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Champix for over 3 years, effects of long-term use?

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I've been using Champix for over 3 years now. What are the effects of long-term use?

I've seen the dangerous side effects on YouTube, which I encounter from time to time, but nothing violent. I don't consider suicide, as the thought of self-termination - and the severe adverse emotional and psychological effects it would place on my children - are just too much to contemplate. I think its the loss of ambition, loss of self-confidence, loss of self-worth, loss of pride (ego), loss of memory (short term), loss of ability to tolerate minor infringement of order, marital breakdown, feelings of abandonment and utter emptiness - amongst other depressive thoughts, dreams and nightmares - that have gotten me thinking as whether or not I chose the right treatment.

My conundrum is do I quit the Champix and go back to smoking and die early or continue and put up with the side effects?

Damned if I do, damned if I don't.


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replied April 21st, 2011
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Hello.

I am sure you can get a list of the side effects of Champix from a good and authentic source. The pressing issue is probably the choice. And when you choose an option, you do it to achieve certain goals. If putting up with the side effects helps you achieve your goals, then it's a rational approach. However, if avoiding side effects is the goal, then the choice is obvious. But in the second case, you must be prepared for the effects of smoking.

The side effects differ from person to person. There is no fool proof way of telling how many side effects you will get. The question you can ask here is "Am I willing to risk good health for the fear of side effects which may not be so bad". In effect, what you are doing here, then, is weighing the risks against the benefits. The risk associated with smoking and the benefits of taking Champix.

In short, if you have a clearly specified health goal for yourself, the choice will not be that difficult to make. Hope this helps.

I wish you good health.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD


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replied April 23rd, 2011
Abhijeet

All sources I have been able to locate: local prescribing doctor; medical pamphlets, websites, etc. are all about the immediate side effects. A normal course of this medication (Champix/Chantix) are for about 3-4 months. I am well past 10 times the normal course. My question is more about extended or long term use.

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replied April 28th, 2011
Hello Abhijeet. What the heck are you doing, still being on that stuff after 3 yrs?!?! You won't have the physical cravings anymore (of course) and you should have conquered the mental cravings a very long time ago. Apparently, this is not the method of stopping smoking that will work for you long-term. Get that "Easyway to Stop Smoking" book by Allen Carr and stop smoking without drugs, without risk, without weight gain and without mood swings - and start weaning off that chantix stuff asap. I can't believe a dr would keep prescribing that stuff this long.
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replied May 8th, 2011
Your doctor is still prescribing it? You should be off it. PERIOD. There are no long term studies about long term use. It wasnt intended for long term use and your doctor should lose his license for continuing to give you scripts for it.... and by now its NOT doing anything for you anyway. Its a nicotine receptor blocking agent. IF you arent smoking or using nicotine you are wasting your money and endangering your health.
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replied May 16th, 2011
You're risking your life, or the quality of your life, if you take this stuff. It can give suicidal thoughts, as well as make a person angry and volatile. For only a crappy 22% chance of success, it's just not worth it.

Try laser, try hypnosis, try "The EasyWay to Stop Smoking" by Allen Carr - do ANYTHING but take this stuff. seriously.

Besides, you quit smoking already - so why would you even bother taking it? If you're worried about the 'mental' effects of smoking and are worried you'll go back to it, read "The EasyWay" and it will disabuse you of any of those notions. The hard part for you is over, so I can't figure out why you'd still be taking it - aside from having an idiot doctor.
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replied April 28th, 2011
@heartlight

I'm endeavouring to quit, albeit rather unsuccessfully thus far. I stopped the drug after getting the stooopid response from Dr Abhijeet. Obviously no one knows what the long term side effects are.

Insofar as the immediate effects, I was certainly receiving many of those, but then whilst on the drug my smoking dropped from 40/day to about 5/day. Now I'm back to 20/day. Over the years I've tried every patch, gum, inhaler, hypno treatment and whatever to get off them -- each with its own limited success, but none quite successful.

Since the timings of smoking were usually about 8-10 hours after taking a tablet, I asked the doc about increasing the frequency. Since I am a big man (100kg), I figured the standard one-size-fits-all dosage approach was probably too little for me to be effective. Unfortunately, there is no information or guidelines available to the doc about adjusting dosages to suit individuals. So we kept on with the treatment.

So I guess the only thing that will definitely work is death. Sad
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replied May 2nd, 2011
Okay, rather than dying, do this instead: Get to your nearest bookstore asap, buy a book called "The EasyWay to Stop Smoking" by Mr Allen Carr, and free yourself. Seriously, get the book. It costs $16 and will save your life, and I think you're worth it.

Keep us updated.
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replied May 29th, 2011
Getting off Champix (Chantix)
Do yourself a favour and find a GOOD hypnotherapist.... In my Toronto Clinic I routinely help people who have tried everything and failed. The cravings are mostly psychological, an the drugs really don't do a good job for most people.... long term studies (over 1 year and there aren't many long term studies because these don't help the drug companies market) on Champix show success rates on a par with cold turkey.

Good Luck.

Barry Moore, MNLP, CH
Smoking Cessation Specialist
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