8 weeks and giving up the miracle drug

I hope it isn't a big mistake and I am cautious but I have been forgetting my champix - I was already on one a day for weeks - and so I haven't taken it for 5 days now and decided I might as well give it up ... I feel (and hope) I am strong enough to continue my quit cold turkey.

strangely, it has been a very depressing few days for me, I find it very difficult to cope with the uncertainties at work, a manager I can't stand, a relationship that was bad for me but I am missing nevertheless and the horrid wintery weather .... and yet, I rarely think of smoking... I am a bit low I don't seem to lose the puberty look :eek: but I've only put on 1 kg and can feel the improvements in breathing and stamina ....

so I'm miserable, need a new look but .... champix free and smoke free :D

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  • Hi Frenchy

    Well done on the cigarettes and the decision to that you feel strong enough to go to without Champix. I've stopped Champix now too - thought it might be a big step but I was OK, but then I'd managed to spread six weeks Champix over nearly three months anyway.

    I'm sorry you've been having a rough time. I've had a series of 'downs' recently - nothing to do with moods or not smoking, just a series of things going wrong. I agree with you though, that at no time did it make me want to reach for a packet of cigarettes. I just knew it wasn't going to help resolve the practical things that needed resolving - and would just make me feel bad about myself for giving in.

    Well done, stay strong

    Sue

  • sorry to hear that you are feeling low but brilliantly well done on your quit so far and also that you dont see a return to smoking as a cure all. Hope things improve for you very soon

    xx

  • Hello my lovely.

    I gave up Champix 10 days ago (I think), mainly due to the mood swings but I was blaming that for my sinking into a depression but in hindsight I'm not sure that I can blame it all on Champix.

    Without Champix the cravings are worse especially on a night out so be careful there (make sure you have chewing gum or mints on you all the time).

    I have been taking St Johns Wort (doc offered me anti depressants but I said no) and I'm on double dose (even though it says don't) at the moment and I feel better yesterday and today. So I will recommend that. I’m also taking B6 for hormones and high omega 3 fish oil. Personally I have found month 2 harder than month one. Hey but we move to month 3 on Sunday my love.

  • HI Frenchy

    Well done on 8 week and going CT it has to be done sooner or later...

    A few of us have felt very low so just be very careful and monitor your moods carefully....

    Keep strong

    L

  • thank you guys.... I'm not sure I'm strong enough without Champix. I do know I feel very low but it has nothing to do with the quit and maybe the tablets make it a bit worse, but they aren't the cause either.

    I'm going back to France for Xmas and I really need the break, I need cuddles and warmth. the uncertainties of life are really getting to me, my bad relationship is not truly over and I am trying to be there for him as he's going through a rough patch, but truth is, it's really not helping me at all.

    it is very tempting to think about taking happy pills and stop feeling anxious and worried, Champix for life stuff? :rolleyes:

    sorry guys, I'm not a barrel of life!

  • thank you guys.... I'm not sure I'm strong enough without Champix. I do know I feel very low but it has nothing to do with the quit and maybe the tablets make it a bit worse, but they aren't the cause either.

    I'm going back to France for Xmas and I really need the break, I need cuddles and warmth. the uncertainties of life are really getting to me, my bad relationship is not truly over and I am trying to be there for him as he's going through a rough patch, but truth is, it's really not helping me at all.

    it is very tempting to think about taking happy pills and stop feeling anxious and worried, Champix for life stuff? :rolleyes:

    sorry guys, I'm not a barrel of life!

    Im really sorry for the situation you find yourself in and if you feel like carrying on with the Champix then do so , its not a race (The tortoise and the hare type thing) to go CT. But one thing, dont let the gremlins get to you they thrive on these moments (and thats all its takes, a moment) of weakness. Be strong i know its a cliche but really really really does get better.

    and apart from all that your an Octo and Octos dont go under without a fight lol

  • Sorry you're feeling so down Frenchy.

    It's probably a mixture of the quit, coming off champix and this shitty weather!!! Of course, Christmas is always a time of pressure too...unless you're a child.

