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First clarification – Chantix is not Zyban. It is a new pharmaceutical offering by Pfizer.

Right off the mark we’ll give it a higher rating than Zyban because it comes with the offering of a support system. Not surprisingly, it is used in virtually the same manner as Zyban, however the interesting thing we found with Chantix is that the effects it claims are very similar to the herb Lobelia used in our top rated programs – and without the need for a prescription.

We rate Chantix - and Zyban as well – at the top of our pharmaceutical recommendations, but again, why take a pharmaceutical with its inherent side effects when an all natural herb that does the same thing, is available. According to Pfizer’s website, the most common side effects events associated with Chantix are nausea, sleep disturbance, constipation, flatulence, and vomiting. It is noted that these are not the only side effects encountered but we could not find where the additional effects were disclosed, which is a little worrying.


  • Not nicotine based

  • Easy to use

  • Provides support


  • Need a prescription in most cases

  • Can have serious side effects

  • No guarantees

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156 Responses to “Chantix”

  1. comment number 1 by: Michelle

    They do post their side effects now, and they can be nasty. I believe its only in a small percentage of people using Chantix but there are reports of people feeling suicidal, having hallucinations, extreme depression, etc…

  2. comment number 2 by: admin


    Sorry, don\’t know what else to say!

    Thanks for the update.


  3. comment number 3 by: Deidre

    This is a horrible drug. It shouldn’t be recommended to anyone ever. The severe side effects almost ruined my life and I was too confused to know what was going on. I didn’t know when I was awake or asleep.. luckily for me I had a loved one around who got me off it. I took the medicine for one month.

  4. comment number 4 by: admin

    I have to agree with you Deidre. Unfortunately we still hear more bad than good about this product.

    We hope that the information that we provide helps people find alternatives.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  5. comment number 5 by: Ed

    This drug has helped me from smoking, and, I’ve tried them all. Those long time smokers you see on tv are for real. Myself, almost forty years a smoker.

    My side effects weren’t like other posts. At first, they helped me sleep longer than my normal restless six hours. Then, after 2 months, it changed to insomnia, cant sleep long at all. My doctor was a big help, listening to my cravings when I was about to give it up, NOW, it’s been 7 weeks without a smoke, drag, patch, nothing. I still sleep like crap, but, I have sleep apnea and restless legs and also being treated by the same doc. I have an appointment next week for my insomnia problem.

    This was my third or fourth time trying to quit with chantix. I had none of the above side bad effects, I guess I was lucky. Good luck to all you folks trying to quit, hope you dont have any bad side effects.

  6. comment number 6 by: admin

    Hi Ed,

    Glad you are doing well and hope your sleep patterns get better. Glad you didn\’t have any side effects, but also sad to hear that it took 3 or 4 times to quit using this product. I hope it sticks this time.

    How long overall did it take you to quit using Chantix between the first time you took it til now?


  7. comment number 7 by: Beverly Hill

    I quit smoking April 19, 2007 using Chantix.
    On March 31, 2007, my 60th birthday, I told all of my children and grandchildren I was giving them a present this year. I had decided to quit smoking and I asked my husband to fill my perscription for Chantix for my Birthday present, since the starter kit was expensive for us and about what one would spend for a nice 60th BD gift.
    Now to go back a little I had been a smoker for 35 years and recently 3 packs a day! My mother passed because of Emphysema a few years before my 60th birthday and just before my 60th birthday I went to the doctor for my yearly physical, at which time I had a chest Xray. When I received a letter in the mail a few days after my doctor appointment, the tears welled up and I couldn’t even speak, I was stunned with the words, “Early Stage Emphysema” that was all it took.
    I went back to the doctor and told her I needed help, I didn’t want to die like my mother gasping for breath, but, I had tried to quit many times during my life and could not quit. The doctor replied “I have the pill for you”. She said she had perscribed it for her husband because he was having problems quitting and it helped him. So I said I would try it.
    I told my husband I was serious and of course he had no faith that I would but agreed to purshase the pills for my birthday present. He now says it was the best present he ever bought for me!
    In any event I quit after 9 day’s which turned out to be April 19th. Which would have been my Mom’s birthday and I haven’t looked back since.
    Right after I quit my son-in-law from Cnanda told my daughter, by God if your Mom can quit so can I. He called me to ask about Chantix and I gave him all the info I had, he went to his Canadian doctor who in turn told him it was new to Canada and he would gladly write the perscription for him. So just a few weeks after I quit my son-in-law was also a quitter using Chantix.
    Just wanted you to know that there are probably more people out here that have quit on Chantix and have not announced it!

    Beverly Hill

  8. comment number 8 by: admin

    Hi Beverly,

    So glad to hear that you quit before the situation got any worse. Also, very happy that your son followed in your footsteps as well.

    Good on you.

    All the best,

  9. comment number 9 by: Blake

    I’ve been a pack a day + smoker for 9 years now, and have cycled through quitting and going back to it a number of times. Trying Chantix was the biggest mistake of all of these attempts. The physical side effects were pretty manageable, but the psychological side of it was intensely unpleasant. Within the first few weeks I felt like I was an observer in my own body, totally disconnected from my surroundings, and after that the rapid-cycling bipolar symptoms started and then got severe, along with the nightmares and depression. It took me a month to cycle off of it, and even then the withdrawal symptoms were severe. In my opinion and from my experience, this drug is dangerous and inadequately tested for the spectrum of application it’s being used for. Try everything and anything else first!

  10. comment number 10 by: admin

    Thanks for your input Blake. It is good to have all points of view.


  11. comment number 11 by: Tony Smithey

    I experienced an anger problem when I first started taking Chantix, but I could clearly still see right from wrong, so I acted apropreatly to every day norm and got over it. I do not condone alot of perscription drug use but Chantix helped me quit smoking and as far as I am concerned at this time it was the only way I could go.

  12. comment number 12 by: Cheryl

    I’m a FAN!!

    I am a 53-year-old woman who smoked for nearly 35 years and would probably still be smoking if not for Chantix. I tried hypnosis, gum, the patch and cold turkey but could not get past the daily/constant desire to want a smoke over the long haul.

    I have now been smoke-free for 15 months, and am very thankful that I rarely feel like I want a smoke (maybe every few months it will cross my mind). I can even be around people who smoke and it doesn’t bother me.

    I think Chantix is a wonderful tool, but must be approached with complete doctor supervision. Personally, I did feel the mood swings, had weird vivid (but not bad) dreams, slept restlessly and, worst of all, had acid reflux every time I ate anything.

    You start on it with 1/2 dose the first week, but they don’t instruct you to come off it gradually, although my doctor did have me reduce the dosage for a week before completely eliminating it.

    I see there are some issues with this approach, but, as with most medicines, with an understanding of the possible side effects, a commited family that has your back, and a diligent doctor, I believe most people can have success with this product.

    Today I can say the side effects were worth it, and I have a lot more $$ in my pocket!

  13. comment number 13 by: admin

    Hi Tony,

    Thanks for your input. I am sure it will help others make a decision.


  14. comment number 14 by: admin

    Hi Cheryl,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I am sure it will help others make the decision to quit as well.


  15. comment number 15 by: David

    Hi! My name is David and I smoked for 37 years. I tried all ways of putting the nasty things down with no success. I tried everything including hypnosis. My doctor gave me a prescription for chantex and I took it to my pharmacy. I couldn’t afford the co pay, so I put it off. Three months later I got the oppertunity to get them for free through my girlfriends work. Well, needless to say I was very sceptical. But I tried. I continued smoking for two weeks while taking them. Thae one day I asked myself what I was doing. That was the day I put the ciggs down and never looked back. I never thought it possible. Never thought I could drink my morning coffee without a “few” cigs.
    Now it has been seven months, don’t even have an urge,Am around smokers all the time and still don’t miss it. I had no side effects from the drug at all. I have sleeping prob;ems and restless leggs, But I’m figuring this is from not having these chemicals in my system.

  16. comment number 16 by: admin

    Hey David,

    Congratulations. Ah, the Chantix battle. Side effects and successes.

    The important thing is that it worked for you! I am all for any product that produces results. Just like them to be as painless as possible.

    Again, congratulations and thanks for your comments.


  17. comment number 17 by: Bob

    I smoked for about 30 years without ever attempting to quit. Finally, I felt committed to try and developed a plan that included a two week vacation (to change my routine and habits) and Chantix. I chose Chantix because of its advertised ability to reduce/eliminate the positive effects of nicotine. I began taking Chantix two weeks before leaving on vacation and during this time smoked all I wanted. I went from a pack and a half to about 1/2 pack during those two weeks without trying. I threw the cigarettes away went I left for vacation and have not smoked since. That was 3 years ago.
    Since this was my only attempt at stopping, I don’t really know Chantix’s importance in my stop smoking plan. My only noticable side affect was vivid/bizarre dreams. I took the drug for about 3 months as I didn’t know the degree Chantix was contributing to my continued rehabilitation.
    Reading the negative reviews of this drug is somewhat perplexing. It would seem that Chantix’s effect on different individuals is extremely variable which is unusual. I wonder if I would choose the same stop smoking plan today.

