my different champix story... advice/support would be great

My Quit date: 1st February. I had been planning it for a while, bought my NRT, ordered help from NHS website etc.

For the first 4 days i was using NRT patches. This is my second time of trying to quit so i have tried different types of patches before. This time round i tried the new invsi patch. worked well, but again i was reacting badly, raised red puffy itchy square patches where the patches were (day 6 and the one used from day 1 still hasnt gone!), so i was beginning to panic!. gum, lozenges etc make me feel sick so these dont work for me, so i spoke to my local nhs support and a nurse at GP and to cut a long story short i am now on champix. On my second full day of champix, but for me im not doing it the recommended way.

Champix normally reccommends that you smoke for the first 8-12 days, whilst taking the medication, then choose your quit date as the strength of the course increases. Because i had already stopped smoking for 4 days before being prescribed champix, and i didnt want to have to start smoking again, me and my GP agreed that i would take the champix without the recommended smoking before hand.

This is my 2nd full day of champix, and its working, considering it hasnt any nicotine in it, it really is curbing my cravings and for the majority of the day, smoking doesnt even cross my mind.

The only times i seem to be struggling is first thing in the morning and before bed. The stength of my course is due to increase tomorrow so im hoping this will help. Any other ideas / suggestions?

Many thanks

Alexandria x

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  • Hi Aleaxandria :)

    Well done you must be on day 7 smoke free

    The champix will really kick in for you when you start the higher dose

    I used it as well but the conventional way with no problems at all and the higher dose should cut out the morning and evening struggle for you

    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 sympathising 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

    This link is good for the psychological part of quitting whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Sympt...

    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

  • Well done to you, I wish you every success with your plan.

    Jackie

  • Well done, stick with it. I'm also using champix ito my 5th week of taking them, and i won't lie it's not been great, but at least i don't have cravings to deal with, just get a notion now and again but that's all.

  • Hi Aleaxandria, well done on the first 7 days. I think I went the other way round. Started Champix on Saturday, quit smoking on Wednesday, stopped taking Champix on Saturday then went CT. The point is it doesn't matter how you do it, stopping smoking is the main aim.

    Keep at it.

    Jack xx

  • Yes, the higher dosage of Champix will help you, but, mornings and evenings are harder no matter what. Drink lots of water.

    I cut a drinking straw in half and use it as a crutch to keep my fingers busy.Put it in my mouth at times also. Works for me.

    I have been quit for 3 Days, 3 hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds (3 days). I have saved $23.52 by not smoking 78 cigarettes. I have saved 6 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 2/10/2010 6:35 AM

    Beginning day 4 and feeling great.

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