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Guys, started the champix today,I'm sick as a dog lol, the same thing happened the last time...anyways I'm setting my date for the 15th September, if anyone wants to join me pls reply to my post, let's get this done 😭

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Hi Mmaya, Well I'm on day 12 (it feels worse than day 1 though) but I'll keep you company and maybe we can help each other.

I've had loads and loads of failed quits before so I've got my work cut out if I want to do this properly.

Hope you're feel better soon and looking forward to sharing your quit journey with you. Let's get the job done once and for all.:eek:

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Linda,great to have you onboard, I remember you from before, this is the last time we are doing this! Good luck!!! Linda by the way day 12 to 20 are just rotten, it takes 20 days to break a habit. You are just having a Tuesday, you know...not Monday...not Friday... Just boring. Stick with it for the next few days, I promise you by day 20 you won't even think about "them" anymore

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Day 3 of champix is quite soon to quit. In the past I have left it to day 14, certainly after the double doses start.

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GrahamA, I was talking to the GP and we planned to never go on the double doses unless really necessary, I'm a bit concerned about taking it... to be honest. The champix puts me off the food and I start "puking" all along, thats why I gave it up the last time. We kind of thought never go onto the double doses, do the .5 mg for a week and then move onto the 1mg and do it for longer, my GP said we are going to try to stay on the meds for about 6 months. I suppose we will play it as we go along, I might not be as sick this time around. I started yesterday and just yesterday alone, I've already fainted once and got sick twice. Im a bit better today, last night couldnt sleep , Im not sure if I will be able to take this medication.

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...also forgot to add that although I havent started counting and I have a pack of fags on the kitchen table, I haven't actually smoked yesterday nor today because simply feeling rotten. at this pace I'll be over the withdraw before my day 1 LOL

Mmaya just do what you think is best for you. I'm going to smoking cessations classes at my doctor's surgery but I really think that it's up to me to tackle this problem. I can identify with everyone's problems there but I find it really hard to talk about how I feel for not being able to just stop smoking, something I've wanted to do for years and years but never been strong enough to just do successfully.

See how you go with the Champix - it is early days.

At the end of the day I think it's just mind over matter. It should be easy but for some of us it's hard to let go - nobody knows that better than me.

Hoping you are well and not having doubts. As I say just do what's best for you regarding the meds.

Good luck and I'm looking forward to sharing our 'final' quit journey together.

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Linda, how are you feeling now? still up with the blues?

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Mmaya Yup Champix can be very Nasty and I got serious nausea but never actually "puked" Found it to go better with breakfast and with a snack in the evening. Since you are going to only one a day it might be better for you... Was it the nicotine withdrawal or the Champix causing Insomnia ? I never knew but I was sitting nights through searching sites on the internet.

I used Champix for 12 weeks and had an awkward experience when I ended the coarse.....It was posted on week 11 of my quit...

But let us be positive and I am sure it will work for you this time .... I am with you ....

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Hercu, did you stop the champix in one go or you gradually stopped, you are not suppose to stop from one day to another, right?

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I think it was the Champix, I'm a smoker for 30 years but I only smoke about 6 or 7 a day, that would hardly keep me awake the all night...I think! I never really had a bad time in terms of physical withdrawal in any of my quits, I just choose a weekend and sleep it off - junkie style ahah!

My biggest problem is in the head, the cigarette is my way out for everything, a fight, a celebration, a problem...I just take 5 minutes and come out for a cigarette ...it brings me down to hearth , I cant find a way to do that without the cigarette.

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Yes... I stopped at once and shouldn't, Got the hiding and have been sick for 4/5 days but survived and almost ready again to take over the world... (lol)

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ahaha! I know how you felt stopping all at once! ...really bad idea :) I've done it myself in the past LOL

the thing about being a "serial quitter" is that every time you learn something new and next time you won't do it :)

The last time I had the champix, I got very sick and the doctor told me to gradually reduce the dosage but continue with the medication, I thought I was so solid on my quit that I just stopped it all together - I call it "the big head syndrome" - I actually thought it was all me and not the champix at all.

I lasted for 2 weeks after that.

