Drug Ratings for CHANTIX

Average Rating: 3.5 (242 Ratings)

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 5  To quit smoking Mild nausea. No anger, no aggression that seems to be associated with Chantix. In fact, the opposite. Unusually calm, a bit detached from daily events by which I mean, less caring, no anxiety. But not depressed. I can remember my dreams, something that didn't happen before Chantix. Not bad dreams, just dreams. A pack a day smoker for 30+ years. It took about 3 weeks to quit on Chantix. I don't crave cigarettes but I miss the process of lighting up, if that makes sense. Just this week I've had bad cravings for the process at about 5:00pm. I've lit up a couple of times but really didn't want the cig and put it out. Chantix has worked for me. It has made quitting easy with out the mad cravings and withdrawals. I plan to stay on it for the full 12 weeks because I don't want to start smoking again. F 52 7 weeks
1mg 2X D
6/14/2014

 5  Stop smoking No side effects. I quit in December 2006 and have never smoked 1 cigarette since. F 50 3 weeks
30
4/30/2014

 5  stop smoking Fun vivid dreams I looked forward to them lol.. some nausea and I did physically assault my boyfriend.. needless to say he left me but Hey he hates that I smoke so who cares less stress = less smoking. I don't crave cigarettes anymore the habit part is the hardest but if I light one I toss it after a few puffs. Hopefully soon I can wrap my mind around the idea and stop giving into the habits. For a smoker of 23 years I'm doing great and I'm proud of myself and of all of you for trying!!! F 35 2 weeks
1 mg 2 qd
4/23/2014

