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March 8th, 2011
Gonna be lengthy, I fear.

57 year old female, fit & otherwise healthy, no history of psychological issues, smoker for 30 years:

On Champix now 53 days; off cigarettes 44 days.

WEEKS 1-3: SEVERE diarrhea & gas, vivid dreams, trouble falling and staying asleep, leg cramps, neck/shoulder pain, nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, halitosis.

SINCE week 3: all above have diminished significantly, but experiencing very early morning waking and inability to return to sleep.

DURING past week: cold sore developed on lip 6 days ago, cankers developed inside mouth 5 days ago.

Reported these to Pfizer Canada yesterday. Did not ask for their advice or recommendation as: a) they clearly state they will not give it, and b) I had read the package insert.

Just wanted to know if these symptoms resolved themselves while continuing to take the drug, according to their data from clinical trials.

Their pharmacist recommended I see a doctor, but when pressed for their documented trials info, the response was vague. She said -Monitor symptoms. See a doctor if they do not resolve or get worse.

Decided to read the 47 page page product monograph

and have become alarmed at what they term
Less Common Clinical Trial Adverse Drug Reactions pages 17-19, which include MS, angioedema, pulmonary embolism and cataract subcapsular, ocular vascular disorder, and vitreous floaters (these last 3 under eye disorders). None of these are insignificant diseases.

Given the shimmering white line at the outer edge of my left eye field of vision which began yesterday afternoon, I will be seeing an ophthalmologist ASAP and my family doctor in 3 days.

I will also reduce my Champix dosage to half over the next 3 days, then even further over the following few days (unless any current symptoms worsen), given the tapering Pfizer's pharmacist discussed with me yesterday, indicating it might not be necessary to taper.

I had asked about weaning as I thought I would quit the drug at week 10. The pharmacist didn'thave any conclusive data either way on to taper off or not.

My concerns are, in the absence of psychological adverse effects, that the physical dangers are also great and may not be reversible.

Does anyone have any data on serious medical problems from this drug?
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replied June 27th, 2012
I am taking champix for the 3rd time. 1st. time I had vivid dreams that were actually enjoyable, nausia which I soon realised was preventable by having the pill partway through my meal.

That was it - all was great & I easily stopped smoking.

Unfortunately a few months later I started smoking again, for the reason I think being in the company of smokers & being subject to passive smoking - The passive smoking got me hooked on cigarettes again.

I had champix again - quit again - all good as before I thought.

I felt aware & thought I was prepared, but started smoking again a few months on.

So here I am again 10 weeks in on champix, stopped smoking 9 weeks ago & I feel at deaths door.

I am breathless. Totally exhausted. My body aches all over. I cannot concentrate. I forget just about everything just about all of the time. I have wicked thoughts. I feel life is pointless. I forget where i'm going & had to park up to think & remember where to go. I feel jittery. My vision suddenly goes blurred &/or I struggle to focus. I forget the names of objects & get my words muddled up. I am disinterested in everything & don't even enjoy the things in life I enjoy. I feel lonely but prefere to be on my own. I have chronic pain in my hips & legs - especially in bed. I literally feel like i've had a labotomy, my mind goes to a fog.

I am usually a focused, determined positive person. Yet today I have done nothing, just sat on the settee in a pathetic heap - it's been an effort to get some fresh fruit from the bowl & nuts to eat & water to drink. I had to walk my dog(havn't done for 5 days - large garden though) & had a friend come with me in case I collapsed. I did visit my doctor this Monday 25th June, had blood tests on Tuesday - Taking in a urine sample tomorrow with a completed HADS form (Hospital Anxiety & Depression Scale) - seeing my doctor again on 4th.July.....

I have always had superb eyesight, my optician had said he'd be out of a job if everyone had my eyesight. However last year I started with problems with my eyes which I just thought age was catching up with me a bit at 47. At the time I didn't make any connection of their deterriation with champix. My eyesight gradually improved over time. Now back on champix & it's worse than ever

Also last year i'd experienced such chronic pain in my legs & hips & had several months visiting the physio dept., doing the exercises at home, but with no improvement. The nurse reccommended that I attend a Pain Management Clinic. Again I made no association with this condition to be connected to champix. The pains gradually subsided over time but never went completely - I just learned to live with it. Now the pains are back in full force.

