What’s it going to take? What is your “bottom” with cigs? Cancer/death – you already have COPD Lung Disease-Pneumonia-Emphysema, Chronic bronchitis. If you can’t stop now you won’t be able to stop when you go lower – oxygen-chemotherapy-cancer. You think you control smoking just like alcohol – When I get that bad I’ll quit – Like I have a choice or control over when I will quit. Drinking bottom was when I looked at myself in the mirror with my unmanageable destructive-chaotic life in front of me and finally realized, “I can’t stop.” With cigs I’ve always said, I’ll quit – just not right now.” When is a good time? Like alcohol how do you hit bottom? Some when they are spending too much money on it/ first dui/divorce/lose house/lose kids/skid row bum/dead. Smokers – First bronchitis attack/first pneumonia/ lung disease/oxygen/cancer/dead. What is my bottom for cigs? When I tried to quit it was like a dry drunk – miserable – more patches –inhalers etc. I deprive myself, force it. I’d always smoke again. Like I was in control. I think I always knew I couldn’t quit but I would never admit it. Step One. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-our lives had become unmanageable.
- 1. Dr. Expenses
- 2. Missing work
- 3. Can’t breathe
- 4. Cough so hard it hurts
- 5. Have lung disease
- 6. Pay $3 a pack $6 a day $42 a week $168 a month. Wow, I could join the gym!
- 7. Burn holes in everything. Antique linen table cloth
- 8. My house, clothes, car, breath stink
- 9. My teeth are yellow and falling out, gum disease
- 10. Osteoporosis
- 11. Emphysema-lung disease-COPD
- 12. Adam’s Spontaneous Pneumothorax – Second hand smoke?
- 13. It controls me – Inconvenient – go outside, stop & get more, don’t run out.
Smoke Free 76 Days!
Wow! It seems like forever! I took Chantix for 6-weeks and thought I would try to get off of it because of bad things I am hearing in the news. I have not had any of the side effects-depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.-that they are discussing about Chantix. Anyway, I went off of it last Monday. It has a 5-day half life, sort of a self tapering system. So, by day 5, it is completely out of your system. Well, Thursday, day 4, I was kind of depressed and weepy,(which is exactly the way I am without my cigarettes.) Then Friday, I had a fully blown depression episode of crying and not being able to stop. That usually happens to me when I get off nicotine. When I would go to a lower dose nicotine patch is usually when I when get like that and smoke, hence I never got past 60 days before Chantix. When I am on Chantix I am fine, without it I could smoke just to make me quit crying. Anyway, I filled my Rx and got another six-week supply, (I only take one 1mg Chantix in the morning. I do not take two 1mg doses.) The one at night was just too much and I couldn’t get to sleep and when I finally did I didn’t want to get up. So one Chantix has been working for me for 6 weeks now.
So, I am back on the Chantix. Big deal! I did not smoke and I could of. There are plenty of people at work that would give me one. My son gave me a good idea on how to look at going back on the Chantix. He said, “Look at it like you do your anti-depressant. It is medicine, that helps you, not a drug.” Well, that helped me so much. As a matter of fact, my Doctor told me I could stay on it a year if that is what it takes for me not to smoke. I am not going to try and rush this thing.
It is a bigger risk to my life for me to smoke than it is to keep taking the Chantix.
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Smoke Free 80 Days!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me!
Nicotine is a drug used for relaxation, no? Nicotine is a drug used as sustenance due to frequent situations where one is expected to behave well beyond the so-called ‘rational’ task, to deal with the more than the expected……and only to those addicted. To others such a task is normal and easy without any chemical help. To those addicted, it is a staple of life.
I want to see Nicotine as a ‘drug of relief’ instead of a ‘drug of sustenance’ (AKA ‘BECAUSE I HAVE TO’ ). Thus, due to my stubbornness and my expectations of being perfect, I will only be smoking one pack per day from this day on, down from two packs per day. I got off work at 9:30 PM. It is 12:26 AM now, and I’ve had three smokes since then, the normal sum is around 15 smokes, amazing?….and it doesn’t bug me. Thus, why should the force of habit make me smoke when my natural dependence to nicotine doesn’t even WANT it? Answer: I shouldn’t. I should only ‘use’ such a ‘drug’ when I ‘need’ to.
I may never ‘need’ to….but it’s a step towards a future smoke-free life. I should never ‘need’ anything besides myself and those close to me, but the word ‘need’ is almost synonymous with the word ‘want’……Do I want what I need, or do I need what I want? One way to tell, and I’m trying to figure out that question by literally cutting my smoking in half.
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Smoke Free 90 Days!
Wow! Now that’s a new record for me. It’s a miracle that’s for sure, one day at a time. Never underestimate the power of prayer. And I can’t forget the Chantix. I know I couldn’t have made it this far without it.
I have not been going to the gym. I miss going because it is such a great reminder that I no longer smoke. I tend to take it for granted that I am not smoking anymore. Can you imagine? As desperate as I was to stop and all those times I tried, I have now become complacent. When I go work out every step on that treadmill reminds me how lucky I am that I can breathe and still have the oxygen and stamina to walk two or three miles at a pretty good pace. Now if it gives me such a great feeling, why don’t I go? I have a million reasons. I forget to bring my shoes/clothes in the morning, my son works at 5:00 and needs my car most nights during the week, I never think about going in the morning before work, and I never think about going home changing shoes/clothes and then heading for the gym. Okay, no more excuses. I just figured out how I can overcome the minor obstacles I have thrown in my path. After all, I am paying for it every month, I might as well use it, right?
Well, our KU Jayhawks have made it to the Final Four once again. I am so excited. Those kids have worked hard and I hope they go all the way! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
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Smoke free 105 days!
8 Habits of Successful Ex-Smokers
- According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the more support you receive from friends and family, the more likely you are to quit smoking successfully. Calling someone and asking for help was number one on most ex-smokers lists. Remember, you are not alone. Millions of people have successfully quit cigarettes.
- Avoiding others who smoke. Sometimes this can be difficult, especially if it’s a family member or husband/wife that is a smoker, but smelling cigarette smoke, (more so, in your home), can trigger a relapse. Hopefully, they will understand and volunteer to smoke outside to help the cause.
- Staying away from places they used to smoke. Not the car or the living room, but the corner bar or restaurant that they would linger for hours, over a cigarette with friends. Or the side of the building at work where they would take their breaks with the other smokers. Successful ex-smokers go for a walk on their break, on the opposite side of the building.
- Taking up a new hobby has helped many ex-smokers stay quit. Crocheting, Photography, Crossword Puzzles, or Excersing. Anything that engages your hands and your mind. Some people Knit, do Sudoku, start Blogging or get their own Domain Name and start a website. There are so many things to do, other than smoking. Find something you enjoy and do it.
- Get a check-up. After becoming an ex-smoker, we suddenly become aware of how important our health is and want to take care of it. Going and getting your cholesterol checked, blood sugars, mammogram (if female), and a general physical shortly after quitting, is a great way to feel good about yourself and the huge step you have taken to take better care of your health. It also makes it easy to remember to have an annual physical on your Quit Date!
- Successful ex-smokers have a morning and evening routine. They have a plan that they follow like taking a shower first thing after the alarm goes off. It is hard to smoke when you are soaking wet. Or they brush their teeth, no one wants to smoke when their breath is fresh. If they drink coffee they change the location where they drink it, i.e. the basement or at the corner coffee shop. Any location that is different from where you would drink your coffee and smoke before becoming a successful ex-smoker. Do the same for your evening routine. Relax before bed by reading or praying the rosary or just closing your eyes and relaxing for a while. Deep breathing is another good habit to get into, especially right before bed or during times of stress.
- Last but not least – NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF, DRAG, TOKE, ETC. FROM A CIGARETTE AGAIN!!!
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Smoking Addiction-Could it be your Genes?
US News.com reported that three seperate teams of scientists have narrowed down that smoking addiction and lung cancer could be connected to certain genes. This discovery could mean screening that would help with the success of people who have been trying to quit, but seem to lack the ability. This explains why some smokers continue to smoke even after being diagnosed with cancer or are on oxygen. They just can’t stop.
The scientists studied the genes of more than 35,000 white people of European descent in Europe, Canada and the United States. Blacks and Asians will be studied soon and may yield different results, scientists said.
They aren’t quite sure if what they found is a set of variations in one gene or in three closely connected genes.
The gene variations, which govern nicotine receptors on cells, could eventually help explain some of the mysteries of chain smoking, nicotine addiction and lung cancer. These oddities include why there are 90-year-old smokers who don’t get cancer and people who light up an occasional cigarette and don’t get hooked.
“This is really telling us that the vulnerability to smoking and how much you smoke is clearly biologically based,” said psychiatry professor Dr. Laura Bierut of Washington University in St. Louis, a genetics and smoking expert who did not take part in the studies. She praised the research as “very intriguing.”
