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Using Chantix to Quit Smoking



Updated October 25, 2006

When evaluating a particular quit smoking therapy, it's helpful to hear how other people have felt when using it - the pros and the cons. Here we do just that. This compilation of opinions comes from folks who have used varenicline tartrate (Chantix™) to help them quit smoking.

The Pros

    "I set a quit date - 2 weeks from when I started Chantix. By the end of the first week, I was smoking about one-third of my normal intake. I just didn't think about smoking. By the end of 2 weeks, i was ABLE to choose to not smoke! Unbelievably, cigarettes just tasted aweful, there was no pleasure in even smoking one! just YUK!" ~Renee~

    "From a 40 year smoker...There is a seven day ramp-up with the meds; you can smoke during that time period. On day seven, I smoked my last cigarette. I have been smoke free for a week now! I have not suffered the "heebie jeebies" this time as I have in the past. The biggest problem I deal with, and on a scale of 1 to 100 it is only a 5, is fighting the ritual of having a smoke when waking up in the a.m., driving, breaks, etc. I know I'm going to succeed this time." ~David~

    "I have been on Chantix for 2 months! I have slipped a couple times but the cigs tasted terrible! I'm finally learning to cope with out cigs in my life. There are so many other good things to turn to other than nicotine. Chantix has been a miracle for me." ~JJ~

    "Day 1 thru 7, I said this is NOT going to work. On day 8, I didn't want to smoke. Wow, I could not believe I wasn't screaming at everyone.I have been smoke free for 3 weeks now and am so excited about this medication." ~Rena~

    "This is my 10th day on Chantix, and it really seems to be doing the trick for me. I've "quit" at least a dozen times before, and never made it past 48 hours without nicotine. It's not making it easy, by any means. But it IS making the cravings bearable and not as frequent. And I do agree that you really have to want to quit. If you don't, then nothing is going to work. I also think that everyone is different, and everybody has to find what works for them." ~Teri~

The Cons

    "Chantix is a wonderful drug for me. I have had nausea, however, it's nothing that would make me stop taking it. One thing that I've noticed though is you can't depend solely on this medication to do all the work. It really helps you but you still have to want this for 'you'." ~Shari~

    "I have to agree with the others that there some side effects (nausea right after taking the pill for a few minutes) but nothing to the point where I would stop taking it." ~Jennifer~

    "The only side effect is feeling sick for a few minutes right after I take it. The feeling goes away quick so I can handle it. Also, I'm dreaming like never before. No nightmares, just dreams that are so real I have to think twice to make sure they didn't really happen." ~JJ~

    "I have been using Chantix with very good results.I did have some nausea at first but it passed quickly. I have also had some craves that may last 10-15 seconds. After today I'm not really sure its cigarettes I am craving. I had a visitor who sat within 3 feet of me and smoked and I didnt even want a cigarette. so maybe its not a cigarette I want, maybe something else, like a breath of fresh air or a mint...I wish I knew. All I know is that i smoked for 51 years and now I don't." ~lijale~

    "I was using Chantix, but I discontinued. I went 3 weeks on 3 hours of sleep per night. This is not good! I do have to say that while I was taking it, and for many days after I stopped taking it, I did not have severe cravings for cigarettes, but during the same period of time, I did not have a restful night of sleep." ~Mike~
Education is an important ingredient in a successful smoking cessation program. Use this information to help round out your research about using Chantix to quit smoking, and be sure to have a conversation with your doctor about it as well. He or she will be able to help you decide whether Chantix might be a good fit for you.

More on Chantix:Make no mistake: the best quit aid available today is your own will and determination to quit smoking. With that in place, you can't go wrong. Without it, there isn't a quit aid that can help you. Take your quit program just one simple day at a time, and build your resolve up the same way.

Quitting tobacco is worth the work it takes to achieve, and then some...your precious life is worth the work!

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