Also last year I mentioned to my dentist some swelling on one side of my mouth towards the back by my jaw, though it wasn't swollen on that day. I described it as uncomfortable & the swelling had white lumps on it.

I'll be honest I was concerned it was mouth cancer. She said not to worry it is proberly blocked saliva glands. It appeared when I ate & I thought it was a bit allergic to something, which I thought was honey. Then it seemed to stop being a problem, I had no honey & over time & I forgot about it. A time later I had honey without a problem. Yes it's flaired up again & i'm taking champix.

It has only been today, sat in my delerious state that I have realised these connections & thus explored the internet for the dark side of champix - Literally up to today I have sung champix praises.

Shall I stop the champix or should I wean off them with a few half dose white tablets ????????????????????

P.S. - I have not had any alcohol whatsoever.
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replied March 10th, 2011
keep smoking and you will die anyway.
Govehouse, When you say 'No-one has died quitting smoking up until Champix came along' that might be true, but you are only hearing what people want to tell you. These people may have had other issues going on or may have been taking other drugs, legal or otherwise. That being said, How many people have died not quitting smoking? If you don't quit, you will die, and some people have tried Champix and died, but it is not set in stone that they died because of the Champix. I'm not saying Champix is all good, but you can't say it is all bad either.
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replied August 2nd, 2011
for all u haters
umm your going to die anyway. if you smoke or you dont seriously its called being human. my nan is 96 been a smoker since she was 13 years of age , no heart conditions, no lung conditions, no barking cough just a cute old lady with no wrinkles. all this talk about smoking kills go give her a chat she will tell u differently ,cause if your worried about things that are going to kill u stay in a bubble, attached to a drip, cause the sun will give u cancer , fruit can give u cancer (pesticides) walking down the street could kill u, being allergic to something could kill u , many things in this world will kill u one day hopefully not for a long time. but people are trying to quit smoking cause its meant to be healthier for them. you stressing them out even more is not going to help the situation. just saying

Ps, stopped taking champix today, yesterday started on pill 8 , 15 mood swings, sucidal thoughts, couldnt handle being at the gym on the treadmill for more than 5 mins, thought about killing a girl at work over taking a pen off my desk , i am a happy person, rarely get angry or upset and i just snapped , i slept last night for 15 minute intervals and i had a weird dream (i havent dreamt in over two years) so i had a dream, these tablets are dangerous

my suggestion / cure to get them out of your system which is what i will be doing for the next week or so till im a 100% again,

grab a one litre bottle of cold water, find a jumper, and sit in a sauna!

after doing this last night after the treadmill incident i was able to have a clear head no dizziness and was running on the treadmill for 2 hrs ,

i will now be trying a different method to quit smoking as i cant handle the smell.

( fill up a container with smokes and water throughout the week. grabbing a towel place it over your head. and inhale for aslong as possible .)

