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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.

Snusmumriken Fri 21-Dec-12 21:40:09

I do not have any experience with Campix, but I did not want your post to go unanswered.

Congratulations on quitting smoking, it gets better and it is well worth it.

Good luck!

TapirAroundTheChristmasTree Sat 22-Dec-12 15:58:09

My dh quit smoking with champix, and it appears to be one of the better ways to stop. He had a bit of nausea and some weird dreams, but these are known side effects.

Good luck, and congratulations!

BunFagFreddie Sat 22-Dec-12 17:40:44

Thanks for the moral support Snusmumriken and Tapir. It's going to be the umpteenth time I've stopped! Hopefully for good this time.

I'm so glad to hear your husband didn't suffer too many side effects, there are some real champix horror stories floating around the internet. I'm on day 2 and cigs are already tasting awful. I've had a little bit of nausea, but the main things I've noticed are a metallic taste in my mouth and a loss of appetite.

maudpringle Sat 22-Dec-12 18:03:49

Had nausea and the wierd and wonderful dreams but over 2 years on I haven't had one puff.
It's the best thing I ever did, good luck Freddie,

Snusmumriken Sat 22-Dec-12 19:56:10

I used to be a hard core chain smoker and quitting was one of the best things I have done.

Best of luck! It is hard but you can do it!

AnyaKnowIt Sat 22-Dec-12 20:05:06

I'm on day 4, have only smoked 1 cig today and I couldn't even finish it

Only side effect I'm getting is a bit of a headache

TeenageWildlife Sat 22-Dec-12 20:06:45

www.whyquit.com all you need to quit - I did it 5 years ago, thanks to hearing about it on Mumsnet - good luck!

Watch the videos - one for each day telling you exactly what is happening.

AnyaKnowIt Sat 22-Dec-12 20:10:21

See TeenageWildlife, that wouldn't have worked for me.

ripsishere Sun 23-Dec-12 04:56:19

I used Champix. I think they are wonder drugs. Unfortunately I thought I knew best and five months fag free was destroyed in a single fag.
My only side effects were, frankly bonkers dreams. I intend to use them again very soon.

TeenageWildlife Sun 23-Dec-12 15:00:47

What you will learn on whyquit - is NTAP - and this is the whole secret to quitting! Including for you Anya.

Good luck

BunFagFreddie Mon 24-Dec-12 09:06:58

The weird dreams, I seem to be having that side effect! I had one last night about keeping Derren Brown prisoner in my illegal poker den because he had "seen too much". I gagged him with gaffer tape and tied him to a chair. Bloody hell!

It's day 4 of the champix today. I'm still smoking, but not as much and there's no nicotine hit from the cigs. My quit date is on day 8, so I'm hoping I'll have lost the urge by then.

ripsishere Wed 26-Dec-12 00:56:05

Well done. It is a strange sensation not getting a bang off your fags. I stopped on about day 5 or 6 IIRC. It just didn't seem worth smoking.

jessjessjess Wed 26-Dec-12 01:06:56

I did and it was amazing - it was like someone had cut out the part of by brain that knew I smoked. Had some mood swings on it though.

Have relapsed (due to major stress this year) and am not sure i can get it again or I totally would

chickensarmpit Wed 26-Dec-12 01:15:46

Snap! I was about to start my very own thread. I'm on day 1 to.
Fingers crossed for the both of us x

ViperInTheManger Wed 26-Dec-12 01:36:11

I spoke to a medical rep about Champix recently and she was saying that many of the things attributed to side-effects of Champix are actually withdrawal effects from nicotine and, apparently, taking Champix makes those effects less than they would be without it.

Good luck giving up, it really is worth it.

jessjessjess Wed 26-Dec-12 13:25:19

Having given up before without champix I don't buy that - I'm pretty sure it caused the side effects I had.

Madlizzy Wed 26-Dec-12 13:29:50

I love Champix. I smoked for 26 years and had tried everything to quit. Champix made it painless and I'm now coming up to 3 years of not smoking. Keep up the good work and good luck. :D

CoteDAzur Wed 26-Dec-12 13:37:11

DH tried to quit Champix and ended up quitting the whole thing because he was getting so depressed that he was thinking of suicide shock

LoopsInHoops Wed 26-Dec-12 13:44:34

rip, any idea how to get a prescription for it here? Been planning to for a while, but not sure where to go (KL)

poncyettia Wed 26-Dec-12 14:01:54

Packed up 3 months ago using Champix - main problems were the insomnia, which made me seriously stroppy and nausea, which at least meant I didn't put any weight on!

Best of luck op smile

chickensarmpit Wed 26-Dec-12 14:14:00

I'm now on day 2 of champix and i found it a struggle to get out of bed this morning. Anyone else found this? I'm normally up at 8am at the latest but today i got up at 2pm hmm . I didn't drink yesterday at all and i feel like i've got a hangover.

