Champix

Hi guys. Well Ive been on Champix for 14 days and am on day 7 of quitting. The side effects are awful, they got much worse once I doubled up (day 8), I feel permantly sick, exhausted, tired, have wierd dreams (although they have been very nice so cant complain!;)), stomach cramps, dizzyness. Its been so hard having to go into work, I havent any energy for anything let alone roll a ciggie!! I am constantly thinking fag..fag..fag so the cravings seem to be permantly there but when I did have a couple of blips thought 'what was that all about'. Last night I was going out with friends to the pub, before I went I was so desperate for a puff, I remembered I had a ciggie in my van so had a couple of puffs. In a way Im glad I did as my 2 mates kept disapearing for a smoke and I wasnt tempted at all. I hope my tierdness improves more than anything but I guess 3 months of this is nothing to what the rest of my life may be like. Its funny sine takingChampix I dont even fancy a drink or really want to eat either (I do though).

I know this sounds daft but people have said to me that maybe Im not ready to quit as I am constanly thinking about ciggies, I do really enjoy smoking but surely we all did, I dont think there will ever be a day for me where I wake and think thats it I dont want to smoke anymore (like my mates have had) so I think I have to be firm with myself and say enough is enough, are ay of you the same? I was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, am asthmatic and am hoping to conceive before its too late so deep down I know I have to do this.

My smokestop nurse is lovely but I have no other support or know anyone that is going through the same thing so I thought it would be a good idea to join a forum, so here I am:)

p.s how do I add my quit meter please?

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  • Hi Tillie

    Can't help re the Champix but I'm sure someone else can.

    As for the quit meter, go to dedicateddesigns.com and I think the link is on the left somewhere if I remember correctly.

    Good luck with your quit :)

  • Ive downloaded the quit meter Maddy but even though it says ctrl and f12 to put on forum I cant get it to go on.

    Thanks for the link catwoman

  • You haven't closed the application have you Tillie? It needs to be running to work. Look in the bottom right corner of your pc to check that it is indeed running. If not, open it up and then do the f12 thing.

  • No its running...Mmmm not sure what to do

  • Weird. And you're pressing Ctrl and F12 together?

  • Yes I pressed them together.

    Oki doki john here goes...no sorry its me Im not very good on computers apart from the basics...never mind.

  • Hi Tillie,

    Welcome and congratulations on your wise decision to quit. Champix worked for me with relatively few side effects (no good dreams boo hoo :() but I really believe the Champix was only a stepping stone - the reason I have stayed stopped (without any slip ups) this time, is not only the support here on the forum, but following all the links and tips and educationg myself on whole nicotine thing.

    It's not been a case of fighting against the "addiction" this time, but reather "going with the flow" lol - I'm not explaining all this very well, but pease do visit the sites posted in my signature and read with an open mind :)

    Good luck and hopefully the side effects you are having from the Champix won't last too long

    I have been quit for 3 Months, 1 Day, 9 hours, 29 minutes and 53 seconds (91 days). I have saved £456.97 by not smoking 1,827 cigarettes. I have saved 6 Days, 8 hours and 15 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 17/02/2008 22:00

  • I know this sounds daft but people have said to me that maybe Im not ready to quit as I am constanly thinking about ciggies, I do really enjoy smoking but surely we all did, I dont think there will ever be a day for me where I wake and think thats it I dont want to smoke anymore (like my mates have had) so I think I have to be firm with myself and say enough is enough, are any of you the same?

    Welcome to the forum Tillie.

    I can only speak for myself of course but yes, i used to say i enjoyed smoking. Many smokers still do. Once you understand the mechanism of smoking and the nicotine trap you soon realise that what you enjoyed was actually nothing to do with the smoking.

    My favourite a-n-a-logy is wearing shoes 2 sizes too small and being allowed to take them off for 5 minutes, a dozen times a day. You get a wonderful feeling of relief and satisfaction and of course you would claim to enjoy the experience. Common sense would, of course, dictate that wearing the correct size shoes would be a better solution so that you can have comfortable feet all the time...

    So when you draw on that fag and get that calm soothing feeling that you enjoy unfortunately you've just temporarily entered that zone that all the non-smokers are in ALL THE TIME..!

    I've entered month 7 and every single morning the first thing i think of when opening my eyes is to have a smoke. A nanosecond later my brain says, "but you don't smoke" So i say, "ok" and get on with the rest of my day, easy.

    It doesn't matter what method you use to stop as long as you stop. If your mind-set is right and you have the determination (forget willpower) you'll stop easily. Getting your mind right is the challenge. To do that you need to read and understand what, as a smoker, you're going through. You need to use this forum and its experience to help you.

    You can drag yourself kicking and screaming towards being a non-smoker but it's a knife edge existence of temptation, abstinence, avoidance and grief. Far better to understand your addiction and drift comfortably towards a smoke free future laughing with contempt at the pathetic grip that nicotine actually had on you.

    luck doesn't help, only knowledge and support.

    Choose your weapon (champix in your case), mount up and enter the arena. The fight with old Nic should be short, swift and you WILL be victorious...

    ;)

  • I've entered month 7 and every single morning the first thing i think of when opening my eyes is to have a smoke

    Really?????? Or is that a typo? :confused:

    I still occassionally think "I'll just have a fag first" before starting a task, but honestly, those thoughts are few and far between now!

  • nope, no typo.

    Old habits die hard as they say.

    The post sex / meal / while driving / task completed fags i don't even think about but my wake up fag seems to stick in my head.

    I guess it'll fade with time or it might be my legacy.

    Either way it doesn't bother me..

    ;)

  • Im still finding this so hard guys:( There is still the constant fag..fag..fag going round in my head, even when Im reading I can still read the book and be thinking it..arrggggg. Taking the Champix is hard as it is still making me feel really sick, I havent taken it today just so I can have a day of not feeling sick. I thought at 2 weeks this would have eased, the sick feeling and the constant cravings, but it seems not. Ive read and read and I am still that close to saying 'oh sod it' and lighting up. The little git on my left shoulder is saying 'have 1' and the nice guy on my right is saying 'NO DONT IT WILL GET EASIER'.................anyway just letting of steam...arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

  • Hi Tillie

    How are things this morning? Hope you're feeling better!

    I'm on Champix and too felt like it was hard for me, week 3 especially. It's not a wonder drug and you really do have to want to stay stopped for it to help.

    Have you spoken to the GP about your side effects? I must admit the first time I tried Champix last year I had horrible side effects but this time touch wood they haven't been half as bad. I also dropped to just one a day as my sleep was being badly disturbed. This has worked for me though did have a few days of bad cravings when I dropped them but levelled out now.

    Just wanted to say you're not alone, stopping smoking by whatever method in my opinion is very hard......but look at all the others on this forum - if they can do it so can we!!!

    Jane

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