I'm on day 15 of chantix. Quit smoking completely on day 3. It's worked really well. I've been a heavy smoker for 15 of my 30 years and didn't think anything would work so easily. I've tried all the NRTs, patches, e cigarettes, gums, lozenges etc over the last 5 years and nothing has worked like this. I was shocked how awesome I felt taking it the first week I was more active than I have been in years.
So I love chantix, but I also might hate it.
Last week I had upped the dose to 1mg 2x a day as prescribed. I had the common slight stomach upset even when taken with a meal (few times I actually vomited after taking the second pill), funky dreams, hiccups?, also felt a little out of it, losing my train of thought and kind of sleepy most of the time. These especially happened within the first few hours of taking the morning pill then the fog lifts a bit. As the week progressed I noticed I would cry everyday about something silly I normally wouldn't (albeit it felt very therapeutic) or get agitated over small things. I don't have much of a history of depression myself, sure a few boughts here and there but were mostly circumstantial. If anything I have had issues with anxiety but never needed medication for it. Since I've never been off nicotine (also cut out weed too) for more than a day since I was a teenager I don't know if these are symptoms of withdrawal or if it's the Chantix and I should have cause for concern.
This pill is the last resort. I didn't want to take it after doing all the research and reading a bunch of horror stories of how people's moods change permanently. I don't have a doctor nor do I have health insurance, I obtained the prescription from a clinic in a cvs pharmacy. The doctor never asked about any medical history, didn't record my height or weight (5'7 110lbs) just taking the usual blood pressure/pulse/temp/blood O2 levels which all read normal. Was only given the white .5mg pills to start with for a week and told to come back so they could see how I was reacting to it. Like I said, that went great.
When I went back it was a different doctor, this one had to google Chantix while I was in the office so this treatment therapy hasn't been tailored to me it's Pfizers suggestion on the side of the box. The second doctor mistakenly prescribed me the starter box of Chantix that included the first week I'd already taken. Once I noticed they gave me an additional week of blue 1mg pills and told me to continue with the higher dose.
So talking to "my doctor" about all of this is kind of out of the question. I did speak to a pharmacist who said I could cut the 1mg pill in half, that it's not time released and the only difference will be the dosage will be halved. So today I'm going to start taking .5mg 2x a day on no one's suggestion but my own body.
Has anyone else noticed side effects like this? I only know one person who has taken Chantix and it worked really well for him, he mentioned it made him feel a little stoned. Since I've spent the better part of my 20's being stoned I wasn't all that concerned with that prospect.
It's worked so well so far I don't want to stop taking it now. I know quitting smoking will never be easy or comfortable so I want to weigh the options... the benefits vs the side effects. Does it get better? Am I doing the right thing by cutting the pill in half? Is there any one else out there that this sounds familiar to?