How Long Will I Feel Like This?

Hello everybody, I'm new.

I'm not sure if I'm on day 2 or the cigarette I had yesterday puts me back on day one. I had my last cigarette at 4.30pm on Tuesday and had one cigarette at 7pm last night (wednesday). I am on champix but I'm still finding it difficult. It seems that everyone else on champix hardly notices that they have given up, but I feel really dizzy and getting bad cravings and getting wound up by everything. How long will I feel like this?:confused::(:(

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  • this is one that fellow champix supplementers will be able to better answer for you, but one look at other posts from early-days champix posters mostly say the same things.. and they come back to say things have vastly improved too. I'll not ramble on, but i will say hang in there, it will get better, it truly will. This feeling you got right now will pass

  • Hi James,

    All I can say is that it gets a little easier every day. It takes about 6 weeks to re-train your brain to unlearn to smoke! Although the nicotine has left your body within 72hrs, it is the re-training the brain thing that you have to be patient with.

    I have quit for 7months now, I missed the exact day that I was 7 months quit because I rarely think about ciggies now - even though my husband smokes.

    All I can say is stick with it - you will get through the tough days, when the going gets tough - the tough get going!

  • Thank you so much for your replies.I was nearly really naughty a few minutes ago and got afag of my colleague. I went outside and saw other colleagues puffing away and thought, I don't wanna go back to that and I went back in and gave the fag back. I feel well proud of myself!

  • Good on you James. :D

    I am also on Champix and had a few bad days at the beginning, but the nausea, etc does pass and it gets easier. I know from experience that at time it probably feels like you will never be "normal" again but if you hang in there, you will feel better than normal - you will feel amazing. Today will see me reach two weeks without a smoke and its the best decision I have ever made.

    There are some great people on here who will help. If you having a really bad day, tell us about it on here. There is always someone around.

  • Good for you for handing that 'thing' back.

    The only thing you are suffering with withdrawal is what your previous and last cigarette caused. its amazing but while alot of folk nip out for a smoke they think the smoke cures their craving and it does.. but the effects of that smoke wear off very quickly after they've had it, and very very soon they are wanting another one.. and so goes the cycle.

    By breaking that cycle by not taking that smoke, you have done yourself alot of good, and if you continue to do so things will get ultimately alot easier.

    keep up this.. you owe it to yourself, and don't you think... its about time too?

  • I feel well proud of myself!

    You should do, I think handing one back is a tough call, so well done.

  • Crikey James - I'm not sure I'd have been tough enough to give it back!

    Well done, you can obviously do this quitting thing. I know the cravings can be really hard sometimes, but they don't hurt and they won't kill you - whereas smoking will more than likely.

    Stick with it James and you'll soon be asking yourself why you didn't do this sooner!

  • Hi James and Dot :D

    Well done both of you

    James the way you feel is normal this early in a quit I also used champix and it really did help but remember like anything else champix is an aid not magic you still have to use willpower just hang in there

    Dot I'm sorry to hear that you're ill and have to give up or else

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try to post for all new members

    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

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Hi JamesTS

    I am a fellow Champix user - and all I can say is stick with it! If you read my Diary of Another Champix Quitter in the Day 1 folder you will read a similar story! I was due to give up one day, but just couldn't do it! The following day I went to work with no ciggies - the first time in 35 years I have been anywhere without baccy and papers.

    I have never looked back. Yes, it's been hard at times, and yes, you still need to fight to stay stopped - even with the Champix.

    Champix takes away the effects that nicotine has on your body. So all the physical cravings are taken care of - but all the psycological ones are still yours to deal with. You have to stop, you have to fight and you have to find strategies to deal with that "empty" feeling when your brain says "I normally have a cigige now". But - you have proved it - you can do this - and it gets better - so much better you wouldn't believe me if I told you.

    Hang in there - you can do this.:D

  • Thank you so much for all your encouragement, it has really helped me.I woke up this morning feeling great, I even had breakfast for the first time in ages and was singing instead of moaning. I feel sofull of energy!

    I was smoking minimum 25 a day up to around 60 a day if I went to the pub in the eveneing. If it was an all day session I reckon I smoked 100. Smokers and ex-smokers have been the best encouragment, non-smokers have just said 'yeah, whatever!'

    So I I have already saved around 30 quid, so gonna buy myselfsomething special at the weekend.

  • Superb news James - it is so good that you are upbeat about quitting!

    I know what you mean about feeling better in the mornings - I love being able to breathe deeply first thing in the morning and to be able to yawn properly without the pains in the chest!

    Obviously not poisoning ourselves is doing us good!!:D

  • Hi James :D

    You're doing great and sound so positive keep that attitude and it will really help you through

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxxx

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