BunFagFreddie Wed 26-Dec-12 14:27:28

Well done everyone. smile

It's nice to read some positive things about champix.

I'm now on day 6, and I've just some to the conclusion that there's no point in smoking, because I'm getting nothing from it. It just makes me feel a bit sick.

I'm really happy for all of those who have managed to quit - a major achievement.

To all those in the process of quitting - come on, we can do it!

AnyaKnowIt Wed 26-Dec-12 19:23:29

I've spent the last 2 days smoke free.

I'm not even missing it, I'm on day 9

ripsishere Wed 26-Dec-12 23:44:33

Loops you can buy it over the counter. You may need to pre order it.
Mine was from either Guardian or Watsons.

jessjessjess Wed 26-Dec-12 23:59:16

You can get champix OTC? That I will have to look into!

Tigerbomb Thu 27-Dec-12 00:16:47

I have quit three times using Champix. Unfortunately I started again once the course stopped.

The nausea and depression were very hard to get through and because I have been through some counselling for a recent bereavement my doctor wont let me have them again due to the depression

ViperInTheManger Thu 27-Dec-12 00:18:38

I thought it was prescription only? I know you can buy it on the internet but don't know if that is genuine, etc

jessjessjess Thu 27-Dec-12 00:19:50

Seems it is not OTC judging by google. Balls. Don't want to tell my GP I started again and not sure i can get champix a second time.

LoopsInHoops Thu 27-Dec-12 00:23:52

Excellent, thanks rip. Viper, Rip and I aren't in the UK.

BunFagFreddie Thu 27-Dec-12 00:28:34

Has anyone else completely lost their libido on Champix? I just can't get in the mood at all. It's not going to be great for my relationship if the course lasts for 12 weeks.

I'm also worried about the weight gain. Is it possible to quit and not gain weight, or can you even quit and lose weight? Has anyone managed this?

Tigerbomb Thu 27-Dec-12 14:10:35

You can get Champix otc via Boots online. It's part of their quit smoking clinic.

TapirAroundTheChristmasTree Thu 27-Dec-12 14:40:06

You can get it, but you still need a prescription for it.

jessjessjess Thu 27-Dec-12 17:49:23

The Boots website seems to have an online consultation you can use to see if you can get Champix - it's £89.95 for a month so it's obviously cheaper on prescription but I might try it so I don't have to tell my GP I started smoking again. Not tried it yet though as it's not working on my phone

Brightspark1 Fri 28-Dec-12 19:28:49

I have filled a prescription for Champix from my GP, but I haven't plucked up courage to try it yet. I think I'm scared I will fail. Is there a support thread for us fag ash Lils on MN? Good luck bunfag. I shall be lurking to see how you get on.

AnyaKnowIt Fri 28-Dec-12 21:33:05

Brightspark1 - I don't think there is, but why don't you start one?

You won't fail I promise you, it makes the cigs taste awful. I found myself lighting one and unable to finish because of the taste. I can't even stand the smell of smoke now, two weeks ago I was smoking 20 a day and had been for years.

ripsishere Fri 28-Dec-12 22:45:04

I didn't find that the ciggies tasted awful, just that there was no bang or reward. It all seemed pretty pointless.
give them a go bright spark, you've nothing to lose except your dependence.

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.

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.

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?

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 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

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 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.

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 12:58:31

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 13:27:56

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

Hope you are feeling better soon.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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!

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??????

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 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 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 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 Tue 05-Nov-13 12:03:28

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

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!

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!!!

rizjoon Mon 04-Aug-14 13:16:39

I am in 5th week (Day 35) of Champix. Feeing lot better than when I smoke, I use to smoke 20 a day. This is my second try on Champix. the first time I tried was 3 years back and I could stop for 3 months. Hope this time it is for good. But still sometimes the urge sneaks in and had to get over it. The only problem is I am putting on weight. I have gained 5 KGs in 5 weeks and that is scary. Have to do something about it.

Will keep posting till I completely get over it. It may help someone.

Crunchy14 Sun 14-Sep-14 14:09:07

I'm so glad I found this thread! I'm starting champix next week I'm just waiting for my script. I thought I'd look into it a bit more and started feeling really worried with some of the things iv seen online. But you have put my mind at ease seeing success storeys.

Iv tried to quit so many times and failed. I did cold turkey at the start of the year and lasted 3 months and just started again for no reason sad
No I seem to struggle yo get my mind in that way of thinking so hence the champix. One thing since stopping all those months ago I cannot smoke a normal fag they taste vile I have been smoking menthol...... I wish I never accepted one from a friend of mine it made starting and continuing so easy sad

Fingers crossed now this year will be the one! Well done to all those you have kept of the cigs x

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