  18. comment number 18 by: admin

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for your comments. Will certainly help others I am sure.


  19. comment number 19 by: Crystal

    I just took my first Chantix pill today. After reading the reviews…i am getting really nervous about taking tomorrow’s pill. I am wondering if the people that get were thoughts are the ones who already have depression.

  20. comment number 20 by: Shelly

    Chantix…a lifesaver… As with all drugs, I am sure there are side effects and everyone
    reacts differently to every drug. I tried everything possible to quit. I just could not do it. My mom died at age 52 and my aunt and uncle at ages 52 and 56 due to heart disease. I am 53 and following in their footsteps with the high blood pressure and
    high cholesterol. I knew I just had to quit. Chantix is the only way that I could quit…
    Finally NO MORE CRAVING those nasty cigarettes (except on rare occasions). I am glad that I didn’t have any of those bad side effects. My son is now starting on his starter pack of Chantix this week. What a great mothers day present for me!

  21. comment number 21 by: Lisa

    Hi. Just started taking Chantix about 9 days ago. So far, I feel like I have been fine. I have not smoked a cig since I started taking it, and the urge gets less each day. I do get nauseous, but take it with a meal and it seems better. A few weird dreams, but nothing horrible. So far, so good.


  22. comment number 22 by: admin

    Good for you Lisa.

    Keep it up. We are all rootin\’ for you!


  23. comment number 23 by: admin

    Glad it worked for you Shelly. Give your son all the help he needs and he will get there too.


  24. comment number 24 by: Susie

    Hi!! Well, I looked up “chantix and nausea” and found this website. Glad I did. I’m one of those people who tried the patch (great dreams but still smoked), Welbutrin (made me feel like I was on the end of a bad drug bings…after 3 days, pharmacist told me to stop taking it)…fianlly, Chantix. First week, no problems. Second week, still smoked…maybe a cig a day, out of habit not out of really wanting one. However, I started to get angry becuz I was smoking & getting absolutely NO SATISFACTION!! Starting of week 3, the stomach thing hit me. I don’t like feeling nauseated at all!! However, the good outcome of that is the THOT of going out to smoke totally repulses me!! And the dreams! HOLY MOLY!! Nothing scarey but bizarre…that’s the only word to describe them. So, I did learn something reading the above posts…& that is before I run out of pills, I should maybe half them so that I can wean myself off them…hope Chantix works for y’all. I have no complaints for does what it says.

  25. comment number 25 by: Donnie

    Chantix helped me stop using tobacco.None of the side effects listed on previous post.The first thing for this drug to work is the urge and need to stop using tobacco.People can make all of the excuses they want ,but need to wake up and realize its you not the drug that is the problem.

  26. comment number 26 by: admin

    Yes, you have to want to quit. There is NO magic pill.


  27. comment number 27 by: Shelly

    I agree with Donnie…You have to WANT to quit. If you don’t really want to quit…
    some people (not all people) canand might develop all kinds of symptoms (excuses) to stop the Chantix/patch/Wellbutrin, etc. and go back to smoking. I know…I have done it myself before.
    I firmly believe that anyone can quit … given the right motivation. Good luck to everyone!

  28. comment number 28 by: Catherine

    I have been taking Chantix for 9 days now, side effects have been minimal, I made the mistake of taking it on an empty stomach once and was nauseous. However I am still smoking, maybe not as much but still it seems to be the habit. I’ve been smoking for 20 years and wonder if I’m naive to think that this is a “miracle drug”. Most people I have talked to that had success quitting with Chantix describe that they just forgot to smoke or lit one up and put it out not wanting it.
    Wish me luck, I really want this to work, your success stories make me hopeful!

  29. comment number 29 by: admin

    We all wish you the best of luck Catherine.


  30. comment number 30 by: Anne

    I’m on my 3rd week with Chantix. Best product so far. Have had some side effects like gas. I just take a gas x each time. As long as I eat before I take it, I don’t have the nausea. I do have the vivid dreams, but I like them. Some are pretty silly, like last night I dreamed I was using my work IM to talk to people. Real people I work with. Carried on just like a normal day. Felt so real. I did have one scary dream where I started to forget everyone I knew.

    I had tried everything to quit. The patch worked great too actually but I think the chantix is better. Maybe I’m just older. I also like their website and the calls every night.

    Just wanted to throw my recommend out there. Saw this before I got Chantix from my Dr and that’s why I picked it. Oh ya, when I went to my Dr, she had a free starter kit coupon and a $30 coupon. So the whole supply was free because my insurance picked up the cost for the next 2 months and the $30 coupon payed the co-pay. Can’t beat that!

    Good luck to you all!

  31. comment number 31 by: JK

    I am on day 13 of Chantix. My quit date was the 26th of July which I managed to quite on this date but I woke up on the 27th and just felt like I wanted a few puffs so I did but didn’t really need it. On Tuesday night the 29th I did screw up and have 3 smokes I could have done with out but I wanted one so I smoked them. It is now the 28th and I have not smoked one today so my thoughts are the cravings are definatley going away compared to when I was not on chantix and smoking some times 2.5 packs a day mostly on weekends when we were drinking. I think if you are a heavy smoker you need to give Chantix a little more then a week to set your quit date. I may still have a few cigs in the next few days but I am going to win the battle with the assistance of Chantix. As far as side effects I have had some crazy dreams and a little issues with stomach cramps or pain but hopefully in the near future they will be gone and the thoughts of what I might have if I don’t quit smoking. Good luck to all the people taking Chantix and if you have had bad expirences consult your doctor for some assistance.

  32. comment number 32 by: admin

    Good on you Anne. Let us know back on how you make out.

  33. comment number 33 by: admin

    Sounds like you are struggling a bit. Don’t let excuses rule you. Get a handle on them before you end up smoking as much as before.

  34. comment number 34 by: Tracy

    I am on day 12 of chantix, and I have to say, this drug works!! I have had a couple of cigarettes, but more out of habit, and they taste disgusting. This drug has also helped cut other urges, such as alcohol intake tremendously!!! There are some side effects-nausea, vomiting (just once) and the dreams…not bad dreams, but vivid!! I have slept better though the last 2 weeks than I have in months!!

    As for the pyschological issues-I have not had any, and I have in the past suffered from depression and anxiety. I am hoping that this doesnt happen to me…The only real complaint is the nausea, and it is better if taken on a full stomach.

  35. comment number 35 by: tina


  36. comment number 36 by: admin

    Hi Tina,

    It sounds like you are struggling a bit, but keep sticking with it. Actually stopping is the hard part. You’ve done that, so stay with it. It will get easier. Whatever you do, don’t even consider having a cigarette or you will be back to square one. Stay strong.


  37. comment number 37 by: Shira

    Hi everyone,

    I suppose I can post here instead of updating my facebook about my chantix experiences–how cool!

    I am on my 8th day of chantix (first day of taking the blue pills from the 2nd week pack) and feeling a bit nauseous b/c I had a half of a croissant and just had a colonic on Saturday for the first time ( sorry to share TMI) so my digestive system has been a little dicey lately along with trying a raw food diet to folloup can flare up the tract–speaking of a shock to the stomach thank g-d for gas-x lol! I have read a few perplexing reviews about the extremeties of side effects and I’ll be honest its scary because I do tend to be moody, angry and anxiety ridden but have never been officially diagnosed with any mental health problems but living in NYC will definitely contribute to that very factor!
    I have been having some strange dreams not bad but definitely very detailed and almost real that its surreal but I try to get rid of that estranged feeling in the am when I wakeup by meditating/praying which seems to help. Wuestion to those who have taken chantix for the second week– did you experience other additional side effects? I am just a little nervous but I havent smoked for 8 days which is incredible I am 32 and have been smoking on and off since I was 20 so I hope and wish this will be a good journey and best of luck to everyone!

  38. comment number 38 by: Julie

    I started using Chantix last September. It worked very well for me with no side effects that I could not manage. I was smoke-free from September through January. I felt completely in control and did not think I would ever return to smoking again. However, though the drug worked for my physical cravings, it did not help me psychologically. Even though my body did not need to smoke, my mind did and I started back slowly when summer activities (where I previously enjoyed smoking) returned and I had trouble resisting the urge to smoke again. I am now back to smoking and craving cigarettes like I did before. I have decided it is not time to quit (for good this time) and am looking for a method that will work for me. Just wondering if I should start Chantix again as it worked so well for awhile, or would End the habit be more appropriate for me? Any advice from those who had success on one over the other would be helpful. Thanks!