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It's strange how some people get sick with Champix and not others. Just to rub it in I've barely even felt a tinge of nausea the few times I've given up with it. After a few days it's pretyy much in the mind, though.

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So lucky, I'm a bit better today but the first two days I felt like a very sick walking dead lol I'm sticking with tomorrow although I agree it's too early... If it doesn't work I'll reset the date for a week later...I should be fine, I haven't been smoking much lately...

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Best muscle through then mmaya in your own time.

Hi,

I decided to jump in here as it seemed reasonably busy and I know I'm going to need a lot of help. If anyone more used to this forum knows of a busier thread then I'd be grateful if you could post a link to it. My first cigarette was in 1965 on my way to take my Eleven Plus which I failed because I was feeling so sick and dizzy! I've given up several times, sometimes I've failed in the same hour......usually in the early hours of a New Year if my memory serves me correctly. Now it has come down to not having a choice. After 30 years of smoking 30 roll ups a day I have had to stop. I'm not going to go into many details as the last thing I want is sympathy but basically my doctor who is also my friend has told me to stop or find another a doctor. So on Friday night September 18th I bought a Vapouriz Fuse with 0% nicotine liquid and so far I'm wondering what is going on. Usually by now I'd be climbing the walls or taking my anger out on my friends. I have the electric cigarette but I feel very stupid using it because I feel like a child with a dummy. There is no way I'd use in public using it and as far as I'm concerned it stays in my bedroom for private use only. Maybe because the warning from my friend / doctor has scared me so much this time that my brain has just accepted that changes have to be made. I'm a Christian and I've prayed long and hard for help in giving up, after apologising for doing the damage I have already done to my body, so maybe God is helping me this time. I have 4 grandchildren and another one due in early October and although I don't see them as much as I would like to it would be nice to think we could touch base using Skype. My biggest problem is going to be the very long days. I'm too ill to work and because of other issues I don't sleep very much so 20 hour days can be very long. Don't be surprised to see posts from me at stupid o'clock!

Anyway I'm here, I'm on day four and so far doing OK. I'm looking forward to making a few friends on this forum and I'm looking forwards to keeping them for a very long time!

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Welcome Lennon, You'll find plenty of support when you post. You are past he worst of it.

Thanks Graham but I've been here many times before and although Day Four without missing the first roll up in the morning hasn't hit home yet I have a feeling I've had a very easy ride up to now!

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Maybe not! I have tried so many times and failed... You have a reason to quit, grab onto to it and just do it. I'm determined to get this done once for all, I am very pleased to see that we actually have a little group building up, I'm hoping we will be all laughing at this posts in a year's time

Just put a note in my diary to post a year from today with nothing more than a big yellow smiley face emoticon!

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That will do just fine 😊 it is hard but with a bit of patience and a lot of determination we will get there.good luck

Under your name and under "Serial quitter" there are two orange bars and eight white bars......is it just me or does it look like a cigarette!

Not that I want one you understand!!!!!

On a more serious note for some reason my first four days have been very easy. It's very kind of you to offer support but as I said in my opening post I only sleep for a few hours a day so if you ever need my support I'm never far from my laptop.

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Yes I do need you and every single one of you in here, I take and use anything I can get, because I know from experience that quitting is very hard. I never really struggled with the first days, it's later in the quit that I lose the battle. Have you ever heard "those who can't do teach " that's me...I haven't been able to finish it, but I know how to start it, so feel free to rant, shout scream, whatever keeps you away from that cig. I promise I will do the same.

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No that's not a cigarette, it only means I'm a loser and no one likes my posts lol

Keep it up everyone. I'm just having a craving, but trying to laugh at it and view it as nicotine leaving. It kind of helps. Probably gonna hit the sack now. See ya tomorrow all.

Love the thought that a craving is the nicotine leaving your body......Lets hope it gets a wiggle on and buggers off asap!

I guess that's why we are both on the forum, but I do think that if there is a moderator on line who can change the colour scheme on the suspicious looking cigarette thing then it would be hugely appreciated in the coming months!

