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October 4th, 2009
I want to say i am sorry to everyone. I know what the drug is like as i too have been having problems. But nothing of which is on here so if anyone can relate to what i am about to say i would like to know. I have been smoke free for 6 months now. But my Champix experience was hell. The WHOLE time i was on the pills i was exhausted - i could not function. All i did was eat and sleep. I am tired all the time now and i am off the pills and have a hard time getting myself to do anything and i have always been a active person. But the next side effect is the one that scares me. I used to have a memory like a razor (very sharp), now i can not remember anything (short term). I struggle with this as it is a VERY DISTINCT change. Has anyone else suffered the same? I have been off the pills for awhile but can not come to terms with the what i have been left with. If anyone asked me how my quitting smoking was going i would say - quitting smoking is the easy part, it is the Champix that is the difficult part to deal with - Can't wait to get off the pills, i will never smoke again after putting myself through this hell. Maybe it is time to go to the doctor - just seeing if anyone out there is like me. I am truly sorry for evryone's loss.
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replied May 19th, 2011
Of all the posts on here.Yours is the same as mine.I used to smoke 40/60 a day for 25 years am now 46 years old(male)Am on week 6 of the tablets.
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replied May 19th, 2011
Update May 19, 2011
Hang in there - i do not know if you red the post below but it did get better for me. I have been smoke free now for over two years thanks to Champix. It was hell - no doubt, but i am still smoke free and will never touch a cigarette because i never want to go through all that again. I also do not want people to be discouraged, the drug works - I do have my memory and energy back. Life is just so much better now without cigarettes. I wish everyone the best on their journey.
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replied September 21st, 2011
No you are not alone,

I too have been very tired and more forgetful than ever... I am on day 7 and haven't quit smoking yet but I don't feel well mentally or physically...
I started on the blue pill not the white one... Am on the only one who did not get white ones?
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replied September 21st, 2011
winter
No you are not alone,

I too have been very tired and more forgetful than ever... I am on day 7 and haven't quit smoking yet but I don't feel well mentally or physically...
I started on the blue pill not the white one... Am on the only one who did not get white ones?
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replied July 4th, 2012
Hi, I have been on Champix before and I am currently on my 3rd pack/ 5th week.
The first time I took Champix was in August 2008, I experienced Kidney infections and immediately stopped taking the pills, I continued not smoking until the 6th week when life interferred and became very difficult. It was a few months later that I realised I couldn't remember 'Mile Stones' i.e. exact times, days and weights of my children!!
My kids ask if I remember certain events and I honestly believe they've made them up until I look at there expressions and realise they are upset because I don't remember it at all.

It's only now, after reading up on Champix side effects due to the amount I am currently experiencing, that I now understand where my brain and memory disappeared to! I always thought it was due to the turn my life had taken that I lost my memory - now I know better!

My partner has recently had a sore throat which I thought I'd caught but after reading the side effects last night I've realised that what I had, which was by far worse than what my partner had, was infact all side effects caused by Champix!

Currently I am experiencing:
migraines
Headaches (once the migraines have gone)
stomach bloating
constipation
flatulence
dizziness
Sleepiness
aggretion (normally I'm extremely placid)
mood swings (shouting then crying)
strong feelings of guilt(...?)
Self loathing
Extreme weight gain (1.5 st in 5 weeks/ I look 6 months pregnant!!)
Loss of appetite!
Dry mouth
Increased thirst
Viral throat infection
sinusitis
broncitis

There are more side effects too and the more I write them down the more I wonder why I took this mornings table!
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replied October 22nd, 2009
I too seem to be suffering from some of the more 'scary' side effects. I took it for two months then started just taking the pills occasionally when i felt tempted to have a cig. Big mistake. The last month or so (3 months after starting) I'm having some serious mental health issues. Paranoia, short short temper, Depression, Panic attacks and loss of memory. Any one of these would be bad enough but having combinations of all them is really scary (Paranoia and memory loss is really bad together).

