Quitting smoking, have question.

By locarbarbie Latest Reply 2011-02-17 10:20:38 -0600
Started 2010-09-28 07:28:09 -0500

Hello all, I've been working on my diet since Aug. and now it is time to quit smoking. My PA gave me samples of Chantix to assist me with quitting but there was no literature included. I started the pills before I checked out Chantix on the internet. Man there are some scary stories re this med. Has anyone on this board used Chantix? If so, what was your experience? I don't know whether to take a chance and give myself a boost to quit smoking, or to just stop the pills and quit myself cold-turkey. I have never had any luck quitting on my own in the past. Please help me make an informed decision. Thanks, Barb

31 replies

Jameesa 2011-02-17 10:20:38 -0600 Report

I quit smoking several months ago and I used the gum… I stepped up my exercising, and healthy eating habits. Sometimes when I get a little aggravated about something, i want a cigarette, but I say a prayer, take deep breathes and keep going. I did gain 3lbs, but being healthier is working for me!! My co-worker took Chantix and she had some serious mood swings!

jcoul50 2010-10-30 20:50:42 -0500 Report

i quit smoking in 1997. i too heard alot of stories about patches and pills. so i decided to do it on my own. i did it in 3 stages. first i quit smoking at work. i just kept busy. then after a couple of weeks i quit when i went to my friends houses to visit and did not smoke in my car. my last stage was to quit at home. when i went to the stage to quit at home i limited how many i could smoke at home and each week i would cut down 1. when i got to smoking only 3 a day i did not buy any more.

GabbyPA 2010-10-31 11:43:36 -0500 Report

That is a great way to do it. What a wonderful idea, and so focused. Thank you for sharing it.

HisTxLady 2010-10-03 18:28:33 -0500 Report

Howdy from Texas Barb!!! I just wanted to say I have done the chantix like 2 or 3 or maybe 4 times. I started on it when I had insurance and I paid $30 for it at that time. Then when hubby changed jobs we lost our insurance and the last time I went to get my chantix it was over $300. So hubby and I said no way. But when I was on it I did not get anything from smoking so I would lay them down and walk away. Then the chantix started getting forgotten about so I took it less and less and then I would go back to smoking. But no I never had any side affects from the chantix. But to me it seems as tho smoking is a cheaper addiction then the chantix was. Because everyone I know can stop with chantix but when they go off of it they go back to smoking.

But I told myself this is insane I am tired of this roller coaster!!!!!! So I went to the best source I know of for anything anytime anywhere. I asked Jesus to help me!!!! And of coarse he was very happy to help. I asked him to please give me the strength I needed daily to stop this habit I gave to myself. I told him I knew it was not him that gave it to me but I needed his help to walk away. And I set my pack and lighter down on the table and turned and walked away from them. And yes I do still get an urge for one when I see someone smoking one. But I just say to Jesus "thank you for helping me walk away but a little boost would be nice right now." And I close my eyes and visualize my hand stretching up to meet his and we grab each others hands and I can feel the strength feeding into me and my urge disappears.

I believe very strongly that he is the way and the strength we all need to make it threw life. I have now been smoke free for

5 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 hours, 21 minutes and 37 seconds (174 days).
I have saved $1,306.98 by not smoking 5,227 cigarettes.
I have saved 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 hours and 35 minutes of my life.
My Quit Date: 4/12/2010 12:00 PM

"Thank You My Lord for the strength to complete and continue this task. I love you. You are the way. Amen"

Now I know it is not 5 years but I know with the Good Lords help it will be someday.

I hope you find the strength and the blessings to complete your task also!!

Smoke FREE hugzzz,
God Bless

Judy(JP) 2010-10-02 22:28:37 -0500 Report

Hi, I'm an old DC person who just came back. I saw this and thought I'd interject my opinion here. I used Chantix several years ago and it made me not able to taste cigarettes or chocolate.. :) It didn't make me not want them but if I couldn't taste them it wasn't worth the cost to smoke. bad news is I have stomach issues since I took the Chantix. Severe stomach pains, nausea daily, all symptoms of an ulcer but no ulcer. Chantix ate my stomach… It didn't help me to quit smoking but it helped be to quit eating (the hard way) Beware of that stuff it affects everyone differently. Oh yeah and after about 8 unsuccessful tries I am again trying to quit!!! Stress kicks in my desire to smoke very badly and it's uncontrollable sometimes. I need to get over that.. The patch works good to take my mind off of it though…
Hang in there, it's the hardest thing you'll do and quitting is the easy part.. Staying quit is the toughy!!


