Newbie Day 2 no smokes

Hi all

Just put my story on. 1 Day 13 hours since my last 'lovely' cigarette. Yes I loved smoking, well my brain told me i did, but for money and health and after many attempts I would try champix. Zyban was my last attempt but i have a very bad reaction to it and ended up head to toe in rashes and a very drugged up feeling.

I am using Champix. Had no problems, bit of nausua when taking the tablets and some spaced out feelings but nothing too bad.

Finding day 2 ok, just a constant complete spaced out, light headed feeling. I do feel angry and could tell this could get worse but going to try and keep a lid on it for my friends and girlfriends sake.

Anyway, good luck all. I am sure it will be worth all the hardship in the end!

Roll on Day 3

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  • It sure will get better :)

    Welcome to these lovely forums, and good luck with your quit and subsequent freedom.

  • Hi and a warm welcome to you - I am no expert but the light headedness and spaced out feeling can be caused by firstly more oxygen is getting to your brain now you have stopped ingesting smoke ! Secondly even more importantly when you smoke you draw on your own blood sugar store - when you stop you no longer do so - this means you must create blood sugar ( lack of it makes you giddy /light headed etc. ) - they recommend you eat little and often for the first week at least - it takes 25 mins for food to convert into blood sugar - also suggest you try and drink juice - i.e. cranberry - which helps sugar levels - I don't know about you but ciggies are an appetitie supressant - which means we smokers are likely to miss meals - often breakfast in my case !! Anyway hope this may help - no idea about the Champix side effects - someone will come along who does though ! - good luck in your quest -Peta

  • hey - congrats on quitting.

    yeah i was pretty angry when i first started to quit on champix. Wierd. i think its the psychological aspect of not having something to do to distract you when you get those moments that makes it more noticiable.

    i think i used to use smoking as a way to avoid stuff in a way and now its relearning how to deal with these situations.

    good luck mate, post often.

  • Thank you for your responses and advice. Drinking fruit juice as I type!

    I think I am going to be able to cope with the physical side effects, spaced out etc. They are a bit draining after a while but I know they will go.

    My main worry is the rattyness you can get as I do have a very big social life and would hate to think I am being unreasonable etc when I am out and about. I am assuming these feelings would come out a lot more when drinking? Has anyone found this? I thought I would knock the booze on the head for the first couple of weekends possibly.

  • Hi Knightm

    There are a couple of guy's around who will tell you about the evils of drink and not smoking! I think the concensus is to steer clear for a couple of weeks until you are settled into your new routine.

    I personally haven't had many problems with Champix, and have never had more than 2 glasses of wine since I quit - I can't take any more than that before either falling over or falling asleep! :D

    With regard to the rattyness you can go one of two ways - be very very conscious of the potential and over compensate, or tell your friends that you are quitting and apologise in advance! :D

    Someone (apologies - can't remember who it was - maybe Bev?) suggested a badge - her's was to state that she did not smoke and no-one was to offer her one - no matter how drunk she got! Fab idea - maybe you can have one saying you don't smoke and sorry for being grumpy! :D Rest assured, it's better than stinking the way you did when you smoked!

    Best of luck - we are all behind you.

  • Hi Knightm :)

    Well done on day 2 that's great keep it going

    I also used champix to help me and had no problems at all with it like you a little nausea and light headed to start with but it will pass when you get a bit further into your quit

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post wich i try and send 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 xxxxxxxxx

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