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« on: Jul 08, 2009 at 14:02 »

Day 7 is today so that means tomorrow I'm supposed to wake up and refuse to smoke any longer.  Will keep y'all informed. So far I haven't really had any of the publicized side-effects (or unpublicized, for that matter) of the drug other than difficulty getting to sleep.  But that may have something to do with coffee in the evening, who knows? 

Wish me luck.  And Mrs. Jonzr, too.

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« Reply #1 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 14:43 »

Sounds like some kind of cult, if you ask me.
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 14:50 »

Sounds like some kind of cult, if you ask me.


I'll pray to Chantix for your eternal soul, unbeliever.  Either that or I'll whap you upside yo head with some tomacco.

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« Reply #3 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 15:58 »

Good luck, dude.  I went from a 3-pack-a-day habit to zero cold turkey.  It wasn't pretty, but it worked.  Of course, I snapped off on my boss and got fired, but it was a shit job anyway.

Watch the nerves tho, jonzr.
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 16:20 »

I think I once rented 7 Days of Chantelle.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 16:28 »

Good luck, dude.  I went from a 3-pack-a-day habit to zero cold turkey.  It wasn't pretty, but it worked.  Of course, I snapped off on my boss and got fired, but it was a shit job anyway.

Watch the nerves tho, jonzr.

For sure.  Only have to deal with it at work for Thur and Fri, then I'm on vacation all next week, so maybe that'll help.  Plus, I've been warning everyone in the office that I'll be smoke-free tomorrow after 20+ years ...

In addition to being stubborn, I'm motivated to stop.  With the help of the Holy Chantix I'm feeling positive about this.  I've spoken with a half dozen long time smokers who've been stopped for anywhere from 3 mths to 2+yrs via the stuff.

Planning for it to suck but knowing that it'll get better, keeping my eyes on the prize.

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« Reply #6 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 17:18 »

I tried the chantix and the previous popular pill (name escapes me) to stop smoking.  I had the most fucked up dreams on both of them, so I stopped.  I didnt smoke while on them, but for some strange reason, i killed every living being in my sleep through dreams in the most inhumane and greusome ways.  Just make sure your wife hides the cutlery at night.

I've been smoke free for 3 months now using the walmart brand patch.  works pretty good and thats with the mrs. still smoking like a chimney around me.

Oh, not to be a buzzkill, but you still get cravings when you drink.

goodluck man, that first week when you are done taking the stop smoking aids sucks hairy ass balls!
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 17:58 »

So far I haven't had the weird dreams, but almost everyone reported that.  The wife hasn't, either.  I think the usual is to take it for 3 mths, but some of the people I spoke with went up to 6 mths.  As for the drinking, stopped that almost 18 mths ago - but I've heard horror stories about drinking it.  A local musician (was in the band Sorta, used to play for Eddie Brickel and the New Bohemians) was shot and killed after he flipped his lid b/c of Chantix and night of heavy drinking.

Thanks for the luck, y'all, I'll take all available.
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 18:00 »

Good luck, dude.  I went from a 3-pack-a-day habit to zero cold turkey.  It wasn't pretty, but it worked.  Of course, I snapped off on my boss and got fired, but it was a shit job anyway.

Watch the nerves tho, jonzr.


And did this affect your bowel movemens in any way, praytell?
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 18:49 »

Good luck, dude.  I went from a 3-pack-a-day habit to zero cold turkey.  It wasn't pretty, but it worked.  Of course, I snapped off on my boss and got fired, but it was a shit job anyway.

Watch the nerves tho, jonzr.


And did this affect your bowel movemens in any way, praytell?

Did I tell this story before?

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« Reply #10 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 19:13 »

I think you did. But the board is slow. Give the newbs a treat.

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« Reply #11 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 21:54 »

Had a couple of friends that tried it and had to stop due to the crazy dreams.  My advice?
Write down the damn dreams and write a book.  Could be the next Stephen King.
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 22:05 »

Had a couple of friends that tried it and had to stop due to the crazy dreams.  My advice?
Write down the damn dreams and write a book.  Could be the next Stephen King.
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Finished off the .5 mg dose and start the 1 mg dose tomorrow.  Maybe the the dreams come with that ... or the 3 day nicotine detox.
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 22:28 »

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 08, 2009 at 23:03 »

Shhhhh.
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« Reply #15 on: Jul 09, 2009 at 00:24 »

I think you did. But the board is slow. Give the newbs a treat.