  39. comment number 39 by: admin

    Hi Julie,

    I would say that the End the Habit program is exactly what you need as it is the complete opposite of how Chantix works. As you said, Chantix addressed your physical cravings but not the psychological aspects. The End the Habit program specifically targets the psychology of quitting and simply uses herbal supplements as an aid to control the physical cravings.

    I think you will be far more successful using this method than you will be reverting back to Chantix again.


  40. comment number 40 by: Clay

    I have smoked for 28 years. At times, as much as 3 packs a day, but at the end it was only 1 1/2 packs a day. I have an addictive personality, so breaking an addiction can be very difficult.
    In the past, I tried it all, just as many others on here have. During all of those attempts, including cold turkey, I experienced anger issues, depression, and anxiety. All of this is contributed to the fact that I am addicted to nicotine and these symptoms were brought on from the withdrawals.
    I recently started taking Chantix, only after seeing my doctor and having a thorough physical examination performed. Today is day 11 for me without a cigarette. I have only experience a little anger on one occassion and it passed quickly. I have had anxiety issues ever since my quit date. Again, I attribute this to my body going through withdrawals for nicotine. The only noticeable side effect that I will blame on the Chantix is sleep disturbance. While I may be deprived of sleep, I already am starting to feel better physically since putting down the cigs.
    The support of their GETQUIT plan has been a major help. I go to their website daily and have called their support line on two occassions. The biggest help to me has been my friends and family. Having someone to talk with whenever an urge hits me has been great. If you are quiting, do not hide it from anyone. That only says you are expecting to fail, and are just saving yourself from the embarrassment of failure. Tell everyone. You will be surprised at how supportive and understanding they will be, even if they are non smokers.
    Thanks Chantix. You have made quitting so much easier.

  41. comment number 41 by: Dr. Bob

    After smoking a little more than a pack a day for 32 years, I was unable to quit by any method. After 24 hours of no smokes I felt claustrophobic, panicked and like I was dying, regardless of the method. Started Chantix on the 11th, and tossed my butts, ashtray and paraphernalia on the eve of the 17th. After reading the endless number of reports of depression, blackouts, altered behaviors, necrotic skin lesions etc I was terrified. I put my friends and family on alert in case I had a serious reaction. Going onto my sixth non-smoking day now, and have had none of those effects. None what-so-ever. Moreover, I have not had a hint of craving for a smoke since I stopped. I noticed that I look for smokes out of habit. But, when I remember that I have quit, I just take a deep breath and do something else. For me, Chantix has been a miracle drug. It has been absolutely painless.

  42. comment number 42 by: admin

    Glad to hear it worked for you Bob. That is what matters in the end.

  43. comment number 43 by: Jorge

    I’ve been smoking for 15 years, I just picked up chantix today but all my friends and family members are telling me not to take em, so you can say there not much help lol but now I’m thinking about not starting it I just don’t know, but reading what ppl said how chantix helped them I’ll give it a shot and see how it goes, thanks for reading

  44. comment number 44 by: admin

    We are all wishing you the best Jorge.

  45. comment number 45 by: Anne

    So I started in July and it’s now Nov. I finished the 3 months and then refilled another month. I tried to quit Chantix cold turkey and that did not work for me at all. The cravings were sooo intense, but I believe they were for the chnatix not nicotin/cigarettes. I stayed on it for 2 weeks and at a single dose a day then stopped taking the Chantix again. The first 3 days were really bad. So bad on the 3rd day that I actually felt physically depressed. By the 4th and 5th day that went away completely.

    Now it seems ok, but I was suprised by how I still everyday wish I could smoke. I no longer have the strong physical cravings and even when I wish to smoke it’s very mild. I’ve been told that a smoker for the rest of their lives always wants to smoke. Guess that’s true.

    Again, HIGHLY recommend CHNATIX. Wish I had known about the weening necessary, although I’m sure it’s different for every person.

  46. comment number 46 by: Laura

    This message is to Jorge
    I was told by various Friends not to take Chantix due to the side effects, etc… but for me, the side effect of continued smoking was an early death. I am 49 and have been smoking for 30 years. I had tried to quit in the past although I really did not want to because I enjoyed smoking. Recently I’ve been diagnosed with high cholestorol, vascular disease and clogged cartoid artery and again, I’m only 49. I hesitated beginning the Chantix until 4 days ago. I still have a smoke maybe 2 times a day but can feel the desire and cravings diminishing. It really is amazing and I think it’s going to work for me. I hope you will decide to give it a try, the worst thing that can happen is it does not work for you and you are no worse off than you are if you don’t at least try.

  47. comment number 47 by: admin

    Thanks for the comments Laura, however I would encourage you to have a greater commitment rather than ‘give it a try, the worst thing that can happen is it does not work for you and you are no worse off than you are if you don’t at least try’

    Don’t want to see you going through another year of smoking before you ‘try’ something else.

  48. comment number 48 by: steve

    I,m starting my last week of the first four weeks on saturday, Im going to use that week to wean myself, I dont crave cigs, when I was going through the first week I cut my smoking in half, went on line and looked up photos of lung cancer posted one in my mind, thought of all the people that I see on oxygen, and the money that I ll save and hope that by quitting I will have more time to spend with my future grand kids and family. I dont see any cravings at this time and cant see that they will make amy difference when I think of everything mentioned above. I have had no negative side effects from chantix other than the cost. Still cheaper than ciggs.

  49. comment number 49 by: admin

    Hey Steve,

    Good for you. Nothing like a few graphic images of what can happen to strengthen our resolve!

    Keep it up.

  50. comment number 50 by: Craig

    I used Chantix for the first time in May 2008. I had smoked 3 times in my life at that time for a total of probably 8 years. I’m 50 now. I had heard from a couple of friends that tried it about how it made them suicidal and all the problems they experienced. But the two folks I was talking to already had alot of problems, and quite honestly they had expressed suicidal tendancies in the past to me. So I didn’t let that discourage me.

    On about day 12 I believe, I was smoking a cigarette and it tasted so bad I just threw it down. I never touched another one for 4 months. No cravings, no urge. But I stopped drinking for about 3 months of that time as well. Well, my favorite college football team was playing Alabama on TV in 2008 and I was at a party and got drunk. Then pissed at the outcome. I glanced over and saw Marlboro Lights on the counter. The battle began. Should I grab one. No. Yes. Well I did. And here I am now over 2 years later smoking and coughing again. Smoking really affects me bad after a couple of years as I cough way too much. It annoys me and others.

    I have been wanting to quit now for the past 3 months again. I hate cigarettes. I hate that I have no energy. No desire to workout like I use to. They will destroy you! Then 2 weeks ago I got sick with a sinus infection that turned into bronchitis. I have coughed and blown my nose for 2 weeks non-stop. And of course – continued to smoke.

    I called my doctor 5 days ago and got another prescription for Chantix. I’m quitting! The urge is to smoke is already subsiding. Last time it took about 12 days, so I’m gearing for a complete stop here within the week. This time I CANNOT look back. Every time you start back over smoking, it gets harder to quit. Wish me luck and good luck to everyone else here trying Chantix.

    The only problem I have had is vivid dreams and not sleeping too well. But I’ll take that if I can just get over this urge again to smoke. I am sold. Chantix does work!

  51. comment number 51 by: admin

    We all wish you luck Craig.

  52. comment number 52 by: Andrea

    I also would like to add that I smoked for 20 years. Two weeks after I quit smoking I began exercising regularly and began walking which has turned into running. I ran in my first 5K on Thanksgiving Day. I highly recommend Chantix to anyone who wants to quit smoking.

  53. comment number 53 by: Joe Barnett

    I had smoked since I graduated high school. I smoked between 1-2 packs of Marlboro a day for 43 years. I used Chantix beginning in September of 2009. I am 62 years old and haven’t smoked in 15 months. It works.

  54. comment number 54 by: admin

    Hi Andrea,


    I think you nailed a bit part of quitting right on the head. Replace the bad habit with something that is good for you, like exercise.

    Keep it up.

  55. comment number 55 by: admin

    Good for you Joe. Congratulations!

  56. comment number 56 by: carrie

    I’m on my 6th day of Chantix and this is the first morning I woke up with no cravings at all, and it feels great. I have had no real problems with side effects so far, next week I increase the dose so we will see. I have 4 cigarettes left, after that I’m done for good.

  57. comment number 57 by: Linda

    Day 6 on Chantix. Still smoking but just a little less. Yes, first few nights wasn’t sure I slept or not. Vivid dreams, and recommend taking with food. Often confused, feel like I need to concentrate more when driving. Pretty nervous about quit date on Day 8. Hoping that the change from .5mg’s the first week to 1mg the second week will help. Any ideas ?

  58. comment number 58 by: admin

    Sounds good Carrie,

    Let us know how you make out.

