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Old 01-04-2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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I took my first dose of Champix today and I have picked my quit day (Sunday 12th) so I thought I would drop in to say hello to everyone and introduce myself, my name is Lindy, I am 28 years old, been smoking since I was 14 years old. I have tried everything to give up smoking over the years (patches, gum, Zyban etc), hopefully Champix will be the one that works for me. I look forward to getting to know everyone here.

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Old 01-18-2008, 02:14 AM   #2
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Re: Hello

Well, I have been smoke free for five days now. The first couple of days were really good but I am now noticing that I seem to be craving a little bit more each day, is this normal for using Champix to stop?

Old 01-18-2008, 04:50 AM   #3
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Re: Hello

The worst part is over so hang tough! Congrats on 5 days smoke free! Cravings or thoughts or just plain habit will taunt you for a while but stay strong and do not give into the crave. My best advice is to keep busy. I used Chantix and have been smoke free for ten months. I smoked for 30-35 years and almost 2 packs a day. I do not regret my quit and feel so much better! Best of luck to you!
My Quit Date: March 13,2007

Old 01-19-2008, 05:30 PM   #4
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Re: Hello

Welcome akazie!! Congratulations on your quit! Each day will get better and better. Yes, like velveeta says, when the craving hits, get busy. Also, I took several deep breaths and in a couple of minutes, the craving was gone.
I thought Chantix made it pretty easy to quit smoking. We do have to do our part (throw the cigs away, keep busy, change our habits, etc) but it really wasn't too bad.

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Old 01-22-2008, 02:06 PM   #5
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Re: Hello

hello akazie...I have been on Chantix for 2months and still have strong cravings. When that happens just remind yourself they are not chemical but habitual and even if you cave and have one they will taste awful...another tool to do is when you want one take a deep that will fill your lungs. hold it. then try to take another breath. not easy. then try another. very difficult. this is what emphazima feels like. a slow painfull death of being smothered. no cig is worth that. good luck!!!

Old 04-11-2008, 09:41 AM   #6
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Re: Hello

Well, I was an idiot and started smoking again because of stress

I still have about 6 weeks of Champix left so the other day I decided to give it another go. I have been cutting the 1mg tablets in half and talking one half in the morning and the other half at night but I can't remember when you increase it to 1mg in the morning and 1 mg at night, I think it is the 4th or 5th day of taking it, can anyone help me out?

Old 04-11-2008, 01:50 PM   #7
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Re: Hello

Akazie, the booklet that my Doc gave me (when she gave me the rx) says: day 1 to 3 take 0.5 mg once a day. Day 4 to 7 take 0.5 mg twice a day. Day 7 through day whatever, take 1mg twice a day. I'm sorry you started smoking again but I'm happy as it sounds like you're ready to jump back on the quit wagon. I'm quit for 46 days now and it is hard but so worth it. Good luck!

Old 04-11-2008, 01:52 PM   #8
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Re: Hello

Originally Posted by akazie View Post
I can't remember when you increase it to 1mg in the morning and 1 mg at night, I think it is the 4th or 5th day of taking it, can anyone help me out?
Hi Akazie.
I remember doing 3 days at .5, 4 days .5 2x each day, then on day 8 it was 1mg 2x/day, but I cut that to .5 mg 2x per day, I was having heartburn and bad bad abdominal pain. On the Chantix site it says:
How to get started

You've filled your prescription and chosen a quit date. Now, one week before your quit date, you'll begin taking CHANTIX.

Week 1

Inside the Starting Month box there will be four individual packages. One green Starter Package for the first week and three blue Continuing Week Packages for the next three weeks
Inside the green Starter Package, you'll see a row of white tablets. Start by taking one white tablet each morning for 3 days, as indicated
Beginning on Day 4, you'll start taking two white tablets a day. One in the morning and one at night
You should finish the Starter Package at the end of your first week of taking CHANTIX. The next day will be your quit date
Enroll in a support plan. We offer one—it's called GETQUIT™. Enroll today
I did the first 2 weeks exactly like this and then after 2.5 weeks on the pills I adjusted because of the problems I already mentioned.
I stopped altogether after 5 weeks on the medication. You and your doctor should decide what is right for you, but I hope my experience can be useful to you.

Congratulations for choosing to get right back to it! The sooner, the better!!

Old 04-12-2008, 09:50 AM   #9
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Re: Hello

Thank you for your replies and the congratulations

It looks like I started with too much, no wonder I feel very tried lol. It is day 5 today, should I just continue using .5 mg in the morning and .5mg at night and start taking the 1mg twice a day on day 7?


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