Angel

Trent, TX

#1625 May 22, 2008
heather wrote:
Donna-
Did you find any answers?
I bought cinniamon tooth picks at a health food store.... I wanted to say I was on Chantix and I took it for a month and a half the side efects were bad i was sick to my stomache in the morning i would have to take exlax every weekend to keep my self going but I knew that smoking was much worse. I do believe if you want to quit bad enough you can do this change your habbits i bought me a NDS game system. I bought games that i could play like suduko and any puzzle games. When i felt that I wanted to go smoke I would set down and play a game until the feeling passed. I will tell you my last cig. was 31st of January 2008. Thanks to the American Lung Association 1-800-548-8252. Now I have no desire for a cigaret. I dont even thank of one now, even when i am around it.You can do it Just remember how nasty they were when you were on the CHantix.. I pray for you It was hard but you Stick with it and the feeling for one will go away ...
TalleyLeigh

Grand Prairie, TX

#1626 May 22, 2008
april SEATTLE wrote:
DOES ANYONE KNOW THE MAX LENGTH TIME FOR CHANTIX PRESCIPTION ?
The prescription is for a month. You are supposed to take it for 3 months per the perscription. Some people take it longer and some not as long. Hope that helps.
TalleyLeigh

Grand Prairie, TX

#1627 May 22, 2008
You know what, I just re-read what you typed and realized that was not what you were asking, sorry. I do not know what the max time is.
ANTY JAMES

San Francisco, CA

#1628 May 27, 2008
I am in week 9 of Chantix treatment, and it is working very well for the smoking. However, I tend to think the psychological side effects of depression, lack of focus, anxiety, etc... get worse with each week. The nausea is usually short lived, and it can be much reduced by taking the early dose with a full meal.

They say you can drink on Chantix; unlike Welbutrin; however, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND avoiding too much alcohol intake, at least excessive intake, as it can greatly heighten the depressive effects. Furthermore, I recommend adding a sensible exercise routine to this treatment. This will absolutely reduce the psychological issues. It also helps you sleep better. And, it gives you a new, healthy focus that can become part of a long term healthier lifestyle.

But hang in there. I'm almost done, and I haven't smoked in almost 2 months now! It's worth it. Just talk yourself out of the depression, telling yourself it's all in your head from the pills. Be kind to your friends and lovers, and get your butt on the treadmill.
Jodi

Bethlehem, PA

#1629 May 27, 2008
In November 2007 I started Chantix. It worked well for quiting smoking for me. However, I started having physchological problems taking it. For some weird reason I was having intense feelings that I was going to die. Everyday it got worse. I became obsessed with it. Nothing like that ever happened to me before. My doctor had me stop the Chantix after 2 months. So I didn't do the whole 3 months. I weaned myself slowly. And sure enough the feelings went away. It was so strange. I still am smoke-free but I think it is can be a dangerous medicine.
Gianni

Chatham, NY

#1630 May 29, 2008
Mike221 wrote:
<quoted text> Best topics for this would be
http://www.topix.net/forum/law/healthcare/T21...
http://www.topix.net/forum/law/healthcare/TVF...
The only problems I had was withdrawal and joint pain in my one hand. The withdrawal came from quiting the Chantix cold turkey and others have had this problem too. This consisted of horrible anxiety and depression but only affected a minority of people. Best thing to do is to discus these problems with your Dr. I know some have cut their dosage in half because of some problem while on the full dosage Again, its best to talk to your Dr about any changes first. Maybe someone else will have better advice but again try the boards. The August one(1st link) above has a lot of Chantix users there.
This is all very interesting. I don't do western med at all but do smoke unfiltered roll your own organic tobacco. I would like to quit but love to smoke. None of these side effects were mentioned by my Naturopath/Allopathic Doctor and I grilled her. She said there were no side effects. Period.
I do not trust big pharma and have a research background. It all really seemed too easy and the toxicity of taking pharms is not fully or fairly disclosed to the 1000th power. No free lunch. Thanks for sharing your stories. Best.
Gianni

Chatham, NY

#1631 May 29, 2008
This is all very interesting. I don't do western med at all but do smoke unfiltered roll your own organic tobacco. I would like to quit but love to smoke. None of these side effects were mentioned by my Naturopath/Allopathic Doctor and I grilled her. She said there were no side effects. Period.
I do not trust big pharma and have a research background. It all really seemed too easy and the toxicity of taking pharms is not fully or fairly disclosed to the 1000th power. No free lunch. Thanks for sharing your stories. Best, Gianni
1231john