 4  better my health insomnia..I have a hard time sleeping I find if I cut the pills in half and take 4 times a day instead of 2 times then I dont have the stomach upset F 62 2 weeks
2X D
4/15/2014
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 4  quit smoking These side effects were from the 1st time I was on Chantix (I quit for 5 years)...gas, dreams - most were extremely BAD - woke up in the living room on my back with my husband holding me down...I tried to fight him when he had me cornered, sick stomach, rage, violence. I almost lost my job because of this drug..I was also going thru some very bad personal issues at the same time. Father passing away, then dealing with Mom not handling death, then 11 months later Uncle passing away & Me in charge of his estate & during all of this I started going thru Menopause, I cut my hair SUPER SHORT, gained a ton of weight...just awful. I think & My doc think Chantix made all of this worse. 2nd time on Chantix I'm in a much better place...no one dieing, Mom doing better & I'm thru Menopause...I don't have the rage or the violent thoughts, but do have some other...sick stomach shortly after taking pill, but it goes away in about an hour...gained weight, but not as much as before The 1st time on Chantix...Horrible experience, but I did quit smoking for 5 years...I started again because I'm truly an idiot. Smoked for about 2 years & am now 2 Months non-smoker & VERY, VERY HAPPY. I think this time I was Really ready to quit...last time I was kinda bullied into it & had so much else going on in my life and I think Chantix made my problems worse mentally. This time I only took Chantix for a month because of the weight gain & this time around my INS didn't cover & it is VERY expensive - almost 300 bucks. I still have some cravings, but they are easy to ignore and I tell myself "ITS JUST THE ADDICTION TALKING" and this usually gets me thru it. I am glad I am longer smoking & will not be an idiot again and start because I do not want to take Chantix anymore...I feel Chantix works & it did help me to quit and made the withdrawls much more bearable, but it now scares me on the long term side effects...No one knows what it does in the Brain. The First time with Chantix those problems with rage & violence stayed with me for a couple years after I stopped. Just remember you have to WANT to quit smoking...no one can force you, bully you into it...if you don't want to quit you won't be successful. Good luck to everyone trying and keep trying... F 50 1 months
1 mg 2X D
2/24/2014
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 5  To stop smoking Did not suffer any noticable abnormal side effects I was a heavy smoker for 57 years. After using the prescribed chantix program, I have been a non- smoker for 2 years. I highly recommend Chantix for smoking cessation. M 73 90 days
1X D
2/7/2014
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 5  everything else failed Contrary to some of these comments, Chantix is not the devil. .i literally started smoking when I was 13.... Since I was 16 though, I have been smoking no less than a pack a day. ... especially when I served in Iraq (about 2 packs a day for 16 months)....I thought I would never quit but I haven't had a cigarette since a day after the super bowl. ...yes I have side effects. ..i definitely feel nauseous after taking it and it lasts for about an hour or so each time. ... yes I eat and drink water with it.... but I'm not complaining about that. ....i can seriously deal with nausea and vivid dreams If it means I'm not smoking. ....no it is not a magic pill. ... You still need to be semi educated and realize that all this does is block the addictive nicotine from getting to your brain. .... but Your urges and you're habits (lighting up after a meal, lighting up when you get in the car, etc.) are very powerful as well and that is where you have to put a little work in yourself to fight your urges. ... Grab a piece of gum. ... Do whatever you have to do to get it off your mind. .. but please. ... dont Ruin someone else's chance to quit with Chantix because you had a bad experience. .... It's simple. ... Try it for yourself, and if the side effects are too bad then stop, but don't let other people keep you from trying to make a HUGE CHANGE in your life like so many people already have. ....end rant! Thank you M 29 3 weeks
1 mg
2/7/2014
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 1  stop smoking 3Rd time taking medication, the first two times has small success and no real side effects other than nausea and vivid cool dreams, this time taking it start OK the smoke week, until day 2 of higher dose, had such a debilitating nightmare, woke up in middle of night gasping for air with horrible chest pain, shortness of breath and jaw pain from clenching my mouth so tight. The next day my husband said I was screaming and trashing in my sleep. The entire next day I had this sense of dark doom, can't really describe it too well, had lingering chest tightness, coincidentally I had appt with my Dr this day, explained to him what happened and he talked me into giving it a second chance to see if it was a one time thing. So for the next week, I had somewhat uninteresting dreams. It wasn't until I missed a days dose and then started back on, it was Friday, that night I was up almost every 2 hours, slightly confused like I had something to do, but I didn't, would pee and go back to sleep, on Saturday my day felt very off, until Sunday, what I can remember of the day I spent in very drowsy pretty much I would say blacking out at several points at around 6pm it had seemed as if I was lifted out of my fog, and I realized that I had a huge gap in my day that I absolutely don't remember, I know I was home and really didn't do much but relax on the couch n play on my phone, but it's so hard to explain it's as if I was watching myself from the outside, but only checking in time to time! F 26 2 weeks
2/2/2014
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 4  to quit smoking I am constantly nauseated from this but my doctor gave me Zofran which I take when I take Chantix, helps a little. Also severely constipated. Other than that it has been 11 days and no cigs. Was a 2 pack a day smoker for 30+ years. So far haven't put any weight on. Wish me luck. I use to wear a nicotine patch to work 12 hours, don't do that anymore. I was worried about getting through the day without nicotine. I feel kind of crappy right now but am hoping once I go off the drug I will be back to my old self. F 59 4 weeks
1 mg 2X D
1/28/2014
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 1  To stop smoking I had a severe episode of rage. I lashed out at those closest to me. After that I feel into a debilitating depression. I found myself in a very dark place and actually thought about jumping in front of a subway car. Stopped taking it yesterday. I hope these side effects go away. M 50 2 weeks
10 2X D
1/27/2014
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 5  To quit smoking Before starting Chantix I was scared it wouldn't work. The first week I cut back on smoking to test the waters. I must say durning the first 7 days I wasn't ready to quit and cutting back was hard. It kept saying pick a quit date. Finally when I hit that 7 day mark and increased dosage, I had no problems quitting. I put myself through a lot of anxiety that first week. fearful of the what ifs. The pill really seemed to do what it's designed to do. As for side effects. I have had a headache every morning, this is something I will gladly deal with to stop smoking. I have been tired and dream more often. Other than an odd feeling of empty which could be from chantix or nicotine withdrawls, I am doing okay. I would so recommend this method. Just monitor yourself, at the end of the day we all have the same goal which is quitting smoking. Remember loosing weight, dieting, getting in shape, working out, none of this is easy. Neither is quitting smoking but chantix gave me the extra help needed to put down the smokes! Thanks Chantix. Oh and after two weeks on chantix I am stopping the pills. Just didn't love the way I feel but I am now a non smoker. Good luck to others and these really do work! F 50 2 weeks
1/18/2014