fingers crossed it works
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replied March 13th, 2011
keep smoking or stop smoking that is the question
after reading all this I am scared. I have been taking Champix since the start of January and am not smoking at all. Fantastic but am so so cold and tired all the time. I have read that people are suffering joint pains (I have osteoarthritis, muscle pains (I have fibromyalgia), depression(I have suffered depression after being assaulted at work). Why was I even prescribed these pills.
On a more positive note I would wonder if it is worth it just to have stopped smoking. What does worry and scare me is the longer lasting effects of when you stop taking the drug. Any advice readily accepted
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replied March 16th, 2011
for those of you who feel that champix has been a somewhat successful experience, I say thank god, and you are lucky. I have watched my wife turn go from a happy healthy and charming woman into a deeply sad, depressed, miserable person who I think is now an excellent candidate for anti-depressants. It is a nightmare for me and my family to watch, and is the worst thing that has happened to us in a long time. DO NOT recommend this drug. IF you know someone who is taking it, tell them to stop. The cure is far worse than the disease.
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replied March 20th, 2011
the good and not so good of champix
i'm on champix, my 8th week, quit smoking after a week, and am very pleased with myself.
i have suffered from; vivid dreams every night, tired 24/7, anger, headaches, and now it would seem gingivitus. but i can put up with all this, the positive effects i feel from being smoke free greatly out weigh the side effects, and i only have 4 weeks to do. not for everyone, and a lot of the anger,anxiety etc is mainly down to nicotine withdrawral. thanks champix
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replied March 30th, 2011
Lots of replies have stated that the side effects people are experiencing are due to nicotine withdrawal. This may be true in some cases but certainly not mine. I took Champix for just 6 days and started suffering with panic attacks and irritability. I have stopped taking them. People should think very seriously before taking this drug. Most disturbing is the reports of long term side effects. I'm going back to the patches!
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replied April 15th, 2011
worst feeling ever
hello all i am a 19 year old female and started taking champixs about 4 weeks ago. i can say they are fantastic to stop smoking with and really do work however the side affects a got where just come back from hospital due to taking these tablet and im now on vaulim and sevral antidepressent as i was expericencing severe panic attacks uncontrolable mood swings viloent out burst crawling feeling all over unable to sleep and agonising head aches i also felt the feeling of unwantedness and sucidal thoughts i felt like i was going mad and things where eating my brain thoughts and words didnt make sense my eyes didnt feel like they where mine my head felt as i was guna explode i couldnt stop crying and i was paranoid and scared at what was happening to me in the end really thought i was going to die it was the scaryist thing i have ever felt in my whole life but hopefully i am on the mend now but would like people to be very careful when taking these they are extremly dangerous and the side affects could ve lethal i can asure you if i didnt have kids i would definaly be dead by now
if you are feeling this tell your doctor and tell them you have done research as many doctors dont know the side affects as its a new drug so plz i be VERY VERY CAREFUL for your own sake and the sake of your familys
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replied April 24th, 2011
You are giving good advice for one so young!! I hope your problems will be solved soon.
I am just a week into taking Champix and am not really sure how I feel about it at the moment. My husband used it to give up and found it successful. He hasn't smoked since December. My daughter is also using it (she's six weeks in) and is not smoking either.
As for myself I am doing a lot of reading because I don't think they have been quite honest with me about the side effects because they're afraid of putting me off!! I have had a couple of headaches and nausea (this I now put down to not eating beforehand though the information leaflet said it could be taken without) so I will try eating now. I am finding myself getting tired easily as well and a little space out at times. As for depression, I am monitoring this closely because I have been on anti-depressants for some time. I had a good chat with my GP about it so I am no longer taking them in order to take the Champix but I am under strict orders to see her if I feel anything is amiss. Hopefully I will get there like so many people here have.
It would be nice to have advice and just general chat with others in the same boat who are not so emotionally tied to me if you know what I mean:))
Oh and the smoking...day 7 and I'm still at it:(
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replied April 25th, 2011
Do not take them on an empty stomach, regardless of what the leaflet says. Also, take the evening one no later than tea time.

Mick, (quit June last year ).
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replied April 25th, 2011
Thanks very much for the info. I did eat this morning but unfortunately still felt sick though it may be because it is day 8 and have gone onto the 1mg tabs so have to get used to the idea. Thanks also for the info about the second dose. I usually do tend to take it about 8.pm but will do it at teatime now instead.
Congratulations on giving up:)
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replied August 2nd, 2011
Thank u everyone for sharing your experiences on this drug. My step-dad took and has not smoked for over a year now, but he has had to go on antidepressants and other mood drugs, i did not connect these since he said he's always had anger issues. I have dealt with anxiety and depression without taking anything for smoking so I'm sure glad I saw these posts and didn't try it, as doctors obviously do not pay attention to previous disorders and side-effects!!! Thank u all and best of luck with everything!!!!!
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replied April 28th, 2011
Up to You - I wouldn't
I used Champix over 2 years ago and it worked, I quit. Yes I had all of the usual symptoms and thought nothing of it, however looking back, I was very angry (I blamed my marriage), I smashed things, I was violent, I behaved out of character. The scariest part was as I lived on the top floor of an apartment block, i would find myself fantasising about jumping off, and imagining it and dreaming it. I was moody and generally horrible. I then went onto Anti Depressants to get me out of it, and went back to smoking. Yesterday i went out and bought another pack thinking, time to stop again. I have only taken one tablet, and my new partner saw this site and forwarded it to me, there I was thinking it was just me, tonight I will be going home tonight and binning the lot of them. I have a new life now and do not want to screw that up, will have to try the dreaded will power instead. If you decide to take it, good luck, you must be aware enough to manage the side effects and hopefully you wont get the really bad ones. I would also let your partner know and let them help to manage the effects, not easy, and not for the faint hearted, depends how much you value quitting smoking over the rest of your life.
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replied April 28th, 2011
It's nice to know you are not on your own isn't it? I do hope you can do it under your own steam. Looks like you have a supportive partner and I'm sure you'll do it.

