I took my first dose this AM. Dear Dataloungers, what have your experiences been. I had a little stomach upset at first, but could have been more due to chugging water. I feel a bit like a space cadet now.
I'm interested to hear what other say OP. I am considering getting a perscription soon as well. Best of luck to you!
My sister did it. She felt no side effects, and said after a few days, you feel like you've never smoked in your life. You just don't want it. So don't fret. She was done with it after a week or two. You don't have to take it for 6 months or whatever the claim is.
ps. she smoked for 20 years.
I want to try it too but those stories of suicides and psychotic breaks scare the shit out of me.
OP here. Still a space cadet, but it is not an unpleasurable feeling either. A friend of mine started today and he is experiencing the same feeling. No other side effects through lunch.
I tried chantix years ago, and had a few side effects. I couldn't sleep more than 30 minutes per night, but had very weird yet vivid dreams when I did sleep. It finally got to a point that I had to stop taking them in order to get any sleep and back to normal.
The sleep part is what I am most concerned with since I am not a good sleeper to begin with. What I've read about the dreams is that they are vivid, but not scary. That's been a problem with past attempts at quitting.
The dreams were vivid in that I could remember everything about them, and the scenes were surreal, with different aspects of life coming together in a way that made no sense at all.
I wish you the best, OP.
Before, pilots who took Chantix were grounded. Is this still true?
I took it and it worked like gangbusters. I'd smoked for ten years; I took the prescription for two months, and wham, I was done. That was almost five years ago and I haven't wanted a cigarette since. The nausea was the worst side-effect for me. Sometimes I'd have to lay down for awhile after taking it to calm my stomach. I did have some vivid dreams but they weren't anything terrible.
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Did it work?
R8, true, pilots aren't allowed to take it. I don't think truck drivers are allowed to take it either. At one point the Chantix help line included an automated message that people shouldn't drive at all while taking Chantix.
My doctor won't prescribe it. He gets this haunted look on his face when you ask him why and just says there are too many side effects.
It worked for me.
Chantix is for people who believe there is a pill for everything.
[R13] While the simple fact that patients who are unable to tolerate a medication (by their own measure, which varies widely) tend to make much more noise about it than those who have been pleased with it, your doctor's decision to not prescribe it within his practice may have been influenced as well by clinical data that the public at large never hears about unless they really go looking for it specifically. Pfizer wanted very much to gain FDA approval to market Chantix as an antidepressant as well. It had been thought that the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor would be the target for a novel new class of antidepressants. I know GlaxoSmithKline, and probably others too, had similar pipeline drugs for this indication addition to Pfizer's Chantix. Well, Chantix was the first to go into clinical trials for this purpose and, as I understand it, had a remarkably high degree of severe psychiatric side effects resulting in the bid to bring it to market for this indication being scrapped altogether. GSK also abandoned their candidate after this. These drugs had been anticipated to be the "next big thing" for depression, which is by and large treated by GP's nowadays, so word of this would have spread well outside the psychiatric community. I do know a physician who had previously prescribed Chantix (for smoking cessation), exercised caution after several patient reports of adverse effects, and opted to not prescribe it further after learning of the incidence of severe psychiatric side effects in the failed clinical trials. For the record, he does steer patients towards trying Zyban, rather than just telling them they're S.O.L.
I can't say whether he or your doctor or right or wrong, each is exercising what they believe to be their best clinical judgment. I would be especially cautious (this is not towards you, but anyone) about taking Chantix if I had any concomitant mental illness, however, even to a mild degree, and particularly if it was not being treated as well.
My dreams tried to kill me!
A coworker's husband used it. A great, totally normal guy. No history or hint of any mental illness of violence. 2 weeks after he started taking Chantix he beat the shit out of his wife and committed "suicide by cop" by brandishing a knife at them when they came to his house.
I think this will be a real test of the "antidepressants cause mental illness" theory that people hear about after mass shootings. The shooters are nearly always on something. You can say it's a chicken and egg situation when someone who already has mental problems is given the drugs and snaps but when people who are only taking the drugs to quit smoking, it makes you wonder what the fuck these chemicals are doing to some people's brains.
I tried it a few years ago, Op. I had horrible, vidid, dreams every night. They were so realistic and disturbing that I stopped taking it.
I also had problems with terrible vivid dreams but I also had rather violent and psychotic thoughts.I won't take it again
I had vivid dreams, too, but I think it was from nicotine withdrawal.
I found a better way to quit. I got pneumonia and couldn't breathe. I couldn't smoke for almost two weeks. That was ten years ago. Yes, I still got an occasional impulse to smoke a cigarette, yes I sometimes craved nicotine. But then I made myself really concentrate on how terrible I felt and how awful they tasted when I inhaled that first or second draw.
I'd say to myself, "Not right now." Then I'd ignore the impulse, and push it out of my mind, focus on something else. I "moved on."
It worked. I never, not one time ever gave in and started up again. That's the key.
Once you stop, you must never give in, and say, "well just this once." As for prescription drugs, I won't take any drugs I don't absolutely have to take, and then only for a short time at the lowest possible dosage. Drugs that fuck with your mind are bad news. My mother was a prescription drug addict for years and our lives were hell.