Starting Champix this Friday!

Hello everyone,

I found this forum a few days ago when looking for information about Champix. I'm about to give up!! Starting on Friday with a course from the doctor and am pinning my hopes on this drug! I've been planning it for a few months now but am feeling a mixture of excitement at being smoke free and fear of being smoke free!!

Anyway, I'd be very interested to hear from others that have stopped with Champix. How it went, are you still smoke free etc.

Best wishes

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  • Hi Siana

    Well done on your decision. Your excitement and fear are all perfectly normal emotions at this stage so relax and stay strong in your resolve to quit.

    I used Champix and it was fantastic in getting me over those first few weeks.

    Only advice I can give you is to make sure you eat and drink loads when taking the tabs....drink loads of water it does help flush out your system and remember you CAN do this. Everyones quit is different but there are loads of posts around to help here and always someone around to help when the going gets tough. So read and post read and post.

    Champix got me started but this place was my life line, especially in the early days....9 months in now and I promise it really does get easier. I always kept telling myself that no matter how bad I felt on a particular day if I got through that day I would never have to do day/week/month whatever again...

    Good luck with Champix, let it do its job and keep posting.

    Lorna

  • Hello Siana...I gave up with Champix 11 and half months ago....I very rarely think about smoking these days (only to think my OH stinks:rolleyes:)I have saved 6 thousand dollars...I feel on top of the world:D......And it wasnt that hard.....Champix really helped me and quite a few other people I know here in Australia....my brother included:eek: I found I had to take them on a full tummy or they made me feel sick....had some weird dreams(not sure if that was the tabs or the nicotene withdrawel)

    This forum was a lifeline for me though...make sure you read heaps and post heaps and the very best of luck ....you will be fine:D

  • Hi Siana

    I gave up 105 days ago with champix and still going strong :D As Lorna said make sure you have plenty to eat and drink before you take your tab as one of the most common side effects is nausea. Don't rush your quit either - let the champix do it's job and listen to your body - it'll tell you when it's time to quit. Some people on here have had a difficult time taking the drug so keep an eye on how your feeling and speak to your doctor if anything starts worrying you. Luckily I'm like Lorna and Ellie and I found it almost a wonder drug and know I'd never have got through the first few weeks without it.

    Good luck and let us know how you're doing - posting here helps loads :)

  • Congrats on your decision Siana - it's the right one. I made the decision 9 months ago and haven't smoked since ,,,,, I've wanted one from time to time, but I don't smoke now.

    I agree with the others about Champix, eat and drink to avoid/minimise the nausea. And don't rush the course - some people stop smoking after a couple of days, some take longer (I was 12 days) - you'll know yourself when to stop.

    Champix really is a wonder drug, but what it does is eliminate the 'need' for the nicotene - you still have to break the actual habit of smoking. Read the posts and and the links people have in their signatures and you'll learn so much. And let us know how you're getting on - the highs and lows.

    Good luck

  • Hi Siana

    I have been quit 9 days, Champix being my choice of quit support therapy.

    As others have commented it is very surprising, almost amazing how suddenly you realise Champix is working for you when you take it. As others have said let the Champix do it's job, don't rush the quit date, smoking will gradually become very unpleasant during the start up pack until you can't stomach smoking. I set my quit date as advised by the start up pack and quit 1 day earlier :)

    I suppose I should say quitting is different for everyone though and my experience may be different than yours but I'd be willing to bet you manage to quit ;)

    Arm yourself with knowledge, stay interested in the forum, it will give your mind and hands something to do each time one of those annoying cravings overcome your mind.

    Wish you success.

    Andrew

  • Wow, I just popped on for a look and there are all these messages waiting for me. Thank you so much everyone for your advice and support - I can see this is going to be a lifeline in the coming months!!

    Am feeling exited now about my first tab tomorrow and will follow all the advice regarding food etc.

    Thanks all again, and I hope all your quitting is going well for you!

  • Hi Siana I hope tomoz goes well and that champix helps to make you quit easier, I dont know anything about it but will agree that water is a great detoxer whether you go Champix route or any other, this forum is also brilliant for helping the quit stay strong, take care of yourself and make sure you are the No 1 in this quit.

  • Welcome to the club

    Hello everyone,

    I found this forum a few days ago when looking for information about Champix. I'm about to give up!! Starting on Friday with a course from the doctor and am pinning my hopes on this drug! I've been planning it for a few months now but am feeling a mixture of excitement at being smoke free and fear of being smoke free!!

    Anyway, I'd be very interested to hear from others that have stopped with Champix. How it went, are you still smoke free etc.

    Best wishes

    Hi I just dropped in to say hello and welcome, as you have now joined a site that has some great people who will help and support you through your quit attempt. Tried Chanpix a couple of years ago but unlike most people I suffered from some side effects and this time I stopped CT,so I really cant give any advise on them, but as you can see there are plenty of your new friends who can. Post and talk to to all your new friends often and don't be afraid to discuss your feelings and ask for advise.

    Dannyboy

    Stopped:18th Dec 2009 after 35 years smoking

    How: CT

    Age:55

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