I went to the docs today as I'm at the end of my tether and he told me coming off/taking random doses of champix/chantix is the most probable cause. I knew my head was getting messed up so i stopped taking the tabs two weeks ago, hoping it was champix causing it. Things have been absolute hell since then. For the last two days i've taken one tab a day at the same time of day. Now almost human. Doc has recommended i continue for at least a week or two at this dose and come off them very slowly. lowerin to half a tab a day for week or so, then half a tab every other day for another week.

I can totally see the logic in this (Wish I had earlier!). Champix messes with brain chemistry. Suddenly stopping is not going to give enough time for things to rebalance in your brain, resulting in problems.

I was getting really worried It was me just losing my mental facalties, but I'm actually getting some comfort knowing other people are experiencing similiar things and I know what kind of things to look out for in my own behaviour now and can hopefully try to prevent spiralling out of control. If you know someone taking champix please let them know of the possibilities of physcological problems so they are at least aware to watch out for danger signs like mood swings, withdrawal from people, short temper, anger.

Also remember it does seem to be a minority of people having these problems

I really feel for the poor people that didn't discover these potential problems until too late. So please pass it on, talk to your partner/friend/collegue taking champix and let them know about this, They maybe be suffering in silence.
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replied February 5th, 2012
Read Thoroughly
Taking Champix is the same as taking an anti-depressant. You can't just take it when you feel you need it and then stop suddenly. After reading many many posts on here I'm finding that more and more people are not correctly reading the information and doing their research before taking such a powerful medication.
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replied October 27th, 2009
I have been on champix for 4 days feek sick. have tried zyban but had symtons while on them that sound the same ! oh no !
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replied October 27th, 2009
champix?
did you get lots of energy while on champix
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replied October 29th, 2009
Hi, My husband has been on these for 5 days.. and over the last 24 hours has been really low and had a nasty streak... it could be work stressing him out, but my worry is that its these tablets. He is desperate to give up smoking, so I don't want to tell him to stop taking them if there a chance it will work, but I'm really worried now.. should He try thenm for one more day and see if he is any happier?
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replied October 30th, 2009
I took Chantix (I'd like to know how people spell this name wrong if they actually have a prescription?) for 6 weeks. The worse thing that happened to me was a stomach ache, which, unfortunately, happened every time I took the pill. That's why I stopped after 6 weeks but that pill took away my urge to smoke which continues today, 3 months later. I still have the 2nd prescription and I will take it again if I feel I need too. I read everything I could about taking this medication and was very hesitant to take it, after I talked to my doctor, I went for it. And I am so glad I did. I am sure other people react differently, but again, educate yourself first, talk to your doctor and then do what you need to do to stop smoking. It's VERY hard to stop but it can be done and I hope I can stay stopped!
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replied May 12th, 2011
It is marketed as Chantix in the US and Champix in Australia, Canada and the EU.
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replied November 4th, 2009
champix
hi i've tried everything to give up smoking in the past and never had a response to anything the way i had to champix. I was a bit unsure about taking this drug due to depression in the past and voiced these fears to my advisor at the time of recomendation. She said to me basically not to worry and it was more likely to cause the known side effects than set me back again. Within a few days of taking these i was back to the worst part of my depression! Constantly bursting in to tears intense paranoia couldn't sleep but then didn't want to wake up, lack of appetite plus several other things. I'm almost glad that i've been depressed in the past because there was no way i was going back there and got to my doctor straight away who told me to stop taking the pills. I'm now waiting for them to come out my system and hopefully stop me feeling this impending sense of doom that is continuing. But just for a warning to others considering this method of stopping smoking One day i was fine the next i was not it was as quick as that and as i said only after taking less than a week.

