Patches or Champix?

Hey everyone :)

I tried to quit... oh about 6 times last year using CT/ALAN CARR/PATCHES/GUM. I got patches again last week, started fine, got to day 5 and went out and bought cigarettes (shakes head at herself) so been smoking last 2 days. I have another 7 day pack of patches in my drawer, I REALLY want to quit, Im just wondering if anyone who had tried NRT etc and failed successfully quit on Champix? Im beginning to think that I need to attack this in a new way or do I stick a patch on tomorrow and try again? What do ya think?

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  • Hey everyone :)

    I tried to quit... oh about 6 times last year using CT/ALAN CARR/PATCHES/GUM. I got patches again last week, started fine, got to day 5 and went out and bought cigarettes (shakes head at herself) so been smoking last 2 days. I have another 7 day pack of patches in my drawer, I REALLY want to quit, Im just wondering if anyone who had tried NRT etc and failed successfully quit on Champix? Im beginning to think that I need to attack this in a new way or do I stick a patch on tomorrow and try again? What do ya think?

    I quit cold turkey, and I'll share my opinion, which is just MY opinion. I think you need to sort out the difference between "wanting" to quit, and simply "quitting."

    I say that because I "wanted" to quit for years and years. Someday I'll quit. Soon I'll quit. New Year's Eve I'll quit.

    There's a huge difference between "wanting" to quit, and "quitting." The first is easy, the second is hard.

    No patch or medication or anything else will ever completely relieve you of the anxiety, the fear, the pain of withdrawal. (Again, MY opinion) My signature quote says it all: How many years are you willing to smoke to avoid three weeks of discomfort?

    Again, I can't make a suggestion about patches or any other aid. I am responding because when I read between the lines in your post, I'm not convinced you really want to quit. I think you're still stuck in "wanting" to quit.

    Stop wanting, start doing. Just quit. Use whatever aid you have or get something else, but just quit. YOU CAN DO IT and you WILL DO IT when your brain wraps itself around that idea. Quit.

  • Hi Angie

    I have to agree with DGee on this one.

    Probably no harm in trying Champix, although I have no experience of them. What I will say is what ever way you try, you will need to get your head right as all methods need some willpower.

    Remember there is not a wrong way to quit only right ways

  • Hi Angie,

    Ditto to above really,

    I tried the patches a few years ago (twice) and was back to smoking within a week or so.

    This time i am on the Champix and without doubt they are helping but this time i truly want to give up.

    Not just for health reasons,money,feeling like an outcast ect ect but also cos i have had enough of smoking.

    It got to the point were i sat down and asked myself "when was the last time i actually enjoyed a cigarette" and the answer was, I couldn't remember.

    Good luck and stick with it :)

  • Thank you for the replies.

    I quit twice last year using CT and was smoke free for 5 then 8 weeks which were the longest quits, it seems that I am at my most vunerable when I think I am free and clear.

    The issue I have with patches is that Im still putting nicotine into my body, Id rather not since that is the whole point of stopping hence why I was thinking of using champix. I have put a patch on today but I am going to just got CT tomorrow and get it over with, no point delaying the inevitable!

  • i tried CT and failed after day 3 i am now on patches, but i think it mainly down to willpower and wanting to

    i too havent quit for any other reason other then i want to

  • It's a really difficult question .. to answer.

    Like the guys above say it ALL comes down to frame of mind.

    I tried to quit first of all when preganant with my first son, now 19!

    Then with my next - each time I was doing it for them and went back to it pretty soon afterwards.

    At the age of 40 I gave up for 11 months using a forum such as this but stupidly went back to it. Since then I have tried to quit repeatedly counting on patches or lozenges but really without the backup or long-term focus to see it through.

    Approaching 50 with first signs of the ill-effects in an otherwise healthy body, I'm determined to do it now for me .. otherwise I won't be around to see my 60th. Plain and simple.

    Over the last 10 years I think I've learnt that I will get bored, hungry, angry, nervous, sleepless with or without cigarettes so they don't really figure into this do they. Instead of seeing it as smoking for whatever reason or excuse, I have no reason to smoke. I'm tired of it, it exhausts me, makes my breath smell and gives me pains in my body.

    So Angie .. take whatever it takes to never put another cigarette in your mouth. I'm so taken with this quit and forum that I have cut my patches in two after a week, suck probably a quarter of a lozenge a day and take two puffs of that e-cig. These are aids only and we must keep the goal in view.

    NotOnePuffEver xxx

  • Approaching 50 with first signs of the ill-effects in an otherwise healthy body, I'm determined to do it now for me .. otherwise I won't be around to see my 60th. Plain and simple.

    Over the last 10 years I think I've learnt that I will get bored, hungry, angry, nervous, sleepless with or without cigarettes so they don't really figure into this do they. Instead of seeing it as smoking for whatever reason or excuse, I have no reason to smoke. I'm tired of it, it exhausts me, makes my breath smell and gives me pains in my body.

    Wow suze14. I could be reading about myself there! Just how I feel...

    Angie, I tried the patches last year & did 4 months & stupidly crumbled & had one that led to 30 grrrrr! This time i'm on champix & they are working for me, I still get cravings but because I want to live more than I want to smoke I just silently scream & get over it.

    My house is like a chemist, i've got patches, champix, e-cigs, lozenges & a nicorette inhalator lol!! I'm trying to stick to just the champix & the inhalator at the moment!!

    Good luck with quitting, it doesn't matter how you do it as long as you never have another drag of a cig.

    This is my 4th & final quit :)

    Denise x

  • Wow Denise love your attitude, your a winner. Keep it up, this is the fourth and last time

  • Awwh its lovely to read the comments and we shall all suceed this time :) I wimped out of not using the patch today, I will just take it day by day and see how it goes and as you guys are doing use what I need, its nice not smelling like an ashtray already and started back on my strength training to give me a structured daily routine and up my health goals.

    Thanks for the replies ;)

  • Hey Angie .. you know what I said about cutting my patches in two (they are 2nd stage ones) it seems to work fine for me but when I went to the chemist today (lovely irish accent btw) for the lower doze, I mentioned it to him and he said I shouldn't cut them as they work as a whole. Not sure how that works but be careful with just stopping them all of a sudden. Takes longer than CT but I like them as they help me get over the smoking behaviours.

  • im on day 8 of champix and feel sick but determined!!!

    ive tried every single method before and to be honest i was best with Allen Carr. but that time i HAD to quit due to an infection.

    This time im trying champix again with the hope that i will not want to start again :/

    good luck!!!!

  • Feeling Good...Now.

    I am on day 15 of Champix (day 8 since my last smoke). The first few days of Champix were hardest, I felt awful, then I read on this forum that it is easier on a full stomach...no problems since then.

    I quit the smokes after day 7, purely because I felt that I was smoking then from habit. My last memory of smoking is inhaling, then violently throwing up. I couldn't take it any more (they say between days 10 and 14, I couldn't wait that long).:eek:

    I have tried everything, patches, lozenges, inhalers, even hypnosis. Every time, within a few days, I was back to sparking up.:mad:

    I know there have been some scary side effect stories about Champix, and I don't deny that I haven't gone without some (weird dreams, lack of concentration, stomach cramps, and some itching) but for the most opart, I feel great. I do still have the odd moment where I find myself wanting (a situation where I would have smoked before) a smoke, but it passes.

    If you have tried everything without success, maybe it is time to speak to your doctor about the different options. It seems to be working for me.

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