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March 1st, 2010
Not worth the stomach cramps.
I had a similar bad experience. After taking Chantix as prescribed for 2 weeks I got miserably sick. I was nauseated, vomiting, terrible stomach pain. I thought I was having a heart attack. One day I stopped taking it. The next morning I couldn't stop weeping. I was doubled over in pain and finally called 911. At the hospital they sedated me for about 5 hours then sent me home.

That was a week ago. I still have stomach pain but not nearly as bad. I snapped at my wife over the weekend which never do.

I was thinking of trying Zyban. But I don't know if the same reaction will happen.
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replied May 1st, 2010
I quit once using Chantix and had only one negative symptom, abdominal burning after taking the pill. So, this time, I drink plenty of water but now I''m having really bad abdominal bloating and dulled emotions and I''m only in week two!I''m afraid to take the pill any more. I am smoke free for 4 days and I hope this is enough. Zyban worked better but I had a seizure while on it so can not tryit ever again.
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replied May 14th, 2010
reccomend
Zyban is exactly like welbutrin an anti-depressant. If Chantix is making you depressed you should definately try Zyban. I was on it for depression and it cut my smoking urges down, but not enough to quit. It's definately all about the will of the person wanting to quit! As far as chantix, I have been taking it for 12 days now. Still smoking a few cigarettes here and there, usually mid day between my two pills when the urge kicks in. I do get nauseated everytime I take the pill even if I do eat. My brain feels a bit foggy but I blame that on the fatigue. I haven't had insomnia, but it does seem like it's really hard to get up in the mornings. I usually take my PM pill around 10PM. So I dont' know if it's the difference for some ppl who have experienced the insomnia. My body feels weak and I don't feel like doing anything at all, just sitting on the couch. Maybe the cause is depression a little bit, but it's nothing I cant overcome on my own. Just get up and do something. As far as stomach pains and joint pains, I haven't had anything out of the norm. I have noticed though that my bowel movements have changed and if you don't drink enough water you will get constipated. I do recommend chantix, for it definately makes you want to barf after smoking half a cigarette! I think I can deal with a few side affects for a few months in order to live for a few extra years!
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replied May 15th, 2010
I took Champix in March of '08 and I am still suffering from most of the side effects of this poisonous drug. To name a few Psychosis NOS, Major Depressive Disorder, suicidal, Emotional instability, agression, rage, Somatoform Disorder, Delusional Parasitosis (bug crawling sensations all over my body), Hyperacusis (sensitivity to certain frequencies of sound causing severe pain and pressure in my ears), Severe Insomnia, Memory Loss, Hair was constantly hurting all of the time and lost lots of it (27 year old male), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (started as extreme constipation and farting, fatigue, Severe Eye pain, unslightly puffy bags under eyes, weight gain, prostate pain, black out and become out of control when drinking, gingivitis, decreased sexual pleasure and ability to maintain erections. I think that is everything!!! I just got out of the mental ward a few weeks ago where I was treated like scum and given brain damaging neuroleptic (anti-psychotic) drugs against my will. I have made some small improvements since taking champix but it looks like the nightmare will never truly end. If you are one of the many that gets burned by this medication be warned that the doctors will probably not be able to help you and will most likely deny that anything is even happening to you or that it is related to Champix and the side effects may be permanent. I just got out of the mental hospital where I was treated like scum and given brain damaging neuroleptic drugs against my will which caused me to have trouble breathing amongst other things. It seems as though my Champix nightmare will never end!

YOU'VE BEEN WARNED

please spread the word. If you have already taken Champix please report any side effects to Health Canada so that they will take this poison of the market before it destroys more lives. Doctors are not obligated to report adverse reactions so you must do it yourself.
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replied May 25th, 2010
Chantix not really having any effect on me
I read a lot of postings that people wrote about their experiences with Chantix. A majority of them said that it worked like a charm, while others reported side effects such as nausea and bad dreams. Because of this, I had a lot of expectations (as well as anxiety) before taking this pill. However, to my surprise, here I am in my 4th week and I have not experienced any effects at all---good or bad. I've been following the instructions and even stopped smoking on the 8th day. It's coming up to 2 weeks now, and although I have not smoked, I can't really give Chantix all the credit because my desire to smoke is still very strong. In any case, I just wanted to report that, although I may be in the minority, the effects of Chantix have been extremely minimal for me to date.
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replied May 30th, 2010
well, i said in my post on page 5 that there would be a lawsuits filed on this drug and sure enough, about a week ago i saw the 'if u or a loved one has experienced suicidal thoughts, severe depression, or has died while taking chantix pls call this nbr' tv ad....i hope pfizer pays dearly

