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Can i ask my doctor for more chantix? I've been smoke free for 3 months now, but i ran out and i'm feeling cravings again. Is that normal?

Can i ask my doctor for more chantix? I've been smoke free for 3 months now, but i ran out and i'm feeling cravings again. Is that normal?

Not abnormal: Because of the mechanism of action of Chantix it is possible to have some cravings after stopping it only after three months of use. I would go back to your doctor and discuss with him the possibility of a longer trial followed by a slower weaning process. Often Chantix is simply stopped and that is because that is what we have been told to do. More recent literature on the subject has recommended slower tapering of Chantix because of its interaction at the nicotine receptor sites. ...Read more

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My husband has the feeling of someone sitting on his chest, says it hurts, and is feeling light headed. He thinks it's from the chantix.

My husband has the feeling of someone sitting on his chest, says it hurts, and is feeling light headed. He thinks it's from the chantix.

Chest pain: Usually chest pressure especially in the middle age men( if this his the case) it is pretty worrisome for heart issues, so i would definitely recommend him to go to the ed. It could be a medication side effect but a symptom like that merits immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 7 weeks ago, started chantix 1 mo. Ago, now feeling impending doom, high anxiety, tickling in stomach. Can't keep feeling like this :(?

I quit smoking 7 weeks ago, started chantix 1 mo. Ago, now feeling impending doom, high anxiety, tickling in stomach. Can't keep feeling like this :(?

Chantix can have: Significant psychiatric side effects. Please let your prescribing provider know asap. There is a good chance that this is not a good medication choice for you. ...Read more

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If i take 3 months of chantix, can I take it for another 3 months?

If i take 3 months of chantix, can I take it for another 3 months?

Recommended: In the majority of cases the treatment is for 3 months. Your doctor may recommend a second 3 month course to improve the chance that you will quit smoking long-term. Congratulations and good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take to feel the urge to not smoke when using chantix?

See below: Chantix will be working maximally on the physiologic cravings within 1-2 days of getting on the highest dose. But cravings are a learned response that occur in response to environmental triggers. This type of craving may slowly reduce over months or longer as long as we stay on the meds and do not continue to satisfy our cravings. ...Read more

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What could cause me to get violently ill from taking chantix?

What could cause me to get violently ill from taking chantix?

Physical or mental?: A # of my patients experienced extreme problems w depression, anxiety ; suicidal / homicidal thoughts on chantix. The fda requires a black box warning for chantix. Per http://www.Aboutlawsuits.Com/chantix-black-box-suicide-warning-4684/ "a boxed warning will notify consumers that the smoking cessation drug may ^ the risk of changes in behavior, depression, hostility ; suicidal thoughts.". ...Read more

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Can i take chantix with all my other medication ?

Can i take chantix with all my other medication ?

No drug interactions: There are no drug interactions but you must be aware of the fact that Chantix can cause depression, particularly in people who are depression prone.I don't know exactly why you are taking zoloft, but if you are taking it for depression then be extra careful. If you have even one day of significant depression i would recommend that you stop the Chantix immediately and call your treating physician. ...Read more

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What to do if I am about to start chantix thi weekend , can you take it before going to bed?

What to do if I am about to start chantix thi weekend , can you take it before going to bed?

Not recommended: it is started at a once a day dose, and I recommend it early in the morning. One of the most common side effects are very vivid and sometimes scary dreams/nightmares and these happen more if its taken late in the day. When you start taking it twice daily, which is the maintenance dose, I recommend 6am and 6 pm, not right before bed. Good luck with quitting!! ...Read more

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What kind of symptoms happen when you stop chantix?

What kind of symptoms happen when you stop chantix?

Irritability/insomni: Irritability and insomnia can occur in 3% of study patients. Nicotine withdrawal- like symptoms have been reported, so a slow tapering under a physician's care is recommended. ...Read more