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TomF1 Sep 14, 2017 (05:06 PM)  


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Interesting read, thank you to all who contributed. I'm on my 5th day, 1st time with Champix. Tried everything else. The most success I had was 7 months cold turkey 3 years ago. No more than a few days with all my other quits. So far, a little nausea. Felt a little lethargic. Ok, still do. Really happy to see the success story of the people who have been successful. Keep those stories coming! Thanx,

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -8
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -200
Amount Saved: $-96.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -114607

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Emily, Quit Coach Sep 14, 2017 (02:01 PM)  


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Hi everyone, 


 It's good to see that you are finding methods that are working so well for you. 

Champix can effect each person differently. Which we can see from reading these posts. But there can be different options to taking the medication that can be discussed with you're doctor or pharmacist (eg. taking a lower dose). Each person/body is different so it can be helpful to work with your Health Care Professionals to find methods/doses that work for you. 

Have a great smoke free day, 
Emily

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Stephan121 Sep 14, 2017 (01:28 PM)  


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Hi Ledburywho,
 
Congrats on doing it again. I recently used Champix for the 3rd time since 2007.
I started in April 7th and set my quit date for April 23rd.
 
Nausea with the morning pill was an issue and insomnia with the evening pill.
The pill is frustrating, but it is worth 12 weeks of craziness.
What I did for the last week of doses was take only one pill in the morning and skip the evening dose. So I prolonged the duration to 13 weeks by taking one a day. It helped to get my sleep back on track and wean myself off the Champix.
 
I have been smoke free for 144 days and off champix for 70 days.
All I can say is it works! I can safely say I have no crazy urges to smoke any more. I didn't try to change my life at all. You will have to deal with those triggers like drinking at some point, so why not ingrain drinking a few drinks as part of the smoke free you. You can't abstain from everything that makes you want to smoke.
 
Good luck and stick with it. It will get better and easier every day. 
 
 

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Hi Ledburywho,
 
I just want to congratulate you for putting so much thought, time and effort into quitting!  That is really impressive.  And I am so happy to hear that you are finding your quit counselling to be so helpful.  You know, it used to frustrate me so much that people said we should quit, but offered no help in that regard. Thank goodness that times have finally changed.
 
I'm not sure when you quit, but just know that it really does get a lot easier as time goes by, so no matter what, stick with it.  It is so worth it. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 259
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,475
Amount Saved: $777.00
Life Gained:
Days: 35 Hrs: 16 Mins: 4 Seconds: 14

Valerie, Quit Coach Sep 13, 2017 (08:40 PM)  


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Hi Ledburywho,


Congratulations on staying committed to your smoke-free plan!

Thank you, Leburywho and Vix1976, for sharing your experience with Champix and how you worked towards making a quit plan the members here. Finding the right tools and strategies for your (individual) quit is definitely key to help you through your smoke-free journey. 

Kindly,

Valerie

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Vix1976 Sep 13, 2017 (05:12 PM)  


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I know you're supposed to take it with lots of water and food but I cannot bring myself to eat breakfast. It makes me ill, been like this since I was a kid. Champix still seems to be working well though. I was supposed to get a call from a support group too but never did and forgot to follow up so I'm goona lean on this one instead 🙂

Ledburywho Sep 13, 2017 (03:52 PM)  


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I have been speaking to medical professionals every chance I get about this!! It has really helped me feel like this is the last time I will quit and I have support when going through (what I call) The Champix Madness.This is my second time taking Champix to quit and I learned you can't think you are smarter than the plan. You have to set your quit date and stick to it or you will always let yourself off the hook.
 
Here's what I did:
1. Went to Dr. for Champix script. She also gave me the name of her practice's facebook group for quitters. THEN she signed me up for quit-counseling with a pharmacist (through the primary care network. AB Health paid for it). 
2. I cannot recommend quit counseling enough! we went though all my personal triggers and fears around quitting, set some plans in place and gave me a few assignments. My pharm emails me every few days to check in with my progress and offers ideas on dealing with The Madness.
3. Champix does a lot to help with cravings, but ITS ALL YOU. Set a quit date and never puff again. No one can do this but you. I quit on Day 10 of the pills. ITS ALL YOU.
4. Dealing with champix is a trip for sure and everyone experiences it differently. I have to set an alarm to eat breakfast, drink a metric tonne of water, then morning pill. I take a gas-pill (ovol) after lunch or else I will blow up like Violet Beauregarde by dinner time and not "pass" any air for hours. It's quite painful but not as bad as lung cancer... remember that. Dinner has to be relatively on time or the evening pill will keep me up all night. AAAND every time I take a Champix, I have to take 2 ginger gravol to keep the spinning nausea away. It works.
5. Cut your caffiene intake. I learned that there is a component in the tar (not the nicotine) that allows smokers to metabolize caffiene faster, so when we quit, we are less tolerant of it. I think that's a big reason why people complain of not being able to fall asleep. This was all according to my pharm/counselor. I try to keep a set bed-time right now too. which leads to....
6. change your routine. I have been seriously antisocial these days because a lot of friends smoke. Instead find a new book, or come here to read forums or literature about quitting. Also avoiding alcohol-focused events has really helped as booze can be a trigger to smoke. Getting some regular exercise does wonders as well.
 