I started Nicotrol march 7, 2007 and have not had the 1st craving for a cigarette yet...i'm off the nicotrol now (i smoked for 31 years 2 sometimes 3 packs a day) so i allowed myself 3 '12-week' boxes that lasted me nearly 3 years..it's that good...i'm happy to say i am ineligible for monetary compensation due to any 'psychosis'
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replied June 6th, 2010
Read the side effects and warning label!
I took Chantix for 18 days and had to stop due to the SEVERE agitation/irritability/depression it caused. I have been off of it for 5 days now, and am just starting to feel a little better. As for not smoking, it is very beneficial, and even though I only took it for such a short time, I'm still smoke-free. Yeah there were some vivid dreams, but who's to say i wouldn't have had them anyway? I slept really good on Chantix, as well- and haven't had a good night sleep since stopping it. I advise anyone who decides to take it to talk with family members first, so that someone is aware of mood changes should you have some. If my husband hadn't confronted me when he did, I may have very well been a suicide statistic. There are Chantix attorneys now for all of the completed suicides, so PLEASE read the warning labels and side effects. Good luck!
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replied October 29th, 2010
2.5 years and smoke free...but...
I used Chantix back in May of 2008 to quit, and I did. Smoke free for almost 2.5 years after smoking a pack a day for 26 years. I am a believer in the product, but wonder at what cost? I have some serious issues going on, and the doctors can't seem to find anything wrong with me...healthy as a horse.

1. I really suffer from lack of patience anymore. Little things, stupid things, just get me angry. Road rage is terrible, even when someone simply doesn't use a turn signal.

2. Constant headaches...although minor, are really annoying. Doctor says it's stress, which I have never had in 39 years prior to Chantix. I can't even have more than a few beers and I have a migraine for days.

3. Constant dizziness. I always feel like my head is slightly spinning, or light headed. I can't remember anything short term and get distracted so easily. I always seem to be in a daze if I'm not truly focused.

I am just wondering if anyone else is having these same symptoms?

over 2 years and this is still happening...I just wonder what the really long term affect is going to be.
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replied December 6th, 2010
The side effects are better than coughing out lung chunks!
I think Chantix is a wonder drug! Obviously everyone's body will react differently but I think that overall, way more people will be helped than hurt! It drives me crazy when people complain about it. I suspect the side effects if you don't quit smoking and start coughing out your lungs chunk by chunk will be a lot worse!

I am on my second time w/ the drug. I quit successfully for 2 years but unfortunately had a cigarette at a party one night and it was all over. I guarantee I will never make that mistake again!

I have gotten things down pretty good. Yes, there is nausea, weird dreams, digestive issues, depression and fatigue at times, sore teeth. But, I have also figured out that by sipping water all day long, a lot of the digestive and definitely the nausea is gone. I also know that after I have taken the meds full strenth for 1 month and feel confident, I can drop to one pill a day, taken in the AM and that alleviates the dreaming and fatigue issues.

The very best part? I feel so free. Several times a day, I feel so grateful to be free. It isn't something one can understand until they reach this point, but WOW. Its crazy how differently I can look at smoking once I have gotten to this point. It is so completely worth it. You don't notice how much you have to alter your life, until you don't have to alter it any more. I also feel so healthy. I am not dieting or running or anything, but just by not smoking I feel so good about myself. It's bizarre but I love it!
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replied January 15th, 2011
It's all about the attitude/ Chantix
To start, remember all drugs have some side effects and some people just cant take certain drugs, so be careful about not taking something that might make you fill a little bad or weird for awhile, these effects do pass most of time. If by some chance you are one of the few who have threatening effects stay in close contact with Dr. and do as they say. I had smoked for 30 plus years. Tried everything at one time or another and just could not quit. So I researched Chantix and tried it. I have been smoke free for over 3 months, with limited side effects. My worst side effect was when I stopped after 3 months of taking the medication. I had a lot of gas, and heartburn that would run into my chest, I thought I was having heart attack yesterday, but talked my way through it and am here today writing this comment. I started chantix October 18th, stopped smoking the 25th of October 2010. I finished 3 months of the chantix 11th of January 2011. So been off medication for 3 days now. The only thing I noticed was the very vivid dreams, it was like each night someone would put in a new movie and I was usually the star of the dream, it was cool, even the bad ones. So it does work of you have a true desire to stop and are willing to go through a little hell now, remember living on a ventilator later in years is a very miserable life to live, you decide, it's your lungs.