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Lennon the orange bars happen when someone likes your posts, it means you are credible... Which I'm obviously not lol

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Hang in there, I personally get through the cravings with breathing exercises, water helps, but the secret really is go do something else so that it will be gone before you notice

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Outch Mmaya that hurts.(LOL)..I love your posts and liked a lot. Look at my bars on 2 @ 207 posts (Same as yours). So the bars for me is not a reward but the good fellowship I received on this forum is my reward..and played a huge part in my success.

Day five and so the fight begins! I am determined NOT to become reliant on my e cigarette thing because the last thing I want is my three daughters telling me to stop being like a baby and making it very difficult for them to get my grandkids to give up using their teething dummies! I have a new grandchild on the way early next month and both of us using dummies will not go down well with my youngest daughter. Since my last post I've been asleep for an hour. I have a mild form of tinnitus which makes it difficult to sleep and I also suffer from neurological pain and having this tinnitus thing going in my head makes it impossible for me to use my thought techniques to stop the worst of the pain. AND I am trying to give up smoking!

What is making it slightly easier this time is that I don't have a choice this time. If I give up giving up it means finding a new doctor and also every cigarette I have will be knocking days off my life and I'll never know which one could be the one that I don't finish. No matter how bad it gets this time there is no choice. This is why I'll be posting long and rambling thoughts along the way but who knows I might just write something that someone can connect with and use themselves in their battle to succeed. I have a date to share in 364 days with mmaya just to laugh about what we said but that’s something in the future to hang on too. A goal to aim for and one hell of an achievement if we both do laugh out loud……can you laugh out loud on a forum!

I'm also sure I've read someone saying that if you're having a bad time just come online and post something because by the time you've thought of what you're going to say and then typed it out the urge to light up will have past. One of my biggest problems is that I used to take great pride in rolling a cigarette that looked every bit as good as a cigarette you would pull out of a packet of Woodbines or Park Drives. As well as craving the hit I also crave the need to do something with my fingers so joining the forum is helping tremendously with the idle fingers even if the words are meaningless and very rambling! Someone please tell me if they are!

Time to do some sewing I think! A grown man of 62 sewing buttons on shirts that haven’t lost a button but to save them from coming loose in the future just to give my hands something to do. How crazy is post sounding! This is NOT a good day!

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Knitting works, that's what I did on my last quit and worked very well, unfortunately I don't have time for it now...nobody allowed to laugh at me, it actually works very well

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Hi Lennon.....Welcome although I am a Day or two behind..... It is very nice to see that you are strong in your quit.....To quit smoking is really not a walk in the park and takes a lot of energy and might leave you "flat" and with mixed emotions.

Keeping the hands busy was one of the most difficult things for me.... I started to transform my Landrover in a fully equipped overland vehicle after work and in the evenings.

It is the beginning of a roller coaster ride of ups and downs Like your Not so good day today....Hang in there and tomorrow will be better...You are in control of your life now...Live it !!;)

Knitting, Mmmmmmm I have mentioned I'm a man in my sixties haven't I? I'm afraid knit one pearl one isn't really my thing but I can see it being a good distraction for anyone interested in arts and crafts. Rebuilding a Land Rover at my age and in my health is completely out of the question but its good to hear that people are rallying round and trying to make helpful and supportive posts. Many years ago I used to drive a company long wheelbase Landrover. The rack and pinion steering rack had gone so if you hit a hollow in the road you lost the steering until the road smoothed out. Happy days!

As my main interest is music I was thinking of having a look around and seeing if anyone had started a "What are you listening to when you're trying to forget you used to smoke" thread. its just another outlet for people to retreat to when the urges start,

The day has got a lot easier as people are coming together to offer support. Bring on day six!

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Yup... The old Landy's got their tricks.....Age never to old to try something (I am 3 years behind) but yes health could be an issue.. But well done so far Lennon you are doing Gr8

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I'm very happy for you, think positive, stay positive, you will get there :) about the knitting... I was only messing with you :)

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Mmaya...I am happy for you .. you are also doing well ... Stay strong !!

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I just wanted to add one comment, I know your Gp is all cross with you and all, did you think about going onto champix? Although some people - me - find it very hard to tolerate, the fact is it does help a lot...think about it...

Hi guys set my date sept 15 im on my 3rd day and im really struggling for that one just one cigie..

