Tell Your Chantix Story
Chantix (varenicline) is a prescription medicine specifically
developed to help adults quit smoking. Pfizer promise: Chantix gives
smokers a better chance of success than Zyban. Is it true? Maybe
youve tried quitting cold turkey. You may have tried nicotine
gum or patches. Read 'Chantix story' of those who used Chantix...
Already use Chantix? Share your experience
Chantix should be taken for 12 weeks. Studies show 44% of smokers
were able to quit at the end of 12 weeks with Chantix. What is your
|Sandra Maldonado, USA
I started chantix Dec 25 2010, however after 30 days of pills
i was sneaking a smoke 1 everyday i know now if i would have
put 30 consecutive days into the pills instead of the smokes
i could be congratulate myself for over a month smoke free...
but i started over doing it right since Jan.17 2011, think
that's 3 weeks,my side affects are dreams.. which are fun,good
not bad like i hear,I'm hyper after i take pill,but its short
lived,don\'t want to spring clean =) my big problem with chantix
is I am super emotional... I feel i can quit this pill @the
end of this month I hope..! Don't feel like my peeps really
want to be around my moody ass... they are supportive but
I've been a different creature on this pill, no dark days
though so thank you chantix my peeps thank you too =)
|Darlene Sweet, USA
I smoked cigarettes for 24 years and had been trying to quit
smoking for most of those 24 years. I began taking Chantix
on March 1, 2010 and have been smoke free since March 10,
2010. Chantix helped me come face to face with my nicotine
addiction and regain control of my life. I never realized
what a hold cigarettes had on me until I finally broke free.
On September 12, 2010 I will be participating in what will
be my first of many road races. Six months ago I would get
winded from walking up one flight of stairs; now I am running
5k in under 30 mins! Thank you!
|Kate , USA
I am currently taking chantix and I have been smoke free
for 10 days. This is totally amazing to me and I never thought
in a million years I would be able to quit smoking.
I have been attempting it several times a year for the last
10 years. Finally I am smoke free.
I did a lot of reasearch before starting Chantix and although
the side effects are a concern they did not stop me from trying
So far I have been having funky dreams, and I have been a
bit hyper during the day. I want less coffee too and this
is a good thing.
Chantix is awesome!
|Joe , USA
I wanted to share my story about using Chantix to help me
to quit smoking after thirty seven years of a pack a day habit.
In the past I have tried nicotene gum and patches. I even
quit once for 18 months only to fall off of the wagon.
Stopping smoking with Chantix worked! Period! I started Chantix
on July 4th, Independence Day! Smoked as usual during the
first week, then stopped the second week. I did light up on
three different occasions during my second week, smoked a
cig or two and then threw the pack away. Maybe it's maturity,
or will power, but I did put my mind into quitting for at
least a month before I actually picked a quit date. I even
picked up some stop smoking tapes and listened to them in
the car on the way to and from work (while smoking). I smoked
the most in the car. You have to want to quit, and every little
The thing I found to be amazing about Chantix is that while
I was on it I had no desire to smoke whatsoever after my initial
shortcomings. I stayed away from the bar scene, and restuarants,
etc. where I would be susceptible to cigs. I am sure this
The one side effect I did have is that I would have some strange
dreams, and almost all of them ended with me waking up with
my heart pounding! The scenarios were absolutely bizarre.
I was in places I have never been to in my life??? These dreams
occured mainly in my 4th - 6th week. I could actually remeember
the dreams as if they really happened. After the 6th week
I would wake up, but could not remember the dream.
I did not "withdraw" from Chantix, I just quit
taking it when my prescription expired. I did have some cravings
especially when I was going into a restaurant where there
were smokers piled up outside.
I am proud of my accomplishment, and I am positive that I
would not have been able to do it without Chantix.
Whatever you have read to the contrary about Chantix I would
give it a try if you have had trouble quitting in the past.
