6 weeks smoke free and 8 weeks on Champix

Hi everyone!

I've just gone over my 6th week of no fags and I've been reading with interest the comments regarding coming off Champix - I'm not really one for taking tablets anyway and I was a bit concerned that my quit nurse didn't explain fully or examine me fully the side effects of Champix - the only thing that really bothers me about it is the sicky feeling and the weird dreams but family members have all commented on how subdued I am and that I look sad now!!! They have worked a treat for me though and I ran out of cigarettes on 14 April and didn't bother buying any more - I had an electronic cigarette but I've never used that either. I call it a wonder drug but I can't wait to not be on it and feel like it's worked so well I'm a bit scared of coming off it. About two weeks ago I started taking only half a tablet of an evening, but I only did that once and then forgot the following night and haven't had a night tablet since then. Now, instead of taking the morning one at about 6.30am I wait till about 10am or even 11am and I'm fine on the one a day. I'm just wondering whether to maybe halve that now and see how I go. I can honestly say I haven't craved since I had my last one, I've even been out and with friends who have smoked around me and I haven't been tempted. I feel like I've never been a smoker - it's weird but great!!!

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  • Hi Jan and welcome to the forum:)

    Six weeks smoke free is great - what took you so long to post:D:confused::D

    I did what you are doing now and started reducing the dose, and i think from memory I had stopped taking them altogether by around week eight.

    Of course everyone is different, but I think you'll find most Champix users on the forum stopped taking them before the end of the full twelve week course. You are well beyond the physical side of dependence by now, it's just the mind games which go on for longer, but you sound confident and so I would say if it feels right then do it.

  • Hi - I didn't feel like I had anything to say untill now but have been quietly reading and here I am after 6 weeks thinking 'hey, I'm part of this group now!!!!' hehehe!!! Hopefully the Champix thing will work for me - I feel like I haven't suffered at all during this process!!!!

  • Thanks all - you've made me feel very welcome here - Kat, my quit nurse is absolute rubbish - she doesn't remember me ever (I go every 2 weeks) - she thinks I'm lying as the co reader has gone up (still has me as a non smoker though) and offers no help other than 'take up a hobby and exercise' :(

  • Thanks all - you've made me feel very welcome here - Kat, my quit nurse is absolute rubbish - she doesn't remember me ever (I go every 2 weeks) - she thinks I'm lying as the co reader has gone up (still has me as a non smoker though) and offers no help other than 'take up a hobby and exercise' :(

    I must say, I do sometimes wonder if there is more expertise on this forum than amongst the 'quit nurse' community - not to 'dis' the whole profession, but there's no substitute for hard earned experience.:)

  • lol AnEggIsAnEgg I know!!! My quit nurse is something else!!!! I go in beaming 'still not smoking' and she says 'we'll see' and 'the machine can't lie' hehehe!!! The first week I went and after the really slow, one fingered form filling and not feeling the love all I wanted to do once I'd come out the clinic was go straight to the corner shop to buy fags!!!! So then I thought ' ok, I'll do it and prove you wrong' I may complain about her once I'm finished but I guess the argument will be that it did actually work haha!!!! :D

  • I must say, I do sometimes wonder if there is more expertise on this forum than amongst the 'quit nurse' community - not to 'dis' the whole profession, but there's no substitute for hard earned experience.:)

    Just as Egg says, I wonder how many of these quit nurses have actually quit themselves and know how it can be... I mean, I can read my hubby's books on installing electrics but that doesn't make me a qualified electrician :rolleyes::rolleyes:.

    Congratulations to Jan for getting this far without the forum's support, community and fun. Jan, you are quite right, you are part of it even if you hadn't posted before so welcome xx

  • Just as Egg says, I wonder how many of these quit nurses have actually quit themselves and know how it can be... I mean, I can read my hubby's books on installing electrics but that doesn't make me a qualified electrician :rolleyes::rolleyes:.

    Congratulations to Jan for getting this far without the forum's support, community and fun. Jan, you are quite right, you are part of it even if you hadn't posted before so welcome xx

    Thank you so much and I did ask her if she was a smoker and she said 'No, I never took it up!!!!' I should have realised then really!!!! oh well, and Trea I have had your support as I've been reading up before I joined so you have all helped me without knowing!!!

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