My experience with CHANTIX

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        Hi LCB family.
              I know alot of us are smokers. I also know alot of us have tried to quit in the past and failed. Myself included. 
        Just last week my doctor perscribed me CHANTIX. It is that new drug to help you quit smoking by working on the nicotine receptors in your brain.
        I heard all about the side effects that are possible with this drug. Some are quite serious actually.  I am on the watch for depression,  or suicidal thoughts, and vivid dreams.  (another side effect possible is GAS. hahahahahahahaha. GREAT!!!)

        I started this drug on the fourth of November.
        You start out with just a small 0.5mg dose a day for 3 days, then gradually increase the dosage according to the instructions.

        The thing I like about this drug so far is you can continue to smoke on it for appx a week, but then you must eventually quit and let the drug do it's work.

        So far it has not done anything except make me dream crazy. Now they are not nightmares, just a the most vivid, realistic dreams I have ever experienced.  I dream about people I have not seen or talked to in years. I dream of things that arent possible, yet they happen in my dreams.  I tell you, it is a bit of a concern as the dose increases, if these dreams get any more crazy than they already are.  So the side effect about dreaming we have all heard rings true for me as well.
        I have not decreased my smoking, nor has my desire to smoke left me at all. Again, it has only been a few days, but I just wanted to give my account of the drug incase anyone else out there was considering it.


        Thanks for letting me share, and I'll update you all in the next few days and let you know how it is going. Who knows, maybe I'll just posts my dreams every day. They certainly are entertaining if nothing else.


                                                            PMM
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        Hey PMM, thanks 4 the info..... I've been smoking since I was 16..... I'm now 43     I always said I'd quit when I decided 2 have a baby, but....... as fate would have it, Bruce & I met later in life & have opted not 2 have children............ !!!!!!!!  So there goes my last excuse!!  I've known a couple people who took Chantix, & the reactions have varied.  One friend stopped taking it when he started having ideations of killing his wife.... oy!!!!  I'll b SO curious 2 know how it goes 4 u!  I would LOVE 2 quit if 4 no other reason than health, but I SO LOVE MY MARLBOROS   GOOD LUCK
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        Well, that's interesting. I'd wait till I got ins, but that might be a plus for me...

        Been smoking solid since 17 and now 49.
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          Alot of insurance companies are not covering it, yet I was so fortunate, and it was covered by mine 100%.  I counted my blessings at that moment. Just the starter pack (the first month) was $143.00.

        This just has to work for me.  I too have been smoking since I was 18, and I turned 41 in May. I smoke two packs of Camels a day. Not good. My blood pressure is still good, but who knows how long that will last at this rate.

        Yes, the side effects can be quite severe I hear. I am anxious about taking a higher dose.  The biggest safety net is just to be aware of the possibilities of what could happen. Just being on the lookout for it.
        Regardless of the risks, I just have to try. 


                              Thanks for the responses gang....

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        Good luck to you PMM. I have the phamphlet sitting in a draw...maybe it will be my New Year's Resolution!!

        Keep us posted and take care of yourself. Watch for the side effects and stop asap if you don't feel good.

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        PMM2008 wrote:

        Hi LCB family.
              I know alot of us are smokers. I also know alot of us have tried to quit in the past and failed. Myself included. 
        Just last week my doctor perscribed me CHANTIX. It is that new drug to help you quit smoking by working on the nicotine receptors in your brain.
        I heard all about the side effects that are possible with this drug. Some are quite serious actually.  I am on the watch for depression,  or suicidal thoughts, and vivid dreams.  (another side effect possible is GAS. hahahahahahahaha. GREAT!!!)

        I started this drug on the fourth of November.
        You start out with just a small 0.5mg dose a day for 3 days, then gradually increase the dosage according to the instructions.

        The thing I like about this drug so far is you can continue to smoke on it for appx a week, but then you must eventually quit and let the drug do it's work.

        So far it has not done anything except make me dream crazy. Now they are not nightmares, just a the most vivid, realistic dreams I have ever experienced.  I dream about people I have not seen or talked to in years. I dream of things that arent possible, yet they happen in my dreams.  I tell you, it is a bit of a concern as the dose increases, if these dreams get any more crazy than they already are.  So the side effect about dreaming we have all heard rings true for me as well.
        I have not decreased my smoking, nor has my desire to smoke left me at all. Again, it has only been a few days, but I just wanted to give my account of the drug incase anyone else out there was considering it.