This stuff works!
|Judy , USA
Started taking Chantix 9 days ago. Still can't kick the cigarettes
completely yet, but have cut down to 4 a day as opposed to
2 packs a day. I have made a commitment to stop but Good Lord
this is hard!! Now I know what a herion addict feels like
trying to kick the drug habit.
|Kala , USA
I have given up smoking with the help of Chantix for 6 days
now. I did slip up and smoke one today but it was not as enjoyable
as it once was. I am one of the lucky ones. I have not had
any side effects to the medicine and it really seems to help
the cravings. No more slip ups for me. I smoked for 11 years(1
pack a day) and this is it. Wish me luck.
|Cosmo , USA
I started to smoking cigarettes when I was 11 years old;
have been smoking for over 30 years. I had NO DESIRE to quit
smoking, however I was dared by friends that I can't quit
smoking. I tried chantix.. and I have been smoke free for
going on 3 years!! and after only using starter kit!!! I never
thought it was possible! The reason I didn't bother trying
to quit was because I was so addicted to cigarettes for me
it was pointless.
I quit during most stressful time of the year.. during x'mas!
And while visiting family!
I love my "smoke free" me... everything taste good
and I smell good!
|Dave K , USA
Chantix saved my life. I smoked for 23 years and felt so
addicted I lost hope of ever quitting. I had tryed the gum,
the patch, and hypnosis all to zero success. When my doctor
prescribed this I was willing but skeptical. 3 months ago,
Fathers' Day was my first day without a cigerette since Nov
13, 1986. Two weeks ago I purchased a 24 speed racing bicycle
with the money I had saved over the last three months (not
smoking a pack and a half a day) and started to train for
a annual 50 mile race my 16 year old son wanted to ride in
next summer. No matter the side effects or the cost of the
medication this was a miracle drug I needed.(now if they had
a magic pill to lose the 50 lbs I need for the race I would
be all set). I still can't believe it worked for me.
Has anyone else had their spouse or significant other wake
up with nightmares, while YOU are the one taking Chantix and
not them? My husband seldom has nightmares, yet he has had
them every time I tried the nicotine patch. Now he\'s blaming
this last one on my taking Chantix. Seems impossible that
a medicine that I'm taking can somehow transfer to him while
we're sleeping. Anyone having similar experiences?
I smoked for 54 years, I started at the age of eleven. I
took chantix for three months Sept 11 2009 I will be smoke
free for one year. I had tried several times to quit and to
be really honest I didn't think I could do it but I did. I
tried every thing in the past even the patches nothing worked.
It is so good to be a non smoker. I do agree you have to want
to quit to be able to do it.
i love this stuff
My Last time i smoked ws 7 days ago today.in less then a
month i went from to 2 packs aday to 0 thanxs chantix
I started Chantix on Sunday - this being the week you can
still "smoke". So far, I'm having 0 side effects
except today I was really tired, but that could be due to
the fact that I was up till 3:30am working. I've got a few
friends who have quit completely with this drug, and suffered
some side effects, but nothing too dramatic. I've been smoking
since I was 13 and MY MOTHER gave me my first cigarette -
a Tarrytown. Thanks, Ma! Really appreciate that now, 35 years
later! I'm a pack-a-day smoker, and am desperate to quit.
Can't stand the ciggs anymore - the price, the stench, the
ashes, all of it makes me sick. But I can't quit on my own,
I've tried and failed so many times it's crazy. So in comes
Chantix. Wish me luck!
My name is Luca, 50 years old male, and have been a smoker
since I was a teen. Quit a couple of times, for up to one
year, but always kept missing my smokes and I suffered through
the year, eventually going back to smoke.
Started Chantix and found it very easy to quit this time,
even though I had to deal with extremely vivid dreams, so
convoluted and often times boring stuff that kept popping
up every night. No nausea whatsoever, just dead tired at times
for the lack of quality sleep.
The point I wanted to make though is that for a smoker cigarettes
are not only a source of bad health, but a strong emotional
I dare say affectionate support. A cigarette represents a
moment of peace, relaxation, a quiet time dedicated to yourself.
I thought a lot about my previous experiences, and decided
the only way to make it this time was to address this emotional
side. I picked up a new friend, an hour of cardio every day
and stuck with it. Last night I finished my first thriatlon,
arrived next to last and had tears of joy in my eyes.
