Coming off Champix

I was on Champix for 10 weeks in total, I became a non-smoker 9 weeks ago and without a doubt it's the best thing I have ever done! Well I went to the chemist today to pick up my prescription and it wasn't there, so I went over to the doctors and he had decided I had done well enough so I no longer needed Champix, and that's okay because I have felt for a few weeks I no longer needed them, but neither did I want to finish taking them to soon. So as from today I am not only a non-smoker I am also free of Champix, it's a wonderful feeling knowing I have achieved success against something that was killing me! Although I realise I can never be complacent I have found being in this forum has been very helpful it has been my rock, and will continue to be so. I have a few targets to achieve one is arriving at the penthouse, and the other is my 60 inch television and after I have bought that, I will save enough cash to buy the new iPhone, I already have the iPhone 4 and I pay giffgaff £7.50 a month no contract it's a brilliant deal. These things I will achieve it's so much better than blowing it up in smoke and making myself ill at the same time. :)

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  • Hey thats brilliant that you are comming on champix and going it alone :D

    Be aware though that you may experience withdrawal from champix and moods similair to that of people quiting cold turkey, i did last year (was on champix for 10 weeks) mine were quite bad, but champix didnt agree with me anyways so you may be fine, just thought i would give you a heads up incase you start feeling weird x

  • It's funny, the nurse told me that you have to stay on champic for twelve weeks for it to work properly on the nicotine receptors in the brain :confused: but she didn't know that most quitters get sore/bleeding gums after a couple of weeks either - I sometimes think the blind are leading the blind within the medical profession.

    Anyway, that 60" telly is getting a lot closer and you will be in that penthouse watching the box and playing on your iphone before you know it, and I will be just over a week behind you looking forward to my Canadian holiday. Good luck Rex, don't let that bu@@er creep up behind and bite you on the bum

  • Thanks everyone

    Jennings I hope you really enjoy your free Canadian holiday as much as I will enjoy my free 60 inch television, Its just amazing the money you can save by not smoking, my Son Andrew came to visit this week he or my daughter have never smoked, and he said it was so noticeable how fresh and pleasant my flat smelled that was like music to my ears.

  • You may have had the same nurse as me, she was completely clueless had never touched a smoke in her life and had only read the leaflet. It was the doctor, the people here that made me feel comfy about not having a strict quit date, when i missed it she was ready to take me off them as a wasted effort.

    I think I was a little early coming off the champix too, but i was down to quarter dose for at least the last month as I was a zombie.

    One thing I do remember about coming off them tho was it was like getting 2 early quit benefit hits, you get the clear lungs, increased circulation, smell, what have you from quitting smoking Ithen got the release from the champix, which I can only describe as having a net curtain lifted from me that i didnt know what there.

    Amazing little pills for giving up smoking, but they are certainly strong, or can be!

    I have been quite worried about coming off the tablets and looking forward to it at the same time - I've got this far and have only been taking the night time one for about 8 weeks as I just couldn't handle the nausea and dizziness during the day. Reading your post has definitely cheered me up :D

  • One thing I do remember about coming off them tho was it was like getting 2 early quit benefit hits, you get the clear lungs, increased circulation, smell, what have you from quitting smoking Ithen got the release from the champix, which I can only describe as having a net curtain lifted from me that i didnt know what there.

    That's good to know, thanks!:) I was a bit worried about coming off the Champix, but maybe it's actually something to be looking forward to ......a sort of unexpected extra bonus. Lovely! I'm going to take it for the full twelve weeks, though, to be on the safe side. I'll just put up with the nausea.....it's like being pregnant again! :eek: :D

    Val

  • Still a non-smoker ra ra ra

    Well It's 10 weeks and 2 days since I became a non-smoker! After coming off the Champix the only thing really noticeable has been my appetite has increased so I will have to be careful I have put on 1lb. Anyway I am really enjoying being smoke free, that's the main thing! It was my Sister's birthday on Friday so as a treat I took her for lunch and we had a really nice time, all paid for by you know who lol.

    On the table next to me a man went outside to have a cigarette while waiting for his coffee, he said to his wife I am just going out to check the weather lol the number of times I used to say that. In the night I went to the club and had a few beers and a game of snooker when I arrived at the club I had to run the gauntlet through the stale hanging minging smoke, and of course when I left, lucky my circulation has improved so I could get through it quick. Good luck to everyone on their quest to become non-smokers, it does get easier the longer you are smoke free and you get healthier.

  • It's funny, the nurse told me that you have to stay on champic for twelve weeks for it to work properly on the nicotine receptors in the brain :confused: but she didn't know that most quitters get sore/bleeding gums after a couple of weeks either - I sometimes think the blind are leading the blind within the medical profession.

    Anyway, that 60" telly is getting a lot closer and you will be in that penthouse watching the box and playing on your iphone before you know it, and I will be just over a week behind you looking forward to my Canadian holiday. Good luck Rex, don't let that bu@@er creep up behind and bite you on the bum

    Hi,

    I came off the champix after week 5. I have bleeding gums really bad and sore :( I am feeling low as well mood wise at the moment they say is withdrawal.

    I do think you are right it can be a problem when speaking to doctors or quitting consultants who have not smoked there entire life I found a guy who had been through it all and really knew what he was talking about.

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