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Gentiewolf... Good going Day 3 is very tuff but what ever you do do not smoke ...Stay strong !

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Welcome! the more the merrier, there's a few of us on this train :( why are you struggling? Is it your first time quitting... Tell us a bit more... Stay strong

The good news is that Day 6 isn't twice as hard as the dreaded Day 3!. So far today I've not reached for the E Dummy either so that has to be good. Just want to say that I hope everyone in this little group is having a better day today and to say that I'm around this evening if anyone needs a chat or kick up the backside!

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Great Lennon, are you starting to feel better abt this time? I hope this time is for good, for me, you and anyone else here.

Well I'm very grateful that I've landed in this little group because we seem to have hit it off and just knowing you are not alone and others are going through exactly the same thing is a comfort. I'm sure we've all been here before and failure isn't new to us but checking into the forum everyday is time when I don't think about having a smoke. The more times we have like that the more chance we have of making it.

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Lennon.... Definitely the best site ever and I for one grant my "'success" to this forum and the people on this forum.

I am glad you are coping well and stay positive !!!

Day seven and I'm officially cool. The even better news is that you lot, my internet friends, is that you are also cool. I'll explain! Back in the wonderful 1960's when I had very long hair and wore flared Levi's with obligatory Gringo boots I was cool. Then responsibility, marriage and children put an end to being cool. A divorce and a new much younger partner made me feel pretty cool again but then tragedy and being left alone made me feel extremely un-cool and after a few years in the wilderness and a near brush with death myself, I went back to Gringo boots and boot cut Levis but this time with white hair and a white beard and I thought I was cool again until a visit from daughter No 1 assured me the new look was anything but cool.

Sadly I'm now a stubborn old bugger and I consoled myself that daughter No1 just didn’t understand!

However today after a visit from daughter No3 I am very cool again. Nothing new about the look and to be honest following the purchase of a waistcoat from a charity shop the look is probably even less cool. No, the reason I'm so cool and the reason why you lot are also so cool is that we no longer smoke. My apartment no longer smells of smoke and being a man of the age where stereotyping suggests that I'm going to be a smoker to make the decision not to smoke is just about the coolest choice you can make. So there you go…..if you're having a bad day go and look in the mirror and tell yourself you are cool again!

Hope whatever day you're today on is treating you well.

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I think you're cool Lennon and I hope you're having a good day.:)

Wey Hey! You do realize Linda that this could go to my head! If we all stick together regardless of age, looks, whatever, if we stick together and kick this flaming habit we will always be cool.

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Lennon, you are defo cool, but lose the boots, they are Not cool lol... Agree with us sticking together, we have a nice crowd here and we will make it!

Errrrrr how can these not be cool n733429honestly I don't tuck my Levis into the boots and the straps were removed the day they arrived!

Give an old fella a break!

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Ok...sorry, I love them, I would buy them for myself, I thought you were talking about the cowboy ones with those things hanging lol

The name is Lennon not The Lone Ranger! In the past when I'd given up smoking and failed but not quite got around to admitting to my partner l was a failure l used to hide my fags in the boots. She couldn't see inside them while l was wearing them and there was no way she would put her hands in them when I'd taken them off! By the way if this post goes on no one will be more surprised than me because I'm doing this on my my mobile phone...... and press "Post Reply" fingers crossed!

Day 8 so far has not been easy! Part of my life includes me being Verger at my local church so today I had to dig a grave for the internment of someone's ashes and immediately after that there was a wedding that I was officially in control of. Thankfully it was only a very quiet wedding and it only took me 20 minutes to get the place straight for tomorrow but I was edge on all day and as we all know being on edge isn't a good place to be! Plus it didn't help with the groom and all his aides smoking their heads off outside the church....the condemned man and all that!

For the rest of the day I'm going to try to chill out and I'll put which album I'm listening to in the "What album are you listening to today" thread when I've made my mind up!

Hope you lot have had good day.

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Lennon. I say we forgot about today and we get on with it. You will be on day 9 tomorrow and me on day 6 ;) I also had a rotten morning and like that I've been all day on the edge, can't wait for this day to be over! Great job not caving in, well done.

