not sure about using it as a method to quit. I was scared shitless to start, honestly. If my chemistry were different I think it may have caused problems. But so far it’s worked as advertised and I couldn’t be happier. This may be the Magic Pill!
If anyone has stories - good or bad - to share about Chantix, please share them here. IMHO it really does help to get some real-world stories from “trusted friends” instead of just reading the literature or whack-a-doodles spouting off on other corners of the Internet.
Oh, and here are the previous threads I read: