I've been a lurker for a while unregistered but took the leap today to speak up as felt about time. Excuse me for this long post but just wanted to get this out there and tell me story a little hope that is ok.
I started giving up by taking champix and ever since the first tablet have had varying degrees of side effects from it. I appear to be one of the rare ones who rather than having any mood effects (I've had literally no change in mood) I got about every other possible one there was beyond getting a rash
I now am at a bit of a junction the effects from champix got so bad that today the Dr said I had to come off them. I've not had a smoke for 8 days and to be honest the 4-5 days before that was not exactly what you'd call smoking unless lighting one waiting 1/2 hour taking one inhale waiting another 1/2 hour is smoking...
In part I'm really glad to be looking at a break in the symptoms but the one thing that has kept me going through these side effects has been the thought that I finally am giving up. I do however finally look forward to getting some positive effects from giving up - being 8 days smoke free and feeling worse than when started taking champix is mildly disheartening to say the least.
Now I'm about to face the will power method to get me over the next phase of my giving up. The Dr has warned me a bit that coming off Champix will take a while to get out of my system and I will probably feel an increase in my wanting of a smoke (to be frank I've not actually had a decrease from Champix but just think they were wrong for me). I've been advised to use patches too if I get the urge to smoke however one of my 2 other attempts at giving up smoking involved me finding out I was also allergic to the patches.
There is an upside to this despite all the side effects which certainly can be a bit scary at times when you feel like someone has spiked you drugs and have to work... so glad I am freelance and could pick the times I worked through this. I am an asthmatic and my peak flow already despite this is at an all time high. I do feel positive about giving up just have had quite a hiccup at the start and if nothing else it's putting me off even having one smoke as I will have to go through something like this again
So, now I'm facing calm thoughts, long bubble baths and using my Tangle stress toy when I want a smoke. I've been told it could take up to a week before the side effects go fully from Champix so look forward to that time when I can rejoice with my husband whose also given up and is already getting some huge benefits health wise and feeling great. I think by the end of this with all the side effects I've had it's almost like I missed giving up smoking and suddenly find myself weeks later - in that sense guess Champix has been a huge success I know I just got unlucky and it works great for others I still don't even know if without it I'd have given up so it's still a good option in my book despite what I've been through.