The smoking rate among U.S. adults has dropped from 42 percent in 1965 to less than 21 percent now.
The new studies are surprising in that they point to areas of the genetic code that are not associated with pleasure and the rewards of addiction.
That may help explain why some people can quit and others fail, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Md., which funded one of the studies.
“It opens our eyes,” Volkow said Wednesday. “Not everyone takes drugs for the same reason. Not everyone smokes cigarettes for the same reasons.”
One clue is in the location of the just-discovered variants, on the long arm of chromosome 15, Volkow said. It is in an area that, when damaged during tests on animals, makes them depressed and anxious. While some people smoke because it helps them focus or gives them a physiological reward, others do it to stave off depression.
That suggests that adding antidepressants to some smokers’ treatment could help them kick the habit.
Being on antidepressants isn’t always a cure all. My history with quitting smoking is I get so depressed I cannot stop crying. The depression is so great that even on antidepressants, it cannot be over come. This is what I am working on now.
Taking Chantix once a day seems to keep the depression away. When I go off the Chantix, after five days, I am so depressed that I cannot work, I cry, and want to quit my job or other erratic behavior. This has nothing to do with the Chantix. Every time I have quit before with the patch, when I cut down to the lower level of nicotine, the exact same thing happened to me. Identical behavior, I couldn’t stop crying, etc.
So I am convinced that depression is why I smoked and why I have such a hard time stopping. I will be going to see my Doctor on April 30th. He is the one that prescribes my antidepressant, Lexapro (I am taking the highest dose possible), and my Chantix. I am anxious to see what he has to say about it. Last time he said to just stay on the Chantix for at least a year. It is better than smoking. I have to agree with him. I am functioning great and it has been 106 days smoke free. Why mess with it by trying to get off Chantix? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m not sure how safe it is to stay on Chantix forever, but for now I am doing great.
This study is exciting and I hope it will develop into something like an easy screen test to see if you have the “genes” to become addicted to smoking. My son is 23 and he smokes all the time. It makes sense to me that he is predisposed to this addiction. Just like Alcoholism. It’s is a family disease, now we know, smoking is too.
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Smoke Free 119 days!
Yes, it is hard to believe it has been almost four months without a single puff of a cigarette. I have to thank God and Chantix for this is truly a miracle.
Today I cut my Chantix 1mg pill in half and am going to take 1/2 mg for at least four weeks maybe more. The reason I am cutting back is because of the fatigue I am feeling. In the beginning when I first started taking it the first week or so, I felt like I had the flu. I was achy all over and felt like I couldn’t get off the couch. That is part of the reason why I have only taken one 1mg pill in the morning during the last four months. When I was taking it as directed, two 1 mg pills, 1 in the morning and 1 at night, it was way to much for me to handle. I was depressed and tired all the time, could not sleep at all and just felt ‘weird’. After the first couple of weeks on one 1mg pill in the morning, I felt pretty good, not to crazy and I was still not smoking.
Lately, I have noticed when I go to the gym, or walk for long distances, or run up three flights of stairs, I am exhausted and weak. My muscles are weak. I don’t have the strength I had even back in January and February. I haven’t read anything about Chantix effecting your muscles or joints, but I am going to do some research on it. Of course I am worried about it because I have been on the Chantix longer than the suggested twelve weeks.
I will see my Doctor tomorrow and discuss this with him. Leave me a comment if you have had a similar experience with Chantix. I don’t like feeling lazy all the time.
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This is from another quit smoking blog. Interesting information:
Should I use Chantix or wait for Niccine ?
Niccine: a new approach to quit smoking This is a different approach to the quit smoking problem similiar to by the drug maker Pfizer’s Chantix Swedish anti-nicotine vaccine to be tested in Nordic countries “A Swedish vaccine against nicotine will be tested on 400 people in three Nordic countries,” Heavy smokers who would like to quit, will get counselling along with the new drug, initial test will run for 4 months.
Niccine is supposed to help the immune system build antibodies against nicotine.
Interesting approach to the problem: Niccine will latch onto the incoming nicotine and preventing it from reaching the brain’s reward system, thereby preventing the smoker from getting that addictive smoking “kick” or hit. Niccine, has been developed over the course of 10 years by Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute, under the guidance of professor Torgny Svensson who founded Independent Pharmaceutica.
This is a different approach to the quit smoking problem used by Pfizer’s Chantix. http://www.chantix-smoking.blogspot.com
Smoke Free 188 Days!