GabbyPA 2010-10-03 07:33:36 -0500 Report

JP!! It is great to see you! I have missed you so much.
I am sorry to hear how this stuff messed up your body though. I tell you, drugs are not the way of life. It is amazing how much the FDA allows to get out there for consumption.

Roy531 2010-09-29 12:51:04 -0500 Report

I used chantix and didn't have any issues with side affects, it worked for me and that is all that counts for me anyway. I guess it depends on the persons body as to weather you will have any side affects.


chocolate56 2010-09-29 09:57:51 -0500 Report

i smoked for 38 years and quit in 2006 w/help of patches and then went cold turkey and hadn't touch a cigarette since and i'm feeling so much better and now i'm on a bake, boil and eat 1 fried meal a week and i have lost 25 pounds since last month and i'm so happy about that and i've never used chantix and couldn't tell you much about it but i've used wellibutrin and it seems to work but i didn't stick with it when i first tried to quit smoking. You have to stay comittted no matter what and one day you will find you don't need the cig and its a beginning of a new life and believe me its worth. Good luck and try using the patches they really work im living proof cigaretteless for 4 years.

saifiameem 2010-09-29 08:29:47 -0500 Report

I smoked abt 45 yrs. and left smoking without any pills or anybodys help.My experience says, if u have a strong will power u can quit,as i quit.

locarbarbie 2010-09-29 08:50:26 -0500 Report

That's my problem. A toddler has more will power and self control than I do when it comes to smoking!! I am gearing up though to bite the bullet and just do it cuz the Chantix does not seem to be the miracle help I thought.

janefikes 2010-09-29 12:36:54 -0500 Report

I used Chantix and it worked immediately, but there are side affects that were not so good. I have to tell you that while you are taking Chantix you must take Wellbutrin at the same time for the emotional side affects that happen to you. Even with the side affects that happened I would take Chantix as I would have never been able to quit without it. I am now quite happy and have been free from cigarettes for over 3 years. It was worth the side affects.

Guardianstone 2010-09-29 04:31:54 -0500 Report

good luck it's been 6 years since cold turkey. When the doctor said you are killing your husband. Both of us quit. Dave had a heart attack with over 90% blockage. After his surgery we had a choice of 'to smoke or not to smoke' that was the question. Sure will kept me from taking even the puff I wanted.
It's not the answer anyone wants, but it takes more willpower than most of us have. May
Guardian stoneGods loving blessings give you the help you need and want.

bicker68 2010-09-28 21:43:59 -0500 Report

They didn't help me, and they gave me a real bad rash on my feet and ankles that tooks me months to get rid of. Best wishes to you, I am also doing my best right now to quit smoking.

Harlen 2010-09-28 18:49:43 -0500 Report

Chantix made me meen but it did work lol
And the dreams where very very worped lol
Thats what it did for me
Best wishes

locarbarbie 2010-09-29 08:55:31 -0500 Report

Harlen…does it take the desire to smoke away? Not sure what to expect other than the possible horror stories and side effects. Congratulations on your quitting and thanks for your response

jeffrey9127 2010-09-28 15:18:40 -0500 Report

Hello Barb, I quit smoking more than 20 years ago. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done in my life. Back then, the drug of choice was Nicorette gum. If you chewed too much at one time you would get a headache like a bad hangover. I had tried to quit smoking and failed more than seven times. Nothing I tried worked for very long. During one winter my 5 year old daughter and I ended up in the local hospital emergency room with what I thought was a bad flu virus. After blood tests and chest x-rays, I was informed that we both had pneumonia, and my smoking more than likely not only contributed to my illness, but also my daughters. This caused some serious soul searching. While I felt I had every right to smoke, I did not feel that I had the right to endanger others.

I finally quit smoking for good in 1989. I did not quit for a lifetime, I quit for only one day at a time. I make a choice each day not to smoke. Was it hard? Yes. For the first 6 months, I dreamed of smoking every night. I had read that licorice eased the desire for nicotine. So I started eating about a pound of Good and Plentys every day. I truly believe the candy got me through the first several months. Did I put on weight? Sure did. This was temporary. But the longer I stayed away from cigarettes, it became easier. I also discovered that there is no good time to quit smoking. Stress, divorce,death,etc. will happen. You must roll with the punches.

Lastly, I am fully aware that I am an not a non-smoker. I am an ex-smoker. I am as addicted today as I was twenty years ago. I cannot let my guard down, or I would be back smoking again. I cannot offer you any advice for quiting except to say that if the desire to quit is truly in you, you will succeed. I wish you much luck, and deep down I truly believe you can do this! Let me know how you do. Remember, one day at a time.