 1  my husband wanted to quit smoking Dizziness aggression not making sense he commited suicide. Left behind his love of his life and 3 kids including a 4 month old. M 36 9 days
1/14/2014
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 5  Quit Smoking Within a couple of days, I was experiencing pain in my neck, shoulder and back. One day it will be really intense pain, and sometimes just a nagging pain. Slight headaches almost every day. Loss of appetite (better than increase, in my opinion). Vivid dreams. Feeling relaxed and peaceful. The neck pain makes me want to quit taking the drug. However, I have successfully quit and haven't had a cigarette since day 4 on the drug, and don't really even have cravings. I've smoked for 33 years, so this is huge for me! I want to try to stick it out until I'm at least 30 days cigarette free! F 43 12 days
1 mg 2X D
12/5/2013
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 5  Stop smoking Nausea, weird dreams, listless. I'm sure not many want to hear this, but a little pot would help with help with any nausea. Otherwise, I've on a few occasions, for only a split second, thought about beating the crap out of my dog for absolutely no valid reason. As an animal rights activist my entire life, these thoughts are, of course, disturbing. I also find myself being exceptionally aggressive to my partner. However, I will mention, that all of my above mentioned symptoms are ALSO side affects of quitting smoking so it is difficult to determine if it is the pill making me feel like this or if it's the lack of nicotine. I'll stick with it either way because a month of discomfort is worth a lifetime of not smoking. F 30 7 days
1 mg 2X D
11/22/2013
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 5  have asthma and copd weird dreams only most incredible product ever made.have used patches,gum,and lozengers.nothing worked.has been 2 months that I have quit.no cigarette cravings at all.was a chronic chain smoker for 52 years.thank you makers of Chantix!!! F 67 28 days
1mg 2X D
11/11/2013
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 5  Smoking Cessation It's been seven years since my husband and I quit smoking using Chantix. I never thought it could happen. I have Bipolar Disorder. I don't know if my increased depression was due to the Chantix, a depressive episode, withdraw from nicotine, the loss of "friends" and routines associated with smoking or a combination of any or all four. After more than 25 years each and every patch, gum, hypnosis, cold turkey, meditation and acupuncture method we could try, we quit smoking using Chantix in 2006. F 45 2 months
10/20/2013

 3  Smoking Cessation Rage, irritability, depression, suicidal thoughts and impulses, flatulence, stomach upset Chantix worked really well but the side-effects were terrible. I didn't want to smoke and the thought of smoking disgusted me but I felt a lot of rage, depression and a had a strong desire to kill myself. I know this was not due to quitting itself, because I have quit cold turkey, with Zyban, with nicotine patches and I never experienced anything quite like this. It was the most effective out of all the options but I could not tolerate the side-effects. It worked really well for both of my parents, without side-effects. I wish I could say the same for my self. I think it's worth trying, if you have tried all the other methods. M 23 1 months
1mg 2X D
10/16/2013

 4  stop smoking after 3 weeks, itching,strange dreams,head pain.. still smoking but less after 30 days of being on Chantix.... the itching is BAD, F 39 30 days
1 mg 2X D
9/22/2013
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 1  No smoke Muscles tremors 24/7 500%bitch mode 24/7 can't sleep choking while I sleep itching Real talk if u wanna stop smoking you will there is no meds that will help u quit if u believe it is then it brainwashed and you are slowly killing it self I was off of it on my Second day people if u going to quit then quit real talk its all a fuckn mind game if u r not strong enough to quit then don't by all means puff puff away until it teach fall out but on the real folks PLEASE DON'T TAKE CHANTIX QUIT BECUZ YOU ARE STRONG MINDED HAVE FAITH F 40 2 days
0.5
8/19/2013
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 5  To quit smoking Some daytime sleepiness, vivid (but awesome) dreams. I QUIT! I smoked for 31 years, and was up to two packs a day. During my 1st ten days on Chantix, I found myself smoking less and less. Day 11 tossed the last pack away, and haven't smoked or wanted to since. No withdrawals, no cravings. Have recently stopped taking the drug, and still feel great about nonsmoking. F 48 2 months
1 2X D
8/8/2013

 4  Stop Smoking This is the 3rd time taking this medication. The first time it worked like a charm I quit for three years and started back when I started this awful, stressful job which was my fault. This time I have noticed I have already cut back a lot. I am experiencing vivid dreams like the rest of you, not necessarily scary or bad dreams just vivid dreams. One thing I have noticed this time around are the headaches. I have a headache from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. Tylenol etc helps briefly then its back to the headaches. Also noticed I have been more irritable and moody nothing crazy just a little noticeable. Smoker/pack a day for 27 years. WISH ME LUCK!!! :) M 43 6 days
1mg 2X D
4/12/2013
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 4  Quit smoking Gas, weight gain, mellow, can't sleep, want to sleep in F 25 2 weeks
1 mg 2xday
4/8/2013