I don't miss smoking at all, I can ask a friend to puff it
in my face as I like the smell, but in my heart cigs have
been replaced by the love of biking, running and swimming
(in order of love/pain).
I am very grateful for the help Chantix provided me in dealing
with the addiction, and for the joy I am finding again in
life. I am now a good example to my kids, and that for me
matters a lot.
Deal with your emotions as well, this is my experience, trust
the medicine for the addiction and you won't feel deprived
but actually enriched by this experience.
Good luck to you all.
I have been on Chantix for 3 weeks and smoke free for 2 weeks.
Chantix is great! I usually don't post to these types of forums
and wonder how many other successfull Chantix users don't
either. It's human nature to be more likely to complain than
to praise. I've quit smoking using other methods before and
had many of the side effects that I've read about here. In
fact, I've had fewer strange dreams on Chantix than I had
when I quit with other methods. Bottom line is... if you have
bad side effects, stop taking the drug -- but the success
stories from so many others should not be ignored.
this is the second time i am using chantix, stayed off of
them for almost 2 years the first time and am having an easier
time with side effects this time around. but... got so sick
when i increased to 1 mg. that i had to go back to .5 mg.
and for the last few days i\'ve only been taking .5 in the
morn and none at all today!
this is a total of around 20 days on chantix and i would
advise all to get on and off as soon as possible.
my dreams, once enjoyably vivid have become very tense and
disturbing and i am generally really nervous about all of
the bad stuff people have to say about it. it sure does take
the fun out of a cigarette though.
my question is how long will the chantix stay in my system?
am waiting for the day when i am nicotine AND chantix free.
I'm on day 17 and I\'ve totally quit smoking for 3 days.
I was giving in to habit rather than that familiar urge to
smoke. Still have some nausea but that's subsiding. The pills
seem to make me quite sleepy but I'm getting used to that.
I have never, ever gone without a smoke when I wanted one.
This feels good and I'd like to be smoke free before the flu
season hits! Strange goal, but that's my goal! Good luck everyone!!!
Hmmm. Well today is my 5th day on Chantix. The urge to smoke
has already diminished greaty for me. The only issue I had
was with last night being the first time I had taken a Chantix
evening dosage. I felt I was starting to dream even before
I was sleeping. Once I did fall asleep, I had some seriously
strange dreams. I slept from 2:45 to around 11.00 but woke
up many times due to these dreams.
Just started today, mentally prepared and already have cut
down, almost half the amount. I plan on going smoke free the
3rd of august which is exactly one week on chantix, perhaps
sooner, I hope. 1-2 pack smoker for over 40 years, quit 5
times in the past, so I know the triggers, the game plan and
that is stick to it, dont give up, if you reallyu want to
quit you can. Good luck to everyone, check back in when I
make more progress..
Started taking Chantix on 7/15/09 and getting worried about
side effects but I am still going to give it a shot. Let you
know on how it works out.
I hear and read more about side effects than the success
of Chantix actually helping people quit and STAY quit. For
me, 13 days in, it's been nothing but severe nausea and sleep
disruption due to bizarre dreams, and fatigue (due to the
sleep pattern disruption, no doubt). I had ZERO counselling
from my doctor on what to expect from this drug, just a starter
pack prescription and a "your blood pressure is too high,
quit smoking" admonishment. Gee, great healthcare in
this country. Within the first couple of days, I noticed my
cravings were less and when I did light up, it was unsatisfying.
But I still lit up. As the doseage increased, the side effects
kicked in, I had more half-smoked cigs, and everything, EVERYTHING
tasted like crap AND I felt like I was going to puke at any
moment, especially 10 or so mins after taking a dose. I don't
feel like myself and I hate this drug. I'll persist for 2
months max with it, but so far I am not impressed. I cut the
pills in half now and try to force myself to eat something
so I can get the four halves into me throughout the day. I
don't eat breakfast, so I can't even think about taking one
half of a pill till lunchtime. Drinking water doesn't help
with the nausea. I am trying to quit with a friend and we
are both having the same symptoms, including feeling very
anti-social and sleepy on top of the other physical and psychological
symptoms. This drug is no panacea. I applaud those who can
quit cold-turkey with no drugs, because this Chantix is no
walk in the freakin' park. I keep thinking back to that fateful
day I first smoked a cigarette at the age of 17 and I want
to kick my a** from here to kingdom come. STUPID! Well, good
luck everyone. We're all in this together.
