Saturday, January 17, 2009

Chantix Diary Day 5

This day has been AWFUL. I may need to break up with Chantix. I cannot live through another day like today or another night like last night.
Let's start with last night. I took my night dose for the first time. Immediately I felt like it was a mistake. Within 15 minutes I felt like complete and total shit. I almost felt like I had taken a pain killer. I had that goofy out of it feeling. I also could not sleep for shit. I took the pill and went to bed at 11 pm. It was 2:30 am the last time I looked at the clock.
This morning I took the pill around 11. By 11:30 I was in the grips of the mother load of anxiety attacks. My heart was racing, I was sweating, stomach cramps, and that general feeling of sheer panic for no reason. It was so bad I almost asked Shawn to take me to urgent care. I literally had to reason with myself and tell myself I wasn't dying and nothing bad was going to happen. That went on for nearly an hour.
I feel like I haven't been thinking clearly for several days now. I constantly feel shaky and full of panic. I would rather quit turkey and do this with a coherent mind than continue to feel the way I am now. Tonight I am not taking the night dose. Tomorrow morning I will take the morning dose and Monday I plan on calling my doctor. This drug is hell.
Oh by the way cigarettes have tasted like ass all day and I think I have had 6 the entire day. I would have been close to a pack in by now. I understand some of the side effects I am having stem from the nicotine being blocked from my body but I have been having problems since day one.
For those who have taken this drug, what are your thoughts?

8 comments:

Bobbie Leigh January 18, 2009 at 7:02 AM  

I would stop taking it, that's not supposed to happen! Yikes!

Anonymous January 18, 2009 at 7:15 AM  

Please stop taking it until you can speak with your doctor regarding newly admitted side effectss!!!!

Brandon Campbell January 18, 2009 at 11:27 AM  

I took Chantix and it has really messed up my entire life. I feel like shit 24hrs a day 7 days a week. I have been suffering for a little over a year now. Bad thing is I started back smoking. Good luck!

Cameron January 18, 2009 at 1:24 PM  

I would NOT stop. It's obviously working, you said yourself you have only smoked a portion of the cigarettes that you normally would. I would make sure to take it on a full stomach. Eat something for breakfast (if you're not a breakfast person, just make toast or something) and then take the second dose right after dinner. Make sure you have something in your stomach, it'll keep the side effects down. Milk would probably help too, but food definitely helped me.

I never really had major side effects, some nausea but not even enough to make a beeline to the porcelain throne.

I know you're thinking cold turkey might be better than this way, but think of the hell you would go thru without the drugs.

This is absolutely true, quitting smoking is harder than quitting heroine.

Cameron January 18, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

LOL - let me rephrase!!

I've heard that quitting smoking is harder than quitting heroine. I don't know this first-hand, but I've read it in several different places :)

Just Roaming The Cities January 18, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

I've never taken it, but something tells me it's your body's way of asking you to STOPSTOPSTOP !!!

You should smoke rather than do that to yourself. You CAN quit another way...explore other options. I did it cold turkey about 10 years ago, but it took several tries. It is not harder than herioine...people just say that to make it seem overwhelming. Herione gives you the heaves and the shakes and all that, quiting cigs is NOT the same as that, you just get incredibly bitchy and eat alot til you've gained 30 pounds.
The side effects you're experiencing sound like an "OD" feeling, I get that feeling from Tylenol because I have a bad liver. Have you ever had your liver tested?

Hang in there !!!

childless mother January 18, 2009 at 7:38 PM  

PFIZER Drugs has to be aware that CHANTIX - the pill to quit smoking - KILLS!!!
Here is what happened to my only shild.

