Another newbie here, I´ve been reading a few of the forums for a few days now and thought I´d say hello and also ask a few questions and ramble on about a few things if that is ok.
So I´m on day 4 of champix, after a failed hypnotherapy session 2 weeks ago and 200 quid lighter I thought right that´s it I´m going to quit whatever!
I´d heard about Champix before and my doc had recommended it to me, however I was very wary having read all of the horror stories. I´ve also suffered seriously from depression in the past with suicidal thoughts and the last thing I want to do is go back there as for the last 3 years I´ve got my act together and am really happy at the moment - except for the smoking!
Anyway I went to my docs on Monday and expressed my concerns and she was very good about the whole thing, said that there isn´t really a higher risk of me suffering depression than someone without a history of it, but advised that she would monitor me closely, and if i start to feel down etc I must stop the pills.
Anyway so I am on day 4 now and not noticed any side effects yet which can only be a good thing. So I guess the first question I want to ask is, how long is it usually until the side effects kick in?
I also wanted to ask those who have suffered from the worst effects, ie depression, even though you were very aware of the feelings, it seems a lot of you carried on with the pills and didn´t consult your doctor about these feelings? Why was that? Was it that in your changed mindset it simply didn´t cross your mind to do so? Or is it that you are so determined to quit that you will suffer anything to quit? If this is the case then it strikes me as sadly ironic that finally you get the will power and determination you have always needed to quit, at the expense of your mental health! if only we had that will power without this pill!
At least I have been there in the past so know how to recognise those horrible feelings if they strike again, and hopefully will do something about it early this time.
Anyway sorry for rambling on, I will try to keep you updated on my progress, and good luck to everyone else who is quiting at the same time!