Hey, as I promise I am giving you an update today is my 5th
day without smoking? How does it feel? TERRIBLE, I still have
the desperate desired of smoking every minute, and butoon
line, I feel Chantix is sicological, I stopped smoking because
I know I am at high risk for Lung cancer because of my emphysema,
and because of my four kids including my 5 years old, but
the chantix help? I don't think so, if it does why I am still
urging for the cigarette, why do I miss it so much?
I want to stop desiring the cigarretes. Again good luck to
me and all.
Hi, I just checked on my get-quit page, and this is my 83rd
day smoke free. Long time smoker, quit before but never this
long. I have had no nausea, and overall I have felt a lot
better during these almost 3 months. The only side effect
which has affected me is the lack of quality sleep. I don't
have a problem falling asleep, but dreams are not very intense
and vivid. Not scary or anything. Let's try to draw an analogy
here: you know when advertising breaks start and the wife
suddenly screams 'turn the volume down'! Ok, my dreams didn't
change (I think) but went from normal volume to advertising
volume in vividity terms. I can't wait to have a wonderful
night sleep again. I bought myself a bike with the cigarette
savings, have a lot more energy which more than makes up for
the decrease in sex drive. Am really happy, if you want to
quit don't despair, use all the help they give, the emails,
daily calls, everything. Talk to yourself, create a support
group, enjoy life more not less after a while. Dam you do
put a bit of weight on, I intend to tackle that now.
I've a been a smoker for over 35 years (pack and a half a
day) For me there was no way to quit, I was diagnose with
Emphysema 4 years ago and that didn\'t make me quit, I went
into the hospital coughing blood a month ago with neumonia
and that didn't stopped me. I been on Chantrix since Jun 29,
my quit day was July 6, today is my 3rd day without smoking
and I want to die with the urge, I cry everytime I need a
cig but I don\'t smoke, I know I need to quit and that is
why I don't smoke a cigarrete, I don't know if chantix is
helping me, I don\'t get side effects at all, but my God do
I want a cigarette. I will keep posting my progress. Good
luck to me and to all!
I started on Chantix the last week of March after smoking
for over 40 years my quit date is March 1st, I have not had
a cigarette since. I have found this to be almost too easy,
the dreams were interesting but I had no other side effects.
About 6 weeks into the program I started wondering how I would
do without the drug and I decided to start to wean myself
off by taking half doses. By the time for my last re fill
I was taking a quarter tab in the morning and usually forgetting
to take the night dose so I quit. I did not renew the script
and have been happily smoke free. My spouse is now smoke free
for over a month and I recommended it to another friend who
also has quit smoking.
I have been smoke free for 2 months after 30 years. I am
doing great. I only had one night mare and I have those anyway.
People say that I am "plesant" for someone who has
quit. I have had some bad things happen like missed flights
and car break downs and didn\'t even think to light up. Yeah
for me. The fight is not over until I get of the medicine
but so far so good. This time I see ALL the advantages of
not smoking and I am over the anger of not smoking. I win!
Do not take Chantix. It will make your hair fall out. When
I asked my Dr. about it, he said it was "controversial"
which leads me to believe that it has happened to many others,
but is not yet listed as a side effect. I lost over 50% of
my hair while taking this drug. I was not taking anything
else. I reported this to Pfizer and got a letter back telling
me to talk to my doctor. I will be reporting this to the FDA
first thing in the morning.
I am On my 8th day with chantix, and I feel great!, I was
shopping today and had a slight panic attack, like Oh I forgot
my cigs, then the strangest thing happened. I walked to my
car and drove away. I am able to fight the cravings with chantix.
