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Going well

Posted in Getting started 12 Apr 2011

Well, one day down, thousands to go... I have made it through one day without a cigarette! It was hard, but the patches and inhaler are sure helping. I even managed to say no to a smoke today. One of my friends asked me for a smoke, and i managed to say no. It was hard, but I made it. Might be starting on champix soon. Any opinions on champix?

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  • maxie April 13, 2011 | 15:42
    Good luck to all of you. No matter how we choose to quit be it either NRT or Champix or Cold turkey the main thing is that we are doing it and that we keep doing it. Glad to hear Champix is working for you guys. It's another one to add to the list of successful ways to stop.
  • maree April 13, 2011 | 8:56
    Hi, I finished the 12 week course of champix 1o days ago. I was a pack a day smoker for 30 years +. While on the champix I had the nausea, insomnia etc but I stuck to them. I think Champix is great. I have no intention of ever smoking again not after coming this far. I have 4 friends that have done the Champix course and they are all still smoke free. Keep going with whatever works for you. The most important thing is stay smoke free for the rest of your life. You will live longer and be so much healthier. Good luck to all.
  •, South Western Sydney April 13, 2011 | 5:20
    Thank you everyone for commenting. your comments have been very helpful for me. I will give champix a go, but as soon as I feel any negative side effects I will stop the champix. Thank you again everyone.
  • Nic, South Western Sydney April 12, 2011 | 22:23
    I personally know of three really heavy, long term smokers who have remained smoke free for well over 12mths by using champix for the recommended 12 week program.
  • Nic, South Western Sydney April 12, 2011 | 22:19
    Hi Courtney, Im currently on champix and it's day 7 smoke free!!!! I'm a huge advocate of champix. I have previously tried NRT patches and gum. Whilst the patches were good, I still really struggled every day, I constantly craved cigarettes. I have noticed with champix that this is different, I can go for hours and the thought of a smoke doesn't enter my mind. Of course with the good, there does come a bad! For about 4 days i had nausea in the morning and night after taking them, but it is temporary and passes fairly quickly. I say give them a go, they are amazing.
    Goodluck and congrats on day one :)
  • Maxie April 12, 2011 | 22:14
    Sorry forgot to add, everyone I know that has been on champix gave up easily. But they all took it back up when the pills stopped. This is alot of people too, not just one or two. I took them for a week on a previous quit attempt but they made me foggy in the head so I stopped them. I haven't met anyone yet that has quit and stayed quit for good with these but I'm hoping others have more success stories. My sister inlaw went quite a while after taking the tablets but she took smoking up again. Seems that no matter what way we try to quit, the main thing is to stay quit. Don't be fooled into thinking 1 won't hurt because it will. Telling yourself that 1 will be ok is the addiction talking.
  • Maxie April 12, 2011 | 22:03
    I used the patches for 3 weeks Courtney. I knew by using them I would still be addicted to nicotine as that was what is in them but they gave me less of a dosage than I got from my 20+ a day habit. Not to mention I didn't get all the added chemicals with them either. I found that the patches also gave me the mental space I needed to change my thinking. Because they took care of the craving I was able to work out when I did want a cigarette that it wasn't actually physical but mental. So I was able to overcome the mental side or at least strengthen my willpower to the mental cravings in that 3 weeks. I then went cold turkey with very minor withdrawal symptoms and haven't looked back since. This way worked for me and after trying about 20 different times over 29 years I had tried everything just about. Keep going how you are going if that's what is working. Remember each craving is really just a fleeting moment and distract yourself in that time. Before you know it the cravings are less and less. Drink lots of water too, this helped me heaps. If you get a craving have a big glass of water. All the best to you Courtney. To me day 1 was the hardest. Making the decision to quit and sticking with it was by far the hardest part. You've done that now so keep going.

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