I started smoking in 1979 and the last time that I smoked was February 2; moment and I just don’t think I can go on. Perhaps that will help someone who was in my shoes only a short month or so ago. I’d go for alternative methods, it helped me after dealing with the depression of the death of my son. Who lived at the same address, i’ve been the victim of revenge porn I would NOT do it to someone else!
Including vivid nightmares; also experienced psychotic behavior while taking Chantix. This is temporary, i just finished my last repeat but because of a short term money crisis I couldnt afford to go to the doctor. In trying to salvage varenicline from the FDA chopping block following reports that it is generating far more complaints of serious harm to the FDA than any other prescription medication, food and Drug Administration, was not taken off his Chantix.
I ended up taking two weeks off of work and went cold turkey. The ch-ch sound was accompanied by a feeling of having my brain electrically shocked and face buzzing.
3 hours after taking this pill, and then all the above withdrawls 6 hours after ingestion. I take 300 mg a day and my depression is in remission. I am deeply ashamed and cannot begin to make amends for the last few years, it is unethical to contact past clients and appologise for my own poor judgement. I’m going to sleep early tonight.
Early bird gets the worm! So I continued and I started getting really emotional and crying and yelling all the time. EXCLUSIVE: Celebs Go Dating SPOILER: ‘I want to see if she can resist me! Lexipro and it is wonderful for me.
Do not understand how to taper if 50 mg is smallest dose. Wait, going through another sweating spell as I type this. Has the Crown saved the corgi?
After chasing my doctors around as if they were illegal drug dealers, I finally got them to sign off on the forms. It did however help through the withdrawal phase and could be useful but patients need to be informed of the possibility that they could experience this very harmful side effect.
He has also had rashes and horrible pus producing bumps under his armpit and on one side of his face. Drug addiction is about living a lie. Just one won’t be a big deal. I was feeling really good and then it started again brain zaps things, I vomited the last two days.
Finding the Best Method to Quit Smoking for You. It’s shocking I turned out okay! 36 hours after my last dose. Still suffering from the withdrawal symptoms but the magnitude of suffering is low now.
I have no history of mental illness and do not take any prescription meds. Again I had never–even at times when I stopped smoking without anything–had these thoughts and feelings of intense rage. Click to learn more about John’s free e-book before downloading it.
If vomiting helped I’d thank God. Don’t like the dreams or feelings at the moment. Hi Natalia, just wondering what antidepressant you are on that works well for you?
Now I’m down to one every 4 days. This shit is worse than heroin and you won’t get a rush. Keep working out, I found Yoga helped me.
I was told that after being on antidepressants for so long it would likely I would not be able to come off them. However, Pfizer does not warn against prescribing Chantix to bipolar people. I have always been one that handled stress well, even thrived on it to some degree.
I smoked for another ten months until about six weeks ago. He then ran to his neighbor’s house and kicked at the door, screaming incomprehensibly. I have the most amazing and supportive friends and family, whom are all baffled.
I am not taking this pill anymore, if it kills me! My girlfriend has been on Chantix for about a week and a half, and it has caused a number of serious side effects which make me question why anyone would ever let this drug reach the market! Take time to rest, recoup and treat yourself well. I am concerned that Chantix might have contributed.
It helps to share I have learned. I AM looking forward to feeling motivated, energetic and INTERESTED in life again. Day 3 felt wonderfull, i finaly had a window of my normal self until day 4. But how many smokers on the brink of committing suicide will endure full-blown nicotine withdrawal in hopes of extending life?
I couldnt take it so my doctor putme on pristiq. Yet, 6 months ago, after taking Chantix for 2 months, he went into a field near his home and shot himself with a rifle. After going through what I am going through- I would not suggest this medication to anyone. It is good to read others stories though and have the reassurance that I’m not alone.
I strongly urge people to opt for other methods of quitting. Trying to switch from Pristiq to Prozac,but I think I’m gonna switch to Wellbutrin because it helps with obesity. If the thousands of people having the same effects don’t change your mind maybe the fact that suicide shouldn’t ever be an acceptable risk when quitting smoking. I am talking really weak, very short thoughts of needing a hit.
I live in NJ so you know my time zone. One the third day I stopped completely.
I have high hopes I’ll be ok and get through this, I know that would take a miracle. Inpatient Pdoc said to continue until I see my regular Pdoc who is on vacation and I have no appointment for 7 wks.
Needless to say, I was hooked again immediately. Hang in there to anyone who is trying to stop taking this medication. I took Chantix last October for about 3 weeks.
Addiction is real and it’s hard, but if we choose to say NO, I’m almost certain, everyday becomes a little easier. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. The major swings and degree of the depression have lessened, but I still fight bouts of depression several times a day. Today is Day 2 of cold-turkey no smoking.
Good luck with your journey on Chantix. I’m not swapping without more information but I’ll assume the withdrawals are the same. I’d tried to forget how bad it could all be, I withdrew from efexor a few years ago and it was bad.
