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Vix1976Sep 19, 2017 @ 10:11 PM
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Agreed smober some of the dreams are pretty awesome. Not all of them for me but it's been entertaining. Fought kiefer surtherland in my childhood best friends kitchen lol Happy smoke free day to everyone!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 7
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 105
Amount Saved: $75.60
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 15 Mins: 44 Seconds: 49

Smobered UpSep 19, 2017 @ 5:20 PM
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Hey Doyle....
Left a response on your other thread.......sending strong vibes of strength to get you through this day.   Tomorrow is day one of the rest of your smoke free life.  
 
I used to  like my Champix dreams. LOL  They were Dolby sound, technicolor and psychedelic in a good way.......I was lucky because some people have unpleasant dreams.  I have never dreamed that I was smoking though.......that is a good thing. 
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 339
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,475
Amount Saved: $3,813.75
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 4 Mins: 38 Seconds: 3

The buck stops HERE!

DoyleSep 19, 2017 @ 4:07 PM
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I am about half way through my Champix treatment and still have the occasional cigarette.  I picked a date, but didn't manage to quit entirely.  I'm discouraged.  I went 9 days without smoking but picked up again.  I am hoping to pick today as my quit day.  I bought a pack, smoked 5 and threw the pack in the dumpster.  The side effects of Champix aren't bad - mostly bad dreams.  I hope to find the strength and courage to get rid of the darn nicotine.
Smobered UpSep 19, 2017 @ 9:57 AM
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Hi TomF1
 
It sounds like Champix is starting to do what it's designed to do.  I'm happy that your smokes are starting to taste icky.....you'll smoke less on the way to your quit date. LOL.  Also, you are among the many who have the same experience.  
 
The nausea and thirst are minor side affects that should dissipate in time.  
Are you taking the pills with food?   It may help.......and can't hurt if you take it after a meal.  
 
Here is a link with everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Champix.  It is an objective and good synopsis for the drug.
 
https://www.quitnow.ca/quitting/medications/nicotine-varenicline
 
I hope the mods leave it there for two reasons.
1.It will refresh your memory about the med.
2. It will give some good info about Champix to those who are browsing and reading these threads and are not yet committed to a quit aid.   Win/Win.....
 
Thanks for sharing your journey......you never know who you are helping, but for sure you're helping somebody.
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up.
 
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety
 
 
 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 339
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,475
Amount Saved: $3,813.75
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 3 Mins: 43 Seconds: 6

The buck stops HERE!

TomF1Sep 19, 2017 @ 12:32 AM
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2nd day at the full dose, and not smoking as much. Maybe it's the taste, but maybe less Cravings. Food tastes bad, but maybe that's the nausea. And I'm thirsty. Still counting down too quit Saturday.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -3
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -75
Amount Saved: $-36.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -47930

Just For Today

Nadia, Quit CoachSep 18, 2017 @ 4:36 PM
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Hi everyone,

Great insight from all of you, it's absolutely true... both medications/NRT along with the will and your hardwork is what makes you succeed... it's a journey and it's one day at a time... 

Vix 1976, remember we are all here to support you (SHL community is the best)! 
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Vix1976Sep 18, 2017 @ 12:15 AM
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Hi tom and smober I don't remember what day they started tasting bad but yup they sure did. Was gonna push up my date but was quitting with a friend. And couldn't agree with smober more. Champix helps a ton but it's your will not to smoke that gets you there. You've got this tom and we're here for you!! We can all do this!!!!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $54.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 11 Mins: 7 Seconds: 38

Smobered UpSep 17, 2017 @ 2:51 PM
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Hi TomF1.
You are counting on Champix working but it is your will that will make it so.  You are going to be fine Tom......you are treating the drug with respect and monitoring your response to it. That kind of wisdom isn't in everyone's purview.
 
It sounds like you really want this so when you succeed, you must give yourself the credit,........not the Champix........Champix is only the tool...... you wield the power.   Kinda like THOR and his hammer. LOL
 
I'd be interested to know if your cigarettes  have started to taste different.  I found that by the 4th day of the full dose, my cigarettes really tasted bad. Camel dung is the best word I can use to describe it.  Not that I've tasted camel dung but the aftertaste was so brutal that I would need to neutralize it with  half a dozen Tic Tacs.  It was so bad, that I started my quit 2 days earlier.  LOL
 
If there is anyone else reading this thread.....could you chime in if your cigarettes started to taste icky.  I'm curious to see if others have had similar reactions.
 
Your quitter pal
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.  
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 337
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,425
Amount Saved: $3,791.25
Life Gained:
Days: 41 Hrs: 22 Mins: 22 Seconds: 7

The buck stops HERE!

TomF1Sep 16, 2017 @ 10:51 PM
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Thank you for your input, I'm counting on this working, tried every thing else. I e gone 7 days with Champix at the low dose. A little worried about the higher dose but going to it tomorrow. Then my quit date is next weekend. Love reading the success stories. Very encouraging.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -125
Amount Saved: $-60.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -78560

Just For Today

Jennifer, Quit CoachSep 16, 2017 @ 10:08 PM
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Good Evening Smobered Up,

Great to see you here on SHO!

Thanks for thinking of all those new members who are starting their journey with Champix. It's members like you who have experience and quit wisdom that show others it can be done!

Hope we'll see you posting again soon!


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Smobered UpSep 16, 2017 @ 11:34 AM
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Hi Y'all.......I tried to resurrect my old thread but was unable.  Instead, I have decided to copy and paste posts that are relevant to more recent members and posts.  I am a veteran of Champix and hope that I can help anyone who is already using, starting or thinking about using this as there quit aid. I have tried them all and, for me, this treatment was the most effective for achieving my goal.  Cutting off the supply of nicotine in any form was tantamount to my succeeding.  It took a while but I think I have arrived.  I hope that you find my feedback helpful to your cause....Here's a post from October 15 2014 that I find relevant to recent posts.

Hi Cham pixies.
 
I am just catching up with my old quitter pals and am pleased to see some new quitters here as well.  
 
I must agree with Violet and Wiggy on the depression side effect issue with Champix. As you all know, this is my third swing at the pinata with Champix.  All three times, I went through an unpleasant bluesy period.  This was no different than the two times that I went cold turkey.  I felt just as depressed and maybe even more anxious than with Champix.  I am convinced that smoking was a way of self medicating not only the anxiety but also keeping the dopamine levels up and keeping us from going into a depression as well. That is what we miss the most........the AHHHH feeling when we light up.  All our troubles melted away with that first drag of the evil weed.  Too bad it was killing us!!!!  It has been a rocky road indeed for most of us and for most of us the depression will be there with or without Champix. Nicotine is the catalyst for releasing dopamine and when you remove the catlalyst, the brain must adjust and compensate.  It is part of the journey, and if it becomes unbearable then one should seek help as indicated by Wiggy to help transition into normalcy.  Our brain's will heal given enough time, but why suffer if you can get help from your doctor. 
I wish all the newest Cham pixies an easy time and hope that your side effects are manageable..   For me, it has been a wonder drug.  Yes....I've had side effects,.....gas....sleepless nights in the beginning.....and big blues for a while, but finally, after many, many months of struggling, I am resolute.....for sure!
 
Booyah to all quitters!  No matter which aid you choose,  
Booyah one and all.
 
Smobered Up, 
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 336
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,400
Amount Saved: $3,780.00
Life Gained:
Days: 41 Hrs: 18 Mins: 58 Seconds: 47

The buck stops HERE!