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« Reply #16 on: Jul 09, 2009 at 16:25 »

Good luck Jonzr.  This could be the first step towards a biking career.
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 09, 2009 at 16:44 »

Good luck Jonzr.  This could be the first step towards a biking career.

I'd better start shopping for a good GPS!
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 10, 2009 at 09:50 »

So far, so good.  Only thinking about smokes every 90 seconds or so ...
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« Reply #19 on: Jul 10, 2009 at 11:43 »

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« Reply #20 on: Jul 19, 2009 at 11:07 »

Ten days of non-smoking for the wife and I, working on day 11.  Just got back from vacation a while ago, drove all night, 12+ hrs, brain numb, sleep soon.

No weirdness to report as the Chantix goes, though.  Thus far, two thumbs up.
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« Reply #21 on: Jul 28, 2009 at 09:21 »

A couple more days will complete the first four weeks dosage and three weeks sans ciggies.  I think it's a little easier since the wife and I both have quit.  Well, that's my story, any little thing for further motivation.

I've found it smart to cut back on coffee - it increases the urge.  Whether that's just my own habit or there's some special thing going on between caffeine and nicotine, I don't know.  But it seems my caffeine misses the nicotine.  It's another evil ploy my brain has devised to rationalize a smoke.

But I'm onto you, brain, you bastard.

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« Reply #22 on: Jul 28, 2009 at 17:23 »

A couple more days will complete the first four weeks dosage and three weeks sans ciggies.  I think it's a little easier since the wife and I both have quit.  Well, that's my story, any little thing for further motivation.

I've found it smart to cut back on coffee - it increases the urge.  Whether that's just my own habit or there's some special thing going on between caffeine and nicotine, I don't know.  But it seems my caffeine misses the nicotine.  It's another evil ploy my brain has devised to rationalize a smoke.

But I'm onto you, brain, you bastard.


Yeah, I seem to recall a coffee-nicotine connection.  Also, post-prandial and post-coital connections.  Didn't stop me from drinking coffee, or the others.  But at least temporarily, any way you can fool the brain, take away the triggers...
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« Reply #23 on: Jul 28, 2009 at 18:18 »

Jonzr,

Beyond the dreams and the potential for the runs, watch out for any significant symptoms of depression. In case you hadn't read, that is a more recent concern about the product. The occasional person has experienced severe depression with suicidal ideation.  If that happens, give your doctor a call.

Of course, I suspect that many going cold-turkey have experienced that depression as well, so it might not be just the medication. It could be your body missing it's old friend nicotine.

Can't be worse than an AFC championship loss at home, though, can it?
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« Reply #24 on: Jul 28, 2009 at 18:31 »

Jonzr,

Beyond the dreams and the potential for the runs, watch out for any significant symptoms of depression. In case you hadn't read, that is a more recent concern about the product. The occasional person has experienced severe depression with suicidal ideation.  If that happens, give your doctor a call.

Of course, I suspect that many going cold-turkey have experienced that depression as well, so it might not be just the medication. It could be your body missing it's old friend nicotine.

None of that so far, but I appreciate the heads up.

Can't be worse than an AFC championship loss at home, though, can it?

No, it can't.
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« Reply #25 on: Jul 29, 2009 at 15:47 »

Did 3 rounds (boxes) of Chantix and have been smoke free since April 6! I did remember my dreams more, but never had any fucked up ones, but i do know of people who have. It helped that really none of my friends or my girlfriend smoke, and only recently have i been able to be around people who do for fear of bumming one for starters. Keep up the good work my friend, it will get easier, but it took me about 3-3 1/2 months to feel confident about it. Watch out for weight gain though.....Good luck, you'll be richer when its all done with!
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« Reply #26 on: Jul 29, 2009 at 16:23 »

Did 3 rounds (boxes) of Chantix and have been smoke free since April 6! I did remember my dreams more, but never had any fucked up ones, but i do know of people who have. It helped that really none of my friends or my girlfriend smoke, and only recently have i been able to be around people who do for fear of bumming one for starters. Keep up the good work my friend, it will get easier, but it took me about 3-3 1/2 months to feel confident about it. Watch out for weight gain though.....Good luck, you'll be richer when its all done with!

Congrats!

