I thought I'd briefly tell others my Champix experience so far as it might be useful.
I'm 36 and I've smoked approx 15 a day since I was 13, so 23 years give or take. This is the first time I've ever attempted to quit and I the last.
I started Champix on June 27th, 2011 and had my last cigarette at 6pm on July 9th, 2011. I didn't bother setting a quit date as I didn't want the added pressure! On the last day I smoked 2 whole ones and 3 drags of the 3rd which tasted so bad it made me want to throw up.
The first week I was fine on the white 0.5mg tablets but on the second week with the 'evil' blue tablets I felt like I was losing my mind and had constant nausea plus I couldn't keep my eyes open, but I was so adamant I wasn't going smoke again I kept taking them until I was able to see the NHS advisor again. She reduced my dosage to 2 x 0.5mg a day (White Tablets) and explained how the blue tablets were simply too strong for some people.
I started taking the 0.5mg twice a day on the 2nd week and that literally fixed all my previous side effects but it added a new one, I was unable to sleep at night now lol, they made me kind of euphoric and enthusiastic about life in general (Which felt great!), but sleep is kind of important right? So I popped back to see the NHS advisor and she recommended I start skipping the evening pill and just take a 0.5mg tablet when I wake up or even in the afternoon with my lunch.
I've been taking the 0.5mg with my toast when I wake up since July 22nd, 2011 and I'm now able to sleep and I almost feel like not bothering taking them any more but something is telling me I should continue until I've been quit 1 month which is only another 11 days.
The things that have helped motivate me during this process are....
- I've bought an expensive Hybrid bike to burn off the extra calories I've been eating. (I figured the money I save on fags will pay for it!)
- I put £5 in a pot every day (my average spend on fags) £90 in there already!
- I've downloaded a Quit counter from whyquit.com
- I still have the last half empty pack of cigarettes sat on the side, I thought it would personally help me as I always hated that feeling that I would run out. I haven't been tempted to touch them once, and I thought I'd have the satisfaction of breaking them up when I'm done with my journey.
Good luck to all