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I haven't quit,, ok quit yelling at me everyone.

But if I had money, everyone goes on and on about chantix and how it is the wonder pill. My insurance wouldn't pay for it.
I can relate to quitting smoking. I quit two weeks before my fusion, that was six months ago. I am still not smoking. I still want one once and a while. It is not easy, but it really does get easier with time. I did do the chantix for about six weeks, the rest of the time I just think of the fusion pain everytime I want one. Congrats bwitht on going 52 days!!! You are doing really good! it really does get easier ( I smoked for 13 years ). Good luck to you.

Rose
Hi, definitely try the Chantix if you can afford it. If not, have you tried the lozenges at all? Or maybe even the lozenges plus puffing on a fake cigarette. It's called EZ-Quit or something. It's plastic with some sort of filter in it that has vanilla and/or menthol flavor in it. Maybe trying this along with a lozenge might help a bit.
52 days on your own...congratulations. I begged my primary Dr. for Chantix...begged. He went on and on about commitment etc. Well, why did I ask him if I wasn't interested. Went to my cardiac Dr., and here he is offering the stuff...I didn't even ask...well, I took the prescription...and last Mon. I started...you can smoke for the first week...as of Mon. I will have to stop that, but I have been cutting down each day.... It is weird...kind of takes the desire away... I am so fortunate, our ins. pays for most of this med., but, it is normally about $118..a month...which is cheaper than smoking usually. I went to the pharmacy ready to pay, and was surprised when the ins. paid for most of it. This is a crutch...you still have to stop smoking. Cold turkey didn't work for me...I became a horrible person...anxiety, nasty etc. My husband used the patches 10 years ago...and that was hard. I guess it is a mind set., but when I think of the health I hopefully will be gaining, I am going to try...and give it my best. You are so far ahead of me...I admire your strength..keep up the great work..and be proud of you...

Sage
I think quitting smoking is the hardest thing a person will ever encounter in their lives. Unless you have been a smoker, you will never know how hard it is to quit. I have smoked for 31 years (since age 16). I enjoyed smoking. It became such a habit I did it in the car, after meals, after sex, etc... certain events triggered a cigarette. I now have 2 failed fusions and am going on 7-2 for a 5 level fusion with hardware. This is a new younger surgeon than the one who did my first 2 surgeries. He told me his success rate is 90-95% in non smokers and that the numbers drop to 35% in smokers. I about fell out of my chair. The first surgeon encouraged me to stop smoking but never gave me these kind of numbers. So because I already had the prescription for Chantix on my refrigerator (given to me by my cardiologist after having 3 stents in my right coronary artery last July), I decided it was now or never for me. I started taking it in May and stopped smoking for good on June 1st. I have had no withdrawal effects at all. I still think about cigarettes, but I do not crave them at all. People still smoke around me but that doesn't bother me either. I hope it stays this easy. Now I look back and am astounded at how smoking a cigarette dictated my life. It told me where I could sit in the restaurant, when I could take a break at work, it interrupted intimacy with my husband after making love, it told me I had to go outside to partake in the habit, it disallowed my entrance in certain public buildings, it made me smell like a dirty ashtray and gave me bad breath. I will NEVER be one to put down those who smoke since I believe it is a personal choice, but I feel freer than I have in years.

Stick with your decision. It is the right one. You are doing yourself a great service by giving up this costly habit. Pick up some hobby to keep your hands occupied. I am constantly doing something even while watching T.V. Don't worry about the weight gain right now. I weigh the most I have ever weighed in my life, but I feel most of it is attributed 5 years of back problems. Before I began having back problems & surgeries, I was much more active and able to do many activities that I'll probably never do again.

You have made the right decision. Hang in there. It will get easier every day. Signed: Another non smoker! Syndee
I wish I could quit smoking. I started Chantix and it didn't work for me. I have smoked since I was 14 yrs old. My doctor thinks I am fused. 21 months post-op. The odds are better for fusion for a smoker that quits just prior to surgery than a non-smoker. (according to my surgeon). I gained weight prior to my surgery and had to drop 40 lbs before I was down enough to do the surgery, then came the quitting of the cigs and no way could I completely quit. Now I need another surgery and I will try again before surgery. I am told everyday that my opiate meds would work better if I didn't smoke. Proven fact on Vicodin and Norco.(Check drug interaction with tobacco). I think if you have gone that long without, just keep going without them. The weight gain will taper off. Good Luck
Just a little up date on my experience with Chantix...so far....I started taking it a week ago Mon. I smoked...and bought more ciggies...well on Mon. I had to increase the dose to 1 mg. 2 times a day....was supposed to give up ciggies on Mon...but didn't...wasn't ready....yesterday...well....duh...realization came over me...if I stopped buying the ciggies...maybe I would quit. Had my last one about 2 p.m. yesterday...going good so far...Amazing. Really don't have the severe cravings I had in the past when I gave them up. Not to say, I don't want one every now and then...but I just do something else. The only side effect I have experienced is that a few times my stomach gets really upset especially after breakfast.. don't know why then. Bu I am trying. I told my husband, that I am still a smoker. But not smoking right now. Don't want to build up my expecations too much, failure is a bad word. But I am not a smoker this morning, and hopefully won't be one later. Don't have any ciggies, so it's much easier to say that.

Sage