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Old 10-28-2010, 07:26 PM
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Well after years of nagging from my wife about smoking my daughter finally did what no one else has been able to do. She is 5 and with her brothers help with spelling wrote me the sweetest most heart felt note begging me to please quit smoking. So todayI went to see my doctor for some help to quit and he has prescribed me Chantix. Have any of you guys used Chantix and did you have success? Ive heard some people have side effects and some dont seem to. Anybody got any first hand experience taking it?
Old 10-28-2010, 07:31 PM
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The side effects on the TV ad for it are pretty scary. I've never smoked so I don't understand the craving but it's tough to imagine smoking could have that much of a control over you where you need a drug with all those possible side effects. So I have in no way answered your question.
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Smoke free for well over a year after smoking since I was 13 (I'm 41) used the patch for 1 1/2 weeks. It's all mind power. Good luck!!
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Chantix sucks,jittery,weird dreams!! Quit cold turkey. I wouldnt recommend Chantix to anyone
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Quit twenty years ago after a three pack a day habit. Used an over the counter filter reduction system. Quit during the second week in a three week program after finding out that Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer. It took a big shock to make me see the light.

My son also was nagging me to quit too. Good luck.
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Chantix is the only thing that I found that got me to quit smoking. i reduced my habit from a pack and a half a day to about 4 cigs. Held that for 2 months, and gradually got down to none. Took Chantix for 6 months before I finally quit. Great dreams for awhile. i tried everything to quit, but Chantix is the only thing that pysically reduced the craving
Old 10-29-2010, 02:52 AM
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chantix worked for me...well kind of. I could only take it for a month. After that and it just made me want to throw up. no way to take it anymore so i stopped but the craving to smoke didnt come back. Been a year and a half and all is well. A friend who smoked for 40 years just passed away of lung cancer and it was pretty bad to watch so I dont think I'll go back to it.
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Smoked Marlboros for 30+ years and quit almost 4 years ago after taking Chantix - worked well enough for me. Whatever works is worth it.
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Chantix worked for me. Make sure you eat something before taking the pills. Otherwise you will get an upset stomach. Great dreams, no other side affects for me.
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I know a few people who have had success and no side effects... I wish it were the case for me.

I had all of them - nausea, wired, jittery, on edge, woke up feeling like I had not been to sleep; the only one that wasn't to bad was the dreams - pink elephants and all..... It did help with the smoking; I stopped craving them but still smoked them out of habit but they were just not the same.

make sure you have something on your stomach and take them per the directions. ween yourself on and off of it. I just quit taking it one day - the way my emotions were swinging you would have thought I was PMSing.

Good Luck.
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No personal experience, but one of my good friends used chantix to successfully quit smoking, although he did have weird dreams and psychological affects. Nothing permanent and probably better that he doesn’t smoke anymore, especially since he has a baby on the way.
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Used Chantix and after smoking for 50 years quit in 3 weeks. The dreams were something else however. My younger brother also used it and quit 3 months before I did and it had the same affect on him.
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It worked for me after being addicted to Nicotine for many years.

Just understand the side effects beforehand and you'll be fine. I was told by the pharm rep before I started that no matter how bad the side effect of this pill is, it can't compare to any of the harm that smoking does to you. If you really want to quit then you should be able to try anything, then try Chantix, it can't kill you right?

Good luck and happy dreams!
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Dreams were wild but I quit with Chantix. It was three years this October after 15 years of atleast a pack a day.
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After smoking for years I stopped in 1997 for the next eight years by using the nicotene patch. Shortly after stopping had to have a stent put in and like a dummy started back smoking for the past 3 years.
Using the Chantix now and the dreams are unreal. Like everyone is saying, it can't hurt you any worse than what you are doing now. My heart doc prescribed it for me this time. Good Luck!!
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Neighbor used Chantix for a while and started getting kind of... let's say, morbidly minded (PSYCHO!) - he quit Chanitix pretty quick.
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Went cold turkey 2 months ago after Camels for 45 years, no aids of any kind. It has been easier than I thought, but fear is a great motivator, and a trip to the vascular surgeon can be a pretty scary experience. I developed an arterial blockage in my left leg causing severe cramping after walking a short distance. Getting old can really suck some days. Good luck.
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Oh yeah, I went cold turkey as well... When you put your mind to it, it's not that bad - but the first 72-96 are a bitch. After that, it just keeps getting easier as long as you don't backslide and give in to the habitual urge to light up.
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I used Chantix about 3 years ago. I couldn't take the side effects after 2 weeks and just went cold turkey. I've never taken LSD but after Chantix I know I never will. The dreams were off the freaking wall. Scary too, not pleasant dreams. It also gave me really bad dry mouth.
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Originally Posted by blackswamp View Post
Went cold turkey 2 months ago after Camels for 45 years, no aids of any kind. It has been easier than I thought, but fear is a great motivator, and a trip to the vascular surgeon can be a pretty scary experience. I developed an arterial blockage in my left leg causing severe cramping after walking a short distance. Getting old can really suck some days. Good luck.
Welcome to the club blackswamp. Same cigarette and close to the same problem but had to get an artificial Aorta made of dacron. Had a blockage where the artery split to go to the legs and the doc said it was from smoking as the blockage was hard and brown like nicotine. Does motivate the hell out of you to quit smoking doesn't it.

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