 1  i took chantix to quit smoking Chantix absolutely helped me quit smoking, but I quit my great job told my boss off divorced my husband, and because of these thing also had to let my children be with there father most of the time, instead of them being with there mother. It ruined my life. I feel like 3 years later I am feeling better but I feel like I will never be the same. I still don't smoke, how after all of that could you even think of it. F 31 1 months
as directe
4/8/2013
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 3  Smoking Cessation I only made it through a month of taking Chantix although it was prescribed for 90 days. I did have very vivid dreams which wasn't a problem. however the depression and weight gain is a problem. its been over a year since taking it and despite much effort I cannot lose the weight I have gained, 30+lbs. for me, I would have rather have continued smoking. It did help me quit smoking with ease, however I have not been the same since. Not worth it in my opinion. F 30 30 days
30mg 2X D
4/4/2013
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 1  quit smoking Felt "flat" - realized it was depression. Nothing has any stimulating effect anymore...not caffeine, sugar, etc. Once the dopamine receptors are bound by this drug, there are no ups...just flat. Never had a depressed day in my life (beyond a normal grief in loss) and now I wake up every morning in a fog...taking an antidepressant which kicks in by afternoon and helps a little. There needs to be research on how to reverse these effects before doctors continue to prescribe it for patients! F 63 3 weeks
as directe 2X D
3/3/2013
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 5  to quit smoking vivid dreams, loss of appetite, unable to taste after taking pill, nueseua F 28 3 weeks
1 mg 2X D
2/17/2013

 1  Dr recomm I never had depression or pscycho Prob before Now i feel this and am on depression meds and counseling Suicide - mean - crazy - constant anger - like a animal. I now have vision problems. Throat problems which i am on drugs for. Severe Depression for the rest of my life which i am on drugs for. I never had any drugs prescribed in mylife. Now I am spending 200$ a month because I wanted to stop smoking and trusted Chantix. Do NOT take this ever please. FDA needs to take this off the Market like they have in Europe please I am begging you. You Are supposed to protect not destroy. M 44 4 days
1X D
8/26/2012