I fought today and won.
My side effects are pretty neat actually, the dreams are funny
and stupid, I\'m a dreamer anyway so I love em.
Tthe headaches I could do without, no nausea, but I do eat
with each dose.
Hi. I've been taking Chantix for 20 days, and have been smoke-free
for 12. I had the common side-effects at first, such as nausea,
wind, etc, which have now passed. Then I started to have dreams
that were so lifelike and vivid, some were quite beautiful,
the colours, sounds, smells and tastes were so memorable I
can remember them even a few weeks later. Unfortunately around
a week ago, the dreams started to become unpleasant , disturbing
or violent. 2 nights ago I had a nightmare that I can only
describe as SICK. I never imagined that my mind could come
up with such a thing. It stayed with me all the next day and
made me cry whenever I thought about it. I decided not to
take the night time tablet to see if that would help. I still
had an unpleasant dream that night, but not as bad. I am not
going to take again tonight. I\'m not going through anything
stressful at the moment, so can only put this down to the
tablets. Chantix has pretty much eradicated my desire to smoke,
so if these dreams continue, I will stop taking them altogether.
I just hope the nightmares stop as well.
I have heard so many good things from different people about
chantix so, while at a normal doctors visit, I was informed
that I had to be prescribed medication for high cholesterol
so, I know that one of the factors in high cholesterol, is
smoking. I later called my doctors office back and asked to
be prescribed chantix. They did prescribe me chantix and my
start date is Sunday. I hope to be smoke free after 21+ years
shortly after. Wish me luck!
I started Chantix 10 days ago, and I am starting on my 5th
day without having a cigarrette! I think about having one
from time to time, but nothing that I cant handle by telling
myself that it is disgusting and I do not need it. My fiance
has been smoke free for a year and half after taking Chantix
and my good friend has been smoke free for almost a month
after taking it as well. I have experenced slight nausea after
taking the pill in the morning. As long as I eat breakfast
and drink loads of water, the nausea is tolerable, and only
last for about 10-20 minutes. I have also experience mild
leg cramps. I asked my doctor about this and she said that
it is one of the side effects. I have also had a few panic
attacks on this medication as well. I do have a history of
panic disorder and hypochondria...I dont know if Chantix is
making it come out more? Has anyone else experienced leg cramps,
or aches any where on their body, while taking Chantix? What
about Panic attacks?
I\'ve been on Chantix for less than a week; I\'m on my second
day of double dosage. I\'m doing OK, probably cut my smoking
in half already. My dreams are interesting so far- amusing
and vivid, but not scary. There has been some minor nausea,
but that seems to pass. My SO also started taking it at the
same time, and it seemed to really kick in fast for her; she\'s
probably cut her smoking by 75%, and her only side effect
is minor nausea. We\'ve committed to remaining on this drug,
monitoring each other for the other side effects, for as long
as it takes to quit smoking. So far, so good.
Took Chantix for 3.5 weeks. Did successfully quit smoking.
I had to stop because my face swelled up like a beach ball
and I had weird very itchy rash patches all over my torso
and neck. Also had moderate/severe pain in both knees. The
scary part is I have been off the drug for over 3 weeks now,
and my face is still puffing up off and on and I still have
come and go severe knee pain. Does anyone know how long this
will carry on?
I've been taking Chantix for a week and had to stop today
because of the side effects: Weird dreams, waking up every
30 minutes, severe depression and constant fatique. Even now
24 hrs after stopping I can still feel it in my system. I
haven't felt like myself since I started it. The last two
days have been particularly bad in term of depression and
constantly being tired. I have been drinking tons of water
hoping that will flush the rest of it out of my system. For
those of you who have had success I am happy for you, but
it has changed my brain chemistry so much that I could barely
I am ready to wrap up day 29 without a cig. This by far the
easiest week, since I cut back my dose to half. I will fulfill
the full 3 months, but not with 2 pills a day, rather, just
1 in the evening. Still no big side effects, other than a
minor naseating feeling for about 10 min after my pill.
