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    Old 02-16-2007, 01:48 PM   #1
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    Another Chantix 'lab-rat' checking in....

    Hello for the first time and congratulations to all getting this far!!
    I stumbled across this place while researching side-effects for Chantix and glad I did. I'm 25 days of taking it, and this is day 18 of no smokes.
    I can truly appreciate the spirit and verve of you all in not only getting over this horrible addiction, but in transcending the 'quit experience' itself! I'm pulling for you all as much as you pull for every stranger that wanders in here.
    I don't always know if the weirdnesses I'm experiencing are the giving up of the drug and habit or another undocumented side effect of Chantix. Regardless, in the pages I've read back, I see you all have had to carry your own 'cross' on this, and I'm determined to as well.
    33 years of 2 plus packs a day, and I cannot believe how much I actually think of it in past tense! In my own experience to now, it is not like I really want a smoke, but that in any given instant, I don't want to feel ' like this'.
    I've made it to 'day 21' before on patch, wellbutrin, and the American Lung Association programs, but in each had major sleep deprivation, where it was easier to start again than to quietly (or not so quietly) go mad.
    When this issue cropped up again, my Dr. started my on Ambien, but even the controlled release only keep me out for about 4-5 hours. :/ Hopefully, this will keep my will up better than in the past.
    I wanted to thank everyone once again, for the good will illustrated and spread here, as we also profit from it that merely read and lurk. I'm not always certain lately (in this quit experience) that what I am saying is truly what I mean, but I hope y'all get the drift.
    I just know that this time my mantra has been 'Smoking is no longer an option', and I know it in my soul.
    Now, how long until my body gets convinced???
    I know it will work out as there are a whole bunch out there who've walked this path before. The thing that will keep me quit will be that I never want to have to walk it again!!
    You all take care, and I'm sure we'll be chattin'.

    Best Regards,
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    Old 02-16-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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    Re: Another Chantix 'lab-rat' checking in....

    Congratulations on your quit Deadfish and welcome to this message board!!!

    I too am 30 days of taking Chantix, and this is my 19th day of no smokes after 30 years of smoking over two packs a day. I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to this being a success story that lasts the rest of my life. I am flat out tired of smoking and could not believe how expensive it became.

    I thought your description of Chantix "lab-rat" was pretty funny. However I had a slightly different take on it. After 30 years of smoking I was beginning to feel like an old Nicotine "lab-rat". Both the addiction and 30 years of nicotine's effects on your body is pure torture. I'll bet "lab-rats" get treated better than that. Any way, that was one rat race I was glad to be rid of...

    I did quite a bit of research on Chantix before starting myself. With the exception of Wellbutrin, (which seems to make people jumpy and crabby all the time,) all the other options involved Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). None of the NRT remedies enjoyed a very high rate of success, rather they continued to feed the addiction with more nicotine. I would NOT quit cold turkey - that seemed like having dental surgery without the Novocaine. (Just like the old days - forget that...)

    So I figured, why not get something else to help this quit be successful, last forever, and be less painful. My physician jumped for joy when I asked her about Chantix. Seems she had nine other patients that all quit successfully with it. She had the prescription filled on a Friday night between 5:00pm - 5:45pm. Honest, I've never seen a prescription filled that fast in all my life. Go figure...

    Any way, Chantix has fully met, if not exceeded, my expectations. I still can't believe I quit smoking. It's not a miracle drug. It simply helped me to quit all on my own. I really thought it would be a lot harder to do, but it wasn't too bad at all.

    You really hit the nail on the head when you stated "I know it will work out as there are a whole bunch out there who've walked this path before. The thing that will keep me quit will be that I never want to have to walk it again!!". I can really "own" that statement you made. I never want to go through another quit ever again.

    To be honest with you, I really kind'a like not smoking any more. It really ran my life for me. Want to visit a store - gotta stand outside and have a smoke first. Eating dinner at a no-smoking restaurant with friends - gotta sneak out several times for a smoke. Making dinner was a real joke. Slice a tomato - have a smoke. Cut up some lettuce - have a smoke. Slice up an onion - have a smoke. 60 minutes to make a lousy salad and you haven't even started to make the main course yet. Sheesh...

