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I am new here and think I might need support on this journey. I am currently in day four of my quit. I decided to go the Chantix route, in week number 3 of the pills. I lost the physical urge to smoke within 3 days of taking the pills but only just recently lost the mental urge. I am hoping this sticks, been smoking for just short of 40 years and am ready to be done.
Welcome. I am in a similar boat. I just did 79 days using Chantix. I'm now on day 9 using the Nicotrol Inhaler. I also smoked for about 40 years. Best of luck.
Thank you. So the Chantix didn't do it for you? I am curious what to expect when I am done taking it. Will I have withdraw symptoms that have been at bay while taking the medication?
It's different for everybody. It did work for me and makes quitting much easier at first. I quit taking it about a week before I started smoking again. You should be prepared for when you do go off it. You may experience some symptoms that have been "blocked" while taking it. Some people have no issue at all. However only 20% make it to one year. Relapsing and starting over more than once is how most people eventually quit smoking.
As long as you don't have any side effects - I only had a few weird dreams - I would say take it for as long as you can and just have some patches or gum or something on hand before you go off Chantix in case you get some late urges. Maybe you won't even need them. I'd be better safe than sorry.
Thank you. My company offers free patches, lozenges, gum, so I may reach out to see about getting those for when the Chantix is over.
Welcome. This is a great place to get support and tips on your quit. Like Mark says we are all different in our quits but one thing that binds us all is the desire to quit smoking and stay quit. Hope you will check out all the articles from the beginning of this thread. The more you know about nicotine addiction the better.
Welcome to the forum, Azriel! I quit smoking with Chantix, too. That was after smoking for 40 years. I'll have been quit six years this summer.
No, you will not go through physical withdrawal when you stop Chantix because there is no nicotine in Chantix. I was on it for two months and did not experience any problems. Of course, there were still be the mental withdrawal to work through. I found that I had to change my attitude towards smoking. My biggest challenge was to no longer see smoking as a reward. That's why I love it when I see forum members come to the realization that the reward is in no longer smoking.
Take this one day at a time, stick close to the forum, read all you can, and keep posting.
Have a wonderful smoke free day, Azriel!
I have been fortunate, after I got over the physical it was changing the mental which I have been working on and am very proud of myself. I will stand with smokers while outside and no urge so I think the mental thing is just about broken. Even when I am fighting the urge I can stand with a smoker without asking to bum one. I am hoping it continues to be "easy".
I'm glad things have been going well for you, Azriel. It's incredible that you can be around smokers and not experience an urge. That is usually a powerful trigger.
A word of caution though. Quitting smoking is a process, and it does take time. Here's an article that explains how important this first year is.
This is indeed a journey. There will be ups and downs, but it is absolutely worth it.
Greetings June 2019 Winners!
Nice to meet all of you. You've found the right place! You'll have lots of company here as you and your buddies make your way through this first smoke-free month, so settle in and make yourself comfortable. There is a wealth of support and education available here and it will inspire you to succeed for the long term. Take your quit one day at a time for now - you can do this!
I'm glad you found us. Best wishes as you continue your cessation journey.