I did the first two days cold turkey and got a bit wobbly especially on day 1, cried alot and felt silly for it.
I'd been prescribed Champix 3 months before and after 3 x 5mg pills had started to feel like I was going a bit mad and had vivid dreams of parents dying, although even that low dose for three days had the effect of making the fags seem redundant. I had stopped the Champix after three days and didnt think I would ever take them again.
Anyway I still had them in my drawer.
This time on day 3 I had some pangs and popped a small dose Champix, which I think has helped so for the next two days took 5mg Champix again. Im not feeling too bad, in fact cant really notice anything and havent had withdrawal pangs. Although I did dream vividly last night that I wasnt allowed to use my garage and had to find a place for all my stuff...
You are actually supposed to take one or two weeks of Champix before you stop smoking and slowly up the dose. I am very wary of this drug and have read on forums that when you stop it the pangs can return.
I think I should stop them tomorrow and keep to cold turkey. I have used Allen Carr before but I believe that he underestimates the withdrawal effect.
Anyway day 6 coming up tomorrow. I dont feel like I will slide back as I hadnt enjoyed fags for months and felt like I was living my life from one fag to the next, just dutifully topping up on nicotine to stop the anxiety of withdrawal and enjoying nothing. Im waking up now feeling more energy than before and Im horrified at what I have done to myself in over 30 years of smoking. Sod those pangs!
PS I havent had any probs sleeping so far or any other symptoms at all like coughs or cold type things. Perhaps that is to come