Going to call my aunt now. My last recollection was of being extremely happy,” she says. I was never so sick in my life but I got through it somehow, and because of that I never used it again. Today is my 40th day without a cigarette and I am having a hard day,, I feel like I could eat one and enjoy it.
All I can say is work with your doctor if you intend to stop takig pristiq. Also the low blood pressure the feeling like you want to cry at the car commercials. Don’t be afraid of Chantix side effects.
If you have decided you no longer want to be a drug addict always in need, the reality of never smoking again is what you must ultimately confront. For those out there like me who have tried to jump ship, only to find themselves desperately holding the side of a life boat, I understand. We don’t know what is causing what, but the withdrawal phenomenon is important to bear in mind and it is something we’re going to have to do more research on. 2014 New York Magazine Holdings LLC.
Hang in there, it can be done. It was hard to let them see me like this and they’ve been amazing. For me unfortunately it’s all that works to keep me normal. I went on Zoloft, which had an immediate effect and my mood change was like night and day!
It is so strange I find myself on day 39 now and find this blog, where almost everyone had a problem around the same amount of days as me. My father and my family have become recent victims of the rare but severe adverse reactions linked to Champix in which my father had accidentally taken his own life during what appeared to be a major “psychotic event”.
I’m taking graviola leaf pills, and a natural form of dramamine and think it is helping a bit. Although their accuracy and truthfulness cannot be verified, their numbers are far too many to ignore.
Good luck everyone and keep going. I finally got off of that horrible med. Try to go to sleep at the same time every night. Pristiq has had the worst side effects out of them all!
HATE the brain zaps, Feeling like I want to hit my head to the wall. I’ve appreciated the things people wrote on this site. I didn’t take the graviola pills.
However the most scary thing is the SUICIDAL THOUGHTS out of nowhere. His whole personality changed from then on. If you need an antidepressant, try a different one. Hi to you too Johnny.
I believe that is what led me to drinking because I was not a big drinker before that. The fact that Pfizer has been unable to produce even one news account of any non-pharmacology quitter being driven to committing suicide is fully supported by medical research databases.
Hi, I have been quit from smoking for a year, thanks to Chantix. I have no psychiatric history. At the time there was no knowledge of the drug’s dangers, but subsequently reports have come out. I hope things get sorted asap, and that they all get struck down by withdrawel symptoms from not being empathetic health care professionals!
It is now 1 week after stopping the Chantix. I smoked at least a pack from 14 and am now 48.
This seems to unleash something in people. Three days on this medication and I was having thoughts about driving off a major city bridge and slicing my wrists, and I was extremely depressed. Vomiting, cramps, night terror, insomnia, brain zaps and dizzy etc.
I did not have a cig for 7 months. How much money I have saved, how much I don’t smell terrible and how I can always pay at the pump and going into the gas station is optional. I was the last person to talk to him.
PLEASE feel free to leave some comments and share your thoughts. I am starting the day off by changing some other habits. I have done a lot of research and have found this to be true. Today is day 3 with no meds cold turkey.
How are you doing Marie? I want to put something on my headstone telling them that THEY killed me.
I finally had my boyfriend get it for me last night. The sad part is that the doctor told me that he wasn’t aware of any bad side effects from going on or coming off of this drug. Now I’m back home and back to reality, but struggling.
What we do know is that when health care providers or quit smoking counselors learn of depressive type symptoms in any quitter, they do not encourage relapse or emotional suffering but immediately refer them to physicians for treatment. Lungs haven’t felt this good in years. And of course none of these side effects are useful when trying to help others, particularly the dehumanisation and lack of empathy that i have felt for 5 years since starting Pristiq. Talking to me and saying he loves me and looking at me when I spoke.
It was like the shaking I am experiencing in the rest of my body went to my voice. I was fine at first, just nausea was the worst, but hey, it was worth it if I wasn’t smoking. I swallowed my first pill the next day before work.
I have a wedding to go to at the end of May, which is the only dangerous event coming up, and I hope I can do it. Unfortunately the ciggies have become a crutch but after the withdrawal from prestiq I hope to tackle that one. Doctor didn’t tell me anything about this.
The hardest thing is not resorting to them to deal with problems on the homefront. Helps but not since I have come off antidepressnats. 6 months or longer . I was on prisiq for only ten days .
I am also an avid Batman fan. We are recovering addicts, I have relasped many times in the past sometimes that’s a part of recovery. I’m 49 years old and have never taken any drugs,or had any type of mental illness ever.
Son and girlfriend live with me and with an ice addict that’s not easy. I am having mood swings between depression and rage. It should be illegal to prescribe a med and only get a sheet of paper that describes side effects and no mention of horrible issues with discontinuation. Most symptoms have passed, but I can’t kick the nausea.
The agency said: ‘Last year, the FDA became aware that a few manufacturers were submitting adverse events reports to FDA through improper channels. While waiting, I gleefully chain-smoked Parliament Lights. 12 months to be fully rid of Pristiq out of my system. I am on an emotional rollarcoaster ride that seems to never end.