        Thanks for letting me share, and I'll update you all in the next few days and let you know how it is going. Who knows, maybe I'll just posts my dreams every day. They certainly are entertaining if nothing else.


                                                            PMM


        Good luck Pam!

        Doesn't sound too bad..most meds have a lot of side effects.  I would try that one just for the vivid dreams alone!  Sounds cool.  I love vivid dreams.
        I used to have them a lot..just haven't had enough sleep to have them lately.
        Can't believe you smoke Camels   I smoked them years ago...you have a good reason to quit!!  Hope it works for you this time.
            Nal
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        Good luck on your journey to a smoke-free life.  This is a great step you are taking, and I wish you all the luck in the world. 
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        Wow Pam  - this sounds like a really scary drug to me.  I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole but that's my personal opinion.  The fact that it could make you suicidal or that you could become depressed and/or have these vivid dreams, which you already are having (the vivid dreams that is), would be a huge worry to me.  

        Once you've taken them for a month, what happens then?  Do you stop taking them or do you have to "come down" to get off them i.e. reverse the dosage and drop it  and then stop?  What would happen if you stopped taking these pills straight away? If you haven't stopped smoking and you are still taking them, then is it really working?

        Have you tried nicotine patches?

        What ever you do Pam, I do wish you success in your quest to give up.

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        PMM,

        Good Luck  ...........Be Safe..........keep us posted.:)
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        Morning Gang:

             Just an update about my CHANTIX experience.

        I am on day 8 today, and I start my 2mg tablet, twice a day instead of the 1mg I have been taking.  As of now, the dreams have subsided.  I have a feeling they will be back though with this new higher dose I begin taking today.
        As of right now, the desire to smoke has not been any less at all. Again, when I start this higher dose, I may see that change.

        This is a three month program, and I dont know exactly how one gets off this drug when they are done with the perscription. I dont know if it is a gradual thing, or once your done, your done, and there are no withdrawl side effects.  I see the doctor on the 23rd of this month, and that is something I most certainly am going to ask her.

        I did have a few days were I felt rather down, but I cannot say it was from the drug or just outside factors. I am a very happy person, and for me to feel "blue" is odd.  Yet, it was nothing like they speak of, feeling suicidal or anything like that.

        I have exactly 10 cigarettes left. By the time folks read this I will likely be out. Thats it for me, I will let the drug take over and hopefully I do not have the desire to smoke anymore.  

        I cant tell you all enough how I appreciate the well wishes you have sent my way. It is so appreciated.
        I'll update again in a few days.

                                                                             PMM
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        I hope all goes well and you keep us posted so we know u are ok.....

        Take care ,

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        Keep up the fight Pam,

        As all of us smokers knows..it is the toughest habit to break, i thought going from regulars down to lights and finally to ultra lights was a step in the right direction.

        I went for my yearly physical yesterday and the doc said the ONLY good thing to do is to quit.

        Best of luck Pam.

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        Well here I am,I have been about 8hrs without a smoke. I can tell you I feel the need to smoke really bad. This drug is not doing what ever it is supposed to be doing. Perhaps it will get better tomorrow.  Perhaps I smoke to much, and need a higher dose. All I know is I want to smoke.
            Oh, and by the way, I took a nap today, and the dreams are back. They are so real. I can smell the flowers in my dreams.  Hear the peoples voices after I wake up. I can feel the people when I touch them, just like in real life.  This last dream I was flying, in an airplane, and I felt the plane lift off, and my stomach dropped.  It was so real. Pretty amazing to feel considering I have never flown in real life.  I almost dread going to sleep tonight. I just never know who or what my dreams will be of next. Yet I have to keep trying to let this drug work.

        No worries gang: Besides some bad dreams, and feeling pretty cranky with no nicotine in my system, I am fine.

                                    Stay Tuned:
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        Glad you are persevering Pam.  I really hope it does work for you and all your dreams are happy ones.

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        Keep it up Pam! 

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