I think if you've had depression you should not be put on these tablets or reccomended them.

dom
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replied November 5th, 2009
Update to October 4, 2009 Posting
I wanted to say that i have posted earlier (Chapixhero- October 4, 2009) and i would like to say the following: my memory is back, i am running, riding horses and have all my energy back. I am happy, healthy and have been smoke free for 7 months now and will never go back to smoking. I never thought i would be able to quit smoking because i loved smoking so much but i did and i would also like to say I TRIED EVERYTHING, and this was the only thing that work for me. The experience was hell(always tired, and memory loss), but i am ok now and smoke free. So do your homework, talk to your doctor - Champix may work for you too!
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replied November 7th, 2009
Dear Charleston
Champix is spelled differently in Canada then the US due to the company making the drug. So no people can spell!! But who cares when your focus is on quitting smoking not whether you can spell the name of the drug correctly!!! My husband has been taking this drug going on his 3 months now. He quit smoking 5 days after starting champix and hasn't had the urge to smoke since. I am very proud of him and support him totally. I just worry about the effects of stopping this drug after the 12 weeks with no weaning. A co-worker of mine ended up very depressed and manic after stopping champix cold turkey. I have been reading up on the drug and will ensure my hubby weans off this drug to ensure full success in his goal of quitting smoking. Good luck to everyone with quitting smoking!!!
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replied November 12th, 2009
long time smoker wanting to quit
Hi,
Just reading all the side effects of Champix, was considering take it, but after ready all the effects it creates I'm very afraid I'm going cold turkey, bugger the drugs, definitely not going there
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replied November 13th, 2009
I have been on Champix now for 6 weeks, and have not smoked for 4 weeks, I can honestly say that the only side effects I have had are mild nausea and tiredness for about half an hour after taking a pill, extremely vivid dreams for the first 4 weeks, sleep pattern back to normal now, and bloatedness and wind. I WAS informed of the risk of depression and suicidal tendencies, but as I have never had a bout of depression in my life, I felt I had nothing to worry about. I posted this just to try to go some way to balancing out all the negative posts on this forum, so far it's working for me
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replied November 30th, 2009
champix and relationship breakup
Hi All,
My partner started taking champix and 3 days later he told me he didnt love me anymore and has left me, i am so sad i miss him so very much, we have a 2yo and a 6month old baby together but he really doesnt want to come back he says he doesnt know why. I do believe that champix has changed him and i am aware he's stopped taking it, does anyone have any idea of how long this drug takes to leave the system? I really hope that he starts to get back to normal and come home to the family that loves him, otherwise we had a normal relationship nothing else could have triggered him leaving...
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replied December 16th, 2009
Champix - loss, fury & thanks
My heart goes out to those of you that have suffered, directly and indirectly, as a result of champix. I was thinking about asking my doctor for the drug and decided to research the side effects first. Thank goodness I did - as an emotionally sensitive person with a history of depression, I believe I would be very vulnerable to the devastating side effects of Champix.

These pharmaceutical companies seemingly have too much power and I absolutely take the point that in clinical trials, so many people are eliminated due to underlying conditions that the sample isn't representative. Surely a more valid scientific trial would include people with physical and psychological illnesses/disorders (past and present), monitor them, compare them to the 'control' (no illness and taking champix) and draw conclusions based on a comprehensive sample. I doubt we'll ever see this done as it's not likely to turn up profit enhancing results for pfzer!

