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Well, so far I love it...

I was a pack a day smoker (sometimes more) until last May of 2008. I decided to quit and I did by using Nicorette gum. Well, needless to say, I became addicted to the gum. That sort of defeats the purpose of quitting or atleast getting away from the nicotine addiction. About 5 months into my journey with the gum I began chipping or cheating with the smokes again. Finding little excuses to do it like us smokers do. Sure enough about 6 months of chipping at it lead me right back to a pack a day. I tolerated myself for a few weeks, but I am destined to quit, so I asked the doc for Chantix. I read up about it before I did, and I asked him his opinion and he said he recommends it. So I started the stuff Monday 3-3-09 and today is day 9 for me...I quit smoking by wednesday 3-5-09. I didn'...

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Spice K2 Synthetic Weed

Hey y'all, I have been smoking k2/spice for a few months now and I noticed little things at first like missing meals, lack of sleep. Now I've lost 30 pounds and I can't eat. No matter what I try I can't swallow any food! Its like I'm stuffed all day! Does any of this sound familiar to anyone? And does k2 have withdrawal symptoms? I want to stop smoking this s*** but it seem like there are these opiate type withdrawals stopping me from quitting! Any Advice? Is this from the drug? My lack of sleep and lack of eating? ## Spice is a really bad drug from everything I’ve read. I’d check in with a doc ASAP, and see what can help. Also, have you done any research on the drug? There’s tons of info on it, and it may help you figure out your options to get off...

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Will expired Chantix still work?

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'...

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Quit smoking after 40 years

I smoked on Chantix till the end of week 7 then during the start of week 8 I no longer had the desire to smoke. I know a lot of bad side effects have hit a lot of people but it worked for me. I thought I would never quit smoking. ## Congrats, Tom! I'm very glad that it worked for you and it's fantastic of you to post and share your positive experience with others. Most of the posts made online are only done when someone has had a problem with a medication, the positive experiences are rarely mentioned. How long were you a smoker and how long have you been smoke free, now? For anyone seeking information, Chantix is used to aid in smoking cessation, but yes some people do experience problematic side effects from it, such as nausea, weight changes, abdominal pain and severe constip...

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do you have eat before taking chantix if no side effects

I. Have been taking chantix for 12 days, and I can not tell I'm taking anything and I have no change in my smoking, why is that. Also I can not eat breakfast but. I do eat dinner. I can not tell any difference if I take it without eating in the AM or when I do eat in the PM, I have not had any side effects so far. My question is it going to work for me? ## Chantix does allow for a flexible quit time, since quitting within a week does not work for everyone that tries it, some people need as long as 12 weeks. Have you tried to cut down on your smoking? Which plan are you on? Chantix side effects may include: nausea, aggression, weight changes, and sleepwalking. However, not everyone experiences side effects from medications.

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Will e-cig show up positive for benzo on urine test

I smoke came up positive for benzo on a urine test. I do not take anything. I smoke e-cig,that's it. Please help me. I smoke around 2ml a day a 21 on my nicotine level. Will the polypropylene glycol and nicotine show up for a false positive for valium? ? That's what I tested positive for. I do not take valium. Thank You for your help and assistance. ## No, I drip and probably vape 3-5 ml a day at 6mg. Every one of my UA'S for bond supervision can't come back negative. I would try buying from a different vape shop if your concerned about the e-liquid causing positive tests ## I had this same issue. I was doing a 6 week outpatient program two yrs ago. I originally failed for marijuana and benzos, which were from 5 green Valium I had taken. During the entire program, I cont...

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Any way to reverse long-term Chantix side effects?

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...

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chantix case

About 6 months ago I finally decided to try the prescription of chantix that I recieved before all of the warnings after I started taking it I quickly started having depression and violent out breaks also suicidal tendencys. I stopped taking the medication but the side effects are still with me, at this time I don't have insurance and can't afford to get help. Only recently I noticed that the prescription was expired along time ago, until I startex having problems I had no idea what was going on with all the cases by other people for the same problems I'm having now I see that they have settled with every one does that mean I can't make them resposible for my medical bills that are going to come from trying to repair the damage their pills have caused me? I've emaile...

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champex

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...