This is what is working for me so I hope it helps! I am healthier than ever with the increased water intake, meal planning, caffiene cut-down, regular exercise and early bed times.  oh yeah and no more cigarettes! The more I focus on the other things, the less I think about butts. Everything sucks and I feel like garbage but we all knew this wasn't going to be easy.
Good luck to us all. 
 

Treepeo Jul 19, 2017 (09:17 PM)  


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Hi Suzzyq,
 
I have never used Champix, but I do want to say that I agree with Shanbam.  I would suggest that you spend some time reading the milestones on this site.  There are suggestions about how best to prepare for your quit, ways to deal with cravings, ways to track your progress, etc.  Quitting smoking is not easy, but doing some legwork in advance really helps to prepare you for a successful quit.
 
It is wonderful that you have decided to quit smoking.  Please keep posting because we are all here for you.  I know you can do this.  Believe in yourself. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 203
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 5,075
Amount Saved: $609.00
Life Gained:
Days: 27 Hrs: 22 Mins: 49 Seconds: 3

Shanbam Jul 19, 2017 (05:18 PM)  


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Hi Suzzyq I have been taking Champix for almost 4 weeks. I set my quit date for one week after I started. I spent that week reading and completing the milestones on this website. I made a list of the reasons I wanted to quit. This website and other members' posts have been a big help. I spent the week getting myself ready to be a non smoker. So far it has worked and Champix and the other tools on this website can work for you too. Being a non smoker is worth it!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/30/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 19
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 228
Amount Saved: $155.04
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 14 Mins: 39 Seconds: 42

Sarah, Quit Coach Jul 19, 2017 (03:07 PM)  


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Hello suzzyq - great to hear from you. Sounds like this quit is important to you for your health; choosing a quit aid like Champix, and picking a quit date helps you on your way to your goal of going smoke-free! We have several members here on SHO who used cessation medication, so you came to the right place for support. All the best, Sarah

suzzyq Jul 18, 2017 (11:38 PM)  


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quote: Original Post by: Life2222
It took me almost 4 weeks to stop smoking completely, but I have done it!!!  (I did cut back drastically right away; down to about 3 a day for weeks 2-4) but I have been completely smoke free since last Monday!!!  This is already a milestone for me because I have never been without some form of nicotine in my system (I had tried the patch several times).  Champix is definitely helping with the intensity of the cravings, but they are there and I have to fight through them!!  
 
How long did it take you until you really felt like you wre out of the "danger zone"?  
 
Thanks!!! 

I started Champix a month ago and still smoking however not as much. I went from one pack a day to maybe 7-8 daily. After the 4 weeks of Champix I didn't know it has a continuation so I stopped everything. I saw my Doctor this morning and I'm back to day 1 and my quit date is July 24. I'm convinced this time is it. I have COPD and I'm on oxygen 24/7. I need support as I'm a heavy smoker.

Life2222 Mar 06, 2017 (05:21 PM)  


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It took me almost 4 weeks to stop smoking completely, but I have done it!!!  (I did cut back drastically right away; down to about 3 a day for weeks 2-4) but I have been completely smoke free since last Monday!!!  This is already a milestone for me because I have never been without some form of nicotine in my system (I had tried the patch several times).  Champix is definitely helping with the intensity of the cravings, but they are there and I have to fight through them!!  
 
How long did it take you until you really felt like you wre out of the "danger zone"?  
 
Thanks!!! 

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Thank you Mar for that inspirational post. I know it wasn't meant for me but it helped me so much!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/21/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 1
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 12
Amount Saved: $7.80
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 3 Mins: 10 Seconds: 47

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Iamaquitterforgood Feb 13, 2017 (01:07 PM)  


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Hi Life2222, I am on my 24th day of Champix and the side effects that I have encountered are nausea, mood swings, a lot of gas and extreme constipation.  I was considering just stopping Champix after the starter pack but have decided against it.  I have come this far and figured I could tough out the side effects better than cravings for cigs.  Just a year ago someone was asking me about quitting smoking and I told them I would be a smoker until the day I died, I am now on my 10th day of not smoking!
 
Hang in there! 

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Glad it helps! It's the positives we all seem to forget about that we should ever be so grateful for! You are doing great! When I was down to where you are I would only take puffs when I craved. Sometimes I would light it ... take two puffs ... then butt it (save the butt)! Each time to light it .... it gets stinkier & stinkier! I stopped emptying my ash tray and the smell really started getting to me. I was fortunate that I worked from home so I had the benefit of puffing in my garage. I also used a coffee can with lids to collect my butts and when I got desperate .... I wud lift the lid and sniff! Pretty disgusting! The image and rank smell still remains with me. But you know you! Do it your way or try some of my advice. Just know deep down inside of you .... that this is it ..... you are taking care of you! I know you can do it! Take care!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/25/2014
Smoke-Free Days: 1054
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 26,350
Amount Saved: $15,810.00
Life Gained:
Days: 148 Hrs: 14 Mins: 30 Seconds: 47

Just Believe! Its All Good!

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