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Has anyone quit/tried to quit smoking with Champix? What was it like?

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BunFagFreddie Fri 21-Dec-12 12:57:50

I would really like to hear from anyone who has used Champix. I am on day 1, but I've read so many awful things about it and have scared myself silly.

I felt depressed each time I've stopped smoking before, as in really, really rotten, angry, depressed and just wished I could die sometimes. Could people just be blaming their withdrawl symptoms on the Champix?

Has it helped anyone?

Thanks in advance.

fromparistoberlin73 Tue 20-May-14 09:20:52

just started this!!! the vaping did not work so onto plan B

hope everyone still fag free its FUCKING vile habit, nearly couhed m,y guts up in a team meeting yesterday- enough!!!

Victoire1 Thu 07-Nov-13 21:13:59

So far so good, today is my second non smoking day and it really isn't too bad! I work in a school so no smoking there and it is just the odd habitual one that i fancy, so whenever that happens i do something completely different. Still no adverse effects from the Champix apart from having water overnight as i get thirsty. I would recomend this to anyone!

Treasures Tue 05-Nov-13 12:03:28

Well done Victoire1! And it'll only get easier smile

Victoire1 Sun 03-Nov-13 20:14:41

Well day 5 nearly over and i smoked about 11 fags instead of the usual 20. Feeling ok and tomorrow start a new job in a school so no smoking there either. Good luck to us all i'm feeling positive and optimistic, its great to know there are other people beating the fags!

Treasures Fri 01-Nov-13 18:45:57

Possibly but it's only day 4 and you may find things are very different by quit day! ;) the difference between day 8 and day 9 for me was massive and very sudden.

Victoire1 Fri 01-Nov-13 17:52:52

Thank you so much Treasures, i do have a stinking cold and was wondering if that was masking any feelings? I'm going to try my best xxx

Treasures Fri 01-Nov-13 10:58:29

Sorry I haven't read the whole thread but wanted to answer Victoire1

I'm on day 29 of Champix and my quit day was day 11. I found that on day 9 my fags started to taste really gross which made me smoke a lot less (like 6 instead of 20, say). Quit day was fine, much easier than I expected. But I think the very best thing was going through the house and binning every lighter, ashtray, etc because if I hadn't, I'm sure I would have given in to the "I should be smoking now" thoughts. There haven't been any cravings, just the habit...like after dinner I think "time for a fag" but just have a TicTac instead and then it's forgotten about.

In my experience Champix really makes it so much easier. Good luck.

Victoire1 Fri 01-Nov-13 10:45:04

I am on day 4 of Champix and my quit day is 8. Right now i am still enjoying smoking and have not noticed any change in that. I'm getting worried that i won't get any effects from champix and won't be able to give up help anyone??????

cathpip Fri 18-Oct-13 13:36:27

I had 24 hrs of gut rot, and some very weird dreams but its worked for me. I started champix on the 1/8/2007 and my last cigarette was on the 9/8/2007, I have not missed them at all and most definately the best thing I have done. Good luck!

Craftygina Fri 18-Oct-13 13:26:13

Hi I'm starting my course of champix on Monday I'm a bit anxious but really looking forward to it

RyHall Thu 10-Oct-13 10:16:04

I'm taking Champix at the moment for Stoptober. I'm currently on week 2 of the treatment and saw this forum so thought i would give everyone an update. Been smoke free for 4 days now and i'm feeling great - although i had 1 drag of a fag yesterday to 'see' how it tasted on Champix. It didn't taste very nice!!! I was chuffed!! The thing is, I haven't had any side effects from quitting. Does anyone know when I'l encounter these?? I'm expecting to cough up phlegm and have chest pains and stuff.

BunFagFreddie Wed 02-Jan-13 23:19:16

It was weird with champix, because I was still smoking and I was wondering when it would start to work. All of a sudden I was in bed one night and realised that I'd only smoked 3 fags that day.

It definitely makes quitting easier, although you still have to be really motivated.