    Congratulations Deadfish, we're all rooting for you!!! Feel free to visit often and please keep in touch!!!

     
    Old 02-16-2007, 07:28 PM   #3
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    Re: Another Chantix 'lab-rat' checking in....

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    I'm 25 days of taking it, and this is day 18 of no smokes.
    Congratulations DeadFish, what a great decision to quit smoking! I used the patch, I didn't use Chantix but still like to cheer you all on! Good luck and keep coming back and letting us know how you are doing!

     
    Old 02-16-2007, 11:12 PM   #4
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    Re: Another Chantix 'lab-rat' checking in....

    Deadfish,
    Welcome to you!!
    18 days smokefree.....wonderful accomplishment!!
    What weirdness are you talking about? How are you feeling?

    Here are the most common Chantix side effects:
    headache, sleep problems, insomnia, unusual dreams, nausea, stomach pain, indigestion, vomiting, constipation, gas, weakness, tired feeling, increased appitite, unpleasant taste in your mouth.

    And here are the most common nictoine withdrawal symptoms:
    irritability, mood swings, restlessness, insomnia,
    fatigue, inability to concentrate, sore throat, cough,
    congestion, headache, increased appetite,
    constipation, gas, stomach pain
    dry mouth, sore tongue/gums, postnasal drip
    tightness in the chest

    I love that you found my favorite saying: Smoking is no longer an option!
    It works, doesn't it? You keep telling yourself that.

    Good Luck to you and please stop back and let us know how you are doing. Keep us updated on your progress to becoming a non smoker.

    Memaw

     
    Old 02-17-2007, 04:58 AM   #5
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    Deadfish - I think your quit is terrific and attitude exceptional! I think a whole bunch of the side effects are directly related to quitting. I've been off of chantix now for about two months and some days I can't sleep well or feel light headed, etc. I honestly think it's just our bodies repairing itself and things beginning to work. Dunno what to do with all this extra oxygen!!

     
    Old 02-17-2007, 09:54 AM   #6
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    Re: Another Chantix 'lab-rat' checking in....

    Congratulations Dead Fish! Keep up the good work!

    I started 2/9 and quit 2/12 (well I guess 2/11 since that was the last time I had a cigarette). Anyway, I've had the nauseu and a bit of irritation but the weird thing and I haven't read anyone else experiencing it: is getting down right silly/giddy. Seems every day, at least once, something completely cracks me up that it brings tears to my eyes. Other people (if there happen to be any around) think I'm nuts "it wasn't that funny" and/or I'll think back to a 'funny' thing, and yeah, wasn't that funny. Believe me, I'm not complaining. Maybe it's my body's way of releasing underlying anxiety/stress?! Who knows?! What I do know is that Chantix and this board (Memaw, Kevin, Traveller, etc.) are life savers!

    I am actually having a tougher time today than all week -- it's been 5 days, 15 hours---don't know if it's normal for Day 5 to be tough or if it's that it's my first Sat. smoke free. So I popped in here and my conviction of quitting as thus be reinforced again! Thanks everyone!

     
    Old 02-18-2007, 12:36 AM   #7
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    Paula,
    They do say that laughter is the best medicine. If that is one of the side effects, that's a new one to me. If anyone says anything to you about it, just tell them it is and then laugh really hard.
    Sorry your day wasn't so good. Some days will be like that. Your body has gone through and is still going through some major changes. Just accept that not every day will be easy. But in the long run, it will get easier!

    Keep up the good work!!

