Champix Day sixteen newbie to forum

Just registered as i was trying to find out about some of the side effects of champix.

Managed the first packet no problems, slight nausea, and disturbed sleep but nothing I couldn't handle BUT started the second packet and my head exploded (well it felt like it anyway) I have had the most awful headache for three days, so bad I was off work, symptoms included distorted vision exactly 3 hours after taking the tablet, headache about a hour after that continues for the whole day, eyes are very light sensitive.

Gave up the Cigs on day 8 as they tasted foul.

I am back to work today, will not be doing much as I am a machinist (Metal lathe and Mill) and can't see what I am doing.

Anyone else had bad headaches?

Champix going in the bin, can't afford to loose my job,I'd rather go cold turkey than take them again.

Good luck everyone and don't give up giving up,I won't

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  • Hi Twisted :)

    Well done on quitting not sure if you're on day 16 smoke free but well done to you

    Sorry you've had psoblems with champix which I also used with no problems

    Maybe you could go back to the Drs for more help there is plenty of things out there

    Below is my standard wlecome and advice post which I try and sned 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 and 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



  • Thanks for the welcome.

    Only 8 days without a cigarette.

    I'm gonna try my hardest I promise.


  • Hi and welcome!

    Congratulations on 8 days quit. I'm 11 days. The first 4 days were really quite difficult for me, but it is starting to get so much easier for me now.

    I get mild headaches but that could've just been quitting as well. I have some stress sometimes also (mild anxiety) and again that could just be the quitting.

    Hang in there one way or the other.

    Good luck with it all


  • don't throw it away yet

    Champix here too, really only experienced headache and a few other effects in the first 4 days (including headaches), since that I have only experienced lots of dreams (not particularly bad ones) and some mild constipation. Interestingly, I have NEVER experienced cigarettes tasting foul but quit on day 8 anyway.

    Having thoroughly read the Champix info, side effects can appear any time, and many only appear AFTER you finish the course, hence it's recommended you reduce the dose slowly.

    My point is that the info I read recommended that if you experience intolerable side effects the first thing you should do is try a reduced dose. Some people who found they couldn't tolerate the side-effects were able to maintain the benefits of Champix on lowered dose.

    It may be worth a try as by reducing the dose you can extend the course out for a good time period (evidence shows that longer courses reduce risk of relapse).

    All that aside, I personally wouldn't put that much money in the rubbish bin (which is why I decided to quit smoking!)

  • I hear what your saying but after speaking to a nurse, was told to quit taking them.

    Last night was one of the worse, felt like someone was ripping the side of my head off, that lasted about 6 hours and can even feel it now but much less than last night.

    I have to stop these as there is no way I can continue work in that condition and with the economy the way it is I don't see what choice I have.

    Off to see the Doctors this afternoon.

    All the Best


  • You need to do whatever you need to do, only you can live in your skin and know what you can tolerate.

    Seeing your Dr is a good and wise thing to do.

    As an aside...I AM a nurse!

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