champix or zyban please help? x

hi everyone i am new to the forum and just looking for a bit of advice?

last year i used zyban and found it really great however only gave up for about 4 days as i just wasnt ready to quit and had absolutely no will power!

i am ready to quit now and the doctor gave me champix this time, started on it last week but couldnt deal with the sickness so stopped after 3 days!

went back to the doctors and she gave me anti nausea tablets to take 3 times a day along with the champix, i wanted zyban but she seemed to think champix would be more successful, the problem is i know zyban worked for me before and really think i will be able to quit if i use zyban this time!

what do you guys suggest? should i start on the champix again?

any help would be greatly appreciated thankyou so much :)

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  • Welcome to the forum lilviks,

    I tried Zyban once but it did nothing for me....... probably because I was not wanting to quit back then. Then Champix came along and a lot of people on the forum have been successful with it. There are side effects though and plenty of people discontinue using Champix because of them.... so maybe you fall in that group?! If you've tried it and it's not working for you, I'm sure your doc will look into other alternatives such as Zyban. Good luck with your quit!

  • sorry didnt want to just read and run. I dont know as I havent tried either I am on patches.

    Good luck with which ever one you choose.


  • Hi Lilviks....welcome to the forum and congratulations on your decision to quit:D I gave up with Champix with no probs other than nausea when taking the tabs...eating with the tabs seemed to stop the nausea....I have been quit for over 2 months now and highly recommend Champix....having said that I know they do make others quite ill!!

    If I were you....I would go back to the doctors and talk to her about is a big decision and its only natural you want to do it right good luck and keep us informed...Cheers Kez.

  • Hi

    I quit using Champix and think it's fantastic - but it's not for everyone. At one extreme, there have been recorded problems of depression, disturbed behaviour and suicidal tendencies, but more usually there are more minor side effects of nausea, vivid dreams. I've never taken Zyban but understand it has had its fair share of unwelcome side effects too.

    If your only problem with Champix is nausea why not think positive and give it a go. Most people find the nausea can be overcome (or at least reduced) by always taking the tablet after you've eaten.

    Good luck


  • Hi Lilviks :)

    Well done you deciding to stop smoking a huige decision in itself

    I really can't help re Zyban as I never used it at all and know next to nothing about it

    I used champix and found it really good and now that the Dr has given you sone antisickness tabs to help I think you should be OK with it

    Eat before you take it though and use plenty of water to wash it down OK

    If the nausea persists go back to the Dr again because as I'm sure you now no drug suits everyone

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give 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

    This link is good for the psychological part of quitting

    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



  • thank you so much everyone you are all so lovely, ive started taking the champix again with the anti nausea tablets and not felt sick once touch wood! so going ok so far, only on day 3 of taking the tablets tho. but ive managed to cut down as well to around 6 or 7 a day i know that probably still sounds a lot but im not finding it too hard so far which is good!

    thankyou again for all your replies and support :) really hope i can actually do it this time :) xxx

  • Hi Lilviks....that is great news:D....the very best of luck to you:)

  • zyban

    hi all

    i have just came from the doctors and he as put me on zyban.

    i have just taken my first tablet.

    so watch this space over the next 9 weeks and i will post on here daily how im getting on.

    i really need to give up smoking, i had a spiro breathing test done at the doctors and my results were terrible.

    im 48 yrs old and my lung test came back saying i was 70yrs old.

    I really need these zyban to work.

    tina xxxx

  • Hi Tina, welcome on board the quit train where the only destination is success ;):D

    If you need any advice, support or just need to rant then you've come to the right place.

    Good Luck.

  • zyban


    ive been on zyban 7 days now , today was the first day ive taken two tablets.

    i was smoking 30 a day, today ive smoked 5, and they didnt taste to good to be honest.

    so zyban must be working,

    day 3 on zyban was a bad day i had pains in the back of my neck and for some reason i felt very depressed and tearful.

    day 4 i was fine and have been every day since.

    its just my first day on two tablets so i will post how im feeling in a few days time .

    at the moment i have experienced a slight bit of dizzyness and numbness in my little fingers on both hands.

    but i feel fine so im going to keep taking them .

    i have smoked for 33 years 20-30 a day, and to get down to 5 a day im really chuffed with myself, hopefully by this time next week i wont want any.