I saw you had a wobble and I've replied to you about the blip. I am struggling now because Saturday nights on your own are never the best nights. Maybe I'll put the cats supper out and then put cling film over the bowl,. that always cheers me up......For all you animal lovers out there I only do it for a minute and only when I'm really down! I'll try some music first today! Keep smiling mmaya and if you have an early night when you wake up in the morning you will have done a week without smoking because today was just a blip and with my memory I'll have forgotten all about it tomorrow. The thing to hold on to tonight is that you are so close to having gone for a week. I know you can do it.

Day nine, which is turning out to be three times as bad as the dreaded day three. On top of a shed load of other issues I hear voices in my head! Yeah its the forum nutter here again!

Being serious its not the voices telling me to go and roll up a fag. I suffer from Tinnitus, some days are better tan others and today its flippin bad. Also for my sins I edit the bi-monthly church magazine and today is the last day before it has to go to the printers. Trying to do this job at the best of times is stressful.

When you've got loud whistling noise going off you can't concentrate...... can you see a vicious circle forming here!

Add into that the fact I haven't had a fag for 9 days and fifteen hours (not that I'm counting you understand) you all know how I'm feeling today!

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By the way do the moderators of this forum throw you off for swearing! Arrrrrrrgggggggggg

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Lennon are you ok????

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God help you Lennon, can you excuse yourself and take a nap for 2 hours? Please deep breath, on your own, from the abdominal area about 10 of them in and out. Slowly....you can do this, you know you can

can, go get an icecream, a lollypop, use your ecigg, anything but pls snap out of it, thinking of you today.

HI I am new on here so I hope you don't mind me jumping on your thread. , I've started Champix today after 45 years of smoking , i have been told by my nurse i will quit on day 10 which is 6th October . I have not told anyone I am taking champix so i'm hoping for a bit of support on here if possible . I'm not looking forward to the side effects o Champix :-(

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Welcome Molly! Delighted to have you. The champix is not a magic pill but it helps a lot. Some experience more side effects than others, I am taking it myself but only half the dose, I'm absolutely fine, not a bother. About the quit date, 10days is what people usually do, but saying that, you do what you think is right for you. I stopped on day 4, did it before and only stopped at day 16. It's your quit. There is only one rule, no smoking! Good luck and stay close to the forum.

Thank you for the welcome mmaya , i'm glad you're not having side effects I hope I don't get them either from what i've read they are pretty scary. Fingers crossed i'll get through it

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I did have them before, that's why Im only taking half the dose. Word of advice is to stop reading abt the side effects, a lot of it is just nonsense. The nausea is real, take the tablet with the food. All the rest. The moods. The depression. You would have got them regardless, that's the addition leaving, it's part of the process.

Hi mmaya.......... Sorry I've not been around. The tinnitus has been driving me round the bend. The reason there has been no posts in "What are you listening too" is because I'm not listening to anything. Music is one of the few things left I can enjoy without relying on other people to help me and I can't bear listening to music that is so screwed up by the noises in my head. The number of times I've thought about smoking can't be far behind the number of times I've felt like breathing in and out but I'm too stubborn and too determined not to go back to it this time.

Anyway ​enough about me, how are you doing. Are you still managing without the weed this time.

I'll stay logged in for a couple of hours in case you're around and we can catch up. Hope you're doing OK.

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You just made my day Lennon :)I was very worried with you! So sorry you are feeling poorly, hope you start feeling better soon. We are always here if you need a chat ;) I'm still going, some days are easier than others, I'll manage! When there's a will....there's a way :)

Thanks, I'm not poorly as such. More angry and frustrated that I seem to trapped in a world of silence where music goes but a never ending symphony of whistling and hissing. Not the best time to be giving up the most addictive drug known to man but I did give tobacco up before the tinnitus started. I'll try to keep in touch with you even if its by sending you a PM. Thanks for the supportive messages mmaya.......Hugely appreciated and very kind of you.

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Ok. Lennon, you are not alone. Stay well.

Hope the tinnitus eases up soon Lennon so you can get some relief and enjoy your music again. Stick with us.

Best wishes x

Hope all's well with you too Mmaya.:)

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