early quit date a good idea??

i would like to set my quit date for this saturday. i started taking champix on tuesday this week.

the stop smoking clinic have advised me to go for days 8-14 as a quit date and saturday will only be day 5.

do u think this matters? should i do what they say or do u think it would be ok to stop earlier than advised? i really wanna stop but worried stopping to early may have affects on how well i cope without them and i do not want to fail this time!

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  • id13, if u think u can do it, then do it - we are all behind u if u need any help.

    good luck for saturday and the rest of ur life;)

  • Hi ld13, If l were you, l wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to quit. Remember, when you DO quit, it will be for ever, hopefully. :)

    I also quit using Champix, but took them for a full 14 days before quitting. My reasoning was, the longer l took them, the better my chances were of staying quit. ;) Having said that, although l took them for the maximum time initially, l was off them completely after about 4 weeks.

    I have been quit now for over 10 months, so this clearly worked for me, BUT, everyone is different. What may work for one person will not necessarily work for another.

    I would keep taking them for the time being, as you will probably find that, as the days go by, you are smoking less and less anyway. :)

    Love Josie XXX

  • Hi ld13, If l were you, l wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to quit. Remember, when you DO quit, it will be for ever, hopefully. :)

    I also quit using Champix, but took them for a full 14 days before quitting. My reasoning was, the longer l took them, the better my chances were of staying quit. ;) Having said that, although l took them for the maximum time initially, l was off them completely after about 4 weeks.

    I have been quit now for over 10 months, so this clearly worked for me, BUT, everyone is different. What may work for one person will not necessarily work for another.

    I would keep taking them for the time being, as you will probably find that, as the days go by, you are smoking less and less anyway. :)

    Love Josie XXX

    thanks josie. i will defo keep taking them - it was just the quit date i was umming and arring about.

    the reason i didnt wanna do it too soon was like you say incase it ruins my chances of staying quit.

    i may just see how it goes and how i feel by saturday

  • Spot on ld13, you do not want to risk ruining your quit for the sake of a few more days. 'Cos the important thing after all is, to QUIT, and to STAY QUIT. I understand how you feel though. You feel a sense of euphoria, and almost excitement at the prospect of the challenge ahead. :confused:

    As l said before, you will be smoking less and less anyway, so when the BIG DAY arrives, you will almost be a non-smoker already. :)

    Love Josie XXX

  • I would suggest carrying on until the earliest recommended day unless you feel you are forcing yourself to smoke.

  • I quit on day 10 - but the last 2 days I didn't want to smoke.

    I say follow your instincts, but also bear in mind the instructions on the pack.

    Do what you think is right, if you are ready then you are ready.

    But, once you stop - you stop. Never another puff!

    All the best!

  • i have decided despite my concerns that saturday is going to be the day.

    my husband is away all weekend so at least he wont have to deal with the grumpiness i may experience in the first few days. also the 25th october is my husbands birthday, and the anniversary of a cosmetic operation i had 6 years ago which changed my life. it dawned on me last night that i was meant to quit smoking back then....6 years ago on the day of my op....

    on the 25th october 2006 my now husband flew to afghanistan for a 6 month tour of duty (nice birthday present huh!?). may not seem like a positive thing but it was, because we got through it and he came back to me safely. it was also the turning point that made us decide to get married in the first place.

    so there is a lot of relevance in the date which is why i think it was meant to be. the next positive thing about the date "25th october" is going to be that it was my last day of smoking - for good! :)

  • i have decided despite my concerns that saturday is going to be the day.

    my husband is away all weekend so at least he wont have to deal with the grumpiness i may experience in the first few days. also the 25th october is my husbands birthday, and the anniversary of a cosmetic operation i had 6 years ago which changed my life. it dawned on me last night that i was meant to quit smoking back then....6 years ago on the day of my op....

    on the 25th october 2006 my now husband flew to afghanistan for a 6 month tour of duty (nice birthday present huh!?). may not seem like a positive thing but it was, because we got through it and he came back to me safely. it was also the turning point that made us decide to get married in the first place.

    so there is a lot of relevance in the date which is why i think it was meant to be. the next positive thing about the date "25th october" is going to be that it was my last day of smoking - for good! :)

    Good for you. Remember to keep us up to speed all the way - you can do it, and you will do it.

    Now, have you read EVERY peice of information there is to read on what happens when you quit? No?

    Off you go then. Educations is the key.... ;)

  • Good for you. Remember to keep us up to speed all the way - you can do it, and you will do it.

    Now, have you read EVERY peice of information there is to read on what happens when you quit? No?

    Off you go then. Educations is the key.... ;)

    i have read it many times but i will take your advice and refresh myself. i think id be better off reading what happens if u carry on!!! those are the eye openers for me!

  • i have read it many times but i will take your advice and refresh myself. i think id be better off reading what happens if u carry on!!! those are the eye openers for me!

    My point is, there is always something to read - another forum entry, another woofmang tale, another web page somewhere.

    It is not possible to read everything, there is always something else - and everytime you read anything, someones point of view - someones story. It re-enforces why quitting is a good idea.