On September 15, 2008, I found my only child, age 32, dead in her bed. Danielle was totally disabled by mental illnesses for about 12 years. Going along with mental illnesses, Dani drank and did drugs, finally she hit rock bottom. On March 11, 2008, my husband (Danielle’s stepfather) and I drove from Tecumseh, KS to Huntington, WV and picked her up to bring her home. She had agreed to our rules, which really were not many - having a saving account, learning to cook and shop for the best buys, house hold chores, etc. I had set up for her to receive mental health treatment in Topeka. KS with a facility named Valeo. They did wonders for her - counseling, case manager and medication’s. The State of Kansas (SRS) assigned a primary doctor to her, Dr. Norris. I took her to all of her appointments, due to her fear of driving. Three (3) times went to Dr. Norris’s office - NEVER saw the doctor. She saw two (2) different ARNP’s. The office had all of her medications listed in her chart - the med.’s included but were not limited to:
Risperdal 1 mg twice a day
Zolpidem 10 mg per day
Doxepin 150 mg per day
Clonazepam 1 mg - twice a day
Depakote Er 500 mg tablets x 3 at bedtime
Danielle was doing really well, doing chores, playing with our pets, taking vitamins, was clean and sober. Then she wanted to quit smoking - one of the ARPN’s wrote not one but two prescriptions for Chantix, one was a starter 0.5 and 1.0 mg and the other was all 1.0 mg. The first box(starter pak) has two (2) full cards with 14 tablets each of 1.0 mg still sealed. The second box has three (3) full cards with 14 tablets each of 1.0 mg still sealed.
Danielle was never told about any possible side effects, nor was I. I have filed a complaint against the doctor with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and the ARNP with the Nursing Board.
On September 7, 2008, she had talked her only friend out of suicide. Including in her obituary are two (2) poems, RECOVERY was written on September 11, 2008. It was the Sunday after Dani’s death that I saw the commercial “The Tortoise and The Hare.” I called our local Coroner and raised my concerns. He called me back the next day after calling four (4) different labs of which none of them checked for Varenicline.
Last Sunday, January 4, 2009 I was in Kansas City as an uncle of mine had died. I talked to the owner/funeral director about CHANTIX (I was licensed as a funeral director/embalmer in 1982). The director had two (2) deaths at KU Med. Center, he shared with me that one of the deaths was a doctor, taking CHANTIX and he committed suicide.
I hope this will help others from NOT using this drug to try and quit smoking. Does Pfizer know how many people are affected by one death? The impact on a family? Their test subjects were “near perfect” as far as mental health was concerned. Statistics show that most people have episodes / bouts of depression or anxiety at sometime during their lives and the number of deaths relating to Chantix is on the rise. Recently - Heparin and Chantix the two (2) most dangerous drugs in America. Our United States Military (all branches) have quit dispensing it. Is Pfizer’s little pill worth a life?

PFIZER Drugs has to be aware that CHANTIX - the pill to quit smoking - KILLS!!!
Here is what happened to my only shild.

On September 15, 2008, I found my only child, age 32, dead in her bed. Danielle was totally disabled by mental illnesses for about 12 years. Going along with mental illnesses, Dani drank and did drugs, finally she hit rock bottom. On March 11, 2008, my husband (Danielle's stepfather) and I drove from Tecumseh, KS to Huntington, WV and picked her up to bring her home. She had agreed to our rules, which really were not many - having a saving account, learning to cook and shop for the best buys, house hold chores, etc. I had set up for her to receive mental health treatment in Topeka. KS with a facility named Valeo. They did wonders for her - counseling, case manager and medication's. The State of Kansas (SRS) assigned a primary doctor to her, Dr. Norris. I took her to all of her appointments, due to her fear of driving. Three (3) times went to Dr. Norris's office - NEVER saw the doctor. She saw two (2) different ARNP's. The office had all of her medications listed in her chart - the med.’s included but were not limited to:
Risperdal 1 mg twice a day
Zolpidem 10 mg per day
Doxepin 150 mg per day
Clonazepam 1 mg - twice a day
Depakote Er 500 mg tablets x 3 at bedtime
Danielle was doing really well, doing chores, playing with our pets, taking vitamins, was clean and sober. Then she wanted to quit smoking - one of the ARPN's wrote not one but two prescriptions for Chantix, one was a starter 0.5 and 1.0 mg and the other was all 1.0 mg. The first box(starter pak) has two (2) full cards with 14 tablets each of 1.0 mg still sealed. The second box has three (3) full cards with 14 tablets each of 1.0 mg still sealed.
Danielle was never told about any possible side effects, nor was I. I have filed a complaint against the doctor with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and the ARNP with the Nursing Board.
On September 7, 2008, she had talked her only friend out of suicide. Including in her obituary are two (2) poems, RECOVERY was written on September 11, 2008. It was the Sunday after Dani’s death that I saw the commercial “The Tortoise and The Hare.” I called our local Coroner and raised my concerns. He called me back the next day after calling four (4) different labs of which none of them checked for Varenicline.
Last Sunday, January 4, 2009 I was in Kansas City as an uncle of mine had died. I talked to the owner/funeral director about CHANTIX (I was licensed as a funeral director/embalmer in 1982). The director had two (2) deaths at KU Med. Center, he shared with me that one of the deaths was a doctor, taking CHANTIX and he committed suicide.
I hope this will help others from NOT using this drug to try and quit smoking. Does Pfizer know how many people are affected by one death? The impact on a family? Their test subjects were "near perfect" as far as mental health was concerned. Statistics show that most people have episodes / bouts of depression or anxiety at sometime during their lives and the number of deaths relating to Chantix is on the rise. Recently - Heparin and Chantix the two (2) most dangerous drugs in America. Our United States Military (all branches) have quit dispensing it. Is Pfizer's little pill worth a life?
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childlessmother

Cat January 19, 2009 at 7:13 AM  

Huh. Yeah, that's quite a story! Definitely stop if you feel that wrong, and talk to the pros before you go any further.

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