New to here on day 13

Hi everybody. I'm a 50 year old mum and wife with raging blood pressure who has been advised to stop smoking. Have tried in the past with the gum, the patches, acupuncture and hypnotherapy but nothing has ever worked. On day 13 of Champix today (my quit day) and want a cigarette more than ever! :( Over the past couple of days I've gone down from smoking about 10 a day to 2 or 3 ciggies but just can't seem to shake off these 2 or 3 ciggies!!!!!!! :mad: I want to stop for my health and the cost of the bloody things but it's like my mind won't let me. I've been smoking since I was 16 and the longest time I've ever stopped is 5 days when I was in hospital giving birth to my son! These things have totally ruled my life and I hate it. I'm going to try really hard not to smoke today and am so glad I have found this place for support. The Champix are making me feel a bit spacey and dizzy - I also have the nausea straight after taking the tablets - but what I find to be the worst symptom is that I just cannot seem to get motivated to do anything which is extremely difficult as I work fulltime - it's taking me all my time just to get out of bed. I hope this is going to get better - I've never felt so ill in my life. :o

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  • Hi Debbie I am glad you have found this site and that today IS your quit day, I cannot comment on champix as went CT which was right for me but all have different methods and choice is up to the individual.

    You will feel better but not instantly of course bit like having to take the rough with the smooth but keep reading all the threads and you will see that you have to ride a roller coaster and then when you get of at the end it is amazing how good you will feel.

    If you are on meds for BP you may find you can have dose reduced after a couple of months as it does go down after you stop.

    Have a good day and drink loads of ice cold drinks it seems to help lots of people, come and chat when you have time, be happy x

  • hi i am on day 15, stick with it!! im not using champix but im using the patches and the inhallete thing,read loads of the old threads it really does help, i too have had a motivation problem this week but im putting that down to not being very well at the mo. i hope you start feeling better and well done on quitting xx

  • Thank you both so much for your support - I know this is going to be hard but I am determined to do it this time! :)

  • Hi Debbie you can do it! I've quit with champix, made me a bit spacey and dizzy too, but evened out after awhile.

    just don't smoke today, then don't smoke tomorrow, and before you know it the days will pile up.

    I felt more stressed when I was down to my last two or three than after I actually quit. I think it is a strange place to be in 'the process' of quitting, rather than to just decide and do it. You can do it :)

  • Hi Debbie :)

    Well done you on day 1

    I also used champix and the way you feel just now is normal

    You say you still want to smoke I think maybe you needed a a few extra days with smoking on it a few of us do I know of people who have gone three weeks before stopiing and they were fine

    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

  • Welcome Debbie and well done stopping smoking.

    It would be a great help if you take a look at the websites in our signatures and the ones Marg has sent you, they will help you to understand what is happening to your mind and body. Read lots of posts from people who are at the same stage as you and using Champix, there are loads of them on here. Also take a look a bit further on to read from people who have made it to six months and a year, this will help you to believe you can do it too.

    Best wishes.

    Jackie

  • hi debbie

    hi debbie first of all well done on packing in smoking i am new to this aswell i am taking champix and i felt very sick after taking the tablet and a bit spaced out i think this is normal but trust me it gets better i stopped smoking a couple of days before my quit day but i have lupus and i take 35 tablets a day aswell as the champix so i dont know if that had some effect but i does get better stick with it and i would smoke for a couple of more days because i just got up one morning and looked at the ashtray and felt sick then i went to light a fag up and i felt even sicker and after 2 drags i couldnt smoke it so put it out and not looked back since so that will kick in for you and when you start to feel a bit sick when you are smoking take note and stop then and go with it you will do it i have all my faith in you keep writing on here and read other peoples msgs i do and you dont realise how much it helps well done for stopping and wish you all the success you deserve everybody on here is behind you girl power you can do it keep going and you will see it will kick in good luck take care lynn xxxxx

  • so annoyed with myself

    Had a sneaky half a cigarette yesterday morning and then finished it last night and now a sneaky couple of puffs this morning. I am soooooooooooooooooo angry with myself!!!!!!!!!! Why can't I get over this one cigarette a day? I know I should be proud of myself as getting down to one cig a day is pretty much miraculous for me but I feel guilty and disappointed and bloody angry with myself for caving in to this one cigarette. Hubby thinks I haven't had a cig since Friday morning - who am I kidding? Him or me? Strange thing was that after the half a ciggie yesterday (Saturday) morning I went quite happily for the entire day till about 11pm last night without barely a thought of smoking so the Champix is definitely having an effect. Got rotten headaches though. I want to do this! I want to do this for myself - not anybody else, for myself. I can do this, I will do this. Deep breath and let's start again. Rant over, thank you for listening. :o

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