Wow, I guess since I started this, I have read everyone else's
experience, and I really have to feel extremely lucky that
I haven't experinced anything NEAR what some of you have on
here! I feel almost guilty to the fact that some of you are
having such a difficult time with this medication. I too,
have talked with some people in circles who have, or have
known people that have tried this medicine, but have had some
issues with it. Nancy, im sorry your husband has had these
issues. Has he been on antidepressants before chantix? I have
been on zoloft for about 3 or 4 years, so maybe that has helped
me stay emotionally connected. I will update in another week
or so, good luck to all and have a safe 4th of July!
My husband took Chantix for 2 weeks and has now been off
of it for 2 weeks. He is depressed as well. Not as bad as
last week where he would cry out of nowhere but is still in
a bad funk. He is very withdrawn and can not focus on a thought.
I am also wondering how long it takes for this medication
to get out of his system. Wondering if this gets resolved
over time or does he need a therapist to get through this???
Per my persuasion my husband went to a psychiatrist - turns
out he is going through manic depression. He never had a history
of any sort of depression before. Doctor is not sure how long
this will last or if it will occur again later in life. He
has been prescribed seroquil and a low dosage of alprazolam.
My husband has been very honest with me regarding his feelings
and thoughts which is putting me through major anxiety. I
have done some research about manic depression and it is a
pretty nasty and scary thing. I put my full faith and trust
in God and pray that this will pass. I want my husband back!!
It kills me that this drug is being prescribed and putting
so many people in harm!!
|I stopped smoking using Champix/Chantix.
I took it for two months, experienced many of the noted, not
to mention, almost unbearably unpleasant, side effects, but
then started coughing up small amounts of blood, which made
me half the dosage that I then halved again and again till,
after three months, I did not use it anymore. Five months plus
a week or so later I'm still smoke and nicotine free.
I would never, never have taken this, very effective anti-smoking,
but also very dangerous in others ways drug for more than three
months. The side effects are daunting and two months after cessation,
I am still experiencing some of the side effects.
I think that Pfizer ought to make it a priority to advice people
taking this drug that must taper off slowly and steadily and
not just quit cold turkey, which will produce an intense desire
to smoke again.
|Being a survivor of Lipitor,
I know the how side effects are hidded by it's makers. When
Chantix came out, I was ready to try it until I found out who
made it. Then I got on the internet and researched side effects/problems
forums and guess what? The side effects are pretty much the
same that I had and am still having on and off Lipitor.
My qestion is this, what COMMON igredient is in both these drugs
you make that are causing these side effects?
How can 2 drugs have the same side effects on so many people?
|Bryan - This is my update, which
is very similar to yours. I have not had even one cig this whole
month. I agree about exercising feeling better. I have not gained
any weight either. I cut down to 1/2 mg at night, which helps
me sleep better, but still take 1mg during the day. I feel lucky
too that I have not had some of the symptoms listed here. My
reward is going to an Inn that I always wanted to stay in, but
couldn\'t, because the whole building is smoke free. Now that
I am smoke free, I get to stay there! WOOOHOOO!
My first post was on June 2nd. I now have officially reached
day 20 WITHOUT a cig. I have had very very minimal side effects
including nausea for about 15-20 min. after a dose WITH food
and some cool vivid dreams! They do not bother me seriously!
I guess im fortunate not to have had some of the side effects
that some have posted on here. In fact, I have now managed to
cut back from 2 doses a day, to just 1 in the evening! I have
been working on reprogramming my habits to do different things.
I went out and bought a 450 dollar mountain bike, part as a
reward, and part as a reminder that I am taking a stance towards
no smoking... for good. I enjoy everything that I am relearning!
For instance, food taste better, showers feel better, excercising
feels so much better. I have had 0 weight gain. So far so good!
|After 4 weeks on Chantix, my
mild "disorientation" turned into 2 full-blown, unstoppable
panic attacks. I've never in my life experienced anything like
it - I was terrified that it would lead to something worse.
I stopped Chantix, and the frightening mood swings disappeared.
