Firstly let me say what a wonderful forum this is...
I'm a smoker of 25 years (ish) and have been smoking 20+ per day for most of that time however, like most of us smokers I've been promising myself I'll stop.....next week, next year....blaa blaa The thing is I REALLY LIKE SMOKING !! but following a spell of unemployment and money being tight...I think it's CRAZY to wasting £50 per week on the weed. Obviously the health risk etc.... but I've been very fortunate (so far) and never really suffer from any unhealthy effects.
Anyway, following a close friend's succesful attempt with the Champix I found myself feeling really jealous that he has stopped and have decided to kick the habit. I have tried a few times in the past and my most succesful attempt was with patches approx 12 months ago... I lasted approx 3 weeks !! and then just randomly bought 10 fags whilst I was in a newsagents buying a paper :confused: No reason why..... no major catastrophy or anything just decided to buy some ???
So onto my current situation, I've been taking Champix for nearly 3 weeks and noticed almost zero effect for the first 10 days or so but I have recently noticed that I don't seem to crave for a ciggy ? but I am still smoking around 10 per day ?
What I mean is I'm not crawling the walls if I don't have a cigg but I can't seem to 'NOT' have one when I make a coffee, after dinner etc...
My doctor told me to carry on smoking if the urge is still strong but to set a date this current week and 'try' to stop... I set a date 10th Oct ... but only lasted about 4 hours. I can honestly say that even when I had one I felt it wasn't a 'crave' it just felt really strange 'not having one' if that makes sense.
I've probably had about 5 or 6 today but it's more because it feels like something is missing if I don't have one, rather than craving for one ?
Am I weird........ or is this normal ?
Regarding side effects, I was a bit cautious after reading lots of negative stuff about champix but apart from the passing sickness feeling now and then, I don't seem to be experiencing any other side effects.....so far !
I'm planning to go smoke free tomorrow 13th Oct and just wondered if anyone else can relate to the not craving but still wanting a cigg ??