I am new here and on day one.

Hello I am totally new to forums so please bare with me if I have posted in the wrong place or made any other mistakes.

I have been taking Champix for 11 days and today is the first day of no smoking. I dont think I have been craving as such but I cant stop thinking of smoking and I am battling with the thought of having just one more cigarette!! I really do want to beat this and I am even reading Allen Carr's book at the same time as taking medication...lol

Is it usual to be constantly thinking about cigarettes and how long do these thoughts last?

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  • Hiya Shell. Welcome to the forum. A Champix user will be along soon to give you more help on that subject than I can. Just one cigarette may seem a good idea right now, but, after the next 1000 you'll be back to square one. You'll find some useful links on some of the posts, so read and read. David

  • Hi Shelley :)

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    I also quit with the help of Champix and found it very good,it really does help but you'll still need willpower as well

    It's quite usual to think about smoking, most of us do to start with, so try and keep busy, go for a walk whatever it takes is fine but just don't smoke OK

    Post often to let us know how you're getting on, have a moan or a rant, for any reason at all pretty much anything goes on here

    Remember we're all here for you whenever you need us

    Best Wishes

    Marg xx

  • Welcome

    Hi shell welcome to the forum. I have been taking champix for 4 weeks and have been stopped for 3 weeks, yes it is perfectly normal to think about cigs some days it used to drive me mad.:mad: Its great though you start to notice that you have not thought about them for half a day and it gradually gets longer. Some days go by and hardly a thought of cigs then another they seem to be on your mind all the time.

    It is a great forum everyone is very helpful, just keep posting :)

  • Hi there and well done on your quit. I am not a champix quitter but I can also vouch that with the right mental attitude the craves get less and less. They can still give you a nudge now and then but the constant nag goes. Reading Allen Carr is a great way to start you off. Check out some of the links and post when you crave. xx

  • Hi Shellie715

    Oh my god!!! it is sooo hard isnt it... I am on day 6 and yesterday i was climbing the walls.. got to say i do feel a bit more in control today. My hubby is on day 15 of champix and day 6 of no smoking, i have got to say he seems more chilled than me who is going cold turkey. I am going to keep going.. i cant wait for my house to never smell of cigs again and for people to tell me that i smell nice.. Keep it up Shellie, it will all be worth it.. Oh and i cant believe that i havent had to spend any money this wk either!!! I am feeling richer already!! YAY!!!!

  • Hi Starfish :D

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    Forget about your past failures, most of us lots behind us, so forget the past and look to the smoke free future that waits for you

    Post often for whatever reason let us know how you're getting on , have a rant, moan whatever, pretty much anything goes on here and remember we're all here for you anytime you need us

    Well done to you and your hubby on day 6 you're doing fine

    I'm sorry you had a bad day yesterday, but they happen now and then I'm afraid, I hope you feel much better today

    Best Wishes

    Marg xx

  • What a lovely welcome :D

    Its so encouraging to hear of all these people who were just like me, And hopefully I will become one of those people who gives encouragement to others in time.

    Thanks once again for all your words of support.

    Shellie xoxo

  • Welcome Shellie And Starfish

    You have come to the right place here you will get fab advice and support. just take it one day at a time things start to improve really soon.xxxxxx

  • New also and literally day one of champix!!!

    Welcome Shellie And Starfish

    You have come to the right place here you will get fab advice and support. just take it one day at a time things start to improve really soon.xxxxxx

    Hi all,having read through some threads I am now hoping that I have psoted in the right area too.!

    I am literally on day 1 of champix and have to say even now the smokes do not taste the same,is it all in my mind or can the effects work that quick?

    I have tried all forms of nrt before and always go back on the smokes and have to say my willpower is not that good,but with a work collegue we have decided to give champix a whirl,so wish us luck and will post the progress!!

    Jackie:o

  • Hi Shellie and starfish and welcome.

    I am a Champix user (lol that sounds weird, Hi my names Bob and I'm a Champix user)

    OK back to what I was going to say. I am now on day 13 of my quit and I stopped on day 10 of taking Champix. I find the tablet has been a great help to me through my quit so far. I have had some of the side effects but none have been that bad. I have felt sick a few times and the dreams in the first couple of weeks were very vivid. but I see this as a small price to pay for when I reach the light at the end of the smoke filled tunnel.

    Shellie I like you also read the Alan Car book again during this quit as well as reading hundreds of posts on this forum.

    To top on that I listen to the 'easy way' on CD on my way to work(sad I know). I really do believe that if you are prepared mentally to quit smoking you will have a better chance of succeeding. Education is the key to success.

