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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 2 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 2 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 3 days ago.
Chantix and Very High Blood Sugar
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My husband started taking Chantix 3 weeks ago and is doing well with not smoking, however, he is a type 2 diabetic but he has also controlled it with diet and Metformin twice daily. Now since he has been on Chantix, his blood sugar level has been over 600. We went to the doctor yesterday and he told him that it was the Chantix and stop taking it. He is watching everything that he eats and drinks and this morning his blood sugar is still 440. The doctor is sending him to a Diabetic Control Center but it is going to be a week or so. Has everyone else had this problem? ## Chantix contains the active ingredient Varenicline and yes, there have been reports of it causing diabetes in some people, as well as it causing extremely high sugar levels in existing diabetics and there is a current inv...
Updated 9 days 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 17 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago.
chantix side effects NZ
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my side effects include bloating, stomach pains, irregular bowel movements and of course weight gain ## Hello, Kevin! How are you? Has it helped you stop smoking? The FDA lists its other possible side effects as including nausea, headache and dry mouth. With the irregular bowel movements, are you referring to diarrhea or constipation?
Updated 1 month ago.
Chantix AND Anti-depressants
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I've been on Zoloft now for over a year for depression, decided to quit smoking 11/2010, started on Chantix, right after thanksgiving went to the ER with SEVERE, and i mean Severe Head pain that required cat scans, docs dismissed it as a side effect of chantix, gave me pain meds, sent me on my way, by this time i decided 1 chantix a day was sufficient, my general practioner agreed, the next month, i becam irritable, angry, moody, my family didn't know what was happening.... xmas eve day, i slashed my arm, for no reason...., i was supposedly in control of my depression...., had a nice few days in the hospital which refused my requests for my Chantix, i came home, content, happy, realizing the doc's had weaned me off Chantix, So this is a very SERIOUS WARNING, IF YOU are Takin...
Updated 1 month ago.
chantix 1.0, omeprazole dr 40mg, simvastatin 40mg false pos.
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When given an under the tongue saliva drug screen/test (a test that takes 5-10 minutes to collect saliva from under the tongue into a stem that when done turns blue) could any of these medications (chantix 1.o mg, omeprazole dr 40mg, or simvastatin 40mg) give what is called a false positive result or show up as any other type of drug? Plz help..thank u
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.
Chantix success- very grateful woman
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I am a very grateful 43 year young woman. I quit smoking for the 1st time after smoking for 24 years. I was having an elective surgery and my surgeon said I had to quit 14 days before my procedure. Which I ended up quitting 12 days before. He nicotine tested me the day of my procedure to be sure I hadn't smoked. I let him know it had only been 12 days, and I was able to have my procedure! I began taking Chantix on 3/27/08 and by the next morning they already tasted bad. I had my last cigarette at 7am on 3/30/08. I took Chantix for 30 days and have never craved or smoked again. It's been 7 years and 8 months. When I think back its hard to imagine ever smoking. Which my seem crazy since I smoked over half my life. The love of my life always tells me it's hard to even imagine t...
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.
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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 3 months ago.
Chantix is working for me
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I have smoked 10-20 cigarettes a day for over 30 years and never believed I could quit. When I started taking Chantix just over three weeks ago, I must confess I was skeptical. But it worked!! It's been 19 days since my last cigarette and the withdrawal has been much easier than I'd ever anticipated. It did take me 10 days of being on Chantix before it really began working for me, so don't give up if you don't quit on that 7th day. I cannot even begin to express how very thankful I am for this product. One thing that might help those who want to quit but aren't ready yet: try not smoking in your car, your house, etc. I did than many years ago and it has probably made it a little easier for me. I literally thank God for Chantix! ## Thank you for the words of encourage...
Updated 4 months ago.
Tiredness with chantix
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Hello im only on day 2 of chantix and although i gill u ts already working i dont fill the need for a cig im really tired with a slight sore throat could it just be a cold anyone else have these issues while faking this pill? ## Hello, Kim! How are you? Throat irritation and fatigue can both be side effects of this medication, they should go away as your body gets used to the medication. Other side effects, as listed by the FDA, may possibly include nausea, dizziness, headache, depression and weight changes. Can anyone that's taken it chime in with their experiences? ## Thanks today is day 3 and i dont feel as bad im sure it will go away after some time!!
Updated 4 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 5 months ago.
still smoking day 39
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I took Chatix a few years ago and quit for almost two years. Then I started smoking again. I went back on Chantix - when I was ready for the second package my doctor was away but I had some left from the last time (they were expired by 6 months) so I have been taking them - it is day 39 and Im still smoking - I missed several doses during this time - forgot to take 1 pill here and there - I don't want to start all over - can I just start the new rx (the second pack - which I just had refilled) and pick a quit date within the week??? suggestions ## Hello, Emilia! How are you? What has your doctor advised? I really don't think you'd need to fully start over, but that is up to your physician. As to still smoking, the medication can't do it all, you do have to try to stop, a...
Updated 5 months ago.
Taking more Chantix than im supposed to
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I been taking it for about 6 weeks now every day. I cut back on smoking to less than a pk a day but still not kicking it, stress triggers urges to smoke. Lately i have doubled the dose and it seems to help, but im cautious doing so because i get a little nausea after. I wonder if its best to take it mostly when im awake idk, also fyi, its actually worked better for me to stop drinking insted of smoking, strangely, i bought a case of coors light i drank 1 and they been sitting on the floor not in the fridge almost 2 months. What can i do to help the drug work? Can i think anti smoking thoughts or read anti smoking material to help effectiveness? ## I tried chantix a few years ago and couldn't stay on it when I got to the blue pills. The nausea was too much. So, when I tried it again ...
Updated 5 months 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 months ago.

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