I have been on chantix today is the 8th day, so today is the day with no smoking, but I feel so yuk, can not sleep at night so that worries me and then my anxiety starts. Bad dreams or dumb ones. And I kinda want a cig right now, i don't know if it is because I know it will relax me or what. But the yuk feeling is driving me crazy how long does this last??
Hang in there. The first day is the hardest,but think of how proud you'll be when you wake up tomorrow....smoke FREE.
Insomnia and dreams are part of withdrawals, and side effects. I ended up cutting my dose back to 1 mg in the morning, but I was in week two. I am a month quit, and my sleeping is almost back to normal. For awhile I didn't think I was going to make it either, but I knew I had to quit and really wanted it, so I had some sleepless nights...but more importantly, I had smoke free days.
You are strong, and you will do GREAT!
keep coming back....it's a great support group here....they helped me a lot (and still do!)
Hi Alicia: Congrats on your decision to become a quitter! That's great. Everyone seems to have some of the same side effects and everyone seems to have different ones. I had no problem w/ not being able to sleep. Rather, I couldn't get enough sleep. The side effects - for me, anyway - were about gone on the 11th day. Something that worked for me at the very beginning was lots of deep breathing and chewing gum....if I had a particularly strong urge to smoke. I also kept telling myself (and still do, for that matter) that a cigarette wouldn't solve anything going on in my life. I'm addicted to nicotine and one cigarette will take me right back to where I was before. I don't want that! I love being a non-smoker.
Like someone else said, come to this Board and write down what you're feeling if you think you just have to have a cigarette. That will help. The people here are great.
Hi Alicia.....feeling yuk is no fun, but it is way better than smoking! I am so happy I decided to quit - and it's been 3 weeks, 3 days, etc. This Friday will be one month smoke-free and it's so hard to believe. Those first few days were really tough. I was online 24/7 and talking to my sis and hubby all the time about their quits - we all quit together.
You will get thru this rough patch - it's tough but just be strong. I gets easier and easier. Sleep was hard for me too - and it drove me up the wall - but I didn't crave the smokes - which was good. Lots of cleaning went on, cleaned out drawers and pantries and clothes and detailed cars. Just keep yourself busy no matter what it is.
Good luck to you and keep coming back here - this board is wonderful support for you - anytime of the day or night....
Alicia you are a real trooper there! All of us wrote how bad we felt, and all kinds of mean words, and you say you feel "yuk". Too cute, but yes, all of us had some type of not quite right feeling, but most of it passed by the second week or so. I kind of tried to look at it as that was how my body was getting rid of nicotene. For whatever good that does for you, but smoking had become such a routine and part of everything I did, the side effects of Chantix were different, and the smokes didn't taste the same, etc. You may just need to try to sleep as much as you can. Drink lots of water, and ditto what everyone else said. Just try to get through ONE day, just 24 long hours, and it will get better. If today wasn't the day, then try for tomorrow, and don't think some people here didn't wait a day or two either. But if you haven't had a smoke yet today, OMG don't have one now! You are almost one day quit then. Let us know how you are doing.
Thank all of you, I need this...... Well I can honstly say I DID NOT HAVE ONE AT ALL TODAY. I still feel alittle yuck but not bad, I have alittle nervous feeling but I think tonight I will take something tonight cause I think I need it. I also bought suckers today lol. I will let you know how it goes tom. But one day is pretty good so far .
That first day is soooooo hard. And you made it throught it!! Congratulations!!!
You are going to have nicotine withdrawal, but since you are on the Chantix, it won't be as bad as if you were going cold turkey.
Drink LOTS of water!! It will help flush the nicotine out of your body. Also it helps with the side effects of the Chantix.
Suckers are gooooood!! Just be careful and don't eat too many in one day. Calories!!! They are really good when you are in the car. But so is fruit. I ate a lot of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Still do!! Sugar free peppermint makes your breath smell good!!
