Discussion in 'Self Care and Healthy Lifestyles' started by bright1, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. bright1

    bright1 Well-Known Member

    Here's my personal experience taking Chantix in case anyone is considering using it to quit smoking.

    I'd tried several times to quit in the past few years. After a few days, the crushing depression would drive me back to them. (Nicotine would seem to be an anti-depressant)

    I started taking Chantix during the last week in June. You take it for a week, gradually building up the levels in your body, then you quit smoking. I quit on June 29.

    By June 30 I was on this forum and posting my suicidal thoughts. I blamed the Chantix, but now I wonder if it wasn't the nicotine withdrawal. And maybe it was joining this forum, but by July 1 or 2 I was feeling much better.

    I'm in my 3rd week of Chantix, and it's starting to feel very much like I'm on a regular anti-depressant. I was told that it was not the same sort of medication at all, although I got the same warnings about an increase in suicidal thoughts that I got with other anti-depressants. I'm very "up" emotionally, but it doesn't feel quite real as the problems I had that made me suicidal are still there.

    I'll let everyone know how it's going when I have something new to report. I'm most interested in what will happen in two weeks, when I try to stop taking the Chantix. In the past, stopping anti-depressants caused me to have anxiety attacks. We'll see.
  2. Stranger1

    Stranger1 Forum Buddy & Antiquities Friend

    Hey bright1,
    Definitely let us know how it goes..They say after you make it thru the 1st week it gets easier.. I have found quitting not so hard, where I have my problem is staying quit.. The longest I made it is three months..Then I got all depressed and started smoking more..Thanks again!!
  3. bright1

    bright1 Well-Known Member

    Yes. Chantix comes in 4-week packages, and it's recommended that you get 2-3 refills. I thought about just quitting after a month, since it's not covered by my insurance and costs $180 here in the U.S., but I'm reconsidering.
  4. rojomi

    rojomi Banned Member

    My housemate takes it-in fact for a couple of years now. He still smokes a lot. And talk about a sloppy drunk-its disgusting. I would move out, but i can't afford it. One of the reasons I come here. I am convinced he is insane.
    Has no remorse & is in complete denial for the harm he causes himself, me and the poor dogs. I truly do not have a real friend in the world and he resents the fact that the dogs like me more than him. Go figure. I stopped caring. I think it is only a matter of time before he destroys himself. While the death of anyone saddens me as a human being; in his case-I'll make an exception!:Jumpy:
  5. Brighid Moon

    Brighid Moon Member & Antiquities Friend

    Chantix turned my 4 pack a day smoking friend into a 3 pack a day violent, homocidal/suicidal psycho before he realized what it was doing to him and quit it.
  6. Hae-Gi

    Hae-Gi Banned Member

  7. twc

    twc Well-Known Member

    Chantix is now required by the FDA to carry its strongest warning about negative mental effects, including suicide.

    I took it a few years ago and it didn't work for me at all.

    Thumbs down. :thumbdown:

    Quitting cigs is really hard. I suggest tapering and menthol drops.