  59. comment number 59 by: Bill

    I smoked for over 40 yrs. I tried to quit cold-turkey several times but relapsed. I saw the TV ads for Chantix and decided to try it. I did continue to smoke after the first week and eventually tapered off until I stopped completely. I did have some of the syptoms mentioned by others but nothing overpowering. It seemed that Chantix rewired my head because I had lost all urge to smoke and now it feels as if I never had. I have been smoke free for 3 1/2 years.

  60. comment number 60 by: audrea

    Hi, My name is audrea my aunt used this product & it didnt work actually she started smokin more. we wanted to know is there any way we could try it again and get it without having a prescription for it??….

  61. comment number 61 by: admin

    Not that I am aware of. You need a prescription. But can I ask you why you would even want to try again if it made you smoke more last time?

  62. comment number 62 by: Stan

    After smoking 2 packs a day for over 30 years and having no luck with NRT methods or Wellbutrin along came this new drug called Chantix. I decided to give it a try. That was 4 years ago and I have not had even the slightest craving for a cigarette since I finished the program. It is like I have never smoked in my life. Smoking disgusts me now. I will say this about the treatment. I had the nasuea, which was mild while taking it. I had the vivid dreams which I considered a bonus cause they were very entertaining and realistic. If you are prone to nightmares, this is probably not the method you should choose to stop smoking. My experience with the dark side effects did not appear until I stopped taking the drug. Then, HOLY COW panic attacks and anxiety. My Dr. prescribed me zanex for a month which worked me through the symptoms. In the end, the outcome of being totally smoke free was worth the discomfort at the end of the therapy. It seems this drug affects people in vastly different ways and is not for everyone. However, of all the people I personally know, and also from other testimonials like on here, Chantix, when tolorated seems to have a high long term success rate. I do miss those dreams though.

  63. comment number 63 by: Margaret

    Was a smoker for 40 years. For the last couple years was a 2 pack a day smoker. Finally decided that I was spending too much money on smokes so decided to quit, and on the recomendation of my son used Chantix. I have been non smoking for a year and will not start back because I have no desire to use Chantix again. Chantix is the only way for me to quit. I had vivid entertaining dreams, slept a lot, and a flat emotions. The flat emotions were scary. This isn’t a drug for everyone.

  64. comment number 64 by: admin

    Hi Margaret,

    Glad you were successful.

    We know this is a very popular product with the medical community, but it is the unknown extent of what side effects each individual will get that causes concern, and that’s why we recommend less intrusive yet effective methods.

    I’m happy to see your statement that ‘This isn’t a drug for everyone.’

  65. comment number 65 by: Janea

    I’ve been smoke-free since 1/30/11….and it feels great!!!

  66. comment number 66 by: admin

    Congratulations…keep it up!!!

  67. comment number 67 by: adam

    after smoking 48 years i havent had a single cigarette since 1-27-11 and im not freaking out, not running to smoke even after hearing bad news or in a stressful situation. i just got tired of my stuff reaking like nicotine and paying crazy money to stink my stuff up. ive already saved over 100 dollars. no doubt the chantix made it so i could deal with breaking the vicious cycle. i still have an urge or a flash of an urge like a phantom hand reaching for a smoke but it feels way way better not to smoke, im just so grateful its working, it feels great to be free from such a nasty nasty habit. thank you chantix.

  68. comment number 68 by: admin

    Good for you Adam. Congratulations.

  69. comment number 69 by: Sheri

    Today is my first day on Chantix! I am looking forward to quitting and not craving those stinky horrible things!!! I also want to prove to my 15 year old daughter that I can do it, without being moody…she has begged me NOT to quit, because she is afraid that I will have mood swings….I recently found out that I have high blood pressure, and that scared me, seems how my mother passed away at 40 of a heart attack, and I am almost 37…time to make changes in my life…and how appropriate is it that my 8th day (1st non-smoking day) will be on Valentine’s day…wish me luck on breaking this nasty 15 year habit!!!

  70. comment number 70 by: Sarah

    PLEASE DON’T USE CHANTIX! My father tried this, and almost killed himself because it made him so crazy. It causes you to lose touch with reality and not enjoy ANYTHING, including smoking. It took him a long time to feel normal again. I’m sure some people have better reactions, but why take the risk of being the type of person who reacts badly? It’s not worth it. Just try something else. :(

  71. comment number 71 by: admin

    Thanks for your thoughts Sarah. We all hope your father is doing better.


  72. comment number 72 by: admin

    We all wish you the best of luck Sheri.

  73. comment number 73 by: Belinda

    Thank you for this website. I am not alone.
    I am 38 and have 3 children and a wonderful husband. Having my 7 years old telling me “Please, mama stops the cancer-sticks” is killing me! I start smoking at 13 (commun in Europe!) and only stopped each time i was pregnant. Why? It made me sick!
    My problem is I am 92lbs and believe me it doesn’t look good! I do have high metabolism BUT if only quitting smoking could give me 10 little LBS. What would that be to be able to prove my kids I CAN DO THIS! I am scarred and feel silly for it! Hope that sticking with your site will help me. I am ready to give Chantix a try! NOBODY in my family smokes… so it’s not easy for them to understand! Wish me luck! Will be a bumpy road!

  74. comment number 74 by: Belinda

    Didn’t use Chantix! and quit 9 days ago! Thanks for the mental boost. NOT!

  75. comment number 75 by: Renee

    I used Chantix about 2 yrs. ago & quit for about 9 months. I picked up a cancer stick, thought just one puff…am smoking again. My doctor said she wouldn’t be able to give me another prescription for Chantix. I only had vivid dreams & slight nausea last time. Why can’t I give it another try? I read the posts & others have tried Chantix a second time? I don’t have high blood pressure, sugar, no weight problem. I do take Lipitor, cholesterol is in check as well. I am 51 yrs. old. Should I switch doctors?

  76. comment number 76 by: admin

    Hi Renee,

    Sorry, that is a loaded question. If your doctor says you should not take Chantix again, I sure wouldn’t.

    We have to remember it is a powerful pharmaceutical and not to take lightly regardless of what the commercials say.

    Obviously we recommend natural products that haven’t been modified or enhanced to the level of pharmaceuticals and would recommend you try those instead. But ultimately it is your call.


  77. comment number 77 by: admin

    Hi Stan,

    Appreciate the comments, but for most folks, I don’t think they are looking to have to go on anti-anxiety medication to counteract the after effects of their stop smoking medication.

    Just my two cents.

  78. comment number 78 by: Patty

    My husband told me he’d quit on our wedding day, 13 years ago. Then on the birth of our first child. On and off over the years, he’d say he would quit. He started weaning himself off – down from 1.5 packs a day to about 6. Still he determined he’d get Chantix. That was last Tuesday. By Friday night he was screaming full force at me IN a store. I’ve never been so embarrassed. He is not like that. I had no idea what was happening. Then Saturday he blew up at me in front of the kids – another no-no. But this time he was screaming that he left his first wife and he was going to leave me too. Our kids never knew he was married before. There is no way he would have ever blurted that out like that. Let alone scream it. Besides which, I had no clue what he was mad and screaming about to start with! I realized it was ‘something’ and remembered the Chantix. I threw it away. Sunday rolled around and the screaming had me in tears. I have never had to deal with anything like that. He is awful. He is not the same person I married. NO it is not just ‘quitting’ that has gotten him to this state – because he was down to 6 cigarettes a day. It is Chantix. It is horrible awful stuff and I don’t wish it upon anyone. As of yesterday – “he is never talking to me again.” I am SO depressed over this and I’m not on Chantix!! I’m just suffering from the side effects. He is screaming for me to find his “medicine” or he’s gong to go get more. THIS after five days. I can’t imagine what a week would have done. NO he has never been depressed or suicidal. This previously wonderful husband and father has ‘runned my bath’ and put bath bubbles in since our first night together. Now, for the past two nights – no bath. That’s just so sad and so weird. And he doesn’t see it. He said I need to go to a shrink because there’s nothing wrong with HIM. Please remove this drug from the market!!

  79. comment number 79 by: Patty from NJ

    Hi, Im on my 3rd week of Chantix and its working great for me. Ive been smoking for 35 yrs and Ive tried everything to stop, patches, gum, hypmotism and even cold turkey, nothing would stop the cravings. Now its been 7 days since I smoked and I dont miss it one bit. I thank god for Chantix, its the best!!

  80. comment number 80 by: admin

    Glad to hear it Patty.

  81. comment number 81 by: admin

    Hi Patty,

    That is extreme. Thanks for sharing.

  82. comment number 82 by: Karen

    I’ve been considering to try Chantix. Reading all your helpful comments its like a hit and miss for reactions but I’d say worth a try?? I’m so sick of letting this stinky habit control me. Has weight gain been a problem with any one of you?