Again, I'm so sorry for your loss and would like to extend a sincere thanks to all that have taken the time to warn people about the potential effects of champix.
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replied December 22nd, 2009
I just found this site. I have never written to a forum before but i guess today is the day i start. I started Champix 3 weeks ago. I was a pack and half smoker for over 25 years. I have tried EVERYTHING. I am down to 6 smokes a day and plan to quit by the end of the 4th week. I have had no side effects as of yet and the best part is my family can still live with me, not like the other times i tried quitting when i was always a monster. I think some of the side effects people talk about just go hand in hand with the withdrawal. I do know for me using Champix has helped me cope with not going crazy while quitting. Thank you
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replied December 22nd, 2009
I really feel for the people here who have lost loved ones possibly due to the use of champix. (Yes Charleston, it's spelt this way in the UK!) I am absolutely confident that after reading this forum there is no doubt in my mind that there are certainly serious side effects to this drug. How on earth it was allowed into the market I don't know (apart from probable sinister financial reasons.)If anyone is contemplating using this drug while already suffering from ANY form of depression..please DON'T! I can't speak for those people who have suffered real loss with no previous history of any illness. For a year or two I have had a very mild depression after the loss of a business. This was, however, controlled by medication. At the same time I was prescribed champix by my GP! Within 3 days I was agitated and frustrated by the easiest of tasks.The next day I was upset by a guy who had pretended to be a veteran of the Falklands Campaign and even on the same boat as my old regiment, the Sir Galahad, that was attacked and ended in the loss of 32 good Welshmen of the Welsh Guards. Anyway, to cut a long story short I now see myself facing a Crown Court being charged with grievious bodily harm. I wish to point out that in my 46 years I have NEVER, EVER acted in this uncharacteristic manner. Only I know my own mind and am absolutely convinced that I would not be in this position if it were not for the combination of these two drugs. My doctor has since advised me that if I asked him for Champix now he would not prescribe it! Well, the horse has already bolted!!

There is simply too much evidence that there are serious implications involved in taking this drug!
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replied January 2nd, 2010
This is my second round of Champix treatment. I used it about two years ago and found it amazing: it was as if the desire to smoke was simply plucked from my mind! I was deeply impressed that a simple pill could eradicate a *single* unnatural behaviour in something as complex as a human brain!

Truly amazing. However: it was not just affecting one single behaviour. My appetite exploded upward. I put on about 1.5 - 2 stone in weight in a month. This was faster than my body could physically adapt to, and I had difficulty walking because the pain in my ankles and the bones of my feet was so great.

I had to force myself to start smoking again. It was really quite horrible, but soon I was back to a 'healthy' 20/day.

2010 was intended to be a good year for me, so I decided that I would quit again. I started Champix in something like 2nd or 3rd December, stopped smoking around the 17th or so. Again, it was marvellously easy. I accepted that I would probably get through Christmas with some challenge to diet/exercise, but was determined not to be very hard on myself. I limited the food and money I had available so that perhaps I would not turn into a vast porker again.

I am pleased to say that appetite has not appeared to be such a problem.

THE PARANOIA IS THE PROBLEM THIS TIME.

Don't believe me?

I became convinced that one of my former work colleagues (complication: I fancy her rotten and I am by nature quite a depressed softie) (such is life!) was a manipulative lying source of evil, a user who twisted the truth and people to her own ends. I spent about 10 days in virtual isolation beautifully constructing a paranoid fantasy where I analysed and picked over everything I knews about her to fit into this scheme.

Have a look at how the tone of writing changes. Have a look at how I blow up into a monster. Oh, and there have been emails. And there have been replies. And ......

And I've been blowing myself up and out of the water, absolutely convinced that I am correct.

I only realised this, this morning. I am still paranoid, I know -- but at least this time I'm blaming myself for the conspiracy against myself. So that's nice.

This stuff ... this Champix ... this is not, in my opinion, safe. I have had some brain problems generally - I'm a bit of a depressive, I have anger issues, confidence issues and problems with responsibility, but these have all been making very positive progress over the last six months. I'm 38 and I'm getting too old for that sort of thing.

Champix has appeared to unzip me completely. For the last few days, I have been utterly certain of what I have been thinking, feeling and doing.

That's not right. It's not me. Never has been. I've always been a moody guy. I'll blow up. Then I'll cool down, feel like an idiot. Such is life.

BUT tumbling into a paranoid grandiose personality state? A cross between King Kong, Rasputin and Sigmund Freud? AND STAYING THERE FOR A WEEK WHILE I CAREFULLY TAKE APART ALL THE GOOD THINGS IN MY LIFE?!

No. I have been a liar. I have been a loser.

But to be this dumb, I'm sorry, you need drugs.