First week, kept smoking and noticed by day three did not have the urge to smoke as much and they tasted a little nasty. By the end of week was smoking a cigarette and a half.
Second week stopped on eighth day my quit date. I have had sleep problems for years so did not make much of change for my sleep habits. The dreams became more vivid and they were pretty cool, I like to dream. Appetite picked up a little at end of second week and first of third week. I have always watched my weight and am small, so after gaining 10 pounds I felt like a beached whale. See when you quit smoking your metabolism is cut in half, so even if you eat the same amount as you did you will gain a few pounds. I started walking on tread mill a couple miles a day to strengthen my heart and help lungs begin the healing stage. Fell better got my my weight back to starting weight.

Bottom line is if you want it bad enough this is the drug to help you. Second, keep tight with Dr. and third deal with the side effects on your own unless they are life threatening. Most important is remember it is all about attitude and the end results. You will feel better, smell better, taste better and by all accounts look better. I can find no reason not to use this drug unless your in the 1 percentile that cant take it for other medical reasons . Also don't read to much about all the bad things, that could make you miss a chance of a life time. Good quitting and be blessed.
Kid Fish
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replied January 18th, 2011
Chantix and Nausea
If you haven't tried a parsley supplement while taking chantix, give it a try! I almost gave up on chantix because the nausea was soo bad. Now I take 860mg parsley capsules along with chantix and No more nausea. I originally bought the parsley to aid with water weight gain and just happen to take both the capsules and the chantix at the same time one morning. This is a miracle to me and I'm so happy I found this. Good Luck!
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replied January 19th, 2011
Re: Chantix
Hi,
I am newbie of this site.All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Chantix:
Constipation; gas; headache; increased appetite; nausea; stomach upset; strange dreams; taste changes; vomiting.
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replied March 6th, 2011
Nasty Stuff
The issues with Chantix are not while you are on it...it is after you come off of it. Took it for 2 months and have been smoke free for 8 weeks today. Now I am easily aggitated, argumentative, and angry. That is NOT me. I am usually just the opposite (very social and happy). This drug is very dangerous folks..don't be fooled. If it weren't for all the left wing "anti-smoking" fools driving smokers out of public viewing and the states driving up cigarette taxes, we wouldn't need to worry about these drugs. Find another way..please.
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replied March 8th, 2011
Husband no longer needed after Chantix
My wife started Chantix on January 10th of 2011 and stopped Chantix on February 16. She was constantly angry and extremely disconnected from me. We have only been intimate once from the usual twice a week. She has not touched me before or after since Chantix. I have no idea who this woman is, whom I have known for over 15 years. She stopped talking to most of her friends except a newer friend. She spends most of her time with her, and is shocked by my "who are you?" and "What happend to you?" questions.
We did not have a perfect marriage like others say, yes we fought but never were mad more than a few days no matter how dumb we acted. After the 2nd day she acts if I don't exist, so many little mannerisms of hers have changed I do not know who she is. Today is the first day we have not fought but I can clearly see how this poison has changed her.
I can recommend this product to any woman who clearly wants to push away her husband, emotionally and physically. This drug is the best "get out of love immediately" drug. She forgets things regularly, short term things that have happened since she started taking this crap. I would not be shocked if she started to write with her left hand while spewing green vomit, she has a possessed look on her face.
Ladies--if you want to move on and replace your husband this stuff will eliminate all feelings of love, tenderness, intimacy and yes sex. The one time in 6 weeks we had sexual intercourse I did not recognize her actions and it was terrible. I want my wife back please but I will tell you a week off this stuff did nothing so far.
She is easily agitated, angry, prone to fight and now I am the one who wants to smoke. Major mood changes are a norm. What sucks is its gets no better after stopping this crap.
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replied April 26th, 2011
I have been and still on Chantix with no side effects except for the great attitude, the great nights of sleep and occasional dreams in which my wife finds very funny.After 30 years of smoking and after the third day of taking Chantix, I have not picked up another cigarette or wanted one. As far as the side effects that people talk about or our going through, not everyone will feel the same side effects. I can say for myself I have not had any negative side effects only positve.
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replied May 20th, 2011
Harder than I thought
Everything was going great for about two months. No smoking and no desire to. Then I forgot to take them for a day. Then I thought I didn't need them any more. Then I realized a few days later that I had a raging desire to smoke again. I started the Chantix back up and made it through without smoking. But I feel like because I messed up the regimen a month ago some seed was planted and I am always thinking about smoking now. I have cheated and smoked while on the medication. I just got my 4th month filled and am wondering if I just need to stop the pills and start fresh in couple months or something.
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replied November 24th, 2011
Champix is Evil
stuff sucks, makes me angry and depressed, have feelings of heart pounding and pain, can't sleep without all the retarded dreams, feel totally drained and frusteraded, no appetite,no sex life, and it's only week 2, still smoke like a chimney now i'm more miserable smoking than before, champix is getting flushed down the toilet as we speek, have become evil and no patience...do not recommend it to anyone.
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replied November 24th, 2011
Champix is Evil
stuff sucks, makes me angry and depressed, have feelings of heart pounding and pain in my chest, can't sleep without all the retarded dreams, feel totally drained and frusteraded, no appetite,no sex life, and it's only week 2, still smoke like a chimney now i'm more miserable smoking than before, champix is getting flushed down the toilet as we speek, I have become evil and have no patience...I do not recommend it to anyone!
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replied January 24th, 2012
Re: Champix is Evil
This is a truly dangerous drug...