Day 11 and I am still very unsure about this. The thought of feeling as I do for the next 3 months is rather unnerving. I am still feeling sick so drinking a lot of peppermint to counteract it as much as possible. Stomach cramps (probably wind) but it's the tiredness as well. Just had to go to the local shop to get some coffee. I usually drink decaf but find I am having to have caffeinated a couple of times a day to keep me going!! As for the ciggies, I have cut down but that's about it:( Not very promising so far
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replied April 28th, 2011
Thank God!
Reading through this forum its hard to imagine anyone's pushing any particular barrow and the comment looks real mostly, which is why this is so scary for me, but also offers hope I can deal with where I find myself now.

I can't remember with any degree of accuracy at all when i took Champix and stopped smoking 20 cigars a day so easily and effortlessly. i'm trying to tell myself my brain is simply full of useful information and the fact I can't remember things is because of there's no more room. i think its over a year ago but it might be two years, I honestly can't remember.

I tell myself that at age 55 now the extra 14 kilograms (31 pounds) i have put on an already heavily built frame are natural. After all my diet is excellent and healthy and the fact there seems to be no "trigger" to say "I'm full now" in the evenings is a job the cigars used to do. I can't stop eating some nights and if my willpower was any good i'd not have needed champix would I?

I tell myself my much younger and very beautiful wife is constantly unfaithful to me because she's a lying conniving woman who has always been that way. She does all those nice things for me as camouflage. Its her who has taken over my life and gotten rid of all my friends. Its why i married her of course.

I know my 10 year old son is incredibly talented and desperate to impress me and he does in unimaginably clever ways but when he really angers me off and i scream obscenities at him i think he really deserves it.

When i told my beautiful 25 yo daughter fathers only have to be closely emotionally and financially involved with their daughters up until they have a proper boyfriend i believed it and so must she so doesn't talk to me any more.

When i damn near tell - because she needs to be told - my elder daughter she's as fat as a house and spoiling her kids rotten i'm only hanging by a thread but I know it.

When i had to apologise to my whole club membership yesterday, without any excuses for being a really nasty person I had always guessed it was all of them who had the problem. I was their well respected president for 5 years until Champix after all.

When I look at my business, once so strong and vital and involved, now so close to collapse, my once loyal customers I've told to "eff off" or ignored, only one staff left and she's hanging by a thread. I think what have I done?

I often suspected it coincided with stopping the cigars. I was at my wits end this morning so I did a quick search on Champix (Chantix elsewhere?) and found this.

