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If you quit smoking with Chantix, what were some of the side effects?

Asked by Dutchess_III (42453points) March 12th, 2015

I looked through the Chantix questions, didn’t see this particular question asked.

I took my first dose this morning and now I just feel…funny. Vaguely ill at ease, my mouth is so dry and and I just don’t feel right mentally. I feel a little sick at my stomach (nausea is a side effect.) It has me a little worried, especially since after day 3 the doses double.

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jca's avatar

I have relatives that took it and they said they had very strange, vivid dreams.

trailsillustrated's avatar

I’ve read about it a lot. Apparently some people do fine on it and others don’t . My sisters husband took it, she said he still has fits in his sleep that he didn’t have before it, and that his personality changed. I only met him after and he is a major wanker, irritable , rude, jerk.

Dutchess_III's avatar

How long since he stopped taking it @trailsillustrated?

canidmajor's avatar

I didn’t use it, I just want to say good luck with quitting. I’m 5 years out, haven’t looked back.
Good for you for giving it a go!

trailsillustrated's avatar

@Dutchess_III like 7 years ago or something. A lot of people say that they don’t feel the same even years later. Others say it’s a miracle drug. I’m way too scared to try it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I quit for 8 years once, @canidmajor. :( Cold turkey.

So did you know him before the Chantix @trailsillustrated?

Dutchess_III's avatar

@jca did any of your relatives undergo permanent personality changes?

canidmajor's avatar

Well then, you know you can do it! :-)

jca's avatar

What they said at the time was that you smoke for like the first week while you take it, and then you quit. They said it was miraculous how they had no urge to smoke. To this day, they don’t smoke (they’re a married couple) and that was probably 10 years ago or maybe 8 years ago. The man said he had vivid dreams (which I think he meant sexually vivid). The woman did not report such dreams.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I know I can quit. My motivations are different this time though. Just have to keep them at the forefront.
I’m longing for the freedom of not smoking!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Doesn’t Chantix have a website and support system set-up for user of Chantix? Give them a call.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I prefer talking to Jellies. I can do it without the support system.

trailsillustrated's avatar

@Dutchess_III not really, in my experience he was always an insufferable wanker.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Glad to hear that!

ibstubro's avatar

I quit with Zyban, and at the time they were giving the same warnings about dreams and the like. I had no ill effects. I started when I was 19, and I smoked for 19 years, so I quit when I was 38 and I’m now 54.

I have always recommended it because when I stopped taking the Zyban, I realized after about 3 days that my mouth had not been empty for 3 days. It really curbed my appetite.

I smoked non-menthol cigarettes, but I still found Altiods a comfort. The peppermints are so strong it’s actually like inhaling something, the ‘hot’ distracts you (got to keep those babies moving) and it’s something to do with your hands and mouth.

chyna's avatar

I quit cold turkey many, many years ago. And I remember having very vivid dreams. I would dream that I was smoking and would wake up thinking I had actually smoked. So maybe the dreams are from the non-smoking itself and not the meds.

Aethelwine's avatar

Nicotine does crazy stuff to you. My mother was in the hospital with fluid on her brain after her ruptured brain aneurysm and she could hardly function. She couldn’t speak or walk but she did try to smoke her finger. She was a 2½ to 3 pack a day smoker before the rupture. It was so weird seeing her all spaced out sucking on her finger.

Dutchess_III's avatar

The first time I used sunflower seeds. Back in those days we smoked in the house. So I’d carry the ashtray around, as was my habit, but it was for the sun flower husks.

@chyna I remember, about 3 years after I quit smoking, I had a dream that I smoked and I woke us SO depressed and sad, until I realized it was just a dream. But it stuck with me. I don’t remember having any weird dreams during the time I was actually quitting.

chyna's avatar

@jonsblond You just made me remember something like that happening to my mom. She had gone through back surgery and when she was coming out of the anesthesia she was putting her fingers to her lips and then moving her first finger as if tapping something. I asked her what she was doing and she said she was smoking a cigarette and tapping her ashes. She was also a 3 pack a day smoker.

Aethelwine's avatar

@chyna I could tell what my mother was trying to do because she would purse her lips as if she were blowing smoke out. She also tried to smoke her oxygen tubes. We’d have to battle her at times to get her to stop. I’m so glad I haven’t had the desire to smoke in a long time. It’s been 12 years this month for me. I’m not going back!

btw- Good luck @Dutchess. I realized I haven’t been helpful here, just chatting. :)

chyna's avatar

27 years for me. It can be done @Dutchess_III. Good luck!

ibstubro's avatar

You know, I was always one of those smokers that swore that if I quit, I would not be one of those ex-smokers that are intolerant of smokers. That lasted a good, solid, 10–12+ years. Then one day I said to me S/O that I had a head cold and that, while I didn’t usually bitch about smoke, I couldn’t handle it at the time. Wasn’t probably 30 minutes, there I was, standing in a cloud of smoke.

And you’re not getting any younger, @Dutchess_III. At 51, my S/O leaves ashes everywhere. I see them fall off the cigarette every day. On the floor, clothes, in pots. And we know to no longer discuss the clothes that have been ruined.
Might not have happened to you yet, but it’s-a-comin!

And, OMG, breath into a bottle after the last cigarette of the day! Sniff later. Like a damp BBQ grill!

ibstubro's avatar

Likely late to the game, but did you see This?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes, I saw that.

Esedess's avatar

I can’t remember the name of what I tried one time. It was a pill. But it made me itch like crazy, and where I would scratch the skin would raise in long streaks and look like a horrible rash. My back looked like I had been being whipped my whole life. Turns out I was allergic to it. Just a thought. If the symptoms keep up, talk to your doctor. There are a number of medications that do the same thing and don’t share the same chemicals. One may work just as well and not leave you with the side effects you’re feeling now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think I’m OK. I am smoking less. Just waiting for that time when I completely forget about smoking. It’s happened a few times today, which is good. When I quit cold turkey it was at least 2 weeks before I could say, “Wow! I didn’t even think about a cigarette for, like 10 minutes!”

cheebdragon's avatar

It makes you feel sick if you smoke a regular cigarette, but it doesn’t work on menthols for some reason.

longgone's avatar

How’s it working so far?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Pretty good. I’m smoking about half of what I normally do. Have to get the mind set right, though. Have to break the habits that surround smoking, like, getting in the car.

I’m not having any “vivid dreams” or anything else really. But they just upped the dose so we’ll see.

Thanks for asking.

longgone's avatar

Good for you!! :]

Dutchess_III's avatar

I just keep reminding myself of how wonderful it felt when I wasn’t smoking.

Also, I want to live as long as I can for my grandkids. That’s my main thing right there.

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