When I quit smoking with Chantix, it was recommended that you stop smoking between the 8th and 14th day after you started taking the med. I know they've extended it to 35 days, but I don't know why.
Chantix is not a magic pill that will make you quit smoking. It works, but you will have to do your part. You will crave and go through withdrawal, but, in my experience, it was not as intense as other quit methods I used.
Unlike some people, chantix did not make cigarettes taste bad to me -- I don't believe the manufacturer makes that claim -- and I did not cut down on the number of cigarettes I smoked. However, I quit smoking on the 8th day and there's been no turning back. It wasn't until I quit smoking that I realized chantix was working. Chantix made my quit manageable and much easier than I expected it to be.
The only side effect I had was I quit smoking. I didn't dream.
My brother took chantix 3 months while smoking, waiting for something magical to happen. It didn't and he stopped taking it. His next quit, he used chantix again and quit smoking on the 8th day. He celebrated 6 years quit last February.
I suggest you take the plunge and quit smoking. Chantix is in your system. You will crave and go through withdrawal, but it will be easier than it would be otherwise.
Quitting smoking is the best health related decision you will ever make. The sooner we stop sucking poisons into our lungs, the better.
Susan (aka BoldPrint)
smoked 40 years
not one puff since August, 2007