/any idea where we go from here? The world consists of raspberries.

//good luck everyone. This stuff is scary.
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replied January 4th, 2010
I am horrified by what I am reading and my heart goes out to the families that have suffered loss through this medication.
I also went on champix after being a smoker for 33 years, I found that my second day on the medication made me feel squirmy in the stomach and my head started to feel slightly strange.
Desperate to give up smoking I continue on the medication, by the 5 day I wanted to vomit at the thought of taking the medication but continued on.
Within the first week I found I was having nightmares and waking in a sweat, my headache continued and by the end of the second week I had 2 very bright flashes of light that seemed to come from behind my right eye, I felt as if the right side of my body was going numb and this lasted for several second but seemed ages.
This experience scared me so much that I went off the medication immediantly, though I ceased smoking almost 5 months ago I still feel as if everything is not right.
My headaches have turned into migranes which I never suffered before taking this medication. I honestly recommend that anybody that chooses to take this medication be very careful and make sure you have someone monitor you to see if they notice any psychological change that you may not.
I think "Champix" is a very scarey and dangerous medication.
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replied January 13th, 2010
In trying once again to give up smoking, google brought me to this site and I am shocked, and also a little relieved to find a possible explanation of why my life has changed so dramatically. I started taking Champix in January 2008 and initially found the drug to be hugely effective, after a week the need for a cigarette had all but gone and after about day 10 stopped smoking completely. The only side effect I noticed in the early weeks were very vivid dreams and the "sweats" while sleeping. I continued taking the drug with fantastic results (in terms of smoking) well into the third month. Although I didn't draw a link at this time, I recognise so many of the symptoms described here such as: paranoia - which has led to a marriage break up, short temper, lethargy, awful memory and most worryingly a lack of self confidence. Additionally a combination of all of the above has triggered alopecia which further compounds the awful way I feel. It is now 2 years since starting taking Champix and I still experience the same symptoms, perhaps not as often but I cant really be sure. Oh and I smoke again!!!!
I would be interested in hearing how people have dealt with this and whether anyone has been successfully treated.
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replied January 27th, 2010
DO NOT TAKE IF U HAVE OR PREVIOUSLY HAD DEPRESSION
skirbo - Do not take Champix if you have depression I have been taking champix for 3 weeks now as of today I will no longer I get constant nausea my appetite is gone I cant sleep and Im getting paranoid about my partner Last night I was crying and so upset when I was younger I had suicidal thoughts I haven�t had those in 4 years and last night I really felt worthless and wanted it all to end I RECOMMENED IF YOU HAVE DEPRESSION OR HAVE HAD IT DO NOT TAKE CHAMPIX!!!!!!!!!!
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replied January 30th, 2010
DO NOT START USING CHAMPIX....
Hi, I have been taking Champix for just over a week now and I have been finding myself extremely irritated and stressed out over nothing. The day after taking the higher dose (day 8 I think) I woke up with a terrible migraine, was sick to my stomach, and have stayed in bed for almost the whole 3 days. This is the fourth day and woke up feeling better (should after sleeping for 12 hours)and my husband and I decided we should write down how I am feeling each hour after taking the first dose today. At first I rated my mood as 8/10 and physically 8/10, within the first hour I rated my mood at a 5/10 and I feel like I want to break down and cry. A headache is beginning and I am so tired I can barely stay awake. My quit date is only two days away, so I don't want to stop/switch, but I just don't don't know if I can handle this anymore. I even had to leave work all three days early!
I am now going on my 2nd hour and my mood is the same if not 1 point lower....I hate that I/we have to go through crap like this...if only I knew 20 years ago what I know now about smoking!!!

I have used Zyban (twice) in the past which worked and had few side effects. The side effects I had were the crazy dreams and extremely sexual(my husband did not complain about this one), other than those I seemed to be fine mood wise.
I plan to swicth and start taking the Zyban again instead of these Champix pills which make me feel like I am going crazy!
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