Vancouver, Canada

#1632 Jun 1, 2008
heather wrote:
Donna-
Did you find any answers?
I'm can't believe your doctor said dizziness wasn't part of the symptoms...sure was for me the first week...felt like I was balancing on a wharf in rough sees...leg pain for that week, but they stopped...now I'm stuck with hyperactivity during the day...mild but wild dreams druing my waking hours maybe the last 1-2 hours of sleep, but I do sleep 8-10 hours a night. However, I find if I'm late for a dose, say 2-3 hours, I'm in trouble...depression, anxiety, hopelessness, nothing suicidal though. keep your dosing regular, but if you're late for a dose, realize ow you feel is not normal and will go away. My only fear now is what happens when i stop the pill after 3 months? Am I headed for a psych ward?
Indiana

Rockford, IL

#1633 Jun 2, 2008
The NP at my physician's office recommended Chantix to me several months ago. I took it for about 2 weeks and found a STRONGER craving for cigarettes - although the vivid, intense dreams were actually pretty cool.
They then recommended it to my wife, who took it for about 2 months and was successful at weaning off of cigarettes - giving me hope to try it again. Please note that she is bi-polar and on Wellbutrin and Topomax.
To make a long story short, this "toxin" was counter-acting her other meds, actually increasing her down moods and I found myself going into a deep depression within days of starting the Chantix again. And if that was not enough, by wife has suddenly has an abnormal liver reading - not a problem when she started taking it, but now suddenly there.
I'm certain that it does work as intended for some people, but the side effects I've read about just in this site are enough evidence for me that this is a highly dangerous pharmaceutical that can have disasterous effects. Try anything else to quite smoking, but not Chantix!!!

I noticed, fter a few days, depression setting in - for no reason. My wife advised that she was also experiencing bouts of depression
exsmoker

Baraga, MI

#1634 Jun 2, 2008
I have been smoke free for a year and a half thanks to Chantix. I did have bad dreams and mild side effects while taking the drug. But after a year off the stuff I continue to have problems with memory, depression, thyroid, uncontrollable weight gain and my hands and feet. The Dr. has taken every blood test imaginable. I am being treated for depression and low thyroid. As I research on the internet to find an answer to why this is happening I am beginning to wonder if this is all because I took Chantix!
Jess-IS-a-Mess wrote:
<quoted text>
I started Chantix Aug 23 2007, quit ciggs on sept 11 2007 and the quit Chantix cold turkey on sept 21 2007. I had some side effects of bad dreams and anxiety and depression. The only thing left is the anxiety and depression. I never could tell if it did anything to my joints since I have had some problems due to a car accident a few years back but I do think the longer you take the more the odds are of permanent damage occuring in some shape or form. I for see a future law suit emerging!
Alex

Washington, DC

#1635 Jun 5, 2008
I took this stuff and I have been in the E.R twice, for the first time in my life! I am still wearing a heart monitor for the way my stuff was behaving, and and I collapsed in the Metro just before I stopped taking it! This Chantix stuff is crazy.
keepinfaith

Bluffton, OH

#1636 Jun 6, 2008
[UOTE who="Donna"AS TO YOUR CINNAMON TOOTHPICKS YOU CAN MAKE THEM YOURSELF..EVEN OTHER FLAVORS..MY MOM USED TO MAKE THEM LONG AGO...THEY DO STILL SELL THEM IN SMALL PLACES...BUT I HAVE MADE THEM YOU ONLY NEED THE SMALL BOTTLES OF FLAVORING THAT YOU MAKE CANDY FROM..YOU PUT IN PAN WITH FLAVORING AND DEPENDING ON STRENGTH DILUTE AND ADD TOOTHPICKS..LET TOOTHPICKS ABSORB FLAVOR MAKE A BUNCH..THEN BAKE IN OVEN FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES..PUT IN SEALED BAG AFTER COOLING ENJOY FOR MANY DAYS,,OR MONTHS...
kellie

