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Does Chantix work to quit smoking?

Asked by serenityNOW (3643points) December 30th, 2007

So I tried and did not succeed with the patch. They were just too annoying – kept on falling off and the residue was disgusting. So, my doctor and I worked it out and we’ve mutually decided for me to go on Chantix. How has is worked for you? (I’m excited and really looking forward to being smoke free!)

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AreaOne's avatar

I have a friend that is currently using Chantix and it seems to be working pretty well. I tried patches for a while also, and they were useless. I am not looking to quit right now, but when I finally decide to, I think I may give Chantix a shot.

Good luck with it, let us know how it works for you.

susanc's avatar

When my esteemed husband tried Chantix he got diarrhea. Still: Onward!

ccatron's avatar

3 people I work with have tried it and within a month 2 of them quit smoking without going back. The 3rd person tried it for a couple of months, quit for a while, got majorly stressed out and hasn’t quit since then.

So, from what I can tell, it works. I don’t smoke, but the people who have taken the drug say that it makes cigarettes taste really bad and somewhat non-effective therefore making you want to quit.

To supplement this medication or any other method, some people find it helpful to replace the act of smoking with something else. For instance, most smokers have a smoke after eating a meal, out of habit. So, after eating, make sure to have some gum handy or something like that, and keep yourself busy.

Again, I’m a non-smoker, so I am just going with what has worked for some friends of mine. Good luck!

aloha's avatar

I smoked for over 20 years and tried to quit using many different methods. I had a hard time with the patch and gum because they still delivered nicotine to my system… so once I stopped I wanted cigarettes again. I decided to give Chantix a try 11 months ago and have been smoke free ever since. There’s a few reasons why I feel it worked for me: 1) I was ready to quit (probably the most important element for success); 2) I was allowed to smoke during the first week on Chantix (but you get nothing out of it and naturally find yourself smoking less and less; 3) I used the online support system (daily emails, personalized web page) that comes with the prescription which gave me the support and information to keep on track. Good luck with your effort – and don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to stick!

easeout's avatar

I have been teaching smoking cessation since I stopped smoking in 1978.

If there was any thing that would enhance my program I would include it in my program in a heart beat. I have had many students try it and the majority say that they had horrible side effects.

In the United States, Chantix has been banned by the DOT (Department of Transportation) due to lawsuits over frequent suicides and it has also been banned by the FAA (Federal Aviation Association).

I remember Dr Oz used to recommend Chantix and he doesn’t any more. It is a one dimensional approach that does not deal with detoxification, learning new routines, cigarettes after the meal, first thing in the morning etc.

Chantix stays in the body a long time and even when people go of off it, Chantix continues to create side effects. Do yourself a favor and Google “lawsuits and Chantix”.

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