I had quit in February for 3 months after taking chantix for 5 days I decided to cold turkey. However, at the time I was going through anxiety and panic attacks and quitting added to the attacks, I started back up in May, I am now on meds for that and started chantix again today this time I am going to keep taking the chantix and not cold turkey, wish me allot of luck I firmly have faith that this time will be the last time.
I just started taking Chantix today too. Good luck to you -- I hope we can win this battle this time!
I have a question for the vets on this site: On a scale of 1-10, how hard is it for you to NOT smoke when you get the urge during the first month or two? When I quit cold turkey it was a 10 (or more) and I resisted the urges for awhile but after a month I gave in. When I took Wellbutrin it was better, but I lost that battle too. I really want to succeed this time, so it might help to prepare myself for what is coming. Thanks.
Are you trying to quit before the week on Chantix, Hotdam? I think I'm going to see if my desire to smoke decreases over the week, that way I might not be so obsessed with trying to quit and then becoming frustrated.
Does anyone have experience with Chatrix and know whether it's better to try to cut down or quit before a week of taking it?
Ariel7, I have cut way down on taking chantix than gave my self a quit date, so in my case it had taken 5 days before I stopped completely but it may be different for you, just shoot for the quit date.
I started the chantix and quit on day 4.The med alone can't do it,it has to be the desire.
I had tried other methods and didn't succeed.I have been smoke free for 13 days and have along way to go,but I have the desire at this point.
Stress is gonna be in our lives if we smoke or not.If ya need help with anxiety and stress I encourage everyone get the help.
Nicotine withdrawl is hard and even though nicotine isn't a narcotic or alcohol ,we are still addicted to it.We will probably all have urges the rest of our lives.But they say it gets easier as time goes on.
Take one day at a time,find a hobby,go for walks and remember treat yourself to something special.
Goodluck to you all.you can do it.There's many here to support you.
Hotdam, best of luck to you! Just believe that this IS your quit. The last time was just a practice run. You are now aware of where your weaknesses lie, and you are much better prepared now to deal with them. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
Ariel, best of luck to you, too!!! I started Chantix on 5/7, quit smoking on 5/22 and quit Chantix right around 6/22. To answer a few of your questions, I naturally decreased my smoking in the two weeks I smoked while on Chantix. It took me two weeks before I felt "ready." Everyone is different. The smokes just tasted bad to me and I was smoking more out of habit than anything.
I, too, had tried in the past with other aids. My cravings with every other quit ranged between a seven and a ten on your scale. Then depression set in after I'd been quit a few weeks. I'd start back smoking. With Chantix, my cravings range between a one and a five. And I don't even know that I'd call them "cravings," at least the way they'd felt with other quit attempts. More like a feeling of, "I should be smoking right now," not, "I'm going to kill someone for a cigarette."
I find with Chantix that I'm able to really concentrate on (and enjoy!) the benefits of being quit, on healing all the damage I've done to my body over the years instead of freaking out because I can't have a smoke.
It's just a really different feeling.
And I'm off the med now and still feel the same way about smoking and craves as I did on the med. Every day gets a little easier
Stenolady, your right it is more out of habit, I am on day 2 of chantix and feel the difference already, I would go outside light up take a couple drags than put it out, the taste is different and the craving is different. within a couple of weeks I will be smoke free again for the last time.
Good luck to you Hotdam, sounds like you really are ready for this I know I am.
Keep posting would like to hear how you are doing.
I have been quit for 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 17 hours, 33 minutes and 27 seconds (74 days). I have saved $474.54 by not smoking 1,494 cigarettes. I have saved 5 Days, 4 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 4/30/2007 12:00 AM.