    Thats because no matter what you read on the subject, there is no good reason to smoke.

  • My point is, there is always something to read - another forum entry, another woofmang tale, another web page somewhere.

    It is not possible to read everything, there is always something else - and everytime you read anything, someones point of view - someones story. It re-enforces why quitting is a good idea.

    Thats because no matter what you read on the subject, there is no good reason to smoke.

    oh i see. sorry i thought u meant do i know that il get cranky and lightheaded and cough and stuff when i stop.

    but yeah your right. i will carry on reading. the woofmang tales are good

  • Hi ld13, l must admit that the 25th does seem to have a lot of significance in your life. :) I am sure that that fact alone will give you the determination needed to stick with it. :)

    One fact that l have not mentioned, at the beginning of my quit, if l had a craving, l used to come on here, and by the time l had either posted myself or read others' posts, the craving would have passed. :D In fact, l believe that this forum helped me nearly as much as the Champix did.

    Good luck for Saturday. Let us know how you get on.

    Love Josie XXX

  • Doesn't hurt to read those too! For instance, knowing you may develop a bad cough at some point during the first few weeks and bring up black phlegm for a few days means it doesn't scare you if it happens.

    All info is good info!

  • ld13, can I just say that I found it impossible to smoke any further than 8 days after I started the tablets and it was a relief not to feel like I "had to" IYSWIM? If you are smoking less anyway, the chances are you will be ready by 25th and it seems an appropriate date for you considering all the coincedences!

    I also didn't feel cranky, light headed or any of the symptoms that I felt with patches so the tablets were doing their job and I still haven't felt those symptoms, hoping that you don't either cos it seems to make it a lot easier to stick with it!

    Good luck for Saturday!

  • ld13, can I just say that I found it impossible to smoke any further than 8 days after I started the tablets and it was a relief not to feel like I "had to" IYSWIM? If you are smoking less anyway, the chances are you will be ready by 25th and it seems an appropriate date for you considering all the coincedences!

    I also didn't feel cranky, light headed or any of the symptoms that I felt with patches so the tablets were doing their job and I still haven't felt those symptoms, hoping that you don't either cos it seems to make it a lot easier to stick with it!

    Good luck for Saturday!

    unfortunately i am experiencing some side effects from the tablet. i am extrememly tired (more then usual) and i have been very dizzy and almost feel drunk. last night was the worst.

    however, i think they should wear off when my body gets used to the pills (heres hoping!)

    i am not finding it impossible to smoke all the ones im having but one i had yesterday made me literally gag and the ones i had last night i had less then half before i decided i didnt want anymore so i guess the pills are working

    tomorrow is D day!!! ;)

  • those side effects are entirely normal, try taking the pills with food if you aren't already. hopefully the effects will go soon.

    Best wishes for tomorrow :)

  • those side effects are entirely normal, try taking the pills with food if you aren't already. hopefully the effects will go soon.

    Best wishes for tomorrow :)

    i am already. i eat half my meal, take the tablet, then finish the meal so i dont feel sick. seems to work :)

    feeling drunk is defo better then feeling sick lol

  • Hi ld13, l experienced the same symptoms as you - light headedness, disorientation, not quite "with it" - BEFORE starting my course of Champix. It began for me, when l was quite ill before last Christmas, and cut down from over 50 a day to 3 a day. I put this down to a much reduced level of level of nicotine in my body. I don't know if this was the reason, but it did last for several weeks.:confused:

    Love Josie XXX

  • Hi ld13, l experienced the same symptoms as you - light headedness, disorientation, not quite "with it" - BEFORE starting my course of Champix. It began for me, when l was quite ill before last Christmas, and cut down from over 50 a day to 3 a day. I put this down to a much reduced level of level of nicotine in my body. I don't know if this was the reason, but it did last for several weeks.:confused:

    Love Josie XXX

    I think it is actually the effect of the increased levels of oxygen in the bloodstream, the body does get used to the change quite quickly though.

  • Hi Nic, you are probably quite right. Something made me feel "funny", l just assumed it was the lack of nicotine. :)

    The thing is though, this happened before taking ANY tablets, so it couln't have been them that caused it, :confused: it must have been the increased levels of oxygen in my blood. I found that it did last for several weeks. I don't know whether it was because l have C.O.P.D., and the oxygen levels in my blood are low at the best of times, so the increase had more of an effect. :confused:

    Love Josie XXX

  • well iv carried on smoking as instructed and havnt stopped yet so it cant be the oxygen thing although one time i quit before, i did experience the dizziness and i knew it was from extra oxygen

    this is a different sort of lightheadedness though. just dont quite feel like me and feel i could sleep anywhere, anytime :D

    gonna have a nice long lie in on my first smoke free day tomorrow and hope i can rid myself of some sleepiness !

  • Hi ld13, the differences that l noticed were tiredness, vivid dreams and nausea, which is why l dropped to 1 tablet a day after a couple of weeks. I'll be thinking about you tomorrow. GOOD LUCK. You can do it.:D:D:D

    love Josie XXX

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