Honestly, thank God I found it. Now I know my behaviour is not normal. Now I know I have to do something about it while i still can and can get my life and business back. No kidding, I've never been Mr. popular and I've always been secretly proud I'm strong enough to be an jerk but now i am simply diabolical and i have to fix it. on my own. If I can remember, if i don't fly into a sudden and uncontrollable rage and smash my phone/computer/cup whatever's closest. its going to be good at last..
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replied August 2nd, 2011
I empathize with ur feelings. I still smoke and have not tried Chantix (Champix) because of the cost but I was going to try to figure out a way to get it. I have dealt with depression over the past year and cannot figure out why, but I guess that's why we have psychiatrists. I would fly off the handle at my wonderfully caring and patient boyfriend or get ugly with our children. I was out of control!! I am saying this to hopefully help u get ur emotions and thoughts in order. I apologize fro the length of this but I don't want people to feel the way I felt for far too long. I tried to quit smoking and that's when I believe my depression and severe symptoms began, that's why i started smoking again. I thought my birth control was making me emotional and truthfully crazy so I went for a non-hormonal IUD (sorry if that's too much info but these are the lengths I have taken while in denial that I needed help)I began counseling and medication, three different kinds!! Now on the final med I was willing to try, and after a very serious talk with my boyfriend who told me I had to change or we were over, I figured out how to feel better!! I first had to realize that depression is an illness and illnesses are supposed to be controlled. I decided to be in control and I had to be serious about it because I have said that several times. So step 1: Take charge, you can and will be in control of your emotions. Step 2:Get up every morning with a positive attitude and believing that you are in control and today is going to be a good day! Write on your calendar if you have to, I did to start out Smile Step 3: Forgive yourself when you mess up so it doesn't ruin all the progress you've made and ruin a perfectly good day Step 4: Allow yourself things to get upset about so you're not beating yourself up every time you do get upset. But remind yourself what appropriate behavior is when you do get upset. Practice this! I am not an expert and I am still working on this myself but purposefully changing my attitude every morning has changed my life like you would not believe!! I am happier than I have been in a very long time and can now treat my family the way they deserve to be treated and enjoy them!!!! It is hard though, every day is a struggle, especially in the beginning. Good luck
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replied May 1st, 2011
Champix
I have been champix on and off over the past couple of weeks..... Big mistake last
Night my wife And I were watching tv and I had a irrestistable urge to hit her in the throat
So much in fact I had to leave the house and tell her to lock the door I then wanted to kill
Myself, i felt like the consequences of this act didn't apply to me. I had depression when I was 16 and now realize that it's these tablets I thought I was going mental, I'm off to the doctor this morning to see what can be done. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG.
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replied May 4th, 2011
CHAMPIX OR CIGARETTES
WOW some of the comments are seriously concerning. I have been smokefree for 5-6wks now on Champix as it's called in Australia.

I think it's so sad that we have to go from one drug to another to break free from addiction.

I'm touching wood as I type because I believe I've been one of the few that hasn't experienced any side effects. I've read everyones comments and mentally examined my past 5-6wks and the hardest thing I've had to face was waking up at 6am each morning as though I had had enough rest. Given that I love sleep and hate waking it really bites.

I hope I don't end up with side effects. I hope this works for me. I prey that I will be free from smoking forever more.

AND TO THOSE THAT ARE IN PURSUIT OF THE SAME HAPPINESS...I wish you well!
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replied May 31st, 2011
i'm also from australia and i found that champix was the worst thing i have ever added to my life. Yes it works as i stopped smoking for 3 weeks and i hated the smell on ciggies even the tought of them made me sick.
But after my fiances watched me drive my car across a highway at peak hour straight through a red light i decide it was time to stop taking them. but the long lasting side effects are so terrible i still have depression and anger problems i think everybody is out to get me i use to like going out now i can't as i'm paranoid my relationship is on the rocks due to my anger problems.i have to seek real medical help
and in the morning i will be showing this forum to my fiance so she can see that i'm not being myself as i have told her many of times
i often feel as thought i'm just a head with nobody and that i have to ask permission to move my other body parts
sounds mad but this all started happening after i stopped taking champix now 12 months on still side effects
PEOPLE DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG
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replied May 4th, 2011
Champix side effects
Interesting feedback from everyone; my experiences are similar to may of those I've read.

Starting with my ex who took Champix then after 3 weeks dumped me- we'd never argued, there was no explanation, just this cold person standing in front of me saying she didn't love me.

I myself took Champix to quit smoking; my side effects were insomnia, nausea, excess wind, hot sweats, memory loss. I found that taking Champix with food worked to combat the nausea and also taking the drug before 5pm helped with insomnia.

The scary aspects of the drug were that I no longer really cared about anyone or myself, I was taking risks that I would never normally take (as a motorbike rider) and constantly getting drunk, being late for work and as a result losing shifts because I was unreliable. After 20+ years of never being late I was late for at least one shift a week.

I cut back on Champix then stopped taking it about 2 weeks ago, most of the side effects have gone but my short term memory is shocking & I need it back, my ability to converse is restricted because I can't recall words... it's embarrassing and it upsets me as so much of my work revolves around being a public person. My colleague asked me today if I had a good weekend and I couldn't remember what I did- in fact I had no idea.

