On the brink!!!

Even though 13 weeks beckons tomorrow and 3 calendar months on Saturday, why am I all of a sudden experiencing an overwhelming desire to smoke again. I've been off Champix since Monday and the desire has grown gradually, worsening daily, testing my willpower to extremes at times. Don't try telling me of the psychological demons etc...this is a craving...large as life and twice as ugly and on completing this post, I'm off to the chemist to resume champix until I feel 'safe' again. Even if I need to use it for years, I've worked too hard to go backwards again.

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  • To be honest, when I came off Champix I had no problem at all - did you come off it gradually or just stop?

    I did notice that I had stopped the champix, but I came off it very gradually - perhaps that makes a difference.

    One of the side effects of the tablets is noted as "an increased desire to smoke when stopping the treatment" so I am not going to try telling you how you feel is wrong - it's quite possibly very right and my experience is unusual.

    Please talk to your GP about the best way forward, because it's certain that talking medication forever is not the way on - but you have to make sure you don't go back to smoking.

    Perhaps they can give you advice on cutting down gradually, or perhaps there is other advice they can give.

    As long as you don't smoke again, that's the important thing!

  • keep goin

    hope you went straight to the docs and got the champix ?, i agree with you in that even if you have to take it for months to keep off the fags , so beit, its y hard sometimes, and congratulations ( im sure you didnt sucumb? ) in beating the 'demon; :D

  • .....why am I all of a sudden experiencing an overwhelming desire to smoke again. I've been off Champix since Monday and the desire has grown gradually, worsening daily, testing my willpower to extremes at times.....

    If you read all the bumf about Champix and how it works you’ll get all that knowledge of nicotine receptors etc etc yawn yawn…. But, don’t forget you’ve been fag free for the best part of 12 weeks or so hence nicotine free.

    So now, like any traditional quitter you’ve kicked the nicotine but you’ve taken 2016 hours instead of 72 but you’re at the same point, drug free, fag free and a new life stretching ahead of you.

    Everything you face now you’re facing in your head and there’s no-one to blame for that desire other than you.

    .....Don't try telling me of the psychological demons etc...this is a craving.....

    What else can a craving be..?

    It's not physical is it.?

    This is where you face those demons and show them who’s boss. So many have done it before you, step up to the plate and bask in the spotlight.... :)

  • Even though 13 weeks beckons tomorrow and 3 calendar months on Saturday, why am I all of a sudden experiencing an overwhelming desire to smoke again. I've been off Champix since Monday and the desire has grown gradually, worsening daily, testing my willpower to extremes at times. Don't try telling me of the psychological demons etc...this is a craving...large as life and twice as ugly and on completing this post, I'm off to the chemist to resume champix until I feel 'safe' again. Even if I need to use it for years, I've worked too hard to go backwards again.

    Whatever the cause, you are not alone in having found a really rough patch at the 3 month mark, hang on in there and it will pass.

    Why do you think that because its a craving, it isn't psychosocially driven? The fact that you stopped champix means that your "method" of not wanting to smoke has been removed, therefore you are at increased risk of having a psychosocial desire that in turn manifests itself as a physical desire.

    Whatever the cause if you think that you need the champix then do it. Don't spoil the ship for a hapeth of tar as they say.

    All the best,

    Nic

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