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dwatkins 02-02-2007 09:57 AM

Chantix Questions
 
I have a lot of questions about this medicine, why isn't it advertised on tv/radio/print, etc., and are there any ongoing studies of side effects.

My primary care doctor told me that it doesn't have any liver side effects, hopefully that is true, I have not read anything to the contrary.

What happens after the 3 months are up and you go off of the medicine, do you go back to normal cravings for cigarettes.

Seems to me that it's pretty new and there isn't much known, but I'm happy they invented it, day 3 of my new no smoking era!

Deb

Memaw649 02-02-2007 09:01 PM

Re: Chantix Questions
 
Deb,
I don't know why they don't advertise this drug. If they did much advertising, they'd probably have to raise the price. It already is pretty expensive.

After the three months on the Chantix, I stopped taking it. When I stopped, I was worried that I would want to go back to smoking. But I didn't!! I did not want to smoke. I could finally say that I was a non smoker!! It took me that long before I'd say that. My doctor told me that if after the three months, I might feel like I need another month or two or three of the Chantix. But I didn't. I was really, really anxious about coming off the drug. I worried for nothing. The Chantix did it's job and I am smoke free now.

My pharmacist asked me to keep her informed as to the side effect that I had so she could help other people. I was the very first person to bring in a prescription to her. (This is a national chain!)

I'm so glad this drug is out there. I would never have quit without it.

Memaw

paulagizmo 02-09-2007 08:03 AM

Re: Chantix Questions
 
In my search for finding out info. about Chantix, I found the info. below. Unfortunately, I do not have a WSJ subscription so cannot share the article:

Chantix: Opportunity for Social Marketing Lost?
Chantix, Pfizer's new smoking-cessation drug, requires a different kind of marketing program, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal ("Marketing New Antismoking Pill Poses Challenges for Pfizer"):

"Aware of increased consumer cynicism and unfulfilled promises made for smoking treatments in the past, Pfizer has adopted a softer sell that it hopes will build Chantix steadily over time. Meanwhile, because insurers are slow to cover smoking treatments, it has priced Chantix so that consumers will be willing to pay for it themselves."

dwatkins 02-16-2007 10:28 AM

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Never in a million years would I believe that I could be 16 days smoke free, but its true and I'm perfectly fine. I do wake up with a dry mouth in the AM, but other than that I'm fine. The Chantix does seem to work mentally (as crazy as that sounds) because I'll start thinking about smoking, then the next minute I'm thinking about something totally different and thinking why was I even thinking about smoking. It really is weird.

Memaw649 02-16-2007 07:16 PM

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Deb,
I know what you mean. When I started taking Chantix, I could not believe the way this medicine worked. I kept thinking... if this stuff works on cigarettes, why can't they make one to work on other addictions, such as cocaine, meth, or alcohol or anything else? If they can target a specific area of the brain with this pill, looks like they could do it with other stuff, too.
Totally amazing to me.

Congrats on 16 days. Wonderful!!

Memaw

SanyBelle 02-16-2007 07:18 PM

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[QUOTE=dwatkins;2803390]Never in a million years would I believe that I could be 16 days smoke free, but its true and I'm perfectly fine. [/QUOTE]

Awesome!!! 16 days, way to go Deb! :blob_fire :blob_fire :D

MellieMel 02-17-2007 07:09 AM

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[QUOTE=Memaw649;2804309]Deb,
I know what you mean. When I started taking Chantix, I could not believe the way this medicine worked. I kept thinking... if this stuff works on cigarettes, why can't they make one to work on other addictions, such as cocaine, meth, or alcohol or anything else? If they can target a specific area of the brain with this pill, looks like they could do it with other stuff, too.
Totally amazing to me.

Congrats on 16 days. Wonderful!!

Memaw[/QUOTE]

Maybe they will...in which case, I'll need three separate ones for Diet Coke, Chocolate, and popcorn!

pharmacyguy 03-01-2007 07:20 PM

Re: Chantix Questions
 
like methadone? they came out with this one as a derivative of an older medication, cytisine (used for smoking cessation for 40 years in Europe).

