I have been taking Chantix now for 2 1/2 months (half the dose the entire time (other than the first week and another time when I gave the full dose a second chance) full doses cause me to get edema, which frankly scares the crap out of me. I also havent quit smoking...I have cut down alot just like yourselfs to 1/3-1/2 of what I use to smoke which was 2 pks a day. I realize that I havent truly tried, so I can relate 100% to your post. I either have to stop taking it OR actually pick a quit date and work harder at quitting. The good part is, along the way, I have worked on intentionally minimizing my intake and that does require "work" on my behalf. It also gave me time to make small but significant changes. Like not bringing Cigs with me whenever I leave the house, ever. No smoking with that first cup of coffee. No smoking after a meal. It goes on and on, so why am I still smoking? I think it's what you said...I havent given it 100%. The Chantix site says that if you do smoke just keep hanging in there and that the majority of the people in the trails quit smoking in the last four weeks of a 12 week program, so I believe the idea is to keep on keeping on whether you quit on that 8th day or not. I decided early on not to compare my progress with anyone elses. I may up the dose again because I felt so much closer to quitting than I do now, like I feel like this very same thing could go on indefinately so its time to do something about it. Being skeptical of the safety of this drug doesnt help but I do know the drug does deliver for many people and I want to be one of them
Anyway, Thank you for your posts now I dont feel so alone
TJ may today be the day you start your journey as a non-smoker.