  83. comment number 83 by: suzanne

    I’m on day four of chantix and I can tell a big difference..cigarettes taste the way I remember them tasting when I learned to smoke at age 13..nasty..I have gone from a pack a day to less than half ..I haven’t had any bad side effects except waking up during the night..I am 32 and I am very hopeful with this medication.. I like reading about the people who were successful after being heavy smokers for 40 years..they inspire me..not people that say to me, ” I used to smoke 3 cigarettes a day for 2 years and I quit cold turkey! ” these people need to get of their soapbox…good luck to all of you ..I works definitely recommend this drug.

  84. comment number 84 by: admin

    We all wish you the best Suzanne.


  85. comment number 85 by: Mary

    Hi I have been thinking about quiting smoking and my Dr says i should try Chantix. My only problem is that i have depression and anxiety already. Do you think this will be a good Drug for me to try?

  86. comment number 86 by: admin

    Hi Mary,

    That is only for you to decide. There are many opinions here from actual users that would be good to review.

    Also would be best to check with your Doctor about side effects with your conditions.


  87. comment number 87 by: shane

    well this drug is not for sissy’s,if you have depression then don’t take it,if you drink a lot don’t take it.this drug is not for people who has to take 15 different pills just to live day by day. i have been on it for 2 weeks and “nothing” no dreams,up set ,ect….so if your a pill popper or just a sissy,or you just have a bad DNA. stay away

  88. comment number 88 by: Phyllis

    My quit date is 4/28/11 and I can’t wait. The Chantix is working beautifully already. I smoked twice today and didn’t die, so I can successfully meet my goal beginning on my quit date. I am experiencing no side effects from the medication. I’ve been wanting a dream or two, but nothing. I’ve experienced no tummy issues and I have taken most doses on an empty tummy. So far I am pleased. Wish me luck!

  89. comment number 89 by: Ellie

    Chantix is the only thing that has ever worked for me BUT it has terrible side effects and I can’t take it for long. It made me crazy! Seriously crazy and I’ve talked to a lot of other people where it has done the same thing. I slept day and night and was literally psychotic. For the Chantix to be effective a person has to take the 1mg twice a day and you have to stay on it for at least 2 months but I would recommend the full 6 months to have a successful outcome.

    So, if you don’t have any problems with severe constipation or don’t become crazy (and I’m telling you a lot of people do become crazy) then this will work for you if you stay on it for the 6 months. I’m hoping they will come out with another variation of the Chantix so I can try that and hopefully it wont have the crazy side effects.

  90. comment number 90 by: Jason

    I took Chantix 3 years ago for 4 weeks, then stopped cold turkey. I had a little constipation & intense dreams while on it, nothing after I stopped.

    I took it again last year for 6 weeks, stopped cold turkey. The same mild only reactions while taking, but a few months later I had a massive bout with anxiety. A few days in a row I was getting dizzy, anxious, thought I was having a stroke. A month or 2 after that I had another. One day only. Thought I was having a heart attack.

    Took chantix again this year for 7 weeks, cold turkey again 3 weeks ago. For the last 1 1/2 weeks I’ve had a ton of anxiety attacks. Thought I was just losing my mind, then by chance saw more info on Chantix than I’d seen before about reactions months or weeks after stopping. One website highly recommended weening yourself off on the backend. I am going to try getting back on then weening myself off after that. I highly recommend considering that for anyone taking it, or at least asking about it.

    I am not an anxious person, no medications ever other than advil occasionally. Had no reactions while on Chantix, just after stopping. Use caution!!!

  91. comment number 91 by: admin


    Sorry to be harsh on your attempts Jason, but clearly it is not helping you stay quit. Why keep going back to the same medication?


  92. comment number 92 by: Karla

    I think this is the best pill I have ever taken. I did quit taken the pm pill after the first month for lack of sleep. I just take the pm the next day. Don’t even think about smoking, feel good, more energy and I don’t smell like smoke ant more. I would tell anyone who wants to quit, to get this pill.

  93. comment number 93 by: Sara

    I want to add to the commments because the horrible ones kept me from trying Chantix for 2 years…I could have had this done by now! All is going well, I am down to 4 a day and WILL quit! I appreciate the people who said to come off of it the same way we went on, gradually. I have gone on even more gradually than I was told and am still WAY down to few cigs. I am so looking forward to being done with this habit. If you are ready to quit, do it, just don’t be in too big a hurry….go on slow/go off slow. Don’t waste the two years I did.

  94. comment number 94 by: Sue

    I’m on Day 12 of Chantix and Day 5 of no smoking. It’s working great for me. The only side effects are crazy dreams but they tend to be funny, not nightmares. I’m hoping I don’t have to stay on it for the full 12 weeks but only because I’m not a big fan of taking pills, just wanted to quit smoking!

  95. comment number 95 by: admin

    Glad it’s working for you Sue.

  96. comment number 96 by: admin

    Thanks Sara.

    Be sure to let us know when you have quit so we can congratulate you.

  97. comment number 97 by: admin

    Glad it is working for you Karla.

  98. comment number 98 by: Susan

    Hi All soon-to-be or already-quit-the-habiters!
    I used Chantix Labor day 2009, it was hard, but I did quit for 10 months. I did chew gum all day and my jaw was so sore but I managed to quit. My best friend of 28 years, took very ill and ended up passing away July 2010, I couldn’t deal with it and went back to smoking. Today I am on my 11th day of Chantix, 4 not smoking at all! I think this time around it seems to be alot easier. I am not using the Chantix support site (I really think I craved it more because I was thinking about it every day when I would get there support emails). I am eating Tic Tacs like mad, but at least it is not killing my jaw and I will be a successful case. The side effects that I have is the nausea when I take the pill and don’t eat and the vivid dreams. I hope other people have the same result that I am having and I will post back when I am done taking Chantix. Good luck to all, it’s not easy.

  99. comment number 99 by: Elena

    I started chantix about ten days ago. i ramped up rather quickly because i have gastric bypass and absorb on average only 50% of my meds, and the slow ramp-up they prescribe is to avoid side effects.

    I have smoked 3 times in my life, first when i was 18 for 2 years, quit after a car wreck (by the time i got home from hospital my cravings were gone and i didn’t want to resume), 2nd 14 years later when i relapsed and after i’d been clean & sober for about 8 years (funny thing was i never really craved them until after i got clean, and then every time under stress, that’s what i wanted – finally caved). Quit 2nd time using nicanon and patches and went through horrific 3 day detox and then just miserable cravings for about a year and then felt mostly fine. Smoked one or two cigarettes every once in a while (months or years apart), suprising myself, started feeling masterly. Got sick of that, gave me headaches, stopped completely for 5 years, then started a few while working (still thinking i was in control) and in a week i was re-addicted. Not smoking much, but unable to stop. Five smokes a day and unable to stop. Tried the patch and it doubled overnight. Ten a day and unable to stop. Scared, already sick of it. SICK of it. no pleasure. only compulsion. Met someone who was using chantix and still smoking a little, frustrated b/c he wasn’t able to feel the effect. I knew the risks, but i knew i wasn’t smoking anymore for effect and could not face the pain of another detox. So I asked my Dr. for Chantix.

    Yesterday was day 8, my “offiical” quit date. I had one smoke in the morning, not because i needed to, not because i wanted it, but because i was irrationally frightened of completely stopping. nothing and almost no thoughts of smoking the rest of the day. compulsion is completely gone. unbelievable. for me, it has been the mythical magic bullet. it’s been fast, because my habit was low i’m sure. it’s been easy, because my sides have been minimal and because i really want to stop. however i don’t think it’s over.

    work is my biggest trigger and i work today. i don’t know if i will smoke or not. if i do, i’m sure it will be a lot less – maybe one or two. i do believe i can and will stop soon, very soon, as each day that passes my desire and thoughts of smoking are evaporating.

    my biggest side – and this might just be detox – aside from nausea and feeling tired for about an hour after i take the pill, which i hate – is just feeling a little unwell and irritable through the day. no dreams, no craziness. at least not on day 9. considering the health toll, expense, and every other negative associated with smoking, i’d have myself admitted to the hospital for sides before i’d give up. i need to quit. fortunately i’ve been one of the lucky ones. i would and have recommended chantix to anyone. i literally can’t believe how easy this is compared to other methods i’ve tried in the past. it’s a walk in the park.

    i’m glad they post more information now than they used to, and i think anyone who takes any medication without informing themselves fully about it is asking for trouble.

    as far as using gum (or for that matter the patch) with it, the packaging says not to use other smoke cessation aids with chantix. with that said as the official word, if you can’t tell from my opening statement, i’m one to riot with self-will. if you can smoke on chantix, i can’t see why you can’t chew gum or use a patch. i think the deal is 1) it hasn’t been researched and 2) you will lose interest. give it time. the first few days i thought it wasn’t working much and was fully expecting to still be smoking much more on day 8. i had a rough day and still only had that one. If you smoke like a regular pack-a-day smoker and ramped up properly, it will probably take more time. if you are still craving the effects, find a therapist or a good support group. By the way, a minute or two of deep breathing helps surprisingly well with cravings – but only if you are willing to let it go.