    I've been working out today how to wean myself off my remaining tablets and I shall be doing it pretty slowly...scared stiff of doing it really but it has to be done!

    Go to France and have a great time...get all the cuddles and hugs you need..you sound like you deserve them!

    JJ xxx

  • aw... I'm feeling really emotional now :o

    I love this forum and you fellow Octoquitters, you help so much, giving warmth, advice, silliness and smiles exactly when needed ... :)

    thank you xx

  • aw... I'm feeling really emotional now :o

    I love this forum and you fellow Octoquitters, you help so much, giving warmth, advice, silliness and smiles exactly when needed ... :)

    thank you xx

    ...and wine and chocolate...dont forget the chocolate ;)

    xx

  • lol .... well when Christine doesn't eat it all! :D:D

    it's champagne time on Sunday .... it's so good to have this positive thing, our quit :)

  • lol .... well when Christine doesn't eat it all!

    it's champagne time on Sunday .... it's so good to have this positive thing, our quit :)

    Chrsitines gone all goody on us now to loose some weight...although bet the wine still goes as quick :rolleyes:

    Come in and celabrate with Jack and I tomorrow...xx;)

  • with pleasure :) another milestone AND you guys still find the time to pick me up on the way :)

  • with pleasure :) another milestone AND you guys still find the time to pick me up on the way :)

    Hey what goes around comes around....trust me month 2 has been hell....

  • Hi Corinne

    You being to good to your ex - it just shows what a lovely true hearted person you are. All that cr@p he gave you and all this 'being there for him as he's going through a rough patch'....... I truly hope one day he realises just what a diamond you are.

    I'm not surprised your needing to go for a well deserved break to France and just be around good solid family and friends. I hope the time in France helps recharge you and gets your head minus the ex in a better place for you to deal with you.

    Meanwhile...... I shall join you with celebrating Lorna and Jack moving into Month 3 tomorrow and be back again for sure to share some champagne on Sunday..... I too am going to go a little goody and try and shift some excess gain but hmmmmmm..... no dessert, just wine or champagne.... that will work :p

  • thank you Pol... you guys have been more support than anybody else in my life.... I suppose I'm giving, forgiving and also very stupid! the way I see it is that for now I haven't got the strength to fight more than one addiction, this one will have to be fought and maybe I need something that will click in my head, in the same way I suddenly decided I was ready to quit smoking.

    Bloody hell, I can't believe how emotional I am at the moment, every time I read one of your posts I am tearful and gone to mush :o

  • Hi Corrine :D

    Well done you going it alone

    I also stopped the champix at about the same time as you arw dong and for the same reason I kept forgetting to take it

    I'm sure you'll be fine without but keep a few on hand just in case eh

    Love

    Marg xx

  • Hi Frenchy and sorry to hear you've been feeling so down. I think there's something in the air or water at the moment as everyone seems below par.

    Just a word of caution on stopping Champix - I stopped taking them 10 days ago and felt really emotional for the 7 days after - crying for no reason, everything in world was wrong etc etc. Now this may just be the way I'm feeling/time of year/something in the air but it is unlike me to feel so utterly miserable and I have felt gradually much better this week. With the benefit of hindsight it was probably withdrawal from champix.

    The really good news is that the expected cravings didn't make an appearance and my quit is as solid as ever.

    Enjoy all the many comforts of France and have a lovely Xmas.

  • lol .... well when Christine doesn't eat it all! :D:D

    it's champagne time on Sunday .... it's so good to have this positive thing, our quit :)

    Hey hey, I resent that! You may be technically correct but that's not the point.:o

    I am actually not a lover of Champagne (I'm not odd just slightly quirky!!) so I will accept red wine, thank you.

  • to be fair, since I've stopped Champix, I started eating more! I am eating an apple pie with custard as we speak :o

    I don't really drink alcohol, but I quite like champagne, pink champagne particularly so I'll be celebrating our entry into month 3 with it and leave the wine and beer to all of you guys :D

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