I'm still not smoking, but the emotional cost wasn't something
I'd do again.
|When i first started taking
Chantix everything was fine. Very soon after thouh is when the
night terrors started.
The vivid awful dreams combined with the excruciating pain caused
by these pills are not worth it. I am off them and would rather
die of lung cancer than have this stuff mess with my brain receptors
and leave me a non smoking wreck for the rest of my pitiful
|I took Chanix for a month, but
stopped and started smoking again when I got meralgia paresthetica.
At the same time, I started having symptoms of hypothyroidism
(achy joints, slow colonic motility, tired, weight gain). These
were the same symptoms I had about a year and a half earlier
during a 3.5-week Sythroid (L-thyroxine) withdraw following
a total thyroidectomy. After the withdraw, I never skipped a
dose of Synthroid, and I took it properly except for taking
it at about the same time as my morning Chantix. A few weeks
after stopping Chantix, my 6-month blood test confirmed hypothroidism
with an elevated TSH. Could Chantix interfere with the effectiveness
Other than those problems, which may or may not be related to
Chantix, the drug worked well and entertained me with interesting
|I started taking Chantix on
May 2, 2007 and also quit smoking on this day. Approximately
2 days later my neck started hurting (stiff). I thought since
the Chantix was really working, a little stiff neck was nothing
to worry about and something I could handle. The day before
Mother's Day 2007, May 12th, I was having severe neck pain.
On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13th, we had about an hour and
a half ride home from my mother's house. I was in excruciating
pain from my neck and since then the pain has not gone away.
I have also been suffering from blinding headaches that I feel
are from the stiff neck. I have been taking 4 aspirins in the
A.M. and 4 in the P.M. Occasionally I will take a pain killer.
I don't particularly like taking pain killers. They make me
feel funny, but it does relieve the pain. So does the aspirin,
but for obvious reasons, I don't like taking that either. I
have been to the emergency room for this and to my doctor's.
Both have said they do not think it is the Chantix. I do. Since
May 4th, two days after taking the Chantix my neck has been
really hurting me and keeping me up at night, today is June
16th. I stopped taking the Chantix on May 12th. One would think
it would be out of my system by now. Perhaps it is, but this
stiff neck will not go away!
|I had severe muscle and joint
pain. Got very depressed and had heart palpitations. Bones hurt
so bad I thought I had bone cancer.
I am on Day 13 and have been smoke free for 5 days. I was
a "pack a day" smoker. I didn't want to quit and
dreaded it and truly believed I would fail this time. I still
can't believe how on the 8th day is was so easy for me not
to smoke compared to quitting other times and how much easier
it still is. There just is not a bad craving like I expected.
I drove in my car yesterday for 5 hours and normally go through
almost a pack of cigarettes on this typically boring drive.
I was surprised how I was able to not smoke the whole trip.
However, over the last couple of days I am feeling very tired
and today I am very sleepy. I am hoping this won't continue
but so far not smoking is worth it. I am worried about not
being able to stop the Chantix but I can say on some nights
I have nearly forgotten to take it. So it's not like I am
watching the clock for the next time I take the pill. I still
think about the cigarettes constantly but don't want to smoke
one. I miss it very much but hopefully can continue to get
through this without any more side effects from the drug.
I do have some shoulder and back aches today but will wait
and see if they get worse. Again, I am still so surprised
at how easy it was for me to just stop so I hope I can manage
any side effects that may come and don\'t have major withdrawal
from the Chantix.
At this point I would recommend anyone considering not smoking
at least try this to see how you do. Smoking is so bad for
us, to me temporary side effects are better than pushing around
an oxygen tank!
|Was on Chantix 2-1/2 weeks.
Have quit taking it today due to severe hip pain and body aches.
