Patch,Champix... explore your options / Champix vs. Zyban

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JacknopuffNov 16, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
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I tried Champix and had a bad reaction to it, the patches the same. I also have quit cold turkey. But with Zyban, there is no urge, or cravings. The only time I think about having a cigarette is when I have idle time, but I have found ways to keep myself buusy doing other things. Thanks to Zyban- it's a great medication that really works
NeedToQuit506Mar 19, 2017 @ 1:32 PM
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Meds vs NRT VS cold turkey...
i think imo that unless someone wants to quit  nothing and i mean nothing will help....right now i am on hour 18 no tobaccoo..i am using an e-cig and i also take  meds....combined they help,....the thing about the e-cig is if i ever slip up or relaspe at least i wont od on nictine ....so i belive that no matter which one someone choses will power will also play a factor

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GarageNov 15, 2016 @ 4:10 PM
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I am using chantix right now. Tried Zyban a few years back but I wasn't ready to quit. Been smoke free for 4 days, lightheaded and trouble sleeping but I get those when I try cold turkey. It has dramatically curbed cravings. Talk to your doctor. NRT did not work for me. Couldn't stand the taste, or the feeling of the patches. Best of luck
papabearAug 05, 2016 @ 9:10 AM
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My doctor also prescribed Zyban and only took it for three weeks because of the side effects, especially the nausea. I took it one week before the quit and two weeks after and it really helped me.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/1/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 217
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Amount Saved: $1,041.60
Life Gained:
Days: 47 Hrs: 8 Mins: 34 Seconds: 19

mbsmokerAug 04, 2016 @ 8:39 AM
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Hi. I tried both and both caused several side effects. I think I tried every aide out there and found cold turkey worked the best for me. Good luck with whatever you choose.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/17/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 231
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,003
Amount Saved: $2,162.16
Life Gained:
Days: 31 Hrs: 20 Mins: 19 Seconds: 52

MJ Closet SmokerJul 28, 2016 @ 8:46 AM
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My doctor prescribed Zyban.  I was a 1/2 pack per day smoker for 35 years!   I took as directed albeit 4 months after I got the prescription.  I don't think I would have been able to quit without it.  It took the edge off the cravings during those critical first few days and weeks.  The only side-effects I had were at the start:  very dry mouth and loss of appetite which promptly reversed itself later and I am now unhappily 10 pounds heavier :( 
So my experience was positive. 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/27/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 123
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,230
Amount Saved: $645.75
Life Gained:
Days: 16 Hrs: 23 Mins: 33 Seconds: 13

Jennifer, Quit CoachJul 23, 2016 @ 2:22 PM
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Good Afternoon websternorth,

Great question! As DaddyB wrote, lots of people have used Champix to help them quit without issues...however, because we are all unique and respond to medications differently it is best to discuss with your Doctor what option would be best for you....if not Champix there are lots of other options available these days!

If you do a search " champix" of SHO posts you'll see a variety of threads on the Champix/NRT subject...there is tons of experience here on the forums from all of our members!

Jennifer, Moderator

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DaddyBJul 23, 2016 @ 10:13 AM
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This is a tricky one for me to answer because I had a bad experience with Champix but it worked very well for the time I was on it. I didn't have a craving at all and it was very easy to walk away from smoking...until my personality changed. I'm the exception though and not the rule. Many people have used Champix successfully without any problem.
For me, all Zyban did was reduce my cravings to the point where I was smoking half of what I had been before taking it. I took it for 2 1/2 years without quitting, but I guess I wasn't ready to let go at that time. There were no side effects for me taking Zyban so it proved to be the safer option. 
I think they are both great tools to try, but either way, you have to be ready to do your part and make the commitment to quitting.
Best of luck with your quit Websternorth!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 7/24/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 0
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 0
Amount Saved: $0.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 1 Mins: 51 Seconds: 39

websternorthJul 22, 2016 @ 3:14 PM
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Which one has worked for you? I've heard worst stories with Champix, but I also know that its more commonly used. I am interested to hear what people think and if there are major differences, side effects etc.