    #Alan Carr Quote# Try not to think of you quit as if you are depriving yourself of anything, Instead be glad that you have stopped poisoning yourself with cancer triggering chemicals.

    OK rant over for now but remember to never doubt your reasons for quitting and stay positive. It does get better and it will be worth the effort.

  • Am new too

    Hi there,

    Am new on here too (today in fact)and am not sure if I'm replying to you or to everyone on this site...eeeeeekkk.:confused:

    Am on day 6 of Champix..and not really feeling the urge to stop yet......hopefully that'll come next week......it's sooooo hard. The thought of smoking is constantly in my head. After searching the net came across this site and.... wow there are more people going through the same as me, I thought I was the only one in the world that wanted to stop but needed every crutch known to man as help:eek:

    HELP from everyone out there would be great.......that's if I've posted this correctly. I did send an email but god knows where it went........need a fag.......:mad:

  • Hi Jae and Kate :) :)

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    you're both on champix I see I also used champix and found it really good and yes the effects are quickly felt

    Post often and let us know how you're getting on, for help and support or a rant whatever pretty much anything goes on here, we're all here to help you as much as we can

    Best

    Wishes

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Hi there,

    this site and.... wow there are more people going through the same as me, I thought I was the only one in the world that wanted to stop but needed every crutch known to man as help

    HELP from everyone out there would be great.......that's if I've posted this correctly. I did send an email but god knows where it went........need a fag.......

    That's what keeps me here too. The other fora I'd come across were full of success stories. Nobody ever failed, hard to believe. Here people go to week 2 ,3 or even month and end up on day 1 again. Seems much more honest/real. Not that I rub my hands in glee if somebody fails, I'm going through a pretty hard battle myself at the moment. Just not quite there yet. Made it 18 hours the other day, unplanned but started again. Regret just a little cos it will happen.....soon.

    Just stick around, keep reading, make notes of what you think applies to you, stick those notes somewhere where you can see them the whole day.

  • Hi Bioxx :D

    Good to see you back here again

    Well done on that 18 hours the other day, next time you'll do a full 24 hrs and be away

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Thanks Margareth, was a surprise, at least for me.

    Kate13, if your note taking looks a bit more organised than my one it won't hurt, but it helped me to get those 18 hours together.

    i49.photobucket.com/albums/...

  • can't sleep

    :D Oh my good god this is hard, had to get up cause the thought of not smoking is driving me up the wall and keeping me from sleping................now on day 7 of champix, the double dose and they are making me feel oh soooo sick, but will stick at it:eek:

    Thanks Bioxx for the advice, I have written a long list of reasons for stopping

  • I have written a long list of reasons for stopping

    Good idea, keep it handy, either somewhere where you constantly see it or where you usually carry your fags.

    My desk looks already worse then in the photo, keeps piling up, so what? Whatever helps is fine.

    While up the wall, try the ceiling too. :D I'm not making fun of you, believe me I'm myself in the worst battle I've ever been.

  • Hi Kate :D

    I'm sorry you're feeling sick on the higher dose of champix I had the same problem, you could try eating before you take them although that didn't help me it does some people

    I just took my later in the morning about 9 instead of first thing and that stopped the sickness

    Try not to be nervous about stopping, the thought is worse than the doing

    Love

    Marg xxxx

    Hi Bioxx :D

    Yep your desk does look a bit messy, but as you say whatever helps is fine and you can always clean it up when you're free and clear of this addiction we all have to fight

    Love

    Marg xxxxxx

  • Try not to be nervous about stopping, the thought is worse than the doing

    Marg xxxxxx

    Wiser words have never been spoken.:D

    As for my desk, beware, I just bought a camera:D

  • Hi Bioxx :D

    You've just bought a camera, does this mean we get a new pic of your desk in all it's glory :p;)

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Hi Bioxx :D

    You've just bought a camera, does this mean we get a new pic of your desk in all it's glory :p

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxx

    As you wish:D

    i49.photobucket.com/albums/...

    Have to shut down now if I don't want to get my computers fried. Something very dark coming my way.

  • Hi Bioxx :D

    Very nice, you been having a tidy up session :p

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Kate,

    I like many more before me was the worlds worse smoker, if I could have woke up with a fag im my mouth I would have.

    Please keep at it cause you are doing just fine and if you want some support at tough times let me know and I will leave you my mobile number cause I know that the support i have had with silly little txt messages at various times of the day have helped me heaps...... I am now into week 2...yay!!!!

    Good luck hun xx

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