Danville, IL

#1637 Jun 8, 2008
I too have been on chantix, it's my 4th week. The nausea has subsided, the mood swings are wild and at times out of my control. These days my husband stays far away from me because he knows I could go off at the drop of a hat and I've told him it's the medication. We have discussed this a couple of times and he agrees that I'am not the same person while taking chantix. I also feel heart palpitations, does anyone else? Do they get worse when you lay down? This is concerning. I never get a full nights sleep, I will pop right out of bed 5-6 times per night and be fully awake, although other times it's because I have to pee soooooo much! My husband even tells me I appear to have conversations with others in my sleep! Weird! All I know is that the benefits out weigh the risks in my situation so I will try my very best to go on 8 more weeks, but it is pure hell. Good luck!

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#1638 Jun 8, 2008
kellie wrote:
I too have been on chantix, it's my 4th week. The nausea has subsided, the mood swings are wild and at times out of my control. These days my husband stays far away from me because he knows I could go off at the drop of a hat and I've told him it's the medication. We have discussed this a couple of times and he agrees that I'am not the same person while taking chantix. I also feel heart palpitations, does anyone else? Do they get worse when you lay down? This is concerning. I never get a full nights sleep, I will pop right out of bed 5-6 times per night and be fully awake, although other times it's because I have to pee soooooo much! My husband even tells me I appear to have conversations with others in my sleep! Weird! All I know is that the benefits out weigh the risks in my situation so I will try my very best to go on 8 more weeks, but it is pure hell. Good luck!


Hi kellie - Was too long ago we were talking about having to get up so much at night to go pee on another thread here.

The talking in your sleep is probably from your dreams. Do you remember your dreams? Most of us had very vivid dreams that we remembered the next morning.

Because of my body size I only took half the prescribed amount - I think if I had taken the full dose I might have given it up because of the side effects. The half dose may have made me work harder at my quit but I'm past that point. Please read lots on this forum about weaning off Chantix - seems to be an important thing to do. I did the wean since I wasn't about to see what might happen if I didn't!

Today is a really slow day - there will be more people here in the evenings to respond to you. Post over on the "Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix" scroll down this page & click on it. It is a much more active thread.

Glad you've made it to the smoke free side.

I had smoked for 44 years & this is my first & last quit. I have been smoke free for 140 days & chantix free for 86 days. Tell us about you quit date, etc - we'll be here to help you.

Margaret

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#1639 Jun 8, 2008
Oops - was = wasn't

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#1640 Jun 8, 2008
Kellie - Have you talked to your doctor about the heart thing? It made me feel really uptight so maybe that could account for it but you need to talk to the doctor about your side effects.

Margaret
Cheryl

AOL

#1641 Jun 9, 2008
I have been on chantix about 3 weeks now . smoke free for one week and outside of feeling a little depressed i have not experienced any side effects. i went from 2 packs a day to no cigs in a week i dont think i could have ever done that witohut chantix
TDC

Saint Louis, MO

#1642 Jun 9, 2008
This medication turned my husband into a Jekyl/Hyde personality- he is totally irrational
and screamed at me to leave. I'm fed up of all of it: Chantix and just
CIGARETTES!! They ought to be illegal!!!!!!!
Donna wrote:
I am new on here and don't know where to put this. If it is in the wrong place I do apologize.
I have started Chantix. I was up to the 1MG two times a day when I really had alot of adverse reactions. With the initial amount I was very dizzy, headaches, mild nausea, very hot, fast heartbeat. On the 1MG twice a day I had all of the above plus feeling a very heavy feeling in chest, horrible dizziness, strange headaches, buzzing in the ears, my stomach felt like it was on fire. I took alot of tums. The Dr. put me back on the .05 twice a day yet I have not gotten away from the dizziness, nausea and I notice it appears as if when breathing it seems more difficult or heavy. And now I am getting a down feeling a stiff neck. The Dr. said dizziness didn't go along with the side effects, nor the fast heart beat but the being so hot could along with the bloated feeling. I asked what I could take for the nausea, she said Maalox. Does anyone have these symptoms and I am sure right now I have not listed all of them. I want to succeed at stopping smoking. I don't like this depressed feeling, the burning stomach, esophugus, dizziness, and now at times at bedtime my heart feels too slow. I haven't, knock on wood, had any vivid dreams yet. I hope I don't. I wonder if I should start this whole thing over from the beginning, meaning starting the Chantix, but first let my stomach rest. I have COPD and didn't know it until I had a brutal virus last summer which has made me use ADVAIR along with MaxAir. I need to stop smoking yet I tell people there is this urge, craving or need way down deep inside me for a cigerette. I had noticed I wasn't enjoying them as much when I was on the Chantix at first, now I am beginning to not notice much of a change.
Any suggestions, help, thoughts, opinions, please let me know. I am a person who has a very sensitive chemistry with medications I react the exact opposite as a person normally does. Normal, I am not as I have anxieties and I think an addictive personality.
Someone had mentioned cinnomon tooth picks, where could they be bought? I doubt any of our stores would have them.
victoria Dillon