  100. comment number 100 by: admin

    Hi Susan…we are hoping it sticks this time for you as well.


  101. comment number 101 by: admin

    We wish you the best Elena.

    Only thing I can say is that you need to decide that you are quit smoking forever and not keep slipping back. One a day is still bad for you.


  102. comment number 102 by: Chelsey

    I took Chantix and it works great! My husband took it too and we have been smoke free for a year. Due to stress we foolishly started again and are back on it. It always amazes me when I hear people talk about how horrible it is because of the side effects. You are facing death by emphysema, lung cancer, and heart disease yet a few side affects are enough to deter you from saving your life? Death is death and cigarettes indefinitely will shorten your life and kill you. Smoking will harm others around you, make you smell and age you. Plus there are over 5,000 dangerous chemicals in cigarettes that trump Chantix dangers any day so I would rather take my chances on a drug that stops me from slowly killing myself. Chantix is so horrible becuase it prevents you from doing what you love most. This is why you truly hate it. The side affects you feel are the chemicals leaving your body. It saved my life once before and I know it will do it again. I hope you all will see the positive side of Chantix and keep in mind cigarettes are much worse!

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  104. comment number 104 by: anonymous

    for me i tried the patch went 10 days without smoking but 2nd day off the last patch i felt like i wanted to strangle something… and then went back to smoking…

    kept telling myself no cause they seem to trigger my migraines…. i dont think that the nicotine does but the other chemicals that they put in the cigs… i could be smoking getting a migraine while smoking but cant put the cig down…. i seem to have more of a compulsion to smoke than the need for nicotine… i do have ocd so im sure that doesnt help…

    went back on the patch after a few cigs here and there a day and felt like i just wanted more to smoke… so im hoping that the chantix will work…

    i know a few people who have quit using it and one in 2 weeks of usage… i had my last 3 cigs today and 1st pill…. gonna try to not smoke tomorrow even tho my quit date is supposed to be a week from day 1 of chantix…

    wish me luck…..

  105. comment number 105 by: Kristi in Kentucky

    Day 8 on Chantix, day 2 as a non-smoker. Very proud of myself! I have smoked for 15 years at a rate of a pack a day. I quit 2 other times, when I was pregnant. However, that only lasted until the birth of my girls.
    I smoked during the first week (starter pack week), but the cravings were decreased, I went from 20 cigarettes a day to 10, then 7, then 5! On day 8, I woke up and ate breakfast… I thought, “I’ll try a cigarette before taking the Chantix.” BAD idea! Chantix already makes me very nauseated for the first couple hours after taking it, but the higher dose makes me not even want to see an ashtray, a pack of cigarettes, etc. Oh my gosh! This is unbelievBle how my cravings are gone, it’s worth the upset stomach. I do have vivid dreams, but I enjoy them, like many others have commented.
    I almost didn’t try Chantix due to the side effects, so far I’m coping pretty well. There is only one other thing i’ve noticed since being on the med: i can’t drink coffee. I feel so sick to my stomach that I want to just cry! Weird, huh? That’s one of the reasons I visited this site – to see if anyone else had this same thing happen. Guess not? I’m so very thankful that I hAven’t experienced the anxiety, depression and mood swings. Heck! I’m a woman, we have enough of that on a normal basis – no need for more! I have decided, after reading all above comments, that I am going to taper myself off the medicine as a preventative measure.
    I guess I will close this with a great, big “thank you Chantix”! I’ll keep u posted of my inevitable success!

  106. comment number 106 by: admin

    Hi Kristi,

    With the recent health concerns about Chantix in the media, we are limiting our responses until further details are released.

    However, in saying that, congratulations on quitting!


  107. comment number 107 by: admin


    With the recent health concerns about Chantix in the media, we are limiting our responses until further details are released.


  108. comment number 108 by: admin


    With the recent health concerns about Chantix in the media, we are limiting our responses until further details are released.

    However we do wish you the best and hope it sticks this time.


  109. comment number 109 by: Kristi in Kentucky

    Day 6 as a nonsmoker, quit the Chantix 2 days ago. I hated the nausea more than I loved the cigarettes. I’m doin good- cravings during high stress, otherwise okay. Thx again Chantix! I could have NEVER done it without u!!!!

  110. comment number 110 by: anonymous

    update from 7-20 anonymous!!!! 2.5 wks on chantix now and 2 weeks smoke free!! side effects (SE) are mild but worst one is the joint pain!! the best one is that it seems to be helping some of my menopause symptoms… the urges dreams and nausea/gas arent too bad…. but im only taking one 1mg pill a day around 730 after dinner… maybe that makes a difference? I cant/wont do the day dose since id rather sleep thru the SE symptoms than have to deal with all the SE symptoms while at work… otherwise so far so good and NO migraines since i quit 2 weeks ago!!! that in itself has made the side effects tolerable and a life saver for me!!! THNKS CHNTX!!!!

  111. comment number 111 by: Kristi in Kentucky

    Day 15 as a nonsmoker!!! Yay Meeeee!!!!!

  112. comment number 112 by: anonymous

    new update… 4 wks now quit… decreased my dose down to .5mg and still only the nite dose… the pharmacist said the pills could be cut in half so i am so i can ween down from them and then completely off…. i made it a month so i know a wk or 2 more and i feel i can do it without chantix help.. but im forever grateful that it worked for me….

  113. comment number 113 by: Mark Cochenour

    Taking Chantix a week now and cigs starting to taste really nasty so today is my first day not smoking at all. The dreams are crazy and vivid… love that! My Chantix expired two years ago… hoping I am not poisoning myself from expired medication though…

  114. comment number 114 by: admin

    Hi Mark,

    Although it might be a bit late, I would certainly be checking with your doctor or a pharmacist on the expired meds.


  115. comment number 115 by: jay

    i’ve been taking chantix for 2 weeks now and i can honestly say that i have completly stopped smoking and im amazed after years of trying. i havent had any side affect either, maybe an occasional headache but nothing severe

  116. comment number 116 by: admin

    Glad to hear it is working for you Jay. Keep it up!

  117. comment number 117 by: Tonya

    Hi – I have enjoyed reading everyone’s post. I’ve been a smoker for 16 years and have never been capable of going an entire day without smoking. The sad part is that I HATE being a smoker. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of the health concerns and possibly not being here for my 6yr old son if I continue. Yet I still continue to smoke because I don’t have the will power to quit on my own. It’s been many times that I will say ok, I am not buying anymore cigs. But that never lasts more than a couple of hours. My mom tried Chantix and surprisingly she quit half way through it. It’s been several months now. No Chantix – No Cigs. I was so proud of her and very envious I must say because it is something that I want so badly but just can’t do it. Well, I started Chantix yesterday and I see a difference in my cravings already. My stomac has been a little upset, but I would take this anyway compared to the effects of smoking. If its a chance that I can stop smoking…I am more than willing to put up with the small side effects. Imagine the effects of lung cancer, those won’t ever go away. That being said I am willing to try whatever necessary to walk away from this horrible habit. I will continue to pray and I truly look forward to the day that I can be smoke free. Wish me luck everyone and please pray for me.

  118. comment number 118 by: admin

    We all wish you the best Tonya!

  119. comment number 119 by: Onescaredquitter

    Hello everyone. I have very much enjoyed hearing the different experiences by those who have taken Chantix. I am picking up my starter pack tomorrow and am deciding if my first pill should be tomorrow evening, or on Friday. Either way, I wanted to say thanks to everyone, and that I hope to post my experiences to this forum so othrs may benefit from knowing my experience. (that’s why I have chosen an unusual username…so I will stand out).

    More to follow…thanks again everyone! Please wish me luck and a strong will.

  120. comment number 120 by: daughter of RASTAFARI

    I have been using Chantix and I must admit, it has helped me to kick that nasty habit!!! & I am so thankful! yes, side effects…but they WILL go away. I would suggest that you ask your doctor to prescribe other meds along with the chantix; i.e. anti-anxiety med and maybe a sleeping med, along with a stool softner. If you really want to quit smoking….this is the medication for you :)

    Take care of yourself people, no one can do it like YOU CAN!!


  121. comment number 121 by: admin

    Not sure if this is a 1 or a -1 for Chantix if the side effects require that many drugs to counter them. Can you please expand further why you would need all this.