Come on back here an post anytime you are feeling like you need a cigarette, or you need to complain, or you need to have something to do with your hands. The people on this board are the best on the Internet. They will help get you through the tough times.
Talked to the dr. last night, and told him how I was feeling so yuck, he told me to try to skip days he said he had someone else that felt like this so that is what they are doing and doing great, he said we will try that and if that does not work we will cut dose. But I can tell you right now, this morning I am not even wanting one at all. So we will see how the day goes.
thank you and way to go, well it is my second day I did not take any pills and I did not feel yuck today . I have to take them tom and I am not looking forward to that But I can tell yall that I did not even want to smoke again so two days down. Well way to go to all of you. It is great to talk to yall, I have new best friends.
Sounds like you have a plan. Good!!
And way to go on day two. Remember it's one day at a time.
You can do this. I haven't told anyone the motto lately. Want to hear it?
Smoking is no longer an option. Just keep telling yourself that.
Let's see now....after 8 hours without a cigarette the carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal and the oxygen level in blood increases to normal. Sounds pretty good, huh?
After 24 hours without a cigarette your chance of having a heart attach decreases.
After 48 hours without a cigarette the nerve endings start regrowing. Your ability to smell and taste is enhanced. That's always good!!
After 2 weeks without a cigarette your circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Lung function increases.
From 1 to 9 months...coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases.
1 year....excess rish of heart disease is decreased to half of that of a smoker.
Well you know that I was telling yall the dr. told me to skip days cause I was feeling yuck, well was suppose to take the pills yesterday and decided not to cause I did not want to feel yuck, and I did great so far without it, keeping them on hand just in case, but today is my 4th day.
Good for you Allie!! Some people may not need the pills! You can quit all by yourself if you have strong willpower, which sounds like what you're doing. If the pills are making you feel yuk, then by all means, don't take them. I took them for 2 weeks, but then quit taking them, and I have been just fine. NO ill effects from them, and no cravings to smoke either. I think everyone is different. Maybe some people need the pills as their crutch to get thru. I don't like taking medication, so I wanted off them as soon as possible. So far, it's working great for me.
Good luck to and congrats on Day 4!! It gets easier and easier as each day passes.
I have been smoke free for 6 weeks today, I did not think I could have done it this far, I have smoked for over 30 years, and never thought I would quit as many times as I said I wanted to. I tried chantix that lasted a couple of days becuause of the side effects, I decided to quit cold turkey, best thing I ever did, my withdrawls are lasting longer than I thought though, and I think I got all of them. But I tell myself everyday the reason I have quit and it works.
Believe me their are times when I feel like pulling into a store to get a pack and then as quick as the notion comes it leaves. We are all in this together and we can do it.
Good for you girl!!! Day 4 without a cigarette is WONDERFUL!!I'm so proud of you. You are doing this on you own!!!!!!
Give yourself a big pat on the back. You deserve it. Keep up the good work. PLEASE let us know how you are doing. Keep posting!!
I love to see people succeed!!
Welcome to you!! Glad to have you here!! Quitters are always welcome.
Six weeks smoke free is SUPER!!! Congratulations to you!! And you are doing it all on your own. You are so much stronger that I was.
Now don't you dare pull into that store unless it is for a candy bar or a coke!! If you've been reading this message board for any time at all, you know what I say: Smoking is no longer an option!! When the urge hit just repeat this. Another thing to keep in mind: The cravings will pass whether you smoke or not. So let them pass without smoking!!!!
Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Well I can not believe this, but after I talk to the dr the 8th day of taking the pill and told him I felt yuck and he told me to skip days, well the 9 th day came where I needed to skip and no feeling yuck so the 10 th day came not wanting to take a pill cause I knew what it was going to do to me so I decided not to take it, have not taking a pill since the 8th day, I am not craving them or anything it has been a week and a day. I did tell the dr if I start gaining weight I will start again, lol . Have a great day