Disappointed this product did not work for me; instead am now
determined to quit by sheer willpower. Just hope this drug does
give me permanent damage.
|I've been using Chantix for
12 days, I only took 1mg so far, because I'm afraid of side
effects. I'm still smoking same as before. I guess I really
need to up to the 2mg. Also yesturday didn't feel well so I
didn't take any, this am I took 1/2 and tonight I'm going to
take tho whole pill. Wish me luck, I hope it starts working.
|I am on day 10 on Chantix but
only taking 1 mg. a day. Two days ago I started having very
vivid disconnected dreams and I am having a lot of gas. I smoked
1 cig today and really didn't want that. I am kind of afraid
to increase the dose because of the side affects. Anyone having
|I took Chantix for 6 days and
stopped due to severe mouth pain...surreal mindset...major ringing
in my ears...extreme fatigue...the ringing in my ears scared
me the most...Wrong Diagnosis.com...has other people with very
negative experiences while taking this drug...side effects are
different for each person so be careful and remember we do not
know the long term effects...good luck to every one.
|Started Chantix on 5/7 and have
been smoke-free since 5/22. I was a 2 to 3 pack a day smoker
for 20 years. Like others have said, Chantix makes it almost
too easy to quit. I\'ve had some cravings, but nothing compared
to previous attempts. Chantix just really takes away the desire
I have had some side effects. Some I\'ve been able to remedy
or tolerable; others I\'m hoping will go away after the three
months on the pill. I was one that had severe nausea. It didn\'t
matter what I did or how much I ate/drank. After I\'d take
that 1-milligram pill, I was down for the count for at least
a couple hours. I was able to eliminate the nausea by splitting
the pills in half and taking a half with breakfast, with lunch,
with dinner and at bedtime.
I\'ve also had trouble with joint pain, particularly my knee,
since the very first pill, which increased substantially when
I began taking two 1-milligram pills per day (split in halves
or not). I\'ve found that a half milligram at break, lunch
and dinner (so 1 1/2 milligrams per day) has decreased the
pain to tolerable levels.
The only alcohol I seem to enjoy anymore is wine, preferably
with dinner. I used to enjoy imported beer and vodka, and
both of those now taste really different and not very good.
Wine is wonderful, tho.
I\'ve had days where I\'m very hungry, but I\'m really not
eating as much as I thought I would or have on previous attempts.
I feel so bloated, tho! I look like a balloon. Honestly, I
think it\'s gas. I\'d hoped it would go away after a week
or two being quit, but I might need to invest in some Beano
I agree with all the other posters who said it\'s great being
|I am 19 days smoke free and
I am absolutely amazed. I am so proud of myself. I never thought
I could do this and I couldn\'t have done it without Chantix.
We have a little blue pill miracle! I see people come out of
stores and light up and think: that used to be me. It will never
be me again! I still get the cravings but i move past them.
It was scary to quit and then one day it became easier. I don\'t
want to go through it again. I am happily a Non-Smoker now and
I love this!
|I took Chantix for 7 days and
quit smoking 3/3/07. I tried everything over the years, and
failed everything. I stopped Chantix early because of insomnia.
I have been off the pill for 5 weeks. I had cut down to 1mg
in the am and 1/2 in the late afternoon. Then just continued
a slow wean from then on. Some craves, some really bad craves,
but they all come and go. You have to work at staying quit for
a long time. I smoked over 50 years and now I am done forever!
|I have been on Chantix for 13
days and have not smoked any for 6 days. I smoked for nearly
40 years and this is the first time I have actually quit. Things
that have helped: When I really feel like I need a cigarette,
I chew on a clove. This also keeps me from increasing my food
intake. I hold a cinnamon stick while driving. I used to take
two breaks at work to smoke. Now during break I run down the
stairs to the treadmill. I have not gained any weight and I
feel absolutly great. My red eye cleared up and my skin is already
smoother. It has been difficult, but I couldn\'t have done it
|I took Chantix for 3 months.
I did have many of the nasty side effects, but figured it was
worth it. But when I finished the 3 months, the cravings came
back. Really strong. After 3 days I got another month supply
of Chantix and weaned off with 3/4 pill morning and night for
about 10 days, then 1/2 pill morning and night, then 1/2 pill
morning only. It worked. I think Pfizer should definitely tell
people to wean off of Chantix. And why does it say if you\'ve
completed 3 months you should do another 3 months? My Doctor
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