OMG-T2 2010-09-28 14:03:21 -0500 Report

Hi Barb!

I am a relatively new non-smoker, having quit on July 6th of this year, I used nicotine patches and don't use them nowadays unless I know I will have a stressful day, then I slap one on before I venture out to divide and conquer! So, therefore I have no personal account of Chantix, however, I have two very close friends who used it to quit smoking. One of my friends used it according to the instructions and quit in 5 days, this was over a year ago and my friend hasn't smoked since - though there has been the occasional temptation. The other friend is a totally different story…this friend had terrible nightmares, suicidal thoughts, etc., and stopped using Chantix and was not successful in stopping smoking. This friend swears that there is no way he will ever try Chantix again and prefers to continue smoking rather than face that possibility again.

As to the question of motivation to quit smoking, you simply have to be ready or it just won't work - IMO. You can be berated, humiliated, cajoled, etc. and until you are ready to give up none of that stuff matters, you can overlook it…I mean, if you can persistently take in lungfuls of carcinogenic smoke and think it's a viable lifestyle choice, what's a little humiliation? Ultimately, I gave up smoking because I found it was a pancreas killer, and being diabetic, I need a leg-up on this disease, so, considering all of the other good reasons to quit, I just made myself do it. Am I going to lie and tell you it was easy? No, I did not find this an easy process. Will it get easier…I have to hope so! Is it worth it? Definitely!

Whatever you choose to do, whenever you choose to do it, I wish you the best and all the success in the world! You can do it!

locarbarbie 2010-09-28 16:40:59 -0500 Report

OMG-T2, thank you for the personal stories re Chantix. I think I will continue with the med and see how it affects me. I think though that you just gave me the ammunition I need. I had no idea that smoking involved the pancreas. I of course was concerned (but not enough to quit!) with my lungs…and thought the reason a diabetic really needed to quit was because of the poor blood circulation…but I did not know that it directly affects the pancreas. Thank you so much for that wake up call!! Will let you know my progress

CaliKo 2010-09-28 13:40:05 -0500 Report

If you decide to take this drug, please do not drink at the same time.

locarbarbie 2010-09-28 16:43:23 -0500 Report

I don't drink, but thank you. That is the problem with getting the freebies from the Dr., you don't get the literature and warnings you need.

CaliKo 2010-09-29 12:50:38 -0500 Report

Good, because I believe that makes the side effects more intense. Good luck with it, let us know how it goes.

angelalock 2010-09-28 12:53:13 -0500 Report

hi, barb. i've been a smoker for 25 years and i've tried soooo many times to quit that i've lost count. cold turkey definately doesn't work in my case. i've heard so many horror stories about chantix, also. never the less i decided to try it. i had a few mild side effects, but nothing major. unfortunately, i was never able to completely stop smoking. i went from a bit more than a pack to half a pack, but stalled there. my addiction isn't only physical. i have a very strong psychological addiction, also. there are certain times and situations that make me feel i 'just have to have' a cigarette. my doc and i talked about it and we decided it was best if i take a bit and try again. she said many people are not able to quit on the first try…that was news to me. from my personal experience with the med i would encourage you to try it, especially considering you've tried cold turkey in the past. good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

locarbarbie 2010-09-28 16:47:22 -0500 Report

thanks Angela…I have very strong emotional and physical addiction also. But I know I really need to do this. Is the Chantix supposed to make it unpleasant to smoke a cigarette or just don't feel the urge…not sure what to expect. I am going to continue with it and hope I am one of the lucky ones who does not have any of the horror story side affects. Thanks again and good luck with your progress

angelalock 2010-09-29 10:29:46 -0500 Report

for me, i just didn't have the urge to smoke as often. i'd get busy, look up and discover it had been 3 or 4 hours since i had even thought about smoking. i've actually been trying to get the gumption up to try quitting, again. i've read other's stories in this thread and i, too, was surprised to find out it affects your pancreas!!! i guess that would be one of the reasons i suffer chronic pancreatitis. that is one scary condition.

GabbyPA 2010-09-28 10:44:53 -0500 Report

I have not personally used it, but I have a friend who did. He did not suffer the side effects that were described and it worked well for him. He was off the smoking sticks for over 3 months. Unfortunately, the script fell by the way side and he let stress kick him back to the habit. But while he was taking it, it worked well for him. Just be careful...everyone is different. Keep a close friend in the loop on how you are feeling and make them aware of the side effects so they can help you see what might be going on.

locarbarbie 2010-09-28 16:49:21 -0500 Report

Gabby…that is good advice. My daughter has been "nagging" me to quit for years. I will appoint her as my watchdog. Thanks for all your great advice