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champix not working

Posted in Quit experiences 11 Mar 2020

I am on day 5 of champix and I find I am smoking more than what I was before I started taking it. I am getting agitated as well which makes me want to smoke more, is this normal? I have had the same experience with nrt, when ever I use nrt I end up smoking twice as much as I did before using it. the quit line wants me to give up in 14 days but I am going in the opposite direction and actually smoking more, I am roughly a 20 to 40 a day smoker

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  • Lia March 11, 2020 | 22:46
    Hi trimmo40
    Present count down not working? Nor did mine about 5 years ago. Who says cutting down leads to quitting. Think they are lying or dreaming. Wasn't till I quit cold turkey that I took charge of the journey. You must simply stop! Go through all the emotions the rest of us did. It won't hurt. You will still inhale and exhale and very soon your sense of smell will return. Then there is a myriad of other bonuses. Then you can mentor others here on this site and that gives you even more power and accolades and affirmation. You will enjoy cheering yourself on as will no doubt others reading your posts. Think about it.
  • Happiness March 12, 2020 | 0:13
    Did you read the book I suggest? You know why you want to quit smoking but are afraid of the change it will bring. believe Allan Carr and believe us that they are a changes that you will love! Stop fearing but embrace the journey for you will also be so glad you did.

    You are smoking more now because you are apprehensive. I am sure the champix will kick in and start making them less enjoyable Why not get a psychological head start too b y trying some tips in my story....If youve given up giving up (click on my name here and find it) 80% of the journey is the mindset...Champix alone will not do it. It will only help while you learn and adjust how you think.
  • Red-67 March 12, 2020 | 4:23
    I agree with everything they said, but I will say what they did not..
    First, you have to really want to quit. Champix, and NRT, will not quit for you. You have to take one out, stick in your mouth, and light it. That is your choice, so make up your mind. Do you WANT to quit, or do you want to remain a slave to a little tube of tobacco, and let it run your life ??
  • Nuts March 12, 2020 | 12:28
    Sounds like cold turkey is the way to go for you. Read Allan Carr and take the plunge. Be strong and determined and the worst will soon be over. It Champix and NRTs are not working for you, dont use them. You are only making it harder for yourself. Be strong. You can do it 👍💕
  • trimmo40 March 12, 2020 | 14:30
    red 69 you are actually wrong i do want to quit, i have mental illness so there are some bad side affects that can come from withdrawals such as psychosis, please think before you comment. I am trying to get in contact with my psychiatrist to get an appointment sooner, but it's looking like six months to get in,gp's are hopeless when it comes to my medication and mental illness, so is my gp, worst comes to worst i will go to the hospital to get my medication sorted.
  • Red-67 March 13, 2020 | 0:29
    I do think before I comment. If you look at your post, there is no mention of any special condition. If you try to understand my meaning, it just may help you. For most smokers, that is the first struggle. On one hand, you want to quit, but, at the same time, you still want to smoke. Out of pure luck, I decided I did not want to smoke. I did not want to die a smoker, more than the idea of wanting to quit. It is simply a different thought process. Your condition may make it more difficult, and your addiction to smoking, just MAY contribute to your mental health issues. What helped me most, and, what I have suggested to others that are still smoking.. We pull one and light up without a thought. I made myself stop, every time, and just really look at that thing. That little thing we let run our life. And I would ask myself why, do I have to have this, and do I have to have it now. I found it easy to put it back, and cut way down for a while, before I quit. Just an idea. It worked for me, and it may help.. It still comes down to taking control of your mind, away from the smoking. This is not something being done to you. It is still your choice to pull one and light it. You may need to decrease over a longer time, but you can still get there.
  • Broncor, Mid North Coast March 14, 2020 | 21:22
    Give it a minute, I took champix, smoked for 3 1/2 weeks, then stopped, that was just over 12 months ago, I think I smoked more in the first week, didn’t think it would work, but it did. Believe in yourself, it may not happen over night but it will happen, I was a pack a day for 30 years. Stay strong, you can do this

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