 5  To Quit Smoking Happiness with a relaxed mind, but restless at night. Dreamed, Little Sleepy in the morning. Other than that, I have had no other side effects. I think this is the easiest process ever invented, I am Smoke FREE! No cravings, No Urges, No Smoking. I even still hang out with my smoking pals, and it doesn't bother me. I take my 1mg when waking, on empty stomach. Take another 1mg at 4pm, then another before bed. Before taking one before bed, I was restless. This is the miracle pill! After a pack a day for 10 years, I am Smoke Free! Thank you so much Chantix! ZWade-Texas M 26 29 days
1 2X D
8/16/2012
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 2  Smoking Trouble sleeping, anxiety, restlessness, loss of interest, mood swings, hate towards everything and everyone. Trouble remembering things. I used to be a very active individual with no underlying mental illness. This drug has made me lose interest in everything I enjoyed. I used to work out everyday. I loved it. Now taking chantix I hate it and can't motivate myself. My relationship is horrible since taking chantix, I think my boyfriend of 3 years is getting ready to leave. My anger goes from a 1 to a 100 in a matter of seconds. This medicine has made me feel bat shit crazy. I still can't give up the smoking. Even though at this point there's no enjoyment anymore. F 32
1 MG 2X D
8/9/2012
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 4  to quit smoking Third time taking this course and this is first time I have had this extreme fatigue. No other side effects strong enough to be worth mentioning. Am quite concerned that other side effects will begin after stopping because of warnings and what I've read here. took this once and worked like a charm, fell off cigarette wagon at a convention while drinking (still want to kick myself in the butt for that idiot move) Second try and I thought it was the Chantix giving me terrible headaches so I quit before the first week was out - turned out they were stress headaches. This is my third try and this time the fatigue is astoundingly bad and the cravings are still hitting me - which did not happen on try 1 or 2. I'm going to try to stick this out for another 10 days and then wean myself off in a reverse dose of week one. Am going to try the reverse dose mostly because of what I've read about after effects and other's experiences ~ figure it's better to be safe than sorry with withdrawing from the Chantix. I would hate to go through all this fatigue for so long only to go back to uncontrollable cravings and cave in. Now that would be depressing! F 58 18 days
1mg 2X D
6/26/2012
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 4  To stop smoking Some dreams, nothing bad. Trouble sleeping at night. Weight gain Chantix did work for me, i stopped smoking. F 56 3 months
1mg 2X D
6/23/2012
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 5  To quit smoking HORRIBLE STOMACH ACHES! shortly after taking the medication. This is my 2nd time taking chantix,, it really does work.. just with the terrible stomach aches,, (even if I do eat prior to taking it) I have to talk myself into taking the pill knowing my stomach is going to hurt so bad. Both times I have used Chantix, I am able to quit after a week of taking the first pill. I've been a long time smoker.. it works great and I didn't start smoking the 2nd time because chantix didn't work. One big stressful event and I think a cigarette is going to help.. I DOESN'T .. looking forward to being a longtime former smoker. Good Luck everyone! F 42 10 days
1 mg 2X D
6/12/2012
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 4  Smoking Vivid dreams, depression, anger, upset stomach if take without food This is the 2nd time I have taken Chantix - the first time I was extremely nauteous and was out for about a week. I quit taking the drug and started smoking for 2 more years. Tried again in March after looking at the pills for 3 months. It has worked beautifully and was much easier this time - must have been ready. Still have some cravings and have smoked one or two the last two months but they taste awful and reminds me of how far I have come. Have noticed just recently that I am depressed and angry...hoping that it goes away after my last month. I am only taking 1 pill a day now to try to start weaning. Don't read too much into all these reviews. The pros greatly outweigh the cons of this drug...I say it's a miracle drug as well. I sure feel better about myself and my bank account is a lot fatter! F 43 60 days
1 mg 1X D
5/1/2012
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 4  stop smoking feeling of intense doom, sleepwalking, anger 4 years smoke free. I still get a really bad feeling in the pit of my stomach, almost like I am grieving for cigarettes if I am around smoke now. Still sleepwalk occasionally... F 34
1X D
4/17/2012
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 5  To quit smoking Week 1: Cigarettes started tasting really bad near the end of week Week 2: Did not have a cigarette..no real urge to have one...didn't really think about it....I had REALLY VIVID dreams during this week. Which included me and my Mom (of all people) fighting ZOMBIES. (We lost)....no urge or craving to smoke. i do feel sick when taking meds on a empty stomach. Week 3: No significant urge to smoke. I have noticed I do like to eat a little more than usual..which I can not afford to do. I also noticed, I don't drink as much coffee as I use to. Something else I noticed, (warning TMI) my urine has a really strong (pee-pee) smell to it and it is rather dark in color. I smoked for 12-13 years. I am really glad I tried this product! I have never really tried to quit smoking. However, I have made the New Year's Resolution to quit MANY times and always end up putting it off. It feels good to say "I quit smoking" or "I don't smoke anymore". Overall I am VERY pleased with Chantix! F 32 3 weeks
1mg 2X D
4/12/2012

 5  To quit smoking nausea - HAD to take this with food or I felt sick to my stomach Dreams - Yes, what you hear is true. You will dream more vivid dreams. Where you normally had 2 to 3 dreams a week that you can recall you will have 3-5 a night and recall every detail keep smoking while taking something to help you quit? Awesome! I smoked around a pack and a half a day, sometimes more. I haven't smoked a cigg in almost 2 months, now. This will NOT make you quit, but help you. I got down to 2 a day and realized I didn't need it anymore. Only YOU can make the final choice. If you're not ready to quit then don't bother starting Chantix. M 29 2 months
1mg 2X D
2/19/2012

