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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 day 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 6 days 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 10 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 16 days 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 30 days 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 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.
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 2 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 2 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 4 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.
Updated 4 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 4 months ago.
Chantix half dose question
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Hi all. I have been a "lite" smoker (5-10 a day for nearly 30 years). My husband smokes a pack a day and long story short he got on Chantix about 10 days ago. The starter kit where you take .5 mg in a.m. for first 3 days the same morning and night for 4 days, then 1 full mg. morning and night. I started taking it too 4 days ago by cutting the full dosage pills in 1/2. After only 3 days I have no desire to smoke and you are supposed to smoke the first week, I think to make yourself disgusted! Anyhow, last night was the night I needed to take the other 1/2 and it gave me horrible insomnia. I already struggle with sleeping and take a xanax every night but even with the xanax I was up and when I finally fell asleep I woke up with a HORRIBLE headache that is just now wearing off. My ...
Updated 4 months ago.
Can you just eat a small amount of food or milk with Chantix
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I've been on Chantix for five days and down to 4 cigs a day. Will I ever quit smoking? I don't think about smoking as much as before. I have smoked for 35 years so I really hope this helps. Thank you Chantix. ## Hello, Nellie! How are you? It has successfully helped many people quit smoking. When is your quit date? The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including abnormal dreams, nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, weight changes and trouble sleeping. And yes, it doesn't have to be taken with a full meal. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 4 months ago.
problems with taking chantix
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I started taking chantix about 2 weeks ago. The first week was good, no major side effects. The second week , taking the blue pills, i became sooo naususous that i had to go to bed just to stop it,also got a bad headache. I stopped taking it after one day on the blue pills but am now feeling even worse than before. I have this very weird feeling in my head and am still nausous. Has anyone else had this happen and if so how long does it last? I can't function at all and want to just sleep since it is the only time i don't fell bad.Any help would be appreciated ## I have been mixing Buspar and Champix to stop anxiety and quit smoking.I have been having serious side effects to include headaches,insomnia,nauseousness and mood swings as well as dizziness, lack of focus and irrratabil...
Updated 5 months ago.
I stopped smoking with Chantix
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I have been a smoker for 54 years and have tried everything over the counter to stop smoking including acupuncture. Nothing worked for me. I realize you have to be committed to quit and I really was this time. My last cigarette was May 17th with Chantix. There have been no ill effects so far and I don't expect any. At times I still have cravings but I keep telling myself "you've come this far, don't go back now." I will be 72 next month and the best gift I can give myself as well as my family is to never smoke again!! ## Congratulations, Gram! That is so awesome!!! Seniors can be more sensitive to the side effects of medications and may experience them more intensely, as reported by the FDA, so if you do start to experience any adverse effects, including depression o...
Updated 5 months ago.
Chantix works
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I've been taking chantix for 6 weeks now. My quit date was on the 17th but I ran out of cigarettes on the 12th so I said to my self... today is a good day to quit... That was a month ago. Only side effects I got was the dreams, although I was not as happy as I usually am but my husband says that just means your like a normal person now...haha very funny. I am so happy that I am a non smoker when I read people quit after 2 weeks that scared me cause I didnt think it would work. But it did!! Little bit of nausea but its worth it not to smell anymore and to breath again. It says to take for 3 months and that is what im going to do... Thank so much Chantix ## Hello, Loni! How are you? Congratulations! I am so glad that this medication worked so well for you. Many people have had good lu...
Updated 6 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 7 months ago.

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