Having tried every other method of quitting this ridiculous habit, I have decided on the combination of Champix, Paul McKenna's hypnosis CD and this forum in the hope that this will be 'the one'!
My longest previous quit was 4 months cold turkey with the aid of Paul McKenna's CD (which I would reccomend to anyone). I tried quitting with the CD alone this time around, but as much as it helped me, I just didn't have the determination this time around. I think perhaps I took the CD for granted, as it 'worked' for me before. I always had it in the back of my mind that I could always return to using the CD and quit again some day. This has turned out to not to be the case.
I am 26 and have a beautiful 2 1/2 year old boy who is just getting to the age where he is begining to ask me what I'm up to, when I shimmy out of the door for a smoke. The excuse of 'I'm going to get something from the car' is begining to arouse his suspicions, as even his young, not yet fully developed brain is surely aware of the fact that nobody goes out to 'get something from the car' 7 or 8 times each evening! In short, the main reason I want to quit is so my son doesn't grow up with smoking parents. Second reason is my health and finally money.
My wife is quitting too and as we have different doctors, we were described different drugs. Her Zyban...me Champix, so we have the opportunity to do a little comparing exercise between the two drugs here and hopefully help others by providing feedback, as well as hopefully freeing ourselves from the nicotine slavery as well.
I did my homework on Champix when the doctor gave it to me and the usual google searches brought up a lot of diaries and blogs, from suicide attempts to people who quit with no side effects. I thought it would be useful to use this opportunity to report on mine and my wife's experiences with our respective drugs in order that future quitters may benefit from reading it. I will use this thread to do so, updating it as often as possible.
Sorry for the long introduction and I hope that somebody, somewhere finds use or inspiration from reading it:
So having been prescribed our releveant drugs on Wednesday, we took our first pills on Thursday morning, safe in the knowledge that our doctors had told us we needn't quit smoking straight away. This was fantastic news and took a lot of the usual quitting pressures away.
The immediate difference is the packaging. Zyban came in a plain white box with 7 blisters thrown in it and the brief instructions to take one a day. Champix came in a box that resembles a Fil-o-fax, neatly presented to seperate the pills into days for the next 2 weeks and a pretty hefty instruction manual.
I'm aware that the instant you take any pill or medicine, placebo can take hold quicker than any real effects and I believe that's what happened to both myself and my wife. We both started saying that we didn't feel like smoking within minutes of taking the first pill. Utter rubbish of course! Especially since we were smoking our normal daily rations not 20 minutes after making this bold, early morning claim. The dcotor said, the effects would take a while to take hold though, and we have had doctors orders to carry on smoking for the first week, so happy days! On with business as usual.
Throughout day 1, I have had a very mellowed out feeling that I am pretty sure is down to the Champix. I just feel relaxed and not to eaten up by things, despite a hectic day at work. I can't get over the weird feeling that I have kind of started to quit smoking (by taking the pills) and yet I am still smoking. It seems too good to be true that one day in the next week or so, I will supposedly decide that I don't like smoking any more....we shall see.
My wife on the other hand is not having such an easy time. Sickness, dizziness and a feeling she describes as 'drugged up' are amongst the complaints she has. Seems to be too severe to be the placebo effect and when I met her at lunch, I could see in her eyes that she was suffering. She didn't look right. She's determined to continue though and we were both pre-warned by both the doctor and various websites that side effects like this would be inevitable in most cases.
The end result of day 1 in terms of smoking wasn't very evident, as expected. We both smoked our usual amount. We both commented at 1 or 2 points that we 'didn't enjoy' that last smoke very much, but I'm guessing that is because we are now paying attention to how much we enjoy smoking in anticipation of these 'wonder drugs' taking hold.
Day 1 done.