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reader2019
reader2019100 Days Smoke Free
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I have been doing some reading today about champix. I am now wondering if I am having withdrawal from the champix. I do feel a little better today.

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RoisinO1
RoisinO1Administrator

Hey reader2019 - I was just ready to reply to your previous post about having a bad day :)

Firstly, huge congrats on finishing the champix course and reaching 81 days, well done! (I presume you took the full 12 week course???)

You are effectively on your own now which you have been since starting the champix but the pills took the edge of the cravings. What you are experiencing now is full blown nicotine withdrawal and you no longer have champix to help and make these withdrawals that little bit less severe.

These withdrawals are only short term, I promise. There are a few things you can do to help. Drink plenty of water, lots of fresh whole fruit and vegetables, avoid caffeine and alcohol. Bit of a walk daily to clear the head. Also, head to your health food shop for herbal supplements and vitamins to help with these withdrawals.

Also, below pinned post is worth a read if not already so as you approach your 3 months mark:

healthunlocked.com/nosmokin...😵🤢😡😵the-icky-threes-the-blahs-😵🤢😡😵

Stay strong, you are doing so well :)

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reader2019
reader2019100 Days Smoke Free
in reply to RoisinO1

Thank you for the words of wisdom. Yes I did the 12 weeks of champix. So this nasty nicodemon is going to try and play havoc with me for a week or so. I will have to keep busy and it looks like I may be doing a lot of walking.

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mmaya
mmaya1 Year Smoke Free
in reply to reader2019

Did you consider that you just simply had a bad day?! It happens, we all have bad days every so often. Because we're smokers ( active or not) we blame it on the chsmpix or lack of it, on the nicotine....

Alcoholics would blame a bad day on lack of grape juice hummmm....

An abuser will blame it on their victim, you know....I had to beat because you did this & that ...

The reality is, you had a bad day.

You will have many more bad days in life, don't over think it, that's all it is, a bad day.

When a non smoker,non alcoholic, non abuser does on a bad day is maybe go to the cinema, maybe have a chocolate, take a walk, drink water, go to sleep...you are no longer a smoker, you must live the life of a non smoker :)

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reader2019
reader2019100 Days Smoke Free
in reply to mmaya

Its not just one bad day now. This is the third day in a row. Its the shock of actually craving a cigarette when for almost three months I didn't. I just have to take it a day at a time. Thanks for the pep talk. I needed it.

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mmaya
mmaya1 Year Smoke Free
in reply to reader2019

Pep talk lol

Not intended ...sorry!

I do mean what I said, I've tried to stop smoking so many times over the last 5 years that I deserve a Masters in this art at this stage.

I purely shared with you my experience, the only way out of the cigarettes, the power is in your mind, there's a monkey in the Attic, if you let it grow, it will grow ;)

If you choose to ignore and neglect the monkey, it dies.

I hope you feel better soon, it will pass.

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mmaya
mmaya1 Year Smoke Free
in reply to reader2019

By the way, just a suggestion which I have done in the past, if you're feeling miserable, don't let it ruin your quit, get another box of champix and do .5 mg per day morning only.

You'll be able to sleep, there should be no side effects and you'll manage until you're stronger.

No where is written that champix can't be done for 6 months...

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reader2019
reader2019100 Days Smoke Free
in reply to mmaya

Thank you, don't apologize. I needed to hear this. Going to try to do this on my own. If things get worse I will get more champix. It doesn't help that its almost 40 with humidity here and I can't go for a nice long walk. Its suppose to storm later and cool down so tomorrow will be a better day.

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Jared01
Jared01Valued Contributor
in reply to mmaya

mmaya how long are you smoke free?

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mmaya
mmaya1 Year Smoke Free
in reply to Jared01

I would be 4 years on the 18th of September coming but I was stupid enough to smoke a few packs on hols last year, so I reset my count, I'm past 1 year now...but really ...I stopped smoking on the 18th sept 4 years ago after God knows how many failed attempts.

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Hercu
HercuValued Contributor
in reply to mmaya

Ja, we quit almost the same time and you left me to carry on, on my own and reach 4 years and two moths...

But I am glad you are smober again mmaya..!! Well done

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mmaya
mmaya1 Year Smoke Free
in reply to Hercu

I didn't leave you Hercu and believe me or not, I actually miss our chats ;)

I've had some crazy ride going on for the last 5 years, seriously man!

I still consider my quit date sept 4years ago, although I did smoke on holidays last year, I must have smoked maybe 2 or 3 packs in that period.