 5  to stop smoking nausea, some sleeping troubles, feeling yucky, headaches, I was extremely skeptical to take this drug as I have read some negative feedback from previous people taking it. But I really wanted to quit and I was unable to do it on my own. The first week it was hell basically I wasn't myself, feeling depressed, tired and extremely lazy. The second week it got better. By the third week while taking 2 x day (1mg pill) I was feeling always nauseas and I hated feeling that way, so I just decided to take 1 x day (1mg) and feel much better. I haven't smoked since Dec 8th. I did try to have one just to see if I still like it but the smell and the nicotine did not do anything for me, so I knew that I am slowly weaning myself from cigarettes. I think what people need to understand is that it will take some time before you actually start feeling like yourself again. Any drug out there has some kind of side effect. I do agree also that this drug is not for everyone. I'm just glad that I am smoke free and I hope to be this way forever. F 32 50 days
1mg 1X D
1/6/2012
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 1  To quit smoking Some nausea, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, short temper, gas, vomiting. My side effects were from when I was on it. Now that I am off it,they are all way worse. I did quit smoking, but the price I am paying now doesn't really seem worth it. I would NOT recommend this drug to anyone. M 40 8 weeks
1mg 2X D
1/5/2012
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 1  smoking cessation Dizziness, vertigo, depression, inability to feel pleasure, stomach pain, pre-syncope (almost fainting), lack of excitement After stopping varenicline due to side effects - they side became progressively worse and have not stopped 8 months later. M 37 3 weeks
1X D
1/3/2012
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 3  Stop smoking Depression, Insomnia, Weight gain, Feeling like crap, Sick to stomach,gas , Bad headaches. I started smoking when i was 16 years old. Its was a habit i enjoyed. But as ive gotten older Ive had children and they hate me smoking. I also started havin the smokers cough in the mornings. But what really made me stop was my Father layin in his death bed with Cancer and he asked me to please stop smoking. I lost my father .He was 60 yrs old. He passed away Sept 14th 2011. I have been smoke free for 40 days!! I want to live to see my great grandkids. This medicine has made me sick..Its made me want to die. I felt worthless and cried all the time. The first 3 weeks of this medicine Is living hell. Thank God i had family and my boyfriend to help me through. I dont suggest anyone take this medicine and be alone. The medicine works..Im better and im glad im not smoking. But honestley there has to be a better way. F 37 2 months
1mg 2X D
1/2/2012
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 5  Couldn't quit on my own This is the 3rd time I have quit smoking on chantix and the only reason is because I CHOSE to start smoking again. Not because the pill didn't work. The first two times I had absolutely no side effects, but the 3rd time around I did experience no appetite, really bad dreams, a little nausea and some stomach pain. This was very unsual for me considering I never experienced these side effects before, but I was also under a great deal of stress which could have helped trigger this off. Overall I rate this to be an excellent source to help in quitting smoking, with a high success rate. Not everyone will have side effects, but if you ask me, 1 month of side effects is a small price to pay to quit smoking and be healthy again. I reccommend this product to everyone, if you are serious about quitting. It really works. Im so proud and happy I quit. My kids are so happy too! F 29 20 days
1 mg 2X D
12/28/2011
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 5  Stop smoking On day 7 with only a little nausea after I take second pill. Nothing else noticed this time around. This is my second time in about 6 years first time only some crazy dreams that were not out of the norm. Worked great til I ended up drinking at a bar and started smoking again. M 31 7 days
12/11/2011

