Hope everyone's doing well!
I think I'm done with my stop-smoking aid (Chantix). I started it on 5/7, quit on 5/22, have never been able to take it exactly as directed, suffered through some moderate to severe joint pain (still am, as a matter of fact) and have been weaning myself off for a couple weeks now. I didn't even see it initially as a wean. I'd gotten through that first rough week on the full doses with debilitating nausea and just began decreasing my daily dosage until I could find a happy medium. I just kept feeling better and better each time I lowered my dose.
This past Sunday, I'd gotten down to a half milligram (half of a blue pill) in the a.m. only and did fine all week. Yesterday, Friday, I forgot to take it and felt incredible by the evening. This morning, I didn't take it. I still have them "just in case," but I really think I'm done and ready to ride my bike on my own without any help.
I've not had any change in cravings by doing this. If anyone just abruptly quits and has trouble, please talk to your doctor about a wean.
I know I'm an addict. I'll never, ever be able to take one puff of a cigarette. I can't rely on a pill for the rest of my life. I miss "me," too. This pill REALLY helps in a quit, I think because it just mellows you out so much, but I miss having energy, getting excited about something, even sad about something. I've had a taste of this over the last 24 hours, and I'm ready to have some of the old me back.
But a better me! A nonsmoking me! A richer me! A better smelling me!
These boards have been great. It's so awesome to be at "X" spot in your quit and be able to connect with someone who's right there at the same spot or was just there a week or two ago. It's also so rewarding to go back and read your own older posts and see your own progress.
Keep up the fight, folks! It's so worth it.