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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 14 hours 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 2 days ago.
Is Chantix Safe For People with Depression?
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I'm getting terrified after reading some Chantix horror stories and people who report never being the same after taking it. I just took my first dose of Chantix. Leading up to the decision to try it, I've been severely depressed for the past 3-4 months and recently began thinking that if I can just quit smoking I'll be healthier, able to exercise, date (not too many smoker lovers out there) and generally feel better. I now wonder if I'm better off smoking. I'm 32 (female if it matters) & already think that my seratonin levels/receptors are screwed up thanks to years of anti depressants (sertraline, generic for Zoloft). Tried going off that one several months ago and felt great at first then eventually crashed into deep depression. Started taking them (Zoloft) aga...
Updated 2 days ago.
Chantix was a miracle to me
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I could not stop smoking. and I smoked a lot! Everything revolved around the next cigarette. I was a major stress smoker. I smoked two packs a day, plus more. I kept getting serious sinus infections and allergies always going to drs.. Then I started with bronchitis! The dr said I was just beginning into the first stages of emphysema...I wheezed and had chest pain like mad...I prayed for some way for me to quit. That night I heard my first tv ad on Chantix.. I sat up and said... that's it!! All I remember hearing is 'they found a pill that shuts off the brain receptors that crave nicotine'... I said thank you god, went to the doctors and got some. I made a quit date, for 5 days later. That was 8 years ago! I never smoked again... No side effects at all! And I had a history of...
Updated 4 days ago.
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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 21 days 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 21 days ago.
Chantix is a Life Saver!
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I have been taking Chantix, never a thought of suicide, dreams were as usual (weird) and have been smoking less but have not completely stopped. I'm working on it with the Lords help/blessing, I too will be a success story. I have zero regrets about using this smoking cessation aid.
Updated 1 month ago.
what else can I drink with chantix?
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I drink water, but it makes me more nauseous. Other than that, it works good... I've been on Chantix for 2 weeks now and it's working for me.
Updated 1 month ago.
Can i take an anti-depressant with chantix...
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I have been on chantix for 3 days and im not sure if i can continue taking this medicine.. i have been extremely emotional... fighting with everyone that comes near me.. everyone is on my last nerve.. i just grabbed a knife and threaten to slice my arm... is this drug doing this to me... can i take an anti-depressant with chantix... I currently take loritab, soma, anti-inflamatory for a chronic back pain... i asked my doctor if it was okay to take this medicine with all the others that im on and he said it was fine.. i feel really weird.. cant stop crying.. somebody help me.. ## I am very sorry to hear about your experience and I have been going through the same thing. I quit taking it a couple days ago because I was so emotional and driving my girlfriend crazy not to mention myself. I ...
Updated 1 month ago.
What to do if your insurance won't cover Chantix
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I had a prescription for Chantix in August unfortunately I couldn't fill it the cost was $175 for a month supply. ouch. Yes I know I spend that in cigarettes a month but unlike the medicine I can spread it out over a month seems cheaper right. Well after dismissing quitting because of cost of Chantix I started to think about it again in November, there has to be some way to get the meds cheaper, I did some research and if you go on the Chantix website it has an area where you can apply for assistance thru Pfizer to have them supply it based on income. If approved they send the meds a 3 month supply to your doctors office where you will pick it up. It requires completion of paperwork from you and your doctor but well worth it process takes about 3 weeks. I am on day 9 of it and have ...
Updated 2 months ago.
Mouth Sores on Chantix
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Starting my third week tomorrow on Chantix and having the same problem I had with it a couple of years ago. About 3-4 weeks in, I start developing sores in my mouth. Mostly tip of the tongue, inside the bottom lip. Called my Dr. last time and he told me to quit taking the Chantix. I was smoking again within days. I am doing so well on this that I hate to quit taking it, but really can't stand the pain from the sores. Any thoughts? Thanks ## You should really contact your doctor, because the sores may be the sign of a possible serious and dangerous reaction to the medication. If it isn't dangerous, they may be able to advise you of some way to treat them, or minimize the pain. Has anyone else experienced this? ## Its always funny when people complain that the drug is causing a sy...