 5  health worries I have really bad gas but it's odorless (lucky me)and I really nauseous.I've had some really bad stomach cramps and lots of dreams!!however they aren't bad dreams just really realistic.no suicidal thoughts and no insomnia.I've had loss of appetite with weight loss but I'm extremely happy about that.last time I gained lots of weight.I would recommend chantix.it really has helped my cravings and I do believe the rest is up to me.i smoked for 9yrs.a pack a day or more.thank you chantix.i feel better.i can taste things better.my sense of smell is incredible!! F 36 8 days
1mg
12/10/2011
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 5  quit smoking Minor hallucinations such as bugs on the floor. However i did take alot of LSD as a teenager. Also when i quit drinking 2+ yrs ago and was not on chantix, i saw bugs on the floor a couple of weeks into sobriety. I went into taking chantix with a complete positive outlook. I told myself im going to take chantix and its gonna work and im gonna quit and im not going to get depressed or want to kill anyone. And it worked! I smoked for 15 yrs and i loved smoking! But i WANTED to quit. I was ready. I still have the obsession but i get on my knees every morning and ask my God to remove the obsession. It worked for vodka, im sure he will rid me of the obsession soon. Thank you chantix thank you God. Thank you ex-smokers who support me and tell me why i shoulnt pick up that trashy stinkin good for nothin ball n chain smoke. Good luck to you. God Bless. F 30 4 months
1mg 2X D
11/17/2011
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 1  Stop Smoking Severe nausea, severe stomach pains, severe constipation, severe diarrhea, severe vomiting. Fatigue, laziness, dull mood. Loss of appetite. Everything tasted funny. Crazy dreams (not nightmares). Joint pain, particularly in right elbow. Experienced a very painful lump behind vein on right side of neck. Memory loss and brain fog Laid on couch for 5 days straight not wanting to do anything, and I am on the computer usually the whole time I am not sleeping or at work. DO NOT USE THIS DRUG, it may ruin your life. I lost all interest in the things I love to do everyday (hobbies). 2 weeks later and still have a very low interest in these things. . Memory loss and brain fog -- couldn't spit out a word, like keep saying "hunting" when wanting to say "hinting" NOTE - This medication DID WORK as it was supposed to. M 38
30 MG 1X D
11/11/2011
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 5  to stop smoking I quit cigarettes on the 10th day of this medication with absolutely no problem. Chantix is a miracle drug in my opinion. I have been a smoker for about 35 years, and was smoking 1 pack a day when I quit. eta: Still not smoking 5 months later. Brief, fleeting cravings only occasionally. F 54
1 mg 1X D
10/27/2011
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 5  to quit smoking Some nausea soon after taking pill, aggression, agitation, mood swings, smelly urine, vivid dreams, some insomnia. Ok, so the list of side affects seem a bit excessive but it really isn't that bad. I have been a smoker off and on for the past 12 years and became more of a heavy smoker soon after meeting my husband (he is a smoker too). With that said, we recently found out that we will need IVF to start a family and smoking can no longer be an option for us. I want to be healthy and have the best body for carrying a baby. The Chantix works like a charm. I quit after the prep week 7 days. I do have some cravings, and at times they are a bit strong but I just feel deep down inside that I don't need the cigarette and the urge will pass. I also drink a lot of water. If u have your support system in place you can be successful and will be able to get through the rough patches like yelling in the car in the middle of heavy traffic. My husband is completely understandable and let's me know when my mood has taken a bad turn. The worse part for me is the insomnia...I get very little sleep and this is every single night. I get up to go to the restroom and then I'm up for the rest of the morning. I'm averaging 4 to 5 hours a sleep every day. I want to be a mother more than anything in the world, so I have to loose some sleep but I working to be a non smoker and I want it to be for a life time and Chantix is helping me get there. F 33 3 weeks
1mg 2X D
10/26/2011
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 4  To become a Non-Smoker A few vivid dreams the first week. When I stopped smoking altogether I was extremely sad, depressed, anxious. Not sure if this was from the Chantix or my body detoxing (I smoked a pack a day for 25 years). My insurance did not pay for the medicine (which is unfortunate) so I am slowly weaning myself off of the drug (half a pill in the morning, half at night). I did notice that by doing this, I have had some cravings but nothing that I can't manage. This drug really worked for me. I did not have many side effects. However, it still was difficult to quit (I loved smoking). Chantix helps with the physical withdrawal somewhat, but for me I had to overcome the psychological withdrawal as well and that was tough. For those that are struggling, keep going! For me, things started to get better and now I LOVE not be addicted or controlled by cigarettes. M 39 60 days
1MG 2X D
10/17/2011

 4   The first time I had other medical problems and had to get off it to rule out medical problem. This is my second time on Chantix. The last time I was smoke free for 8 months and that was with taking the pills for a week. The mistake I made was not continuing it for the full 12 weeks. So I am back on again to finish it all. My side affects are very mild; gas and skin kind of breaking out (lightly) but it may be from major stressors in my life as well. I don't like how I feel tired and when I try to nap sleep does not come!! So I just take a sleeping pill at night. I love how I do not have the craving mentally or physically. No bad dreams...just vivid ones. Unfortuantely the drug is not for everyone. But the ones that it does work for...Good luck!! F 51 10 days
1X D
9/19/2011
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 5  Smoking cessation Sleep frequently broken leaving me tired in the day. Occasional insanely itchy forearms!!! Like right now! I'm looking for heavy grit sandpaper -- I'm going nuts! Some gas in the beginning, some vertigo from time to time, dreams have been mild and very pleasant. I feel very fortunate that my side effects have been minimal. I know I'm among the very lucky candidates who have had no seriously negative side effects. The itchy forearms is nearly unbearable when it strikes. Otherwise, I'm absolutely amazed. I have absolutely no desire to smoke other than the psychological habit, which is completely manageable since I don't physically crave cigarettes anymore, and I can even hang out with my former smoker friends at work and their smoking doesn't phase me in the least. And I DON'T nag them, either. It's a tough choice. I smoked for about 30 years, about a pack a day. I LOVED smoking, so the fact that Chantix has worked this well for me really does seem like a miracle! It's a shame it doesn't work like this for everyone. F 46 35 days
1 tab 2X D
9/4/2011
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 5  smoking cessation fatigue, vivid (but good) dreams, constipation, gas, smelly urine. 3 weeks in, i am very happy with this drug. yes the side effects are annoying but i can deal with them for 12 weeks if it means i am more likely to stay not smoking for life. was smoking 20 a day for 15 years - quit on day 8 and have not even been tempted to smoke since. after attempting to quit many times before using patches, gum etc..this has been like a miracle drug to me. F 32 21 days
1mg 2X D
8/23/2011
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 5  to quit smoking First few days I was sleepy and had mild stomach cramps. Still experience mild cramps if take pill on empty stomach. Have had some vivid dreams, but not scary ones. This drug offered the boost I needed to stop smoking. I did smoke longer than drug company recommends, but my doctor was very honest with me about having to personalize the pattern of cutting back and not being too harsh about it. This has worked, and I can hardly believe I can say I've been nicotine free for 9 days and feel great. Started to exercise to control weight gain, though (7 lbs and don't want more!). I would suggest Chantix to anyone as a BIG help once you make up your mind to quit. F 57 90 days
1 MG 2X D
8/18/2011

