Hi, first of all I'm new to the site but not new to trying to stop smoking. I'm 39 years old, live in Aberdeenshire and I work offshore on oil & gas platforms.
I'm trying to stop smoking again as I really don't enjoy it and I hate my three year old son seeing me going outside for a cigarette. I've given up a few times before with my best being for 7 months but for most of that time I was insufferable to live with and hated myself. My big problem when I stop smoking is that I get really irritable and have and incredibly short temper getting annoyed at the slightest little thing. It doesn't spill over to physical violence or anything I just get really really angry and storm off or start shouting, but this all flares up within seconds and just bursts out of me. My usual temprament is very calm, my wife and I very rarely argue about anything and never raise our voices, but when I stop smoking I become a monster. Even to the point that she will insist on driving as the slightest little thing gets me very upset (not normally). I find it very difficult to control as I know in my head that it is the withdrawl from smoking that is causing this and that I'm being completely irrational but still I can't seem to help myself.
So now on to my current attempt. I've been using Champix as recommended by my GP for 9 days now. My target stop date is coming up in two days time but I'm already feeling severe withdrawl symptoms in that my irratibilty had started to return and I haven't even stopped yet. I think the Champix deprives me of the hit from cigarettes so although I'm still smoking until my quit date I pretty sure my body/mind thinks its had no nicotene for about a week now.
I'm currently offshore having come out to the rig today and I'm only here for a week so I'm going to see my GP when I get home to see if he can give me something to make me feel less irritable/short tempered as we discussed this before but he was keen for me to take the Champix first and only get further help if I got the same withdrawl symptoms as I normally do, he said I might not get them the same on Champix but thats looking unlikely.
Is there anyone out there who had experienced similar withdrawl symptoms and has any advice? I've spoken to several quitters who say being irritable is normal for a while but I had it for about 6 months the last time and it was very horrible for me and those around me and depressing for me. It's the main reason I have not quit since (about 5 years).
Even if nobody reads this it had kept my hands busy typing this out on an iphone keypad for the last 30 minutes!