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Any way to reverse long-term Chantix side effects?
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My mother took Chantix several years ago in an effort to quit smoking. Well, she quit for a year. During that time, however, she became unbearably depressed. She has no history of depression. She consulted a doctor several times and tried 3 different prescriptions, 1 of them being Zoloft. She stopped because she said they made her feel like she was just in a constant haze. She hasn't been to a doctor or a psychologist since then. In the mean time, she started smoking again because she thought that it would make the depression go away. It didn't. Because of her experience with the 3 prescriptions, she is unwilling to go back to a doctor, and dismisses any notion of going to a psychologist. Our family has pleaded with her to keep trying, even if she has to tell whoever she sees th...
Updated 3 days ago.
 
Ways to Quit Smoking without Drugs
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These "how to quit smoking" findings are incredible! I really believe that these tips and devices can help smoking cessation. I particularly have found a brilliant way to stop smoking definitively. This is called Autogenic Training. It's not my invention. It is an Audio Program. It has lots of research to support the achievements of the method. In this method you will train yourselves to relax while reprogramming your brain in the way to stop smoking. It is kind of self anti smoking hypnosis. These techniques helped me to stop drinking alcohol. I really think that Autogenic Training will help me to quit smoking cigarettes in an enjoyable way. I am amazed by the results and really committed to quit cigarettes. I am not specialized in that subject but I think it works. Sorry f...
Updated 6 days ago.
 
Chantix and constipation
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I am on day 5 of chantix and am having constipation. I have never had trouble with my bowels before now. I took miralax for a few days and had a little diarrhea so I quit taking it. Any tips on a happy medium so that I can get my stomach working correctly? Also, an someone give me an idea of how long it usually takes to quit completely? I have cut back about half (was smoking a pack a day) but am determined to quit. I'm scared because I have a lot of friends who smoke and I know this is a complete lifestyle change (been smoking for about 15 years). Any advice is greatly appreciated!! ## Hello, Jessica! How are you? I'm sorry about the problem that you're having. Have you tried a fiber supplement? If your doctor approves, it may be beneficial. Anytime I suffered constipation ...
Updated 6 days ago.
 
champex
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stop smoking pill ## The medicine to help with smoking cessation that you are talking about is called Chantix. Please feel free to view the drug information page to learn more about this medicine. ## I am thanking all the people who were involved with the creation of Champex and what it has done for me. ## does this really work ! it is suppose to make smoking taste bad,it doesnt seem to be working !how long can a person stay on the pills and keep smoking ? ## You are supposed to take 1 pill/day for days 1,2&3; take 2/day for days 4,5,6&7; then decide one day between days 8-14 to stop smoking; all the while taking two pills a day for days 8-(total of 3 months). It's worked for everyone I have seen take it.. and I'm on it now ## In response to the site admin comment... Thi...
Updated 8 days ago.
 
Withdrawals from Chantix
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I quit taking Chantix a few days ago and I am having a very hard time. I am very very sad and can't stop crying. I take Prozac and Effexor. It has been two days and I think I feel a bit better now, but haven't been able to leave the house and have been asleep for most of the last 48 hours. Does anyone know how long this will last? I think I am feeling a bit better. ## Have you consulted your doctor? Has it improved at all, yet? In this case, it is difficult to say if it is from stopping the Chantix, from the other medications, or from a combination of both. It could be a rebound/withdrawal effect from stopping, or a backfire effect from one of the others, so you do need to consult your doctor to get to the root of the problem. ## Hi. I am having similar symptoms. I stopped takin...
Updated 11 days ago.
 
Nauseated On Chantix
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Ok so I'm on day 7 of Chantix and for the first 4 days taking it I was throwing up so I decided to eat before taking it. Well the throwing up went away but not the nauseated feeling.. Also I've tried drinking oj, apple juice, water, etc and nothing seems to help... What works for you guys? ## Hello, Mandi! How are you feeling? The nausea should eventually go away, as your body gets used to the medication, but that may take about 4 weeks, or so. Have you tried taking it with milk? Crackers or break may also help more. The FDA lists the other typical side effects of this medication as possibly including stomach pain, indigestion, constipation, weakness and dry mouth. Does anyone else have any ideas that may help? ## Sorry, I saw that right after I clicked submit, I meant bread! LO...
Updated 12 days ago.
 
chantix side effects
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How long does chantix stay in your system, could it still be effecting me afer 9 months? ## No! There are no medications that stay in your system for that long. The only way you would still be feeling effects was if it had caused some type of permanent body/organ damage, which I am sure would have been detected long ago. Chantix contains the active ingredient Varenicline,it is a stop smoking aid. Common side effects during use can include: nausea, drowsiness, headache and abnormal dreams. Did you have any other questions? ## You say that no medication can stay in your system that long. Hmmn, interesting concept. So no medicine/drug can stay in your system that long. So people who took a medicine/drug that affected their brain lets say back in the 60's or even possibly now of any sai...
Updated 20 days ago.
 