Did you find that you had chest pains, were short of breath coughing up phlegm when you quit Badger? Sorry if that's tmi, but I don't remember it being this bad last time I stopped.

yes it doesn't quit for you - just sort of props you up

well done bunfag - you're doing really well

BunFagFreddie Wed 02-Jan-13 20:27:49

I can't believe I have stopped for a few days. It's a major achievement for any smoker! The Champix really is helping. I do feel a bit irritable, but you still get slight cravings.

i quit using Champix three years ago - and i was only on it for 6 weeks. Tried everything else and it certainly seems to do the trick

it DID make me depressed though - it was like very chronic PMT and the day i stopped taking it i had sobbed all day at work, on the bus home and then for 2 hours when i got home blush

i found as long as i took it on a full stomach it didn't make me feel sick.

AnyaKnowIt Wed 02-Jan-13 13:27:56

When I tried the gum, I still went for a cig afterwards blush

Hope you are feeling better soon.

BunFagFreddie Wed 02-Jan-13 12:58:31

Anya, when I quit with gum and patches I became addicted to the gum and it took about 8 months to break my gum addiction. It wasn't even much cheaper than smoking.

I really wanted a smoke this morning, but I think I've finanlly succumbed to the flu that everyone else has had over Christmas and New Year. I woke up this morning sneezing and I ache like buggery. Hopefully it won't go down to my chest. The last couple of colds I've had turned into bronchitis. That was really what made me decide to try champix. My grandad had bronchitis loads before he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

AnyaKnowIt Wed 02-Jan-13 12:40:58

The champix has been bloody great, have tried all the patches, gum e-cigs. Still couldn't quit.

I did have the one strange dream involving the Kate Middleton and Robbie Williams confused

Weight gain? <hides big bag of doritos>

BunFagFreddie Wed 02-Jan-13 12:33:10

That's amazing ginger! I smoke rolling tobacco, so won't save as much as you, but I reckon I'll still save £800 per year.

I'm still having cravinngs, but if I had just gone cold turkey I would probably be in tears by now! The champix makes it much more managable.

beingginger Wed 02-Jan-13 00:07:18

I loved champix. I quit 13 months ago and it was a wonder drug. I looked great until I stopped taking it because my appetite came back and I put on 2 stone. But I am smoke free and I can always loose the weight, I can't get my lungs if I develop cancer.
And I've saved over two GRAND!

BunFagFreddie Tue 01-Jan-13 23:50:14

Anya, I probably won't be name changing for the forseeable future. grin

That's awesome news, the champix really helps, doesn't it. Are you getting strange dreams?

I'm still not smoking and no more sickness either. I'm not sure about how the weight gain will go. I've been doing OK, despite it being Crimbo and all, but I got lashed up last night. Today I've had the hangover from hell and have just come on my period, so I have eaten loads. blush

AnyaKnowIt Tue 01-Jan-13 22:47:47

Woohoo BunfagFreddie (Will you be name changing?) grin

I'm off the cigs and off the Champix now grin

BunFagFreddie Sun 30-Dec-12 12:32:49

The effects of the champix really kicked in yesterday. smile

I kept thinking about having a ciggie and just couldn't be bothered. I ended up smoking 3 yesterday down from between 20 and 40 a day. The smoking nurse told me to quit on day 8, but to be honest the leaflet just said to pick a date during the second week, so I picked day 12. Day 8 just felt too soon, too much pressure!

I have now quit on day 10, so very pleased! The champix has really taken the cravings away. I have been sick a few times, but it's not incapacitating. 12 weeks of having the odd bit of sickness is a small price to pay for healthy lungs imo.

Brightspark Have you started the fag ash Lils give up smoking support thread? If so, can you post the link?

Brightspark1 Sat 29-Dec-12 20:10:57

anyaknowit good idea. It might make me give it a good go, it's good to read all these success stories. I think I'm emotionally dependent as well as physically dependent so I need to find another way of coping with stress.

jessjessjess Fri 28-Dec-12 22:48:00

I actually didn't stop enjoying cigarettes so thought it wouldn't work.

Then my quit date came and I just quit and didn't have cravings.

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