Hi there all
I have been a smoker since I was 16, now 39.
I have been wanting to quit for yrs but deep down inside I enjoyed it.
People (mainly family) used to nag me but basically I wasn't going to quit until I was ready.
I have tried everything bar acupucture. I have tried patches, hypnosis, Zyban, inhalator, gum, will power (yer right). At the moment I am on Champix. I did quit for 8 months once but then got drunk and had one, yes one Silkcut ciggie and got hooked again.
I tried Champix at Easter but I was silly and went away for the weekend and forgot to take the pills with me and hence I started again.
I can honestly say not though that I am 22 days smoke free without a single hiccup.
Although...... my mental state is definately having hiccups.
I had a massive panic attack about dying one night and couldn't face work the next day as constantly felt sick and heartburn. The thought in my head subsided for a bit but then came back a month later. Bearing this in mind and that docs once said I was going through the slow change I thought it was my hormones playing silly bu**ers as I have also put on weight around my middle and have dry skin.
After that I went back to the docs and asked to start Champix again. I did take it for 14 days before I got to the stage to stop and for one of those weeks I was away in Ibiza with my family (I was the only smoker). I did make a point of not bringing back any duty free cigs or baccy.
On 30th September in the afternoon I had my last ciggie.
My panic/anxiety attacks remained though.
I went to the docs and she prescribed me beta blockers for the palpitations and a stomach protector for the heartburn/indegestion.
I did mention about Champix and she asked if I was at the point of comingoff them yet. Heck no! I WANT to do it this time I NEED to do it, although I understand that Champix can mess with your head and I have had depression before.
I do also wonder if its the fact that I am 40 in February that caused me to want to stop smoking and have a panic attack. Maybe subconciously it is worrying me about being the big 4-0.
has anyone else had this?