Bad metallic taste in mouth from taking Chantix, a fix!
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Hi, on day two I woke up with this horrible metallic acidy bad taste in my mouth, mostly my tongue. I searched the Internet for help. I tried the following: Gargling with salt water, no effect. Gargling with baking soda, no effect. Eating drinking citris - somewhat effective Spraying my mouth with sore throat medicine - short term effect Started taking Zinc- BAD TASTE VANISHED - EFFECTIVE! ## Ironically enough, Chantix does list "having a bad taste in the mouth" pretty much word for word as a general side effect. So I wouldn't be surprised at all if it never went away until you stopped taking the medication. However, I am curious to know whether or not any metallic taste will return after you've continued to supplement with Zinc? If you could keep us posted every now and...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
Chantix and Lortab
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Does anyone here take Chantix and Lortab together. I was put on Chantix by another Dr and I don't know if it is safe to take both. ## I was looking for that answer too. does anybody know. surely we army the only two people to wonder that. ## i have tried Chantix and on Norco and Oxycontin and neither one of these pain meds worked while on the Chantix. It knocked the effects out plus I was sick as all heck. and this is only the 5th day. sorry to say i had to get off of Chantix because i was so sick and in so much pain. this is my 2nd day off and i am still in pain. there has to be a better way to quit. just throw them away but i am not that strong:( GOOD LUCK!!! ## I take Lortab 7.5 pretty regularly for chronic back pain resulting from a car accident I had in 2004. I started Chantix ...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
Taking more Chantix than I'm supposed to
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I took Chantix and quit smoking years ago. Lately I started again. The Chantix wasn't working this time so I doubled the dosage, it is working perfectly now but I'm afraid the double dose will kill me!? My side effects are the exact opposite of what people describe. It seems to help my mood, I feel better, I'm doing really well and I'm not smoking no bad dreams none of that. Only the fear that the double dose is dangerous. Anyone have an opinion here? ## P.s. When I say I doubled the dose I don't mean I went from the starter pack to the blue ones, I'm taking 2 blue ones at the time, twice a day ## How are you doing? Have you experienced any problems? It would be best to inform your doctor that you've doubled up, so they can check for any possible problems. Ch...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
Eating before taking chantix
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Does a protein drink in the morning, before taking Zantex, be considered a meal? Don't want to get nauseous, but not a breakfast eater. ## Hello, Ken! How are you? That should be fine, unless your doctor or pharmacist see some problem with it. It usually doesn't have to be a full meal to help prevent the nausea, even a small snack or glass of milk may help. The FDA lists the other typical side effects of Chantix as possibly including dizziness, dry mouth, constipation, gas, headache and unusual dreams. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 2 months ago.
 
chantix and confidentiality
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I am in the medical field and have seen the changes since Obamacare has taken effect. Every doctor must now ask if you have ever smoked and this is where premiums will go up in the near future. All I want to do is be smoke free - how can I do this and keep it confidential? ## Hello, Colleen! How are you? Even if you quit now, you'll never be able to answer no to that question, since you have been a smoker. There's just really no way to keep it confidential from medical personal, because it could affect some necessary medical treatments, such as anesthesia, if you require surgery. You don't have to tell them how you quit or etc. but you can't hide the fact that you were once a smoker. Chantix is listed by the FDA as being used for smoking cessation. Its typical side effec...
Updated 2 months ago.
 
Chantix Day 4
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Started my fourth day today. Took pill 1 of 2 this morning, will dose a second time this evening with my meal. The medicine makes me feel quiet, and somewhat moody but nothing I can't work through. My natural tendency today is to isolate. I don't really feel like being sociable, though I wi be anyway just to try and fight against it (if indeed those symptoms are due to the Chantix). I already notice a considerable difference in taste and smell. The best way to describe it is I now "notice" myself smoking the cigarette. It becomes less desirable, though I do still have cravings as I'm a pack-a-day smoker. I have had a mood swing or two at work, but that could just be that I work in a crazy environment. I don't want to fall victim to self fulfilling prophecy, meani...
Updated 2 months ago.
 
