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I need to quit smoking, but find it hard to quit on my own!!!!

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Erin - posted on 06/17/2009

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Just think of your health and the health of your children everytime you want to light up. You want to have a long life for them and you don't want to be damaging them. Maybe you could substitute an activity like walking with your kids or by yourself instead of smoking. If you take up some kind of light exercise that might make it easier because you might get feeling better and not want to. Good luck, I really hope you quit.
I gave it up because when I met my husband he said he'd never marry a smoker. That was it, but I was only an occasional smoker.

?? - posted on 06/17/2009

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That's so true Kelly! I've never wanted to quit before... and then I went for a walk downtown... with my lil man... it wasn't even warm outside and by the time I got home I thought I was having a freakin heart attack!!!! I decided then and there I had to quit smoking. How was I goin to run around after a very active, very rambunctious little boy if I can't even walk for half an hour without feeling like I'm dying! So... I made that decision right then and there. I made an appointment with my doccy and that was that. May 16th was my quit day, haven't had a smoke since literally May 15th @ 11:59pm.



I don't think champix is covered by any medical insurances... but if you decide to do it - you just need to find $65 for the first 2 weeks until your quit day, then after that, the money you would spend on smokes you can buy the champix with!

Kelly - posted on 06/17/2009

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Quoting Erinn:

Thanks for the feedback everyone!! I wonder if I talked to my doc about it, shecould write me a prescription.. will medicaid cover it??? I NEED to quit... cold turkey is toooooo hard!!!


 



Are you in the US?  In the I know UK you can get nicotine replacements on prescription (and also free if your baby is under 1 year old or you are on certain benefits).  But even if you have to pay for the prescription, its cheaper than most of the products and certainly cheaper than ciggies.  Is there anyone else who wants to quit who you can buddy-up with?  Support is vital!  In the UK  we have walk-in centres that offer counselling too.  I've had a look online and there is something similar in US; its 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)  Have you thought of hypnosis?  Its pricey and does rely on your belief in hypnosis but I know a few people who its been successful for.  A trick I've heard is that every time you would normally buy a packet of ciggies, put the money in a jar - by the end of the year a 20-a-day smoker would have nearly £2000 - enough for a fantastic holiday.  To be honest, although I'm a smoker I've never tried to quit so I'll be reading this topic with you!  Sorry to not be much help, but also wanted to say well done on WANTING to quit - its the first step, as there is 0% success of quitting if you don't want to!  Good luck!

?? - posted on 06/17/2009

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Champix (varenicline tartrate) also known as Chantix in Australia & Europe For more information about CHAMPIX please call 1-800-463-6001



The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.



abdominal pain appetite changes changes in taste constipation dizziness drowsiness dry mouth flatulence (passing gas) gingivitis headache heartburn nausea rash sleep disturbance (difficulty sleeping or abnormal dreams) unusual tiredness or weakness vomiting.



Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:



changes in behaviour changes in mood depression thinking about harming self or others



Behaviour or mood changes: Some people taking this medication experience erratic or aggressive behaviour, agitation, depressed mood, or they may have thoughts of harming themselves or others. If you experience any mood or behaviour changes or if your friends or family observe any of these changes while you are taking this medication, stop taking this medication and contact your doctor immediately.



Drowsiness/reduced alertness: This medication may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how varenicline affects you and are certain it does not affect your mental alertness.



Kidney disease: If you have kidney disease, you may be prescribed a lower dose of this medication. Your doctor will monitor you while you are taking this medication.



Mental health problems: People with any type of mental health condition including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.



Nicotine replacement therapy: People who use nicotine replacement therapy at the same time as varenicline may experience an increase in side effects. The safety and effectiveness of taking this medication with other smoking cessation therapies such as nicotine replacement therapy have not been established.



Tips on quitting smoking: Varenicline is intended to be used in combination with education and counselling to help you quit smoking. If you start smoking again after your quit date, continue trying to quit. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for additional tips on quitting smoking.



Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.



Breast-feeding: It is not known if varenicline passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.



Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for children.







