Champix - Day 21-23

Hey all,

Well I'm into week 4...yay....everything was sailing along beautifully...but as every wind blows the sail, eventually you have to fight to find breeze to move the ship. I had my first real craving to smoke this weekend...I was out driving, by myself for a good distance and craved it so bad....see this was my best opportunity to have one...alone...gonna be gone for a long time....I'm happy to say the only stop I made was at home, and still smoke free, but it was my first obstacle i've encountered.

I wanted to touch on something Cyprien said...that dreams on Champix cross into reality. I have had a mutitude of these so far. Some are as simple as reading emails in my dreams and not sure if they are real so I rush to check and see, to being asked for a hair elastic and waking up sitting staight up wondering if i was actually asked for one. Lately its been tough for me to sleep....not getting to sleep but having a good sleep.

Onward and upward as they say...

Looking forward to more day to tick off on the calendar.

Thanks for reading,


5 Replies

  • Hi samartel,

    Well done for making it into week 4 :)

    I'm not using champix, but I can sympathise with your dreams - I've had ones like it for as long as I can remember! I'm forever berating my OH for not having listened to something I've told him, only to realise I actually dreamt about telling him... :o

  • Hi Samartel

    Even after all of this time, I have still not slept through the whole night yet. I have halved my dose, and take the second dose at about 2pm, but nothing seems to help. The dreams seem to have calmed down a bit, though. Having said that, I dozed off in my deckchair over the week-end, and woke up in a panic that I must have dropped my lit ciggie! Leapt up out of the chair checking everywhere for burns....

  • Hey guys,

    Yeah Jen, its crazy that dreams transcend into having to berate or ask for confirmation of things happening around you.

    Mrs T, I can attest that is one of the scariest dreams you can have...dropping the lit smoke....

    Its a wild ride...but keeps us interested


  • The weird dreams were the biggest side effect I had with Champix. For me, it was like having a 3-D cinema in my head which re-ran the events of the day but with odd twists and turns in them. I'd wake up in the middle, work out what was real or not - sometimes I had to get up to check whether I'd bought something or whatever, then I'd go back to sleep and it was as if I'd hit the pause button on a CD. The dream would recommence exactly where it had left off.

    Can't remember them all now but at the time they were so real. I was looking around the apartment one morning for a tiger cub I dreamt I'd bought in the market I'd been to the previous day. Numerous times I checked my bag for packets of cigarettes I'd dreamt I'd bought and started smoking. Another occasion, I thought I'd made a date with this handsome bloke in uniform I'd met in a cafe I'd been in - that was a bit of a let-down when I realised it wasn't the case.

    I cut down and came off Champix early because of them. It wasn't that I was disturbed by the dreams, I was just constantly tired as I was waking up and running round checking things half a dozen times in the night.

    I was fortunate that I didn't have any scary dreams or nightmares as the vividness I ws experiences would have terrified me. They just juxta-posed reality and dream.

    Good luck with your quit


  • then I'd go back to sleep and it was as if I'd hit the pause button on a CD. The dream would recommence exactly where it had left off.

    Spot on....its crazy eh (there is the Canadian in me coming out) you can be 100% awake, laugh about the fact you just checked on something, then go back to sleep and you are exactly where you left off.

    I am tired a lot. I find myself going to bed earlier and earlier...but it doesnt do me any good....i dont sleep well. I want to stay on Champix long enough to develope new habits, ways to fill that time i would have spent smoking. Once i'm confident that i wont jsut run out for a quick one...and of course "only one" then i'll get off it.

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