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My reason to stop smoking this time was due to the fact that my breathing was getting so bad that it was a struggle to walk back up the 100metre driveway without a couple of pit stops to catch my breath. After hearing many horror stories about people taking Champix, I still decided to give it a go. I started taking Champix on January 12th 2015. By the 22nd I had completely stopped smoking.
The urges are zero to minimal since stopping. It is only nine days since my last smoke. Previous attempts using patches, cold turkey etc have always been a huge struggle with withdrawals for the first couple of weeks. My partner and family have noticed that I'm not even a raging psychopath this time around!
The side affects such as a slight nauseous feeling that lasts about 15-20minutes is worth it for the long term benefits of quitting. I was docile for the first couple of weeks after starting the course. This has gradually subsided. In fact I feel pretty cruisy considering I am not smoking.
I like the fact that I still have money in the bank. I think I have saved around $150 already. I'm thinking how much I'll have saved after 12 months.
I have been on BP medication for the past 15 years and in this last week my Bp has dropped to a point where my medications have been virtually halved. This alone is worth the perseverance of the Champix. I had tried many, many times over the years to stop smoking without success.
I'm hoping the Champix path will be the final nail for the smokes forever.
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