Q. I know there is controversy over the stop-smoking drug called Chantix. I started smoking when I was 11 and just turned 60. Never in a million years did I ever think I would be able to quit smoking, nor did I want to.
My doctor told me firmly I should try to quit. The next year, he prescribed Chantix.
I filled the prescription, but in my mind I had no intention of quitting. The information with the pills said I did not have to stop smoking immediately; I could pick a stop date and start the meds and work up to that date.
I never picked a date because I didn’t think it would work. I would just have to tell my doctor and family that I’d tried again and failed. You can’t imagine my surprise when it started working!
After several weeks it took away that absolute panic I felt when I thought I couldn’t have a cigarette. That panic is what kept me from quitting in the past.
I gradually started to lose interest in lighting up or would light up and take two puffs and then put it out. I moved my smoking area outside and just never went out there to light up.
It has been over two years. I do not smoke anymore. That is a downright miracle! So when you report the side effects, keep my story in mind. Chantix can help some people quit without causing suicidal thoughts or other bad side effects. I am still in shock that it worked for me!
A. Congratulations! Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health.
Chantix does help people stop smoking. It has some potentially serious side effects, however. They include suicidal preoccupation, depression or panic, agitation, anger or violence, paranoia and hallucinations.

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  1. BH

    Considering the “side effects” of smoking which include premature death and lung cancer, I have to say the risk of the side effects of Chantix are well worth it! I took it for 2 months (October-November 2006) and have been smoke free ever since!

  2. MFW

    About ten years ago I gave up smoking cold turkey after at last five tries over ten years. When I stopped smoking I had heavy bouts of depression, anxiety and suicide thoughts. Could it be that this mental anxiety isn’t the result of starting a drug but a result of withdrawal?

  3. Beverly E.

    Congratulations on quitting smoking!
    I am still a smoker but I will NOT take a drug to get rid of a drug. When I’m ready it will have to be “cold turkey” for me. You may not have had the side effects from taking Chantix but there are some people that will. I have cut down considerably on my cigarettes. I only smoke outside when I am at home and don’t smoke at all when I’m in my new car. I can go for long periods of time without a cigarette and I now do what you did.. light up, take a few puffs and then put it out. Sometimes I light up and tell myself I didn’t really want that one puff and put the cigarette out. Eventually I will wean myself off of this nasty addiction.

  4. Robert

    Maybe Barack Obama can use this pill to kick the smoking habit :) But seriously, if this catches on it could really help a lot of people get healthier and ditch the cigs. Smoking is a gross habit.

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