chantrex
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stop smoking aid ## The name is Chantix, here's the monograph with more information: ## HELP ME!! i am a breast cancer survivor!! and i cant quit !even thru chemo! ive tried everything i sure hopes this works !! anyone suggestions ## I smoked for 58 years, I'm 69 now. I use to smoke 3 packs a day, and I tried to quit by every way I could think of, from hypnosis to group therapy, to classes and finally chantix. I did not have any bad dreams etc. I quit on 12/11/2011 and I am an officer of a club that allows smoking. My wanting a cigarette is now gone although I have fleeting thoughts of one would taste good right now, which lasts for about 2 seconds. My coughing has gone and my breathing is slowly coming back. The doctor said it would take time. Congrats on going through all of y...
Updated 2 months ago.
 
chantix works on gambling addiction as well
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I was addicted to internet slot games for 4 years. I am on my 3rd week of Chantix and have deleted all the games and blocked them. It actually makes me sick to think about playing them. All urges are gone as well with going to the casino to play real slots. Chantix is wonderful! The only thing that bothers me with this drug is not being able to sleep but otherwise it's great! ## @Cinderella, Congrats on quitting the gambling. After 4 years, I can imagine that habits like this would be difficult to walk away from. How does Chantix make you feel after you take it? Does it cut off certain pleasure points in the brain that may be associated with an addictive behavior? I've only heard about its use in helping people to quit smoking, but it sounds like its mechanism of action has a br...
Updated 3 months ago.
 
high blood pressure meds and chantix
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My dr just started me on chantix and high blood pressure meds started the high blood pressure medsimmediately and started the chantix chantix 5 days later this is my 2nd day and i have been light headed dizzy weak should i stop the chantix ## Hi guess u and I are in the same boat. Started BP mess and waited a week to start chantix. At first when taking the BP Ned's I felt a little dizzy nd light headed but I did some research and it says it was normal as my BP was coming down. I'm 4 days into chantix and am smoking still but I can say its MUCH less than a week ago. I have 4 cigs right now and there is no WAY I would come home without buying more lol. I don't even fell panicked about having only 4. Well I will see. My quit date is 03/13/13. ## The lightheadedness and dizzines...
Updated 3 months ago.
 
Cigarette free for a week!
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I am on my 12th week of Chantix and have been cig free for one week. When should I stop taking the Chantix. I am a little afraid if I stop taking the medication, I will want to start smoking again. ## Hello, Christine! How are you? Congrats on quitting, that's very tough to do! I'd suggest checking with your doctor to see what they recommend. Some people do need to take it for a longer period of time and it can be taken for another 12 weeks to help you remain smoke free. The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medication as possibly including nausea, dizziness, mood swings, dry mouth and headache. Is there anything else I can help with? ## Congrats! Besides the typical side effects mentioned in the previous post listen to the hundreds of serious warnings they gloss over i...
Updated 3 months ago.
 
memory loss and prolonged personality changes while on, and after use of Chantix
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I began taking Chantix in May of 2011, and quiut smoking in June. My brother started saying than I was acting strange. I did not believe him at first, and even felt he was trying to put me down...I remember that.... But I finally did notice that I was not sleeping, and getting really" wound UP"! I started forgetting things, and even forgot to eat, and take medicine. I quit taking the Chantix, and do not smoke, But I lost Two months of memory, and still have some time gaps, at night, to this day. I was removed from the County Fair in September, but have no idea why, and little memory of that evening, and became more isolated and depressed, to the point where I could not think clearly, and. ....well it was a nightmare. I am Now, in the middle of January beginning to retain more ev...
Updated 3 months ago.
 
Chantix Headache and Nausea
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I have been taking Chantix for a week tomorrow. From the first pill, I started getting a headache. Since then, the headache has stayed with me even after using ibuprofen and all throughout the night I am awakened by it. NEVER have I had a headache for this long and RARELY have I suffered headaches before, just mild and on occasion. The nausea comes and goes, but when it hits it hits hard. I feel weak and groggy too. I am hoping this will go away once I stop taking the Chantix, but I want to give it a few weeks so I can kick the habit. Yes, also a nasty taste in my mouth and no real interest in food, but eat because I know I have to. VERY BIZARRE how such a small pill with such low dosage can wreak so much havoc. I know for the long term, if it works, quitting is what's best for me, ...
Updated 4 months ago.
 
Headache and Nausea
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I have been taking Chantix for a week tomorrow. From the first pill, I started getting a headache. Since then, the headache has stayed with me even after using ibuprofen and all throughout the night I am awakened by it. NEVER have I had a headache for this long and RARELY have I suffered headaches before, just mild and on occasion. The nausea comes and goes, but when it hits it hits hard. I feel weak and groggy too. I am hoping this will go away once I stop taking the Chantix, but I want to give it a few weeks so I can kick the habit. Yes, also a nasty taste in my mouth and no real interest in food, but eat because I know I have to. VERY BIZARRE how such a small pill with such low dosage can wreak so much havoc. I know for the long term, if it works, quitting is what's best for me, ...
Updated 4 months ago.
 

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