Hungerford, UK

#1644 Jun 15, 2008
i started on chantix or champix as they are called in England. Please do not take them, i ended up suicidal on them with an admission of 2 weeks in hospital with clinical depression. I am usually quite an upbeat person, had a lot of knocks along the way, but you just dust yourself down and get on with it. I took chantix intermittently from last july , i would take them for 2-3 weeks even though it is suggested you should take the full twelve week course, anyhow i would stop and felt great, i would then end up have a bottle of wine and the cigarettes would come back out thus starting the cycle of smoking
yet again , i would then start a course of chantix again. i felt no symptoms of nausea or any of the other symptoms Donna has mentioned but have known others to have them, with regards to the depression i can only describe its like a light going out of you, a feeling of numbness, being within your own bubble, not wanting to participate in life, not finding no beauty in anything, not cleaning or even doing the basics i.e paying bills, opening letters, hoovering, tidying basically you just want to sleep all day and night...not good... i was at a stage trying to get my 2 children to hate me so it made it easier for me to end my life...these tablets should be banned....they turned my life upside down...i was already going through a custody battle with my ex when i was admitted into hospital with clinical depression, my ex obviously had to take care of the children when i was in their, i am still battling to get them back. i obviously stopped working because i could not get out of bed anymore,, i am only just starting to feel better i.e finding the beauty in nature and life once again..please i advise anyone never to take these tablets, look for other methods to stop smoking..chantix in the last 3 months have had to change the side effects listed on the packs. they now advise that their tablets can cause suicidal thoughts and depression,, i am just concentrating on getting my kids back, then i am taking them to court they are not getting away with the upheaval they have caused in my life and my children nearly being left without a mother...PLEASE ADVISE ANYONE AND EVERYONE TO NEVER TAKE THESE TABLETS..thanks
victoria Dillon

Hungerford, UK

#1645 Jun 15, 2008
i started on chantix or champix as they are called in England. Please do not take them, i ended up suicidal on them with an admission of 2 weeks in hospital with clinical depression. I am usually quite an upbeat person, had a lot of knocks along the way, but you just dust yourself down and get on with it. I took chantix intermittently from last july , i would take them for 2-3 weeks even though it is suggested you should take the full twelve week course, anyhow i would stop and felt great, i would then end up have a bottle of wine and the cigarettes would come back out thus starting the cycle of smoking
yet again , i would then start a course of chantix again. i felt no symptoms of nausea or any of the other symptoms Donna has mentioned but have known others to have them, with regards to the depression i can only describe its like a light going out of you, a feeling of numbness, being within your own bubble, not wanting to participate in life, not finding no beauty in anything, not cleaning or even doing the basics i.e paying bills, opening letters, hoovering, tidying basically you just want to sleep all day and night...not good... i was at a stage trying to get my 2 children to hate me so it made it easier for me to end my life...these tablets should be banned....they turned my life upside down...i was already going through a custody battle with my ex when i was admitted into hospital with clinical depression, my ex obviously had to take care of the children when i was in their, i am still battling to get them back. i obviously stopped working because i could not get out of bed anymore,, i am only just starting to feel better i.e finding the beauty in nature and life once again..please i advise anyone never to take these tablets, look for other methods to stop smoking..chantix in the last 3 months have had to change the side effects listed on the packs. they now advise that their tablets can cause suicidal thoughts and depression,, i am just concentrating on getting my kids back, then i am taking them to court they are not getting away with the upheaval they have caused in my life and my children nearly being left without a mother...PLEASE ADVISE ANYONE AND EVERYONE TO NEVER TAKE THESE TABLETS..thanks

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