Yup, I just want to get this thing down the road a bit, 3-3 1/2 mths sounds great to me for comfort - so far I've not been around any other smokers.  Starting round 2 on Friday. 
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« Reply #27 on: Jul 30, 2009 at 07:13 »

it will be tough. right around middle of second box i had one last fit of wanting a cigarette, but since then i've been good. fleeting cravings every now and then. i stayed away from smoking situations like bars and twhat not. it will work if you really want it to.
Did 3 rounds (boxes) of Chantix and have been smoke free since April 6! I did remember my dreams more, but never had any fucked up ones, but i do know of people who have. It helped that really none of my friends or my girlfriend smoke, and only recently have i been able to be around people who do for fear of bumming one for starters. Keep up the good work my friend, it will get easier, but it took me about 3-3 1/2 months to feel confident about it. Watch out for weight gain though.....Good luck, you'll be richer when its all done with!

Congrats!

Yup, I just want to get this thing down the road a bit, 3-3 1/2 mths sounds great to me for comfort - so far I've not been around any other smokers.  Starting round 2 on Friday. 

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« Reply #28 on: Jul 30, 2009 at 08:33 »

it will work if you really want it to.

I thoroughly believe that, so it's gonna work.
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« Reply #29 on: Aug 05, 2009 at 23:02 »

Finished the week 5 pack today, so today completes 4 weeks smoke free.  It's getting easier but there are still tweeks here and there.

As for Chantix side-effects, over the 5 week period, I do recall more dreams than usual.  But I've generally recalled dreaming soon after waking in the morning, so that's not unusual.  But it does seem to be a greater frequency.  The content is nothing out of the ordinary for me. 

There is one thing though, I'm not sure I ever get past the dream stage of sleep.  No matter when I awake, it seems like I was dreaming - of course, that's not unusual, that perception.  But even after getting 8 hrs I still feel sleepy sometimes.  Now I forget all the sleep stages, but I know dreaming is not the deepest one.  And I think we cycle through the stages through out the night, but if that deepest one is never in the cycle, that could explain the tiredness.

Just layman speculation.

Overall, still glad I'm using Chantix.
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« Reply #30 on: Aug 08, 2009 at 09:36 »

Hmm, I wonder if it's the Chantix or some lifestyle changes..

Are you eating differently? Eating more junk/carbs?  Drinking more caffeine in the evening (will suppress deep sleep), or less caffeine during the day than you used to (since some people smoke with coffee)?

Could be an indirect kind of thing.
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« Reply #31 on: Aug 08, 2009 at 13:28 »

I am drinking less coffee than before, but that's about the only difference offhand. I don't think the eating has changed much - some fresh veggies and fruit to snack on at work, occasional trail mix stuff.

It would probably help to hit the sack and get up at close to the same time every day.  I vary from 11pm - 1am to 6am - 7am or so on weekdays.  The weekends aren't much different but I usually sleep an hour later or so, got up about 8:15 today after going to bed at 12:30 or so.  Didn't really feel any more rested than if I'd only gotten 6 hrs.

But maybe normalizing the sleep pattern would help, tightening the range to sleep from 11:30pm - 12am to 6:30am - 7am.  I'm gonna do that for a week starting today and report back.
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« Reply #32 on: Aug 31, 2009 at 09:24 »

I quit taking Chantix 8 days ago and already am feeling more rested in the morning.  We took the drug for 7 of the recommended 12 wks (that's 3 batches) so we didn't even finish the second batch. 

However, we're still not smoking and the cravings are far fewer and less intense.  Actually, I wouldn't even call them cravings, more like a thought that makes it's way to the top every now and then, sort of a "Hey bud, you sure you don't want a smoke right about now?"

So, I'd recommend Chantix to anyone who has had trouble quitting.  But do take as directed and only for as long as you feel you need it.

I also think it was affecting my ability to concentrate; whether that's due to the lack of restful sleep or a more direct side effect of the drug, I don't know.

But I'm glad to be done with it.

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« Reply #33 on: Aug 31, 2009 at 16:36 »

That is awesome.  I recently noticed the cost of a pack of cigs.  Depending on how much one smokes each day, and if a spouse is a smoker, that is easily the equivalent of a nice car payment every month.  Wow. 


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« Reply #34 on: Sep 01, 2009 at 08:03 »

No doubt man, that is a car payment.  A really NICE car, too.
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