  • well its 25th nov and im now down to 2 cigarettes a day

    zyban working fine.

    side effects so far are nightmares and feeling a bit spaced out but its worth it to stop me smoking.

    i feel so proud of myself going from 25-30 cigs a day

    now down to 2 a day in a week an half on zyban

    will keep you informed

  • zyban

    11 days on zyban and today is my first day without a smoke.

    i didnt plan to stop today, i planned to stop on monday 28th.

    i just didnt feel like a smoke all day today.:D:D:D

    smoked 25-30 a day for 33 years :eek:

  • zyban

    I think ive done it people,

    i have not had a fag since my last post.

    im well pleased with myself.

    zyban are really good, but for the first 2 weeks you do get side affects,

    everyones side affects vary but here is a quick list of mine

    week 1

    smoking 25 fags a day

    3rd day on zyban felt a bit weepy but didnt no why.

    was alright the following day.

    had difficulty in sleeping, never felt tired

    had a few pains in my neck but nothing that put me off taking the zyban.

    was now down to smoking 5 fags a day

    week 2

    now on 2 tablets a day , feeling a bit spaced out, feeling very calm almost to calm , now only 1 fag a day.

    on 4rd day of week 2 i just didnt feel like a fag and i havent had one since.

    you have to take your second tablet before 6pm if you want to sleep.

    apart from feeling a bit like im floating about i feel ok .

    my hubby still smokes around me but it dont make me feel like i want one.

    all my cravings have gone completey,

    doc said i still have to take these tablets for 9 weeks , but to be honest i dont think i need them any more , but doing as doctor says.

    zyban not as bad as people make out. they do stop you smoking if taken right, and you have to try and put up with the side affects, they only last two weeks.

  • Really pleased it has gone well.

    I used Zyban for 6 weeks, one week before stopping and 5 after. I stopped taking it because I found it made me feel " a bit wobbly".Now gone over a week without and feeling OK


  • zyban

    well i can now class my self as a none smoker lol

    im feeling a lot fitter now, i dont get breathless walking up hills.

    i had that wobbly feeling but i called it spaced out lol, i seemed miles away, like i was floating about and drunk lol.

    the zyban are really good, since ive stopped 3 of my friends are now on them and they are all doing good .

    my doctor said that i couldnt just stop taking them and that i would have to cut back to 1 tablet a day for a week or two before i stopped completely.

  • zyban

    woo hoo i have now stopped taking zyban for 2 weeks and i dont want a cigarette.

    i feel great my cough as gone , i can almost run up the hill now, couldnt walk up without getting breathless while i was smoking.

    My friends are still smoking around me but its not tempting me to smoke.

    i now consider myself a none smoker..

    smoked 25-30 a day

    for 33 years without ever stopping

    on zyban 6 weeks and now a none smoker hip hip hooray

    i swear by zyban xxx

  • Excellent news Tina, well done.

    Keep strong girl :)

  • Awesome work ;)

  • Champix or Zyban?

    Can't speak for Zyban, but am now into my 7th week of Champix. Not had a fag since 25 November, My longest fag break ever..!

    Side effects? There are some but I don't think they're all bad, and in any case might be caused by Nicotine withdrawal rather than the pills themselves..

    Nausea - Feel really queasy for about an hour after my morning tablet.I've got used to it now..

    Dreams - During my first couple of weeks of Champix I dreamt fit to bust. My metabolism seems to have adjusted so I don't dream so much now - I kind of miss it..

    Itchy teeth - I imagine this is down to better blood oxygen to the gums waking up some nerve endings..?

    Sex - Assume this is also a feature of better blood oxygen levels, but some other nerve endings have awoken too..!

    y'all keep up the good work!

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