I just thought I would post something here that I hope might help people just starting their quit or thinking about taking the plunge...
Until a week ago I smoked 20-30 per day for the last 25 years and had tried and failed a few times to quit mainly using patches. My last 2 quit attempts lasted less than 24 hours each!! (I just couldnt hack it) I smoked from the minute I woke up until the minute I went to bed.
Having spoken to my GP he suggested I try taking Champix. Having looked online at potential side effects it was a little worrying but I took the plunge and started taking them anyway. Apart from a few very minor side effects (like changing the way coffee tastes!!) Ive had no problems at all however the help I feel it has given me in quitting has been MASSIVE
On previous quits I have literally been climbing the walls and going demented through withdrawal. This time, I spent the first few days feeling a strange empty feeling (which made me eat like a horse!!) but all completely manageable. I am now 7 days into my quit and I must say it feels very very easy now (apart from me having a lousy stinking cold :eek:). Who knows what the future holds but I really feel like I will never smoke again in my life and that it will be piece of cake to achieve that.
Im sure Champix isnt for everyone and Im sure there are people on this forum who've had a bad experience using it but all I would say is dont dismiss it as an option to consider. Its not a magic "wonder drug" and you still need to really want to quit and commit to doing so but I feel it has made a huge difference to me in my quit so far.
If it helps you the way it has helped me, I promise you YOU REALLY CAN QUIT SMOKING WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THROUGH HELL AND BACK!!
If I can quit, anybody can!!
Good Luck guys