Day 1 of champix

Hi everyone,

This is my first day of taking champix so I've not actually stopped smoking yet.

The info leaflet is a bit daunting, all those side affects are a bit scary. I know it's highly unlikely I'll get them all but still even if I do it'll be worth it in the end.

My stop date is 19 december and I can't wait. Very excited!!

Any help and advice is massively welcome, and I hope to do the same for others out there in the weeks to come.

Ben :)

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  • Hiya Ben and welcome to the forum, you've taken your first step to being a nonsmoker! I don't know much about Champix as I quit cold turkey but there's loads on here who have and can advise you.

    Good luck on your journey x

  • It'll be ok

    Hi Will stop

    I stopped smoking using Champix and I didn't have any problems. I found that it didn't take the cravings away completely, but it did take the edge off the quit. For me, Champix was the perfect way to quit. Cold turkey never worked for me since I couldn't resist the hit I would get if I had a cigarette after not smoking for about 3 days. With Champix there was no temptation to smoke since that hit would not occur.

    I ate lots of fruit for the first few weeks and did lots of exercise too.

    Congratulations on starting to stop :)

  • hullloooo

    Hi Ben

    Welcome to the forum, I did use champix (i had to stop though) and am 10 weeks smoke free,

    a few points to think on with them

    1) take them with food

    2) your evening tablet no later than about 9pm

    3) Drink plenty of water

    4) keep chewy handy, things start to taste awful and it lingers (part and parcel of quitting is you get your taste back, champix made everything taste awful for me)

    5) dont worry if you go off a beer or two as well, its a common side effect and if nothing its a bonus!

    6) If you feel you wnat to stop before your set quit date then have a go (I quit a day and a half earlier than planned i just didnt want to buy any)

    7) if youve a smart phone get the nhs app smoke free, it keeps a tally of how much youve saved and how long youre smoke free

    8) read read read, knowledge is power, and use this forum 9 times out of 10 someone here has had a similar day/dread/experience/crave/buzz/sleeplessness. it can help you feel not so mental

    9) BREATHE, start now, long slow deep breaths in and out, its the simplest thing but it helps

    lecture over :) theres probable loads ive missed off, but just take one day at a time and if your having a bad day take it an hour at a time

    good luck and well done for making a fab choice

  • Wow that was quick, thanks guys. I've tried CT a few times and didn't last any longer than a day. So here I am with the champix and feeling pretty confident, I've stopped all association smoking already, I.e in the car, I've stopped drinking coffee etc. I had an operation on my knee a couple weeks ago so I have to start light exercise soon and I'm hoping that'll give me another goal to take my mind off the smokes.

    Cheers guys, I'll keep u posted with progress.

    This forum is great!!

  • I stopped with Champix and I found them brilliant! I hope they work for you I am convinced they are the reason I am still quit after 40 years of smoking. The side effects were minimal for me just weird dreams and nausea with the morning tablet.:)

  • The more serious side effects listed in the leaflet are scary. The thing is, using Champix is a bit of an adventure. Until you have tried it, you just don't know how it is going to affect you. I felt quite a lot of trepidation during the early stages, especially while the dose was being increased. There isn't much you can do about it, other than keeping going and seeing what happens.

  • Hi haze56

    Thanks for the positive. I tooky first tablet this morning (2 hours ago) and have had no nausea as of yet, I'm feeling a bit like I have pressure behind the eyes but that could be because I'm not sleeping well due to an op I had on my knee a few weeks ago.

    Can't wait for my stop date already.

    Excited and a little bit anxious!!

  • Hi haze56

    Thanks for the positive. I tooky first tablet this morning (2 hours ago) and have had no nausea as of yet, I'm feeling a bit like I have pressure behind the eyes but that could be because I'm not sleeping well due to an op I had on my knee a few weeks ago.

    Can't wait for my stop date already.

    Excited and a little bit anxious!!

    Good for you Will! That is the spirit:)

  • P m a!

    you have a fabby attitude and not everyone is hit with side effects, i was and it was awful (advice above made it a little more bearable) but i still say i couldnt have even stopped without them,

    And you usually get a fast reply on here, theyre pretty awesome!

    Biggrin is right though its a bit hit and miss who they work for, you arent pukey so YAY :D

    See you in day 2!

  • Hi well done on starting with champix..im on it and the dreams are totally

    weird an i slept alot too start with an had terrible sickness but now im eating right an the symptoms have gone.. im almost on my 3rd lot of 2 weeks at 1mg

    an smoke free for a week tomorrow:D

    My mouth tastes awful an i keep brushing my teeth an things taste yuk that I liked before..you do still get the occasional ..whats missing feeling but soon passes.

    Im richer an healthier still bit bonkers like when im talking backwards but thats all..stick with it, you can do

  • Im richer an healthier still bit bonkers like when im talking backwards but thats all..stick with it, you can do

    Julie, well done on getting to one week smoke free. :)

    What's this business about talking backwards? :confused:

  • best wishes

    Just wanted to wish you the very best and well done on deciding to quit. You 'will quit' :D

    I used champix and sassy mama has given you the lowdown on what to expect. I just wanted to mention that at some point you will have dreams about smoking... I had not anticipated the intensity and impact of these and I had a major wobble after having consequtive dreams for about a week but haven't had these for a long time.

    You can do this, you have a fab attitude and all the folks here will help you :)

  • Julie, well done on getting to one week smoke free. :)

    What's this business about talking backwards? :confused:

    thank you :D

    an you know when you say like "going to the park" it comes out " park the two going" ive had quite a few backwards conversations..an even if i try an correct it ..it still happens

  • Julie - mean you what see I. ;)

  • Julie - mean you what see I. ;)

    lol seriously I had to really think about that then

  • Hey there

    I smoked 40 cigs a day for over 20 years, literally even smoking in my sleep. An uncle of mine has smoked up to 80 a day for over 50 years. We have both quit using Champix.

    Personally, Champix is a godsend, a miracle. The dreams will shock you because the degree of weirdness cannot be explained lol. But other than that, I had no side effects while on them. Just mind all the 3's after quitting: 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months.....

    Champix doesn't take all the withdrawals away, but it does make it possible to stop, which for me was totally impossible without Champix.

    And finally, hang in there and keep coming back to these forums. Count the time you are free, and rememer the significance of what you are doing; you are saving your own life.

    Good luck!

    Shanita

  • Didn't like the champix

    Ok so after one day I gave the champix the boot. Symptoms were fine not really any up until the late afternoon and then, I became dizzy, blurred vision, headaches, hot flushes and felt pretty awful. It really made me think... Do I need these?! I spent most of Sunday morning looking at the box deciding whether to stick with them. Finally I decided I don't need help, I can do this on my own!!

    Last cigarettes was Saturday night at 9.15pm and I'm

    Now approaching the end of day 2 of cold turkey, not feeling to bad and pretty confident at the moment. The haribos are doing the job. Looking forward to see what day 3 will bring. Everytime I get a craving I hear my old saxaphone teacher saying "just don't do it" that's really helping for some reason.

    Cheers all for the support and advice.

  • good luck hun xx

  • Good luck, we're all here for you.

  • good luck.. you can do it

    everytime i get the feeling i think to the bad symptoms ive gone through..hoping im too scared to smoke again :eek:

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