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Weaning off Chantix    Health Support and Encouragement

Started 7/29/20 by Eve1973; 9061 views.

From: SusanK1960


I know you will be fine!  Don’t let the past cause you doubt!  Go boldly into this quit cause you have shown your strength!  Put simply, Chantix was helping you get nicotine out of your system without the withdrawal symptoms and also tickled those receptors to help as well.  You no longer have any nicotine in your system and you have worked thru the hard cravings, so don’t doubt your strength now!  Plus you have us!


From: Nope62



    Six months is Great! I Congratulate you on an Awesome Achievement.

I want to throw something in here. I don't think that you will have any problems getting off the Chantix. It is not an NRT, so you have not been getting any nicotine for six months.

 You are far enough into your quit that you have broken most of your trigger points. I know even at six months you still have to keep your guard up, but you've got this!  Tapering off shouldn't be hard, In fact you might not even notice it.

Even if you quit taking the Chantix right now, it takes about two weeks for all the Chantix to leave your system.

I quit twice using Chantix. The first time was the longest quit I have had in my 48 years of smoking.

Good Luck!


From: Cazza2468


Hi Eve

i weaned mtself off too.  I did it over a month.  Then I was down to half a pill every second day and I just forgot to take it and never noticed a thing.  Good luck.  I’m sure you will be fine



From: Eve1973


Susan, Nope and Cazza,

Thank you for the words of encouragement! I hope you are right! I know the Chantix is out of my system after 2 weeks, so previously the cravings came back almost immediately, of course I was never on it this long ..... and am empowered by the knowledge of what nicotine does to us from this site! 

I am SO GRATEFUL for this site and am armed with knowledge now! 

Thanx again 

Eve 1/30/2020


From: SusanK1960



Way to Go Eve - you are in the 1/2 Way House! Nice Job of NOPING every single day! I still remember the battle and struggles of that first year. Be very very proud of your monumental acheivment as you definitely are no sissy and you are showing that nicotine monster that you are in control not him. Keep using your intellect to outwit those gnawing craves that come out of nowhere. Let all those nicotine re extorts shut down and carry on doing other worthwhile things. You will never ever regret putting cigarettes in the past where they belong. Cigarettes are poisonous and your brain, heart, lungs and body will heal with time. Take note of all the great things quitting has given you. I look forward to reading your 1 year milestone post six months from now. Happy NOPING!

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013


From: Jatchat


Congratulations Eve,

Yes I made the mistake of not tapering off Chantix and paid the price, please let us know how you go, I would be very interested

Kind regards



From: Eve1973


I definitely will. That’s why keeping this journal so others may benefit or know what not to do! Lol. Hopefully benefit!


From: SenseiShido


My longest current quit(18 months now) has been using Chantix.  I think if you have the right mindset and determination you will be fine!

In reply toRe: msg 9

From: Eve1973


So I stayed on the 1/2 pill every other day for 6 weeks, why? Because was told it takes 2 weeks for your body to adjust to the dosage, then felt I better stay on it at that dosage because was having cravings again. 

Tomorrow I am starting 1/2 pill every other day in morning, opposite of the night pill. May do this for another 6 weeks. 

In the past I have been on Chantix, and just stopped it like your supposed to, and went right back to smoking. I definitely DO NOT WANT TO GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN! Nor go back at all. 

Will update in 6 weeks!

yes I have been extremely tired again. Is it quit related? Covid? Or other medical issues? I don’t know!