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William Power
Hunter New England
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Bye Bye Champix

Posted in Hints and tips 20 Jan 2014
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Hi everyone. I haven't checked in for a while now and today is my 68th day smoke free. About a week ago I decided to end my relationship with Champix after 9 weeks of taking it morning and night. No more sleepless nights, no more sickly feelings and no more tiredness. Champix you did your job well blocking those nicotine receptors day in and day out for nine weeks. Thankyou for making the process of giving up a lot easier than going cold turkey. Well I am feeling pretty confident I will never return to the bad old days of nicotine addiction. The whole idea of ever putting one in my mouth again makes me feel ill. The reasons I gave them away are burned in to my memory. I can now call myself a non smoker!

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  • Solo, South Eastern Sydney January 20, 2014 | 20:33
    Congrats William - I too went down the Champix road, with similar results. Ain't it grand to be able to say "non smoker".
    Cheers
  • Bea444 January 21, 2014 | 6:52
    Congrats to you both! I, as well, used Champix. I am on week 4 and had my last cig a week ago. I have a question for you. When you stopped the Champix did the cravings get worse? Thanks.
  • William Power, Hunter New England January 23, 2014 | 20:56
    Hi Bea. I took the champix for 9 weeks all up. i was initially worried about stopping taking them before the 12 weeks, thinking that maybe I'm going to start craving a cigarette. Well I can tell you this didn't happen. I suppose after 9 weeks I had broken the association of things i used to do that would trigger a cigarette. This doesn't mean I changed everything I do. I t just means certain situations, like coffee, alcohol and stress no longer trigger a craving. i think the secret is in time and teaching your brain to do something else. Give yourself as much time as you need until you feel comfortable and strong enough to go alone. For me the 9 weeks went really quickly and the cravings are gone. Having said that I will always be on my guard and always remind myself of the reasons I gave up. Good luck to you and keep visiting the site. I t really helped me and I think I'll keep popping in from time to time to see how everyone is going. Cheers
  • smokeybandit, Western Sydney January 25, 2014 | 22:55
    Good to hear...today finished 2 weeks on Champix. Smoked about 6 days back dont fee the urge as much only around afternoon. Good to see you are off Champix, way to go.

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