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What to do if your insurance won't cover Chantix

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 ...

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Memory loss and prolonged personality changes while on, and after use of Chantix

I began taking Chantix in May of 2011, and quit smoking in June. My brother started saying that 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 evening memor...

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Chantix numbness

After taking Chantix only three days, I began developing numbness in my calf and foot and achiness in my hip. I immediately stopped taking Chantix, but eight months later, the pain is just starting to subside and the numbness is lessening, but still in my toes. If this is what happens after only three days of Chantix, I feel horrible for the people who took it for a longer period of time and are still in agony. I still smoke, but will try other cessation methods before ever using Chantix again. It is not worth the risk. ## Saw your post and I have PAD. That is a disease that affects you in your legs especially because you are a smoker. The symptoms are numbness, hip pain, trouble walking long distances without a rest, tingling, etc. Just check it out with your doctor. And finally about ...

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Chantix - drug information and side effects

How long does chantix stay in your system? Could it still be affecting me after 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 sa...

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Nicotine patches and lozenges

I'm finally over the smoking cigarettes I hope LOL. I used the smoking aid, nicotine transdermal system 14mg, then the 7mg and nicotine lozenges 2mg for the cravings. I was surprised that it wasn't hard as I thought it would be. It's been two months smoke-free and counting. Just wanted to share my story with someone who might be thinking about quitting too. I'm feeling so much better breathing and food taste better also. I must admit I'm gaining a few pounds LOL but I'm working out more now as well to offset the increase of my appetite. ## Congratulations on being smoke free! :-) I've used the patch in the past and found it easy, but I also kept busy and walked a lot which really helped me while using the patch. I quit for a few years, but dummy me I started ...

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Anyone lost sense of taste and smell on champix?

Hi I started taking champix in October 2011 was only on them for a few weeks I am bipolar and found myself severely down so I stopped taking them I've also found that things don't taste or smell the same anymore I can't eat cucumber as it now tastes vile even fried food or fatty foods also taste rank! All smells seem to merge in to one and it's really annoying I can even smell my perfume or shampoos anymore! Has anyone had these problems? Will my body ever be the same again? How long before this crap nasty drug leave my body? I've not taken it in 4 months surely it should be gone now! ## I lost my taste buds for a few days aswell. I made a nice breakfast with bacon, eggs, sausages and I couldn't eat any of it I tried a bit of everything and it all tastes funny bu...

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problems with taking chantix

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...

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New to Chantix

I talked to my doctor about wanting to quit smoking and he prescribed Chantix, I will start in about 3 days. Can someone please be honest and tell me what I am about to start going through? I am a stay at home mom of a 3 year old, my husband is only home 1-2 days a week and I have heard this will be a mistake for me to take and that I will have horrible dreams, suicidal thoughts, ad much worst. Can someone tell me if me taking Chantix is a bad idea? I have not heard of many people who have not had bad results and hope this will have different answers. Thank you! ## I have been on chantix for a coupl of months now. I have been a smoker for twenty plus yrs. I had a few weird dreams. No nightmares. I think everyone is different. I'm down to 1 or 2 a day. I could of quit completly if I ...

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large round white pill with NL 2S on top

pill is large about on 1/2 wide with the letters NL and 2S underneath it ## big large pill white imprint ''NL 2S'' ## This is a 2mg Nicorette lozenge, it contains Nicotine, and is used to help with smoking cessation. It is manfuctured by GlaxoSmithKline. NDC code: 00135-0510 The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, nervousness, and heart palpitations. Is there anything else I can help with?

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Mouth Sores on Chantix

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...

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Chantix Experience

I am on my third day of chantix. I am still smoking, my quit day is 4 days away. but I must say I am amazed so far. Yesterday cigarettes started tasting very dry and nasty, and I don't think about smoking as much as I used to. I drive for a living so I will sit in my truck and smoke like two packs a day easily. I have asthma and when I smoke I have to take at least to breathing treatments per day. I am excited and looking forward to a morning when I don't have to get up early for work so that I can take my treatment. so far my side effects are minor. A little headache and nausea for about and hour or two after taking the pill, and tingling numbness in my left arm when I wake up; but its totally worth it if there's a chance I will quit smoking next week. Good luck to everyone...

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