The only side affects I got was a lil bit of nausea if I hadn't ate before I took the pill and I had some WICKED awful vivid dreams if I took the pill close to when I went to sleep. And I usually got realllllly sleep pretty early. By 8pm I was ready for bed - I was able to stay awake, but I was definitely ready for bed. I definitely recommend talking to your doctor about it.

Leigh - posted on 06/16/2009

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I'm in Australia, so maybe they'er the same product, just named differently by the manufacturer.

Erinn - posted on 06/16/2009

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Are champix and chantix 2 different things or are they supposed to be the same? I keep seeing people making reference to both of them!

Leigh - posted on 06/16/2009

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I can not endorse Champix enough. My neighbour who's in his 60's & chained smoked gave up using the pills. He only took them for 6 weeks, so gave the rest of his pills to my hubby, who's now been smoke free for over 10 weeks. Of course my husband has tried many times before, & turned into the biggest ahole, with his withdrawls, but this time his temper has been great, his attitude has remained positive, & he can still be in social situations with other smokers & not struggle. I'm not sure if u can take them while bf, but if ur still smoking that goes into ur blood stream & ur baby gets part of the toxins too. If you are truely ready, you will do it. Take one day at a time. Good Luck

Coury - posted on 06/16/2009

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hey erinn, i know many people that have succesfully quit from chantix. however the side effects can be tremendous so make sure you are in good enough health for it. i also am wanting to quit and i think chantix is the only way i will be able to quit. also medicaid i dont think will cover it. but it never hurts to ask!!

Erinn - posted on 06/16/2009

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Thanks for the feedback everyone!! I wonder if I talked to my doc about it, shecould write me a prescription.. will medicaid cover it??? I NEED to quit... cold turkey is toooooo hard!!!

Bethany - posted on 06/16/2009

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I quit cold turkey, Just told myself it's not good any more and I have had the will power to quit and I feel so much better!!! :) Good luck to you!!!

?? - posted on 06/16/2009

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Champix is an inhibitor, this is how the pharmacist explained it to me - it puts a plug on all the sensors in your brain that screams I NEED NICOTINE!!!!! I was told it was safe to use while breast feeding although I waited because I couldn't afford it at the time.



It's about $30/week for the lil pills (about the same as 3 packs of smokes in Canada) which may seem expensive but if you can find money for ciagrette's you should be able to find money to quit!



You take 1 in the morning and 1 at night and it lets you focus completely on breaking habits without that stupid lil nicotine craving urging you to have a cigarette.



The suggestion is that you take it for 2 weeks, slowly building up to your quit day - .5mg pills once a day for 3 days then twice a day for 4 days and then 1mg pills once a day for a week - so by the time your quit day comes around, the champix has had enough time to put a block on your nicotine screaming sensors. Then it is suggested you stay on it for 12 weeks to fully enforce your quitting.



I stopped taking it after 6 weeks, which was yesterday because I feel great and that it's not necessary for me to keep taking it when I have gotten past the urge to smoke and I FEEL FREAKIN AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!



I HIGHLY recommend anyone who is smoking, to talk to their doctor about Champix. I smoked for 13 years, and I've had NO problems quitting. I know someone who smoked for over 35 years and they had NO problems quitting. I know someone who smoked, CHAIN SMOKED for what would have been 50 years this year and he had NO problems quitting with the help of Champix.



GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE TRYIN TO QUIT!!!!! You can do it!!!

Cara - posted on 06/16/2009

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I don't know if this helps but my friend did it by limiting how many smokes she could have. I think she did one an hour or something and then she gradually cut them out one at a time. She cut out her 8am, then her 9am etc. I got to the point when she could go all day without one. She said that the hardest part was breaking her usual habits like having one with coffee or after meals. She said if you wait instead of having one just after you don't really want it anymore.

Jocelyn - posted on 06/16/2009

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i second the champix, i haven't used it but i've had some friends that have used it successfully. i would also suggest if you don't want to use drugs, to try some acupuncture. or quit with a buddy!

Erinn - posted on 06/16/2009

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No i'm not pregnant, but I do nurse my 7 month old.. can you take Chantix while nursing?

?? - posted on 06/16/2009

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Ask your doctor about Champix.



I used it to quit and it's been 1 month today since I've had a smoke!

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