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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 1 day 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 4 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 8 days 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 9 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 23 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 27 days ago.
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 1 month 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 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.
Chantix and water retention
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I started taking Chantix two and a half weeks ago. The first three days I had no issues, however when I started taking it twice a day I became very nauseous. I think I have over come that by making sure that I eat something with it (never ate prior to coming to work in the morning and a granola bar seems to help). My biggest concern that is in the past 14 days I have gained ten pounds. I feel like this is bloating and water weight however very concerning to me. I run at least every other day and I have not changed my eating habits. Last night when I came home from my run my left ankle was triple the size. No pain no injury. This morning it was back to normal but now swelling again. I called the doctor and they said my other option is Wellbutrin. I am afraid to make the change and not su...
Updated 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 4 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 4 months ago.
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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 4 months ago.

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