I got really sick with the flu and decided that smoking was just stupid so I went to the doc and got a script for champix. I've been keeping a journal of my days as I go.
Quick background info.
Pack a Day Smoker for 10+ years with a break in the middle quit for 2 years. My brother told me how much easier CHAMPIX made quitting for him so I thought I'd give it a go, I've tried pretty much everything else in my attempts to quit. The one time I quit before was cold turkey but stress got me back on them 3 years ago.
Quit Day – July 15
Day 1-3 (One Tablet, Morning 0.5mg)
Day 1 – July 8
No side effects. No noticeable difference early in the day to my smoking habit. But afternoon cigarettes seemed to offer less in the way of enjoyment
Day 2 - July 9
First cigarette of the day I've noticed that I didn't get that nicotine hit and that the cigarette tasted pretty average without it.
Smoking less already because the cravings just aren't happening so often and I think its more the habit of having a cigarette with coffee or after dinner than cravings.
Day 3 - July 10
No cravings, smoking less about ½ of what I’d usually smoke and not finishing the cigarettes as they are tasting like a bit yuck.
Day 4 -7 (Twice Daily, Morning and Night, 0.5mg)
Day 4 – July 11
First day back at my stressful job after 7 days off. A little bit of nausea this morning, about 30 mins before it stopped. Will start taking pills with food, oops.
1 cigarette took me through to lunch but had 2 with lunch and 1 to take a break from work in the afternoon. (These are the habit ones that’ll be the hardest to kick but totally free of the mad cravings I’d be suffering if I smoked this little normally)
Main concern for today is taking this nighttime pill because I have a history of mad crazy terror dreams when I’ve used patches to try and quit in the past.
PS The cigarettes are starting to taste awful and I think I’ll move up my quit date to the 13th and continue cutting down in the meantime.
Day 5 – July 12
No night terrors to report. I got up this morning and took the pill with food, no nausea.
Skipped the first cigarette of the day, second, third right up to lunch. Tried to have my post lunch cigarette, usually one of the best, put it out after two puffs. If tasted AWFUL! Looks like today is my quit day.
Update 4:30pm and still no smoking besides those 2 puffs.
Day 6 - July 13
No nausea still. Really vivid dreams and I'm moving around a lot in my sleep. Woke up at 3am laying across the bottom on my bed was really disorientated and fell off the bed. LOL was kinda funny once I worked out what was going on.
Didn't smoke anything today. Even the smell of cigarette smoke is a major ICK!!
Day 7 - July 14
No nausea still. Last day on half dose and going pretty strong. Had some cravings today after work - the first time since going on champix. Still haven't had a cigarette, although I was really tempted a few times. When I go to full dose tomorrow this should be sorted out.
Day 8 - end (Twice Daily, Morning and Night, 1.0mg)
Slight nausea today probably due to higher dose. Woke up again last night on the end of my bed. Vivid dreams again but no night terrors. No cravings today so far.
It's lunch time and I'm going to post this journal online now. I'll come back regularly and update this in the hopes it'll keep me positive and maybe help someone else decide to quit!