Hi, I'm new here and would like to say I quit on Feb. 16th with the help of Chantix. Never, never thought I would quit. Am 54 and have been smoking about 30 yrs. I tried every other quitting product on the market, but Chantix definately did it. A few questions....I am so happy to be a quitter, but has anyone else felt rather lousy after stopping. It has been 5 weeks, and I am feeling like crap. Tired, a lot of heart palpatations. It is depressing to be so happy and yet not feeling very well. The other thing is......I have gained 15 pounds !!!! I was pretty thin to begin with but this eating thing is getting ridiculous Does this ease off, or am I going to end up on "weight watchers"?
Hi Marcie and welcome to this site. Congratulations on your quit too!!! I also don't think I could have quit without Chantix, it was my miracle drug. Are you still taking the 2 mg a day? I haven't had palpitations but have had a few other weird side effects. I don't even know how to describe them, but when I was taking the full dose I really didn't feel like myself. I cut back to 1 mg a day, and did very well with that. I have read a couple of other folks on here did the same thing. As far as weight watchers, I might have to be a dual user on these boards. One for not smoking, and one for not eating But that was another thing that improved on one pill a day. I was bloated, lots of gas (could of filled up the Hindenburg) and gained a couple of pounds. With one pill all of that is greatly improved! It might be worth a try. Anyways, again congratulations to you and welcome to the quitter's club.
Thank you for your quick reply. I forgot to mention one important fact....I stopped the Chantix after 2 weeks. It made me feel quite yucky too, so I stopped smoking after week 1 and stopped Chantix the following week. So it's not the Chantix that is making me feel lousy now. Got me ?????
I would tell you to most definitely check with your doctor, because it may not have anything to do with the Chantix or stopping smoking. Although the nicotene is out of your body in a couple of days, I have read that withdrawal can take several months. But I would tell anyone with your symptoms to get a check up. Just to be sure as you don't want to ignore something like that. Please let us know what happens though if you remember....
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Congratulations on quittin smoking! 5 weeks without a cigarette is WONDERFUL!!
It sound like you are still going through nicotine withdrawals. BUT to be sure, you need to contact your doctor about the symptoms. Get a check up. Most likely it is nothing, but better safe than sorry.
About the weight gain...you are just gonna have to cut back on your caloric intake. Or else increase your exercise. Or both. Ease up on the bread and sweets. Eat more fruit and fresh veggies.