  122. comment number 122 by: Tonya

    Hello Everyone! This is a follow up to my initial post dated November 11. Reading my post again and noticing the fear and strong desire to want to quit but never being capable of doing so has brought much joy in my life today. For 16 years i have been married to cigs. I never had the courage or strength to go a day without a cig. But Thanks to Chantix, I smoked my last cig on Nov. 21st and I still cannot believe it. Even better…I stopped taking the Chantix one week later. I still have an unused pack that I never had to touch. Throughout the entire experience I did not suffer with one side effect. To everyone who really wants to do it, please, please give Chantix a try. It is definitely worth it. Do not Allow the fear of side effects to get in the way of possibly saving your life. Trust me cancer is much worse. Try it and monitor yourself and if it is too much…stop taking it. I have never been so great full for a product. Not even one month ago I thought I was going to smoke throughout my entire life, leafing up to my death. But thanks to Chantix, I have been given another chance and I do not recall ever feeling this good. The best part is…I do not even desire the cigs anymore. I always said if I can ever go an entire day without smoking…I would never pick up Another one. So I consider myself officially smoke free. Good luck everyone and remember it is worth trying.

  123. comment number 123 by: Bobbi

    I have been taking Chantix for 9 days, and as of now I am quitting smoking. I smoked about 3 hours ago. My dad is not happy about me taking a drug with so many side effects. Also, I have drank alcohol since starting it, which was probably not a good idea. I watched a video about a musician who drank while taking it and hallucinated. So, my plan is to quit right now and to begin to back off of the Chantix the same way I went on it. That is, four days with one pill a day. This is way shorter than the recomended time to take it, but I am just too worried about the health issues. Most of the really bad stories Ive read have been extended use situations. The pill has definately ended the cravings. But I’m getting off of it. Now I am going to find out if I am really ready to quit. Oh, and I am not going to drink anymore alcohol until I am sure the pill is out of my system. The account I heard of the hallucinations was really bad. The guy ended up being shot by his neighbor because of his aggresive behavior.

  124. comment number 124 by: admin

    Hi Bobbi,

    Wow, interesting stories. Hope your plan works out for you.


  125. comment number 125 by: Angela

    I took Chantix 3 years ago. I actually only took it for 1 month. My last cigarette was on January 18, 2009. Since that day I haven’t even craved a cigarette. It doesn’t bother me to be around others that smoke either. I just don’t want one.

  126. comment number 126 by: Tammy

    I have been taking Chantix for 10 days now. My quit date was 3 days ago. I had a lot of side effects, such as nausau (the whole day even tho I ate), flashes of red, achy joints, dry mouth. I called my Dr, he said to 1/2 the dose, which has worked well. I do not crave cigarettes and the withdrawals from the cigs were very little. When I was smoking last week, the cigs tasted horrible. I believe Chantix is working for me. My husband also quit on the same day & has not had one side effect, so it depends on the person. We both have been smokefree for 3 days. I believe your want to quit has to be greater than the cigarettes’ need to keep you smoking. The small amount of side effects I am still getting is a small price to pay in my opinion to be free from this awful addiction.
    Good luck to anyone trying. It still isn’t easy with
    Chantix, but it has helped a lot for me.

  127. comment number 127 by: admin

    Thanks for your thoughts Tammy. Keep up the good work.

  128. comment number 128 by: admin

    Good for you Angela!

  129. comment number 129 by: KristenWilliams

    Hi Everyone! Wow I just finished reading this entire forum and it was very helpful for me! I think I am going to try Chantix…. I have been smoking for 15 years too long… I have an irregular heart beat… tightening in my lungs, and I’m starting the dreaded smokers cough… As far as I can see it these are much worse side effects than what Chantix can do to me… However, I am concerned… I have a really long history of Anxiety and depression, but I have never taken, “A Pill” to aid me in recovery… I have battled it on my own, with meditation, relaxation, and simply do things that make me happy!!! But quiting smoking, OMG… usually my family is begging me to just smoke by day 3… and I can’t blame them… I completely loose it without a cigarette… so I think Chantix could really help with those god awful cravings that make you want to rip your hair out… check every single corner, pocket stash spot in your house for a cigarette until you break down and cry…. god I really wish I would have listened to all those people who told me not to start when I was a teenager… So anyways, I think this pill could probably help… with close supervision of a doctor, a lot of info… like from this forum, and much needed support from a loved one!!! Glad this site is here!!! :) I will let you guys know how I’m doing after I start, “The Magic Pill” jk… but, its always a mind over matter thing no matter what your dealing with… but if this pill stops the cravings… WOW! Count me in!!!! Good Luck to everyone! And Trust yourself… it will be okay… :)

  130. comment number 130 by: Iwillquit!

    Hi, I’m on day 4 of Chantix and so far I’ve had no side effects! Cigarettes don’t taste the same to me, which is strange considering I can’t even smoke a cigarette without have something to drink with flavor. So pretty crazy that I’ve noticed. I don’t crave cigs as much, but if I do smoke it is because I am just used to having a cig every hr or 2. Then I start smoking and can’t finish the cig because I’m not really getting a feeling of relief when I smoke, as I usually do.

    I have been concerned about the side effects (going crazy), considering I have a history of major depression, mania, ADD, and anxiety. Honestly, I would rather quit the nasty nicotine addiction and live a longer, happier life, which is why I am taking the chance with Chantix.

    My dad is 68, has COPD and just started oxygen prn. He smoked for 40-50 yrs and quit using Chantix 3 yrs ago…I couldn’t believe it! My dad is a type A who smoked 3 packs a day! Sadly, I know his life will be cut short due to his smoking, but Chantix has saved him some time! He too, has a Hx of Bipolar/depression and he didn’t have the crazy side effects, hoping the same for myself.

    My dad’s success is a huge motivation for me to give Chantix a try. I also lost my mom to gallbladder cancer 8 yrs ago (she never smoked). I’m only 32 and will be an orphan before I’m 40 and that scares the hell out of me, and it’s all because of Smoking!

    Anyhow, I wish all of you luck on becoming non-smokers once again, as u were before you ever picked up that darn cigarette!

  131. comment number 131 by: Mike

    Im on my 11th day of taking chantix my last cig was at 9:30 pm on the 8th day:-) I smOked normal for days 1-7 then 3 cigs on the 8th day and decided no more on day 8, I had a few small cravings on the 9th and 10th day, today seems a lil harder but I just keep telling myself I would waste the last 2 days of not smoking but then again I tell myself just one drag! Ugh but I’m doing my best not to…. It is what it is and for side effects a lil gas and I can remember my dreams a lil btr, and I got some in one of them but of course my wife didn’t like that dream:-) just hope I don’t have to fight these cravings much longer! I do smoke a lil Mary Jane and it actually seems to help not smoke the cigs! Ive been smoking cigs for 20yrs and was up TP a pack to two packs a day! Wow thinking now that I put all that smoke in my body! Damn that’s alot of smoke! Good luck everyone on their quest and if you all are getting symptoms like suicide and all that crazy stuff, get helP from your doctor don’t ask us about it get your ass to the doctor, you shouldn’t be thinking bout killing yourself!

  132. comment number 132 by: Mike

    Ok, well I’m on my 11th on chantix and my last cig was on the 8th day at 9:30pm! Therefor I’m 72 hrs clean:-) must say the cravings today were hard but I stayed strong! Sotomorriw will be my 4th day of being clean! Just hope the cravens do go away! Gum and sunflower seeds!:-) I’ve had a couple dreams:-) they weren’t nightmares! But please do go see a doctor if your having suicidal thoughts, I give it a thumb up the first seven days of smoking dropped in half them the 8th day I only had 3 then decided no more! You do need a lil will power for sure but just keep saying no and remember the benifits and to be able to say you did it! As soon as I’m off the meds and clean from smoking I’m getting a tattoo of a broken Marlboro :-)

  133. comment number 133 by: Tim

    Just a heads up, if you don’t know this drug helps some people quit by temporarily changing brain chemistry. Which is why the side effects are so serious and can be very very life threatening. Please try anything and everything else before you even consider trying this. Ecigarettes are even a better alternative to this. This product doesn’t prevent you from picking up a cigarette for the rest of your life. If you have a hard time quitting or go back to smoking after a few months this product will not change that habit. I know people that have quit using Chantrix only to go back to smoking 6 months later. I know someone else that fell into very severe depression and was very suicidal before I convinced him to get off the drug, he has been off the drug for 3 months now and still hasn’t fully recovered. I know another person that now vomits profusely whenever he’s around any kind of smoke in excess to include campfires. I also know a bunch of people that have quit, at least for know. I was a medic for 13 years in the Army and they prescribed these like candy. You have to ask yourself, is it really worth the risk of any possible long term damage including the possibility of death. Remember it isn’t a long term fix, so only try this as a last resort and after you have tried absolutely everything else.

  134. comment number 134 by: Tim

    @Ed Did you read the side effects, you’re experiencing a big one, sleep disturbance. I read that you have sleep apnea, but insomnia, how can you not call that a very bad side effect? I understand that you have RLS, but you can’t deny the timing of the insomnia forming. You go from 6 hours to insomnia while taking the Chantix, sounds like a terrible side effect to me. Glad to hear you were able to quit though.