Updated 2 months ago.
can chantix cause joint pain and swelling
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I STOPPED SMOKING ON 3/22/2016. NOW I HAVE SEVERE PAIN IN MY LEGS AND ARMS. THEY FEEL LIKE A TIGHT RUBBER BAND. I cant take it anymore. ## Hello, Nicole! How are you doing? Has there been any change? This medication has been known to cause pain, but not edema and swelling, as reported by the FDA. Typical side effects are listed as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache and dry mouth. Are you on any other medications? If would most likely be best to have this checked out for your own health and safety. ## Please ignore the above poster. Angioedema is listed as a side effect. A SERIOUS one at that. Call your Doctor IMMEDIATELY. ## I have been taking chantix for 6 weeks now. I am interested in joining this forum. Thank you
Updated 2 months ago.
Why is Chantix not working faster for me?
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I'm almost finished with my 3rd week of pills and still need a couple of cigs a day. They do not smell or taste bad to me at all. I've read where many people are totally free in just I just a slow learner!! ## I am using Chantix to stop using smokeless tobacco (snuff). I just started week 4 and still dip the same. My cravings are the same. The first three weeks on Chantix I would take one pill when I woke up and one later in the evening. Because I work 3pm to 3am, the times would always vary. So now I decided to take one at noon, and one at midnight. I don't know if this will make a difference or not. I hope so. Anyone else have a severly delayed reaction to Chantix, or has anyone used it for snuff? ## On day 7 (my quit day) and I am still smoking. I am experienci...
Updated 2 months ago.
can you take chantix every 8 hours
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Will it hurt me if I take chantix every 8 hours? I work 12 hour shifts at night. ## You should take it in compliance with your doctor's dosing instructions. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, mood swings, and weight changes. If you're taking it twice daily, that still fits around your 12 hour work shift, you could take a dose right before you go to work and the other one, when you clock out. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 2 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 question
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I am on day 13 of Chantix and have seen no results. Is this normal or should I consider that it is not working for me and give it up? I can't deal with the nausea if it is not going to work. ## It may take 4 to 5 weeks for this medication to reach its full level of efficacy in the body. The FDA lists its typical side effects as also including dizziness, headache, mood changes, and weight changes. Has there been any change? What has your doctor advised? ## Go read the other forums about chantix here. I took it in 2011 and have permanent brain damage from it- no pleasure from smoking but also no pleasure from ANYTHING ELSE. complete anhedonia followed by suicidal thoughts and no Dr. Or medication has helped. Stop taking this asap! I quit taking it cold turkey after 2 months. Perhaps w...
Updated 3 months ago.
Can I reduce my Chantix dosage?
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Can i just continue with .05 mg twice a day instead of 1.0 mg twice a day? Kinda scared of taking 2mg a day of Chantix. ## What scares you about it? Have you been experiencing any odd, or dangerous side effects? The FDA lists the typical ones as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, and weight changes.
Updated 4 months ago.
Will expired Chantix still work?
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My chantix prescription has expired, is it still effective? I would like to try to quit smoking again without the cost that's involved. If its still good? ## Unfortunately the sell by date with meds is important depending on how its stored after the expiration date its less effective but if stored under the correct temperatures it can last much longer. Humidity & heat tends to effect the meds. ## Tina, what's the expiration date listed on the prescription? Certain meds should not be taken past the expiration date but I don't know if Chantix is one of them. I can try to find more from the FDA on that, but first it would be helpful to know how long past the expiration date your meds are. ## Yep I have no problem taking expired meds as long as I know exactly where they'...
Updated 5 months ago.
don't use alcohol or prescription drugs
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I don't drink or take any medications. No history of anxiety or depresion. Would chantix be relatively safe for me to use? ## Hello, John! How are you? It should be, but only your doctor can decide if it is appropriate for you to try. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and dry mouth. Is there anything else I can help with? ## Thanks, Verwon. I'll ask him about it when he calls with my lipid results.
Updated 5 months ago.
Is Chantix affecting my libido
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Since I have been taking Chantix I have not been able to climax and I think it's affecting my libido. ## Hello, Shy! How are you doing? Yes, it has been known to cause such issues, as reported by the FDA, along with nausea, dizziness, headache, chest pain, and muscle spasms. Side effects are usually transient and go away with time, once your body gets used to a medication. How long have you been taking it?
Updated 5 months ago.

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