On the positive side I don't smell of cigarettes, I'm quite happily still single, I don't smoke and when my memory returns I'll hopefully get my confidence back.
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replied May 5th, 2011
Champix
I am a 45 year old happy parent and step parent in a loving relationship. I had been a heavy smoker for 25 years. I grew up in a smoking household. Nicotine replacement therapy had not worked for me. I used champix as suggested by my doctor and people who had had success with it. I seemed to have every side effect (nausea, nightmares, headaches, constipation etc) yet I persevered. I was able to stop smoking. I considered champix a miracle drug. THEN I had a completely out of character psychotic anger attack at my 18yr old step daughter and my partner. I am a social drinker and had been drinking at the time. The fall out within my family has been horrible. I stopped taking the drug 2 days later but still suffer moments of anxiety, depression, paranoia. insomnia etc. A doctor gave me some valium. Which I hated. I am still not smoking (6 weeks) but find it much harder without the champix. I do still consider this a miracle drug to give up smoking BUT be very very careful. This drug changed my personality. After reading these very helpful blogs I am a little afraid that side effects wont be going anywhere soon so will be seeing my doctor. I have spent my entire life as a strong, independant, happy, kind, well balanced and sane woman. This drug turned me into a screaming banshee. I think it is very very dangerous.

LG NSW Australia
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replied May 7th, 2011
Champix
I am disappointed that there are so many negative experiences. Has anyone out there completed the course and remained an ex-smoker without horrific side effects. I have just completed week 6 and have not smoked for 4 weeks, and apart from some nausea and tiredness, I feel absolutely fine and I feel that these are a small price to pay to be smoke-free. In particular I am now concerned about having a psychotic episode at some point in the future. Some reassurance please?

KM - UK
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replied May 8th, 2011
I quit in June last year, using Champix, with no side effects. Approximately 1 in 1,000 experience some sort of side effects, so I wouldn't worry too much, after six weeks, without problems, I would say that you are pretty well clear, so don't worry too much about something that hasn't happened yet. Congratulations on your four weeks.

Best wishes,

Mick
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replied February 20th, 2012
Champix Side Effects
I have been smoke free for 12 weeks now thanks to Champix.

People have a tendency to only share the bad experiences and not the good.

In approximately week 5 I did a little self medicating and cut the prescription in half to only one pill in the morning(mostly because I was tired and wanted to get some good sleep).

I experienced vivid dreams, insomnia and nausea. The nausea passed as the day continued on and I had to fight my cravings a little harder in the evening. BUT I MADE IT!!! I have no side effects now...NONE. I am a happy and very proud non smoker....any anger issues I had came from nicotine withdrawal...after all that is really what we are addicted to and withdrawal from any drug is difficult. I also know several other people who quit using Champix and would swear by it! No drug is for everyone but it works super for some!
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replied May 12th, 2011
I'm sorry to hear of the numerous cases of suicide that has been influenced by Champix. Pharmaceutical companies are dark, heartless businesses - they care only of making money. Champix is a perfect example of such.

I'm on day 7 of taking Champix and I have never felt so flat, depressed and withdrawn in all of my life. My housemate sent me a text message earlier today asking if I was OK as he'd noticed I hadn't really been outside of my room or interacting with anybody for 5 days.

Mentally I feel dazed and confused. I can barely keep my eyes open but I've barely slept in days. When I do manage to fall asleep, I have these extremely dark and bizzare dreams with themes of death and suicide.

After going through these posts I've decided to immediately stop taking these pills and throw them out. My psychological health and well being is so much more important to me than quitting smoking - at least I can still function productively, or atlweast I hope!

I have no idea how this medication got approval from authorities however something needs to be done URGENTLY about this drug. It should not be marketed at all and needs to be banned! BE WARNED! DO NOT TAKE IT!
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replied May 13th, 2011
After reading all of these horrific stories, I can only hope that anyone thinking of stopping smoking does it by reading the book called "The EasyWay to Stop Smoking" (written by Allen Carr). It's side effect free and hasn't killed one single person. It has a documented 75% success rate, whereas that champix-crap only has a 22% success rate (but that was the drug maker's study). The odds are much better The EasyWay, I'm tellin' ya.
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replied May 14th, 2011
Try this, clean your ashtrays and the smell of smoke from your house, (at night).

