Coming off Champix

Went to see my Dr for my mid quit check up. He was adamant it is vital to see the full course through to ensure the receptors are actually killed off. What he did also say which i thought was interesting is that he recommends his patients re-take a starter pack (the first week half dose) to help the body adjust at the end of the course.

Guess it makes sense so for all you champix-ers, if your Dr doesnt suggest it may be worth asking

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  • Went to see my Dr for my mid quit check up. He was adamant it is vital to see the full course through to ensure the receptors are actually killed off. What he did also say which i thought was interesting is that he recommends his patients re-take a starter pack (the first week half dose) to help the body adjust at the end of the course.

    Guess it makes sense so for all you champix-ers, if your Dr doesnt suggest it may be worth asking

    Thanks, that is interesting. OH thinks I should come off now but I feel I should stay on it a bit longer. I was thinking of cutting it down at some point though.

    Don't think I can come off the chewing gum just yet though!

  • I've heard of the tapering off from some others as well, don't know if my cessation nurse believes in it or not though.

    I wonder what is meant by 'killing off the receptors'. I don't think that's how Champix works, though please someone enlighten me if I am wrong. I thought that is binds and blocks the receptors, and that once you came off it they would be un-blocked, so to speak.

    But, that said, I have been advised as well to do the whole 12 weeks, and I think I agree with that. It gives you time to be a thorough non-smoker and go through all sorts of little life things without a fag. As long as the side effects aren't too bad, I intend to carry on with the champix till the end.

  • for nearly 2 weeks now ive only been taking half a champix in the morning and half at night, and thats when i remember :) im on day 24 now and have enough tablets for 1 more week,

    Im thinking no more tablets ...no more cigs.... i might get a bit of a craving when i finally stop taking champix but nothing i cant deal with.

    i am a non smoker :D well done me :D

  • Well done indeed doggingdave :D

    You're doing brilliantly & am sure will continue when you finish the champix.

    G x

  • strange that.....

    I just read this thread and realised I haven't had my champix for 3 days!! Will see how long i can go without it, i have only been remembering to take it when I have a trigger/crave whatever anyway, and I have cut back to one a day. My nurse gave me a two week half dose pack to finish the 12 weeks, so maybe that's what they all do, I probably won't remember to take them! Will keep them with me just in case!!

    :D

  • This is real cool

    I have been reading through the threads, now I am actually really suprised alot of people have been stopping champix within without going through the entire course. To be honest so have I, I stopped after about 8 weeks between weeks 7-8 I was taking one pill per day. then I just felt I did not need them I have had no smoking cravings at all, I still feel sick when I smell I cigarette. But to be honest I just dont want to smoke at all now. I am hungry most of the time, but I just snack on fruit, just for that sugar fix. I feel much better for it. The wife has 'noticed' the improvements also. I feel I have broken my habit. see you later bye!

  • I just read this thread and realised I haven't had my champix for 3 days!! Will see how long i can go without it, i have only been remembering to take it when I have a trigger/crave whatever anyway, and I have cut back to one a day. My nurse gave me a two week half dose pack to finish the 12 weeks, so maybe that's what they all do, I probably won't remember to take them! Will keep them with me just in case!!

    :D

    I'd carry on taking them, the full 12 weeks is what it takes to kill off the nicotine receptors so even when you think you're ok still take them - it's the habit & memory of smoking that takes longer but the nurse told me today that if you're on champix (which I am) if you have even one cig it wakes the receptors up :eek: so that's enough to put me off for life - i've nearly done a month so i'm not messing it up now!

    Sounds like you're doing well, We can all do this if we really want to - no matter how stressed - I've had 3 weeks of stressful situations & i'm still going :D

    Denise :)

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