 1  to stop smoking nausea, depression,anxiety,irritability,sleep problems just about everything.. Very difficult drug to take..this is my third time and I am getting off it tomorrow. I'm afraid I'm going to hurt my kids... F 45 2 weeks
2X D
8/12/2011

 1  Quit smoking Loss of emotional senses. Feeling of emptyness. Almost a sense of emptyness in my brain. I did have dreams while on Chantix, but they weren't horrible...dreams of being with my loved ones who had passed on. Loss of sense of happiness, severe depression, anger, and hate of everyone and everything around me. I began to hate my children, my husband, and my 18 mo old grandson, I even avoided my best friends. I've gained 70 pounds in the three months since I've been a non smoker. While my smoking habit of nearly 3 packs a day is gone, I'd rather be the person I was before I began my journey with this drug. My life is really just not worth much anymore. I wish that I had found this forum and had read the negative effects before hand. I really hope that my life comes back to me someday... F 43 3 weeks
1X D
8/10/2011
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 1  quit smoking Lots of side effects for me. Irritability, restlessness,vivid dreams, shortness of breath. So bad I was taken to the ER. I truly thought I was having a heart attack. Turns out I was having a panic attack. Never had one before taking chantix. Doctor said to discontinue the chantix. F 47 8 days
1mg 1X D
8/7/2011
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 1  to stop smoking SEVERE Abdominal pain, SEVERE vomiting, SEVERE DIARRHEA, I am no longer taking the drug, but I am left with those side effects...It is so bad, some days I am in the bathroom for hours at a time. I have diarrhea 4-10 times a day, vomit at least weekly and the pain is so bad I have to be put on pain medicine...a high does at that DO NOT USE THIS DRUG, IT WAS PUSHED OUT BEFORE ANY TEST WERE DONE!!!!!!!! Be warned M 37 3 weeks
1X D
7/28/2011
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 4  Quit Smoking First 3 days, during sleep, felt like I was suffocating. Awoke several times thinking I had swallowed my tongue, or couldn't get my breath. Nightmares for first 10 days. The constipation is more than I can stand not having bowel movements for 5-6 days. I've gained 35 pounds as a result. I find it easy to quit. I also find it easy to smoke while on it. None of the usual smoking side effects. You still need to break the habit of purchasing cigarettes, lighters, etc. But at anytime its easy to stop smoking once you have restarted. Recmmended to me was to take Chantix a month longer than you think. M 49 120 days
2X D
6/26/2011
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 4  To give up marijuana Severe inflammation of left side of face and scalp (large amounts of peeling- not sore though just embarressing) including ears (on the third week) . Dark eyes. increased energy. Irritability.Constipation. Severe mood swings. Depression. Extremely REAL dreams. increased heart rate. Extremely talkative (usually a quiet person) Thoughts of questioning my relationship with boyfriend. It actually works if your willing to put up with ALL these side effects! Gave up properly on the second or third week. Dont give up because it DOES work ! F 19
2X D
6/21/2011

 5  stop smoking at first a little nausea that stopped when I ate with taking the medication. Vivid dreams (not overly bad) and some gas the 1st week that went away. I smoke for 27 years and I have been totally smoke free for 17 days and do not miss it. Even though Chantix has a few side effects it is totally worth taking it. I have tried many other ways to quit and have never quit for this long without being totally stressed out. This time it is a breeze! F 42 3 weeks
2 mg day 2X D
5/27/2011
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 4  quit smoking Nausea, irritability, mood swings, but over all very helpful . I went from 1 pak a day to 1 pack every 4 days... M 42 21 days
1 mg bid 2X D
5/23/2011
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