Q. I started taking Chantix and was surprised how quickly it cut my smoking in half. I continued with the Chantix until I finally quit.
Depression was slowly creeping up on me, but nothing prepared me for what happened. One day I woke up feeling as if I'd never be happy again. I have never felt such despair in my life.
I have found it almost impossible to get help. I went to a mental health facility, but they could do nothing unless I was suicidal and committed myself to their locked facility.
They sent me to the emergency room, but all I could get was a mild anti-anxiety drug. Finally, the cardiologist who prescribed the Chantix called in an antidepressant. I hope it helps.
A. Many people find that Chantix is very helpful in quitting smoking, but some report that the drug can trigger depression, thoughts of suicide or bizarre behavior. Some people suffer from withdrawal symptoms, including depression, when they stop taking the medication. We hope the antidepressant is working.