Chantix Free 60 Days!
This Pill has changed my life and not for the better. Mt twin Sister along with my older sister – we all decided to take the chantix drug. After 4 weeks we all became very sick. Leg aches – our feet felt like they were being crushed. So tired could not get out of bed. Terrible dreams – lossing our hair. I thought I was having a heart attack. This medication has ruined my last two years of my life – along with my sisters. We have been doctoring every since. Thyroid problems are the one thing we have figured out and not been able to get under control. There were many days I was in so much pain I just wanted to die. I would never suggest this drug to any one. This needs to be taken off the market. They owe me 2 years of my life back – and who knows how much longer I am going to suffer. Please think good and hard before taking
Oh Joan, Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I am so sorry you had a bad experience with Chantix. I appreciate you sharing your experience.
Everyone who decides to try Chantix needs to be aware of the risks involved. It is such a new drug that you don’t know what all the side effects really are. This Thyroid problem is news to me and I have been trying to follow the effects of Chantix for quite a while now.
Again, thank you for making me aware of this and I wish you and your sisters the best of health and God’s Blessings.
Obviously more research needs to be done. After I Googled “Chantix and Thyroid” I have found some good information that shows Joan’s story is just one of many.
Below is a link about Chantix and Thyroid Problems:
Chantix and thyroid problems – Thyroid Disorders – MedHelp
This information is from the Chantix/Pfizer Web Site:
Following is a list of treatment-emergent adverse events reported by patients treated with CHANTIX during all clinical trials. The listing does not include those events already listed in the previous tables or elsewhere in labeling, those events for which a drug cause was remote, those events which were so general as to be uninformative, and those events reported only once which did not have a substantial probability of being acutely life-threatening.
BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEM DISORDERS. Infrequent: Anemia, Lymphadenopathy. Rare: Leukocytosis, Thrombocytopenia, Splenomegaly.
CARDIAC DISORDERS. Infrequent: Angina pectoris, Arrhythmia, Bradycardia, Ventricular extrasystoles, Myocardial infarction, Palpitations, Tachycardia. Rare: Atrial fibrillation, Cardiac flutter, Coronary artery disease, Cor pulmonale, Acute coronary syndrome.
EAR AND LABYRINTH DISORDERS. Infrequent: Tinnitus, Vertigo. Rare: Deafness, Meniere’s disease.
ENDOCRINE DISORDERS. Infrequent: Thyroid gland disorders.
EYE DISORDERS. Infrequent: Conjunctivitis, Dry eye, Eye irritation, Vision blurred, Visual disturbance, Eye pain. Rare: Acquired night blindness, Blindness transient, Cataract subcapsular, Ocular vascular disorder, Photophobia, Vitreous floaters.
GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS. Frequent: Diarrhea, Gingivitis. Infrequent: Dysphagia, Enterocolitis, Eructation, Gastritis, Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, Mouth ulceration, Esophagitis. Rare: Gastric ulcer, Intestinal obstruction, Pancreatitis acute.
GENERAL DISORDERS AND ADMINISTRATION SITE CONDITIONS. Frequent: Chest pain, Influenza like illness, Edema, Thirst. Infrequent: Chest discomfort, Chills, Pyrexia.
HEPATOBILIARY DISORDERS. Infrequent: Gall bladder disorder.
IMMUNE SYSTEM DISORDERS. Infrequent: Hypersensitivity. Rare: Drug hypersensitivity.
INVESTIGATIONS. Frequent: Liver function test abnormal, Weight increased. Infrequent: Electrocardiogram abnormal, Muscle enzyme increased, Urine analysis abnormal.
METABOLISM AND NUTRITION DISORDERS. Infrequent: Diabetes mellitus, Hyperlipidemia, Hypokalemia. Rare: Hyperkalemia, Hypoglycemia.
MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDERS. Frequent: Arthralgia, Back pain, Muscle cramp, Musculoskeletal pain, Myalgia. Infrequent: Arthritis, Osteoporosis. Rare: Myositis.
NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS. Frequent: Disturbance in attention, Dizziness, Sensory disturbance. Infrequent: Amnesia, Migraine, Parosmia, Psychomotor hyperactivity, Restless legs syndrome, Syncope, Tremor. Rare: Balance disorder, Cerebrovascular accident, Convulsion, Dysarthria, Facial palsy, Mental impairment, Multiple sclerosis, Nystagmus, Psychomotor skills impaired, Transient ischemic attack, Visual field defect.
PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. Frequent: Anxiety, Depression, Emotional disorder, Irritability, Restlessness. Infrequent: Aggression, Agitation, Disorientation, Dissociation, Libido decreased, Mood swings, Thinking abnormal. Rare: Bradyphrenia, Euphoric mood, Hallucination, Psychotic disorder, Suicidal ideation.
RENAL AND URINARY DISORDERS. Frequent: Polyuria. Infrequent: Nephrolithiasis, Nocturia, Urine abnormality, Urethral syndrome. Rare: Renal failure acute, Urinary retention.
REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM AND BREAST DISORDERS. Frequent: Menstrual disorder. Infrequent: Erectile dysfunction. Rare: Sexual dysfunction.
RESPIRATORY, THORACIC AND MEDIASTINAL DISORDERS. Frequent: Epistaxis, Respiratory disorders. Infrequent: Asthma. Rare: Pleurisy, Pulmonary embolism.
SKIN AND SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE DISORDERS. Frequent: Hyperhidrosis. Infrequent: Acne, Dermatitis, Dry skin, Eczema, Erythema, Psoriasis, Urticaria. Rare: Photosensitivity reaction.
VASCULAR DISORDERS. Frequent: Hot flush, Hypertension. Infrequent: Hypotension, Peripheral ischemia, Thrombosis.
The following adverse events have been reported during post-approval use of Chantix. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
There have been reports of depressed mood, agitation, changes in behavior, suicidal ideation and suicide in patients attempting to quit smoking while taking Chantix. Smoking cessation with or without treatment is associated with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and the exacerbation of underlying psychiatric illness. Not all patients had known pre-existing psychiatric illness and not all had discontinued smoking. The role of Chantix in these reports is not known (see WARNINGS).
CHANTIX Safety Information
Important Safety Information
CHANTIX® (varenicline) is indicated as an aid to smoking cessation treatment in adults 18 and over. Patients may benefit from behavioral modification and support during their quit attempt. Patients should be encouraged to continue to attempt to quit if they have early lapses after quit day.
Advise patients and caregivers that the patient should stop taking CHANTIX and contact a healthcare provider immediately if agitation, depressed mood, or changes in behavior that are not typical for the patient are observed, or if the patient develops suicidal ideation or suicidal behavior. These symptoms as well as worsening of preexisting psychiatric illness have been reported in patients attempting to quit smoking with CHANTIX or after stopping CHANTIX.
The most common adverse reactions include nausea, sleep disturbance, constipation, flatulence, and vomiting. Nausea occurred in 30% of patients; 3% discontinued due to nausea.
Patients should be informed that they may experience vivid, unusual, or strange dreams during treatment with CHANTIX. Patients should be advised to use caution driving or operating machinery until they know how quitting smoking with CHANTIX may affect them.
Safety and efficacy of CHANTIX in combination with other smoking cessation drug therapies have not been studied. Dosage adjustment with CHANTIX is recommended in patients with severe renal impairment or in patients undergoing hemodialysis.
Smoking cessation, with or without treatment with CHANTIX, may alter the pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics of some drugs, such as theophylline, warfarin, and insulin. Dosage adjustment for these drugs may be necessary.
Please see full prescribing information.
Please see Medication Guide.
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Smoke Free 154 Days!
Chantix Works. Period. No doubt about it. I have been off of the Chantix for four weeks and off of cigarettes for 154 days. This is all so amazing to me and my family and friends are totally shocked as well.
I have gained 25 pounds and have lost 4 pounds in the last 10 days. My appetite and settled down and I have more energy since I went off the Chantix. In a year after quitting smoking you will go back to your pre-quitting weight. I am not worried about my weight like I was about my lungs. I have been walking every morning and can walk twice as far and not get winded.
I don’t miss the smell or the nicotine film that was on everything I owned. I feel healthier and more energetic every day. No cravings, no coughing, no bronchitis or pneumonia. I don’t have to use my inhaler in the morning or during the day, or ever. The money I have saved has bought me a Digital Camera which I use daily. I have my self-esteem back. Quitting smoking is something I can be proud of and my children are proud of me. Even if I get Cancer tomorrow, at least I quit smoking first.
Please use the Chantix if you can afford it. The first side effects will go away after a few weeks. Hang tough and know that it does work. Don’t try it until you are truly convinced in your mind that you WANT to quit smoking, because Chantix Works and you will quit smoking if you use it so you better WANT to quit because YOU WILL QUIT.