  135. comment number 135 by: Tanya

    This is my 2nd attempt with Chantix and I’m on day 5 (still smoking but not as much). My first attempt was great, no side affects, the cigarettes started tasting horrible and the cravings were gone. The problem was that I have no insurance and I wasn’t able to continue with Chantix because I couldn’t afford to buy more. That was several years ago. Now, I have the money to continue taking it for a few months. The only side affect that I’ve had is nausea. I’ve had many problems with depression and anxiety in the past, but nothing while I’ve taken Chantix, so far.

  136. comment number 136 by: admin

    Hi Tanya…glad you are trying again!

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I have to take exception with your excuse for the last time. Continuing to smoke costs far more than any prescription, even if you have to pay for it. Many times over, for that matter.

    The only reason I say this is to try and help you. Don’t let an excuse get in your way this time around and you will be successful.


  137. comment number 137 by: Jv

    Heavy smoker smoked newports all my life I’m now 30 years old and started when I was 15. Started taking chantix about 2 weeks ago .. Took as advised with option to smoke for first week then set quit date so I did so.. First day kinda smoked a lot probably due to the fact I knew i had to stop completely in a week..but as days went by in the first week the newports tasted nastier and nastier making my quit date simple and easy . It’s been about 15 days smoke free no need for one no desire I’m actually repulsed by cigarette smoke now.. Which is great for any future urge to smoke.. And best of all I feel so much better I can breathe better , feels great to take in deep breathes without hear weasing or even coughing ..although I did not experience any of the side effects listed I would gladly take them all on in exchange for a longer healthier life and avoid dying of cancer or lugging around a oxygen tank or getting a hole in my throat… I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to quit it really works and you will feel sooooooooo much better!!!! Granted it can have different side effects on people cause obviously everyone reacts differently.. But come now few side effect for a short period of time or life threading diseases for the rest of your shortend life.knowing you could die at any given time.

  138. comment number 138 by: admin

    Thanks for your story JV. Stick with it!

  139. comment number 139 by: O.H

    for all the people trying to discourage you to take Chantix…because of the side effects. Think about the side effect of SMOKING. MUCH MUCH MUCH worse than Chantix side effect.

  140. comment number 140 by: Diane

    I used Chantix in Jan. 08 and 3 weeks later, had my last smoke. On Feb. 26th I was in the deep throws of stomach ulcers. At that time, we guessed it was the Chantix. I started smoking again 4 months later again.
    I am trying Chantix again, I am into week 7 without any slowing on the urge to smoke and yes, have ulcers back again. Yes, taking it with a good meal or heavy snack.
    It looks to me like the makers of Chantix has reduced the strength of the pills to ensure you have to buy the 3 months…..seems weird that the first time, I was completely finished at 3 weeks and this time, I feel no difference in my smoking patterns at 7 weeks.

  141. comment number 141 by: admin

    We are all rooting for you Diane!

  142. comment number 142 by: admin

    We agree that the effects of smoking long term are much worse than anything else, but also agree that there are better alternatives to pharmaceuticals.

    However, we are happy to hear when anybody quits, regardless of how they did it!

  143. comment number 143 by: Lisa

    Well…I’ve tried to quit for YEARS! My mom has cancer and my kids want me to. My husband does too as he quit before we married due to a bad asthma attack. I have been on for 6 days not and my quit day is CLOSE! I’ve done Chantix before, stopped for a week then was so nauseated I started back. UGH! Stupid me! This time I am taking it with lots of water after eating and so far so good. A little naseated but dealing with it. A little aggitation (meaning things that annoy me…annoy me more..) so trying to breath deep and let it go. I have to do this and I cannot do it alone. Prayers and Chantix have got to work for me because after watching mom…I need this!

  144. comment number 144 by: Lisa

    I’ve also read the entire forum. Very helpful and encouraging on the ones that quit! Also some good tips. Thanks!! :)

  145. comment number 145 by: Mike S

    Searching google and found this forum. I like how everyone is sharing and being very specific.

    Im a 26yr old male. I have been smoking since 17, so about 9yrs. A pack a day. I am also over weight with diabities. My parents,doctor and fiance always tell me to quite and me being young paid no mind. Till one day I reliazed ” when Im ready to have a child I want to be there for him or her as long as possible”. So on my last Dr visit we were going over a few things and Chantex was brought up. Before chantix the only thing I really tried was the GUM and trying to quite cold turkey. I never really persued chantix only because I knew it cost $100+ dollars. I knew my smoking will kill me soon so I took the RX and filled it. Only to find out I only had a $25 co-pay, so that caught me off guard. Once I had chantex in my possesion I told myself to start in 1 week. I started April 16th 2012. Timid at first but did it anyway. I am on my 4th day now and today is the day where I start taking one before I go to bed. So not sure how that will turn out.

    So far, being on the drug for 4 days has givin me nassua and better sleep. No dreams yet. I am however very edgy. Always picturing the smoke of a cigg but all I do is chew my gum harder. I am smoking but not as much as before about half of what I normally smoke. It is starting to taste a bit nasty when I am smoking and see myself throwing out half the ciggarette. I also bought a diffrent brand of smoke’s just to attempt the erase of the taste of what iam normally use to.

    My mind wonders… I shake my leg alot. Iam always thinking about smoking a ciggarette. But I have to remember to continue taking the drug and cut down. Its for my health. Its for me to live longer. Even on the fourth day I already see this is going to be hard but I am optimistic. If the drug can decrease my craving and make ciggaretts taste bad the only JOB i have is to cut down and do not stop taking the drug till I am done for good.

    Wish me luck :)

  146. comment number 146 by: larry davis

    stopped smoking 12/14/2007 with was good for me.

  147. comment number 147 by: Ken James

    Absolutely helped me quit after 47 years and trying everything else. The addictive feeling was gone and only had to deal with the habit part. Unfortunatley, since that time, 6 years ago, I don’t have the motivation to enjoy anything that I used to enjoy. I can’t get interested in anything long term anymore. That has been depressing. Since Chantix interferes with the pleasure receptors in the brain, I think it also interferes with other pleasures. I guess I’m glad I quit smoking, but at what other cost?

  148. comment number 148 by: admin

    Interesting thoughts…thanks for sharing Ken.

  149. comment number 149 by: admin

    Good to hear Larry! Enjoy the healthier lifestyle.

  150. comment number 150 by: admin

    We all wish you luck. Stay strong!

  151. comment number 151 by: admin

    We are all rooting for you Lisa!

  152. comment number 152 by: admin

    Yes, thanks to everyone who comments. Shows others that it can be done!

  153. comment number 153 by: WINSTON

    Has anyone started Chantix AFTER they quit smoking? I’m on day 13 and just started Chantix. My smoking drug is cigars. Thanks!

  154. comment number 154 by: Craig

    Even after being diagnosed with emphysema 3 years ago I never thought I could or would quit smoking. I smoked for 35 years…at least 1.5 packs a day. I told my friends they would come to my funeral and see cigarette smoking coming from my coffin. I then got a severe case of bronchitis and wanted to die because I couldn’t breath so I decided to try quitting using Chantix. It has now been 6 weeks, no smoking and no cravings. The only side effect I had was the weird dreams and sleeping…but not that bad. I am amazed that I have not wanted a cigarette this entire time and my breathing is better then it has been in years. My friends etc., are amazed I quit as well. It may not be for everybody but it sure worked for me and I am grateful.

  155. comment number 155 by: john

    I have been taking chantix for 12 days. when i read that i could smoke for the first week, i thought to myself that this isn’t going to work. At day 3 taking chantix, smoking made me have a nasty taste in my mouth. By day 5, i was down to maybe 5 cigarettes a day and by then the smell of smoke even smelt nasty. i had my last cigarette on day 6 and have not had one craving, even if i am around someone who is smoking. The only side affect i have had is very vivid dreams. I am happy to have started taking Chantix and my 3 little daughters are very happy also.

  156. comment number 156 by: Aaron

    This was my second time reading all the way through in the last few days. Good stuff here. This is day eight for me…smoke free. Didnt have another puff after the 7th day of Chantix. I was also freaked out about the side effects, but after 30 years of smoking and many failures, I had to try. I wont lie, the side effects for me suck. I think this is a nasty drug. I am not depressed or suicidal, etc…but my stomach bothers me all day and I havent slept much since I started. My mood is also pretty off, but I suspect it would be regardless of meds if I quit. Even with this though, I am thrilled. As far as withdrawel goes, this has been pretty easy. I am contantly wanting to eat, but I am avoiding too much weight gain by trying to only eat good stuff. I think if I had experienced (or begin to) the depresssion, I would stop taking it, but otherwise it is worth it. Looking forward to day 9, 10, 11……etc

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