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    Old 02-18-2007, 04:01 AM   #8
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    Keep up the good work Paula! Don't worry about what other people think. At least your are silly and not angry!
    I am worried about my first weekend smoke free. At work, I can keep myself busy and have only a few hours in the evening to try and occupy myself. Weekends are different, I tend to relax - but I am trying to come up with a plan for that. The kitchen needs to be painted - stuff like that.
    Hang in there.......It will get better before you know it.
    deb

     
    Old 02-18-2007, 10:04 PM   #9
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    Wowwee, you folks rock!!
    Many appreciations for welcome, suggestions and good will shared to me.
    I've just read through all the other threads hit on since I was here last and there is some great stuff here. I wish that more folks that contemplate quitting could find this place easier and realize that there were good folks pulling for them in very real ways.
    I'm gonna try and comment on a few things here, as long as my concentration holds up. This has been a very real issue for me that has been driving me nuts. It is one thing to not have your mind working 100% when you are used to it, but entirely another to KNOW it and not be able to do much about it other than hope that that clears up. I've made some brutal errors in judgement the last few weeks that I personally find embarassing and out of character to my past, but.... "One step after the other" is all I can do sometimes and hope none of it is so dramatic that I cause any major hurt. And here is the 'kicker', that maybe I've always been this way and never slowed down to notice. (You know, us 'quitters' have all this extra time now! )
    Paula, your comment about 'giddiness' is a case in point that I find in myself a certain lack of stability that I attribute either to the 'quit' or the Chantix, or a combination. I have to say, Kevin's comment to me that included how everything was paired to a smoke while building a salad...cracked me up almost to tears! Likewise somethings bring me to tears easier.
    I don't mind either extreme, when real, but hope I feel more secure 'down the road' about the genuine nature of my feelings.
    Appreciate the list of side effects Memaw! The feeling in my chest was/is worrying me, but ultimately I'm a 'poster-child' for most of those lists! Throw in the occassional diarea and the double dose of gas as both the Chantix and withdrawal bring out, and you can figure out I have problems at *both* ends on a regular irritating basis.
    I have to admit, the 'unusual dreams' have been one of the better parts of the ordeal. Besides great adventures, I've had interludes with a lot of friends and family in them some years passed away that helped me smile as I wake to a new day...
    Um, more side effects, itching! Was reading someone's long-term quit notice that dry skin got better. Maybe I'm just being neurotic like my Labrador when he doesn't get to run enough, but I gotta get THERE!
    I've never had much appetite oddly and this hasn't changed, but I make myself eat regularly, including breakfast to ease the bounce of the first dose of Chantix. Other dose is taken with supper, even if not 12 hours apart. Can appreciate those that don"t like the tummyache from this stuff!
    And if this fun weren't enough, I've broken a molar grinding my teeth the 2nd week and need another crown
    But STILL it is worth it!!!
    Oh yeah, you know I was thinking about the 'side effects' thing that can be more than withdrawal from nicotine or the Chantix. When I tried the nicotine patch, it was NEVER (for me) the same as the 'buzz' I got from a smoke. Given things said in some of the anti-smoking 'propaganda' I had read in the past when they mention all the OTHER chemicals released in a cigarette, I'm sure a lot of us miss them to, even if we can't spell them.
    Ayup, I still feel a desire every day, and every day, I've gotten past it. I wish I had a nickle for every time I thought about going and buying some, but don't. I guess I ought to put those nickels in the jar of savings from not buying smokes, eh?
    Bought my 2nd month's worth of Chantix, tomorrow is day 21; and I'm gonna set a new world record for how long I've ever gone without burning one!

    Thanks for giving me a place to rant, and the comfortable feeling that I can.
    I'm sure I'll do some more soon.

    Hang in there everybody!! You long-termers out there that keep coming back and helping us all out are incredible. You other short-termers out there and the folks just thinking 'bout it are looking at perhaps one of the bravest things you have ever done!

    The fresh air smells GREAT!!

    Best Regards,
    DeadFish

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    Old 02-18-2007, 10:40 PM   #10
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    Deadfish,
    We do have some wonderful people here, don't we? I think they are the best!!

    Your concentration should improve some this next month. And just what are you doing with all that "extra" time? I slept!!

    I didn't have the strange dreams! I feel deprived!! Me, I had to get the constipation!! Everyone that says they had wonderful, colorful, wacky dreams seems to enjoy them.

    Ohhhh...I used to have a black lab. The most wonderful dog I've ever had. I still miss her. Haven't been able to get another dog since.

    Uh...I kinda broke one of my teeth too. One in the front!! Grinding, back and forth. I just chipped it a little.

