I recently started taking champix as a last resort given that all other NRT therapies are completely wasted on me.
At first they were very successful. After three days I was down to 2 cigarettes a day, and that was only out of habit.
However last weekend I went out and had a few drinks (alot of beer lol), I felt great and only smoked 4 cigarettes....
However the next day I was seriously ill. Im a big beer drinker, so hangovers arent usually too big a problem, but last weekend was different. I experienced hangover symptoms Ive never had- excessive sweating, numbness in joints, pins and needless in hands,migraine (not headache,,, migraine with bad vision and flashing lights etc)
The champix was already giving me pretty bad side effects (headaches, joint pain, nausea, gum inflammation, nightmares etc), but the hangover was so bad I decided to stop the champix for a couple of days and let my body recover.
Ive been back on the champix for four days now and although all the side effects are back(plus the added new one anxiety and irritability) the cravings to smoke are back to maximum . Im back to smoking over 10 a day plus all the terrible side effects of the drug.
What should I do? Stop the drug altogether and wait a while before resuming? Keep taking it and hope it starts working again?
Im immigrating and starting a new job in Japan in 4 weeks, I dont want to start a new job smoking OR ill from champix.