MellieMel 03-02-2007 02:22 PM

Re: Chantix Questions
 
Hi Deb! I can't answer your question about what happens when you go off the Chantix, as I've just started my second month of it, but I can tell you that the drug IS being advertised, it's just in a roundabout way. I'm not sure what the rules on this site are about posting links or other sites, so I'm not going to do it, but there are TV spots and print ads talking about how smoking is more than a habit, it's an addiction, and you see actors talking about how hard it was for them to quit, but this time, they've finally done it. Anyway, they tell you to go to a particular website, which, it turns out, is owned by Phizer. That website asks if you would like info on a prescription to quit smoking, and then that link takes to to the Chantix website! Not sure why they've done it like that...
Anyway, best of luck to you! I'll be three weeks smoke-free on Sunday, it was tough at first, but it's getting easier every day!

SanyBelle 03-02-2007 02:27 PM

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Are these the ads that say something like "It's my time to quit" but never mention the product or that it's about quitting smoking?

Kevin__ 03-02-2007 02:51 PM

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Cytisine seems to behave much the way Chantix, however it does not appear to be available anywhere within the US. This drug is marketed in England under the name Tabex.

Published in EveryDayHealth on August 2006...

Another study conducted by the same research team at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, found that Chantix, taken over 12 weeks, was effective in helping smokers quit. Pfizer also funded this study and was involved in all its elements.

The findings from these studies demonstrates that Chantix helps in smoking cessation, Dr. Bankole A. Johnson, of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, wrote in an accompanying editorial. Johnson also outlined the development of other approaches to treat nicotine addiction.

"In sum, pharmacological and immunological studies are opening up new vistas for safe, efficacious and potent treatments for nicotine dependence," Johnson wrote. "Molecular genetic studies are also investigating how to identify those individuals vulnerable to becoming nicotine dependent and, once they are dependent, the treatments that might work best for them. All these advances will deliver real aid to curbing smoking. Now, a smoker who wants help to quit no longer has a legitimate excuse to delay seeking treatment."

Johnson has consulting agreements with a number of drug companies.

[COLOR="Blue"]A review in the same issue of the Archive of Internal Medicine noted that a plant-derived medication called cytisine has been used to treat tobacco dependence in Eastern Europe for 40 years, [B]but has received little notice in English-language medical literature.[/B]

Cytisine is an alkaloid found in a plant called the golden rain tree (Cytisus laburnum).

Review author Jean-Francois Etter of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, found 10 studies conducted on cytisine in Bulgaria, Germany, Poland and Russia between 1967 and 2005. The research suggests that cytisine is effective for smoking cessation.

[B]The studies may have received little attention because they were not published in English and didn't conform to current standards of conducting and reporting drug trials, Etter wrote.[/B][/COLOR]

tampaquit 03-02-2007 05:30 PM

Re: Chantix Questions
 
Actually Kevin, that is helpful to know. I was thinking this was a completely new med and didn't want to find out years later about a bad side effect. If it is similiar in the way it works, hopefully chemically it might be similiar as well.

Memaw649 03-02-2007 09:09 PM

Re: Chantix Questions
 
MellieMel,
Congratulations on almost 3 weeks!! Super Job!!! You will begin to notice that it does get easier after the nicotine withdrawals are through. That usually takes anywhere from one to three weeks.
Good Luck to you!!!!!

Traveller,
Yep, that's the one. I visited it. It is a really good site. But I they didn't have it when I was on the Chantix. At least I didn't find it and they weren't advertising it then.

Memaw

True Brit 03-03-2007 03:57 AM

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Kevin
Unfortunately Tabex is not available off the shelf in England. It can be purchased online from Hungary of one of those Eastern block countries. I haven't tried it but read about it a lot before deciding to take Chantix. The side effects list was the same but clinical trials were thought not to be reliable. The cost, however is a fraction of Chantix (15.00 for a months supply) It is interesting though, that Pfizer are simply marketing a drug that alraedy existed.

MellieMel 03-03-2007 07:40 AM

Re: Chantix Questions
 
Thanks Memaw! I've actually gotten to the point where I can't really picture myself smoking anymore, which is odd...well, maybe I can, for a split second, and then it goes away. I'm thinking that I've actually done it, and this is for good. I have NEVER been this long without a cig in 23 years! I hate to admit, but even when I was preggers, I snuck about a half a cig a day (don't everyone throw stuff at me all at once, please!). Three weeks for me is big!


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