My life is a lot calmer, I got separated finally, my main source of stress was my partner, we are separated since beg of July this year.

I also gave notice to my employer, I'm giving them 6 months to find a replacement for me, I'll be starting my own business next year.

I am working from home for the majority of the time now, that allows me to actually have a life!!!

So its all very different now, overall I'm calmer, less stressed and definitely much happier :)

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Hercu
HercuValued Contributor
in reply to mmaya

Thank you mmaya

Yes, we had good times whilst battling our quit.

Glad to hear your things work out well...for me also reaching pension age my directors gave me another 5 years contract..

Strongs on your new venture....

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Sparkle11
Sparkle112 Years Smoke Free

Well done for 81 days not smoking. That’s fab. How do you mean withdrawal? When I finished my 12 week course I felt great knowing I didn’t have to take them anymore so no more nausea and nightmares. I’m sure whatever you feel will just be short term. I’ve been a non smoker for more than 2 years now. Congratulations 🍾

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Jared01
Jared01Valued Contributor

Congratulations reader2019 on over 81 days smoke free, well done. Definitely as pointed out above the icky threes of 3 months is approaching which could be the cause but it will pass. Lots of water and avoid the coffee and alcohol until feeling better. You are doing great 💪

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SanJane
SanJane1 Week Smoke Free

I did not take it so no experience with it. I was scared to take it .. lol It worked great for my husband.

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Hercu
HercuValued Contributor

Hi reader2019

I called this the "Wrath of the nicodemon"....It is loosing you at a pace it can not keep up and this is a final attempt to turn you around...but you have won all the battles and this is "D Day" to win the war.....

I had the same and really thought I had misjudged the light in the tunnel and it was really a train...I was sick and sore for three days and felt so sorry for myself after that imagined train ran over me but when all the pains subsided I never looked back....I felt as if I have raised my flag at Iwo Jima and won my war....

You will be there soon...Strongs !!

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reader2019
reader2019100 Days Smoke Free
in reply to Hercu

Thank you Hercu. Needed to hear that I wasn't the only one to go through this. Did you quit using champix?

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mmaya
mmaya1 Year Smoke Free
in reply to reader2019

Yes, both Hercu and myself used champix. We both also started reading and researching about natural supplements specifically magnesium and Gabba in order to get through what you're going through now.

Hercu was 2 months ahead of me, so I kind of learned from him and didn't stop the champix until week 16, before I stopped, I reduced the dose very slowly until I was doing .5 in the am every 2nd day, only then I stopped.

Stay strong! I hope you're feeling better now

Maya

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Nozmo
NozmoValued Contributor
in reply to mmaya

Hello Maya and Hercu !

I’m on holiday in sunny Portugal and have been reminded of the old demon smokes so I checked in to see what was happening. It’s good to hear from you two and glad the quits are still going strong. Sorry to hear about you and your partner Maya, hope everything works out ok.

I’ve been off them for over three and a half years now but I still get a nostalgic urge when I see people smoking in the outdoor bars over here.

Hello to RoisinO1 as well of course; nice to see you’re keeping everyone in check 😀

Sorry to hijack you post reader2019 , just wanted to say hello to some old friends while they were all in one place. Congratulations on being nearly three months quit! I used an ecig to quit so can’t give any Champix advice but glad you’re getting some from people that used it.

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mmaya
mmaya1 Year Smoke Free
in reply to Nozmo

Nozmo, my old buddy! Long time!enjoy Portugal, have a few "pastel de NATA" for me ;)

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Nozmo
NozmoValued Contributor
in reply to mmaya

I will....in fact I already have done....but I’ll have some more!

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mmaya
mmaya1 Year Smoke Free
in reply to Nozmo

Aww look it! I wish I could be there.

Nozmo take the kids to slide & splash, its class!!!!

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Nozmo
NozmoValued Contributor
in reply to mmaya

It’s in the itinerary Maya. We’re having a lovely time in a lovely part of the world.

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Hercu
HercuValued Contributor
in reply to Nozmo

Nozmo my friend...good to hear from you...Yes, life is a breeze and really enjoy the smoke free new life in the Sunny Mozambique and still", À sombra da bananeira"

Stay Well !!

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Nozmo
NozmoValued Contributor
in reply to Hercu

Nice to hear Hercu. Keep on loving life mate and hope the weather is treating you well!

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mmaya
mmaya1 Year Smoke Free
in reply to Hercu

A sombra da bananeira?! Ahahah I forgot you speak Portuguese, haven't heard that expression in decades!

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