A year ago I decided to try Chantix to quit smoking. I had never had any mental issues in my life and had always worked very successfully in a management position. I was retired and very happy with my life. Within weeks of starting Chantix I noticed I had more energy, became very euphoric, took on multiple new projects, started taking foreign language lessons, cleaned and organized my house from top to bottom and was on the go from morning till night. I thought it was all due to being ecstatic over quitting smoking and using all my free time from it more effectively. I started staying up later and later, drinking gradually more and more, and posting on internet sites about crazy ideas until I was banned from them. I started telling complete strangers in stores that I had a special kind of luck and that if they told me what their biggest dream was, that I had the power to make it come true. People actually wrote down their wishes on pieces of paper and handed them over to me.

The euphoria turned into obsessions. I was shopping all the time, buying things I didn't need in quantity. Watching TV all night and ordering more products and time share vacations. I stopped paying my bills and wrote bad checks all over town. I borrowed money from friends and family to the tune of several thousand dollars.

One night I went to the store with my dogs and when I got in the car to come home, I realized that I had no idea where I lived. It was very cold and I got scared so I turned into the entrance of a big fancy resort in my town and checked in. I just handed over a pile of cash from a check I had cashed and went to my room. I was in a daze. I ordered room service and of all things, a pack of cigarettes. It wasn't until much later that I took the dogs out to pee and a security guard came over that I confessed to her that I was losing my memory. She took me back to my room and helped me sort things out.

The next day I figured out how to get to a friend's house and they took me home. It was about to get worse. The following night I woke up at 4AM and had no idea of where I was, I totally cracked up. I had the feeling that the world had ended and I was the only one left alive. My grandfather clock was stopped since I hadn't wound it and I was convinced that ten past three was when the world had stopped. I got in my car in my pajamas and robe with my dogs and drove to another friend's house. I could see other cars and people but I thought it was an illusion. No one was home and I got lost trying to get back to my house, drove my car up an old ranch road, came to a barb wire fence and tried to drive through it. That didn't work, so I left the car and my purse and started out on foot with the dogs. A woman picked me up when she found me walking down the middle of a road with the dogs running loose. We finally found my house and she dropped me off.

Apparently I called another friend saying I needed help and she drove to my house and found me catatonic sitting in my living room. Next thing I remember is being admitted to the psychiatric ward of the hospital. For a week I was totally out to lunch, even tried to escape, thought I was being locked up for life and terrified. I pleaded with friends to take me home to no avail.

At last I was allowed to leave heavily drugged with the friend who had taken me there, who had also taken my dogs in. I spent the next week with her and back and forth to doctor's visits until they figured out it was the Chantix. Finally I got to go home only to sink into the worst depression of my life. I dreamed of committing suicide constantly, even kept a bottle of sleeping pills in my bedside drawer. Only the dogs kept me alive along with a wonderful psychiatrist who kept adjusting my meds for weeks until I started climbing out of the dark hole.

Even now, things aren't back to normal. I seem to have lost my passion for life as it was before. All the stories about my misfortune flew around this small town like wildfire and I have noticed a definite ostracism from a number of people. My credit was ruined, I lost my house and it took months to regain my family's faith in me. I just hope my story shares how dangerous this drug can be. It is insidious and you have no idea how far out of control your life is spinning. I am lucky to be alive.
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replied February 11th, 2012
I did not bother to read the side effects,I have had terribly vivid dreams,wake up once a night for no apparent reason - those side effects I could handle,the last two weeks however have been an emotional roller coaster for me - I am anxious all the time and I cry constantly,while I am at gym,in my car everywhere - my parents are very worried.I am now taking a homeopathic stress and anxiety tablet to see whether that will counteract my foul mood.I am going to give it a bash for another week if I still feel this way I will have to stop the medication.hopefully it will be enough to help me not to smoke because for all that Champix is it has helped me to successfully quit smoking thus far!!
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