    The cravings will get better. It took me about 5 months to get to a point where I no longer get daily cravings. Sometimes I can go a whole week. Then that split second thought creeps in my head about smoking a cigarette....then it's gone!!

    You're doing good!!!! Keep it up!

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    Old 02-19-2007, 04:35 AM   #11
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    Congrats Deadfish! Tomorrow is my quit day, and I am ready and anxious to get the first week out of the way, because I know it gets easier......
    Tomorrow I will be a non-smoker
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    Old 02-19-2007, 11:40 AM   #12
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    Paula,
    They do say that laughter is the best medicine. If that is one of the side effects, that's a new one to me. If anyone says anything to you about it, just tell them it is and then laugh really hard.
    Sorry your day wasn't so good. Some days will be like that. Your body has gone through and is still going through some major changes. Just accept that not every day will be easy. But in the long run, it will get easier!

    Keep up the good work!!

    Memaw
    Thanks Memaw! I don't know what it is but it's certainly a boost in my day! I did survive the w/e. I even went out with friends and drank and although I 'was' the only smoker I thought I'd be going up a tree wanting one but surprisingly I wasn't. I almost didn't go but decided sooner or later I'll face that situation and I read (The Easy Way to Quit Smoking) it's better to face these situations sooner---that way whatever comes up in the future, you know you made it through what normally would be a 'tough' time.

     
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    Deadfish, keep up the great work!! Chantix wasn't out when I quit 9 months ago, I feel like I missed a good time with the dreams, lol!


    Mangojunky, here's a few for tomorrow. Good luck!


    paulagizmo, congrats on defying the nicodemon this weekend, awesome!


    delighted, I love that commercial, I've been so deprived with no Chantix. LOL, can you guys give me a pity party? And I walked 2 miles today, can someone tell me how I can get a sore lower back by walking?

     
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    .....but still curious of your physical experience after quitting.
    delighted, I was "lucky" enough to be on morphine for the first week of my quitting smoking so that week was fine. (I was in the hospital with a ruptured appendix and bad infection). I had no plans on quitting but when I got home I decided to try to stay quit. I asked the surgeon to give me a prescription for Wellbutrin and I used that along with the patch. Let's see my physical experience:
    • I couldn't sleep
    • I was ALWAYS hungry and gained 15 lbs
    • My brain was in a fog (but at least I didn't have to work since I was off for another 3 weeks because of surgery)
    • I actually felt better during month 1 than 3 and 4, but that's probably because I had to go back to work
    • I started being able to breath better
    • I could actually walk up a hill w/o getting winded
    • I could actually walk up a hill and talk on a cell phone, I couldn't do that before because of all the huffing and puffing
    • I could sit in an hour meeting at work and not go nuts
    • My sense of smell vastly improved and let me tell you, this is not always a good thing
    • My cough went away, it's so embarrassing being in a quiet place and trying not to cough
    • My car smells much better
    • My house smells much better
    • My clothes smell much better
    • I smell much better
    • I don't have to eat mints all day to try to hide the smoke smell on my breath
    • I don't have to put smelly lotion on my hands to hide the smell of smoke (These things probably didn't work anyway).
    • I was able to fly for 4 hours straight w/o wanting a cigarette
    • I didn't have to worry that I didn't put that last cig of the night out and fear burning down my house
    • Non-Smoking hotel rooms are so much nicer, hotels put smokers way in the back in smelly crummy rooms
    • I feel sorry for smokers today, it's not going to get any better for them...

    That's all I can think of right now, sorry this is so long and not just physical things.

     
    Old 02-20-2007, 12:30 AM   #15
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    wailana,
    How long has it been now? Is the Chantix working okay for you? Any side effects that you can't handle very well? It's funny, but smoking didn't seem to bother my taste buds. Food taste about the same to me....GOOD. It's either that or all those years of smoking has totally ruined my taste buds. My sense of smell still hasn't returned. I've been told it may never return to normal. I may have done too much damage to it.
    Good Luck to you!! Seems you're doing very good with your quit!

    Memaw

     
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