Then morning comes try and hold off as long as you can for that first cigarette. even if it is 5 minutes.
Try again the next day and day after etc.
Until eventuaally you get to an hour or 2. (You will notice if you have that cigarette in the morning, you will crave throughout the day, the longer you hold out on having it the more you will notice)
This is when you will start to feel the affects in your body, of cigarette smoking. It should make you feel lethargic and unenergetic. (first cigarette in the morning after an hour or 2)

When you get to this stage, or realise you are at this stage, you will then notice it will be more of a habit to break and not a neccessity.
The next part is to get something for your hands and something for your mouth. Chewing gum, mints (has to be something chewy, mint flavoured substances are better because they make cigarettes taste like crap) and probably stress balls (or something you can constantly move around in your hand or fingers). These are substituting the cigarettes.

Next is, how much determination you have and will power?
Excercise will help with mood swings and anxiety(withdrawal symptoms). It does not have to be anything fancy. Stretching can be a start.
Instead of stretching once in the morning when you wake,while you are waiting for your first cigarette, stretch twice. as you progress do a little more each day.

And then, you will find yourself feeling better about yourself ( after maybe a week or 2), a bit more energetic and have your own type of routine happening. The rest is entirely up to you. When you feel you can quit, try it, you may be surprised with the result.

Don't forget, slow and steady wins the race. Give time for your mind and body to adapt as well.

P.S. try this in 1 or 2 weeks and then progress from there. A little more excercise, a little longer to have a cigarette in the morning or how ever long you like.

I would rather try this way than to have any chance of having mid, long or permanent damage upstairs.

If you do try it, Good Luck!! If unsuccessful, excellant! try it again in a way it may be better for you. i would rather read unsuccessful stories this way rather than horror stories and tragedies and hospitals and things.
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replied May 15th, 2011
Champix
I have been on champix for about 9 weeks and about 2 weeks ago i kept getting dreams about dying in my sleep so much so that i could not go to sleep.I am a 32 year old guy who is healthy and works full time as a driver most off the time i dont know how i have got to places that i have driven to.I am very anrgy now the other day i launched a can of juice at a wall in the house and told my wife it was ment for her.I have been with my wife for 15 years and have never been like this i am quite hot-headed with others but my wife can always calm me down but the now she cant.I am on DIAZEPAM 3 times a day now and also STILNOCT at night to get to sleep i take like panic attacks alot now which i have never taken before and have been off CHAMPIX for over a week now and i also have mental health people coming out to see me this is a good way to stop smoking if you want a different life the way that Champix messes you up so be careful
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replied May 15th, 2011
I started taking champix in January. Fine for a few days then started being sick, deep crazy dreams (sometimes pornographic), very miserable and angry, shouted at the kids for the slightest thing, constipated, vomiting, nearly wetting the bed because sleep was so deep, coming down in the middle of the night and drinking half a bottle of wine without any recollection of it - in a nut shell, never felt so low and miserable in my life!!!

After 3 weeks of suffering with this drug I looked on this forum and realised that they were dangerous and made the decision to throw them away!!!

I have now been a non-smoker for 5 months (so the champix helped even for 3 weeks)!! However, my short term memory loss is horrendous. I ask my partner the same question in 5 minutes about 3 times and I was never like that!!
Not sure if the 3 weeks of champix taking helped me quit to the extent that I will never smoke again and yes I can say that as I know - I despise smoking and the smell, or the fact that I was so determined this time to quit the habit.

My advice is that they are a very dangerous, powerful drug and would never recommend anyone taking them!!!!
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replied May 15th, 2011
6 weeks I took them for, not 3 x
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replied May 16th, 2011
It certainly is an education reading this forum. It is good to get other peoples perspective on this. My husband used it and is an absolute convert to it, whereas I am not being quite so lucky. At one time if something I was taking was making me feel ill in any way he would have told me to stop taking it. Now with this he says I should get something to counteract the sickness etc. so really he is no help, he just can't see that anyone can fail with Champix. He doesn't even think it's a good idea for me to look at this forum in case I get any ideas!! As it is I am starting week 5 and still smoking, not as many as before, but still at it. I can usually avoid too much sickness but it's still there. Mentally I'm not exactly raving mad but I know I am more short-tempered than usual and thinking about the tablets all the time!!! Strange dreams now and then but nothing really odd and not suicidal or anything but I know I am down somewhat. Hopefully I will get there eventually and I will keep on looking here to see how everyone else gets on. Good luck to us all:))
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