I am new and i am wondering if anyone here used either chantix or wellbutrin to quit smoking?
I have many prior quits using one or the other or both. None lasted more than several weeks. I never felt like either helped in the slightest. But that is just me. I know plenty of other people who swear by either or both. I think what is more important than any medicine or nicotine replacement (patch, gum, lozenges) is an attitude of "deciding to quit" rather than "trying or hoping to quit", as well as being active in a support community such as this one.
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thank you for the advise attitude is everything. i have a few failed attempts to quit. and im debating trying meds..
If you and your doctor think it will help, by all means go for it. I'm not against it at all. I would suggest reading up on effects of each so you know what to expect. And I think all who did get some benefit from meds and NRTs would agree, that they are just one of many tools to aid your quit. They are not a panacea that will do the work of the quit for you. Congrats on your decision to quit again after your failed attempts. You have a lot of company here of people just like you.
I used Wellbutrin for exactly 90 days. Took the edge off of the craves is not a cure all just a help. Successful 1147 DOF. Some people have different side affects. Speak with your doctor for advise.
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I used Chantix for about two weeks- one before and one after I quit smoking. I think it helped, and I had none of the frightening side effects. Educating yourself on this addiction might help you choose which NRT, if any, will be right for you.
The most important thing you can do right now, though, is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmokingonline.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested in My Quit Plan http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T.
You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
I used Welbutrin for 12 weeks. (Half dose after 3 weeks - ok'd by doctor.) I have almost 8 years quit. I think it helped - but what helped even more was the support here and getting educated about this addiction - including reading Carr's book, "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking". You can do this!
I used welbutrin and patches. welbutrin pretty harmless and the combo worked for me. i had a bad experience with Chantix.
I had been on Wellbutrin for a long time before I quit, it was prescribed to help with pain after I had side effects from other antidepressants. I did not quit smoking when I was put on it, I DID have more than one failed quit while I was on it...THIS quit which has been going on for over four years was done without any medication or nicotine replacement. I have nothing against either, I just smoked for so long that I got very ill and I HAD to quit because I could not breathe. Nothing will quit FOR you, your best friend is education about nicotine addiction and then planning your quit which is made much easier thanks to EX, My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX , I used all of the tools they suggest and I absolutely accepted that smoking would not FIX anything but it certainly did a whole lot of damage to my lungs. The only thing I got from smoking was SICK and I will spend the rest of my life trying to be as healthy as possible...not easy after you mistreat your body for years. Stay close to the site, read blogs, comment, do as you just did and ask for advice. You CAN quit!
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Personally, I've used both for different quits. The results were the same ... I quit smoking while using them BUT everybody is different just like every quit may be different (my first quit & this one were not the same for sure but no matter how easy or hard does not determine the outcome). Since they are both prescribed meds I encourage you to work closely with your doctor on your quit smoking plan which may include a prescribed med. He/she knows your medical history & would be monitoring you and can be one of your biggest cheer leaders (mine certainly was!). The methods we use to help us quit are still "tools"; the work of changing ourselves in order to reach the peace, serenity, and continuous gratefulness needed for a long term Stay Quit is still up to only ourselves. It's doable and worth everything it takes to become & remain smoke free. Best Wishes.
Hi reporting in from Canada where the proprietary names for these prescription drugs are different so for clarity sake I will call them by what they are what you call Chantix is varenicline tartrate, what you call Welbutrin is Bupropion Hydrochloride. In Canada it is recommended to try NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) before trying the meds. Varenicline and Bupropion operate in different ways, both were initially developed as anti-depressants, and both of them can have serious side effects. And with both of them you still have to use self control. I am currently using Varenicline which was prescribed by my dentist (dentists can prescribe anti smoking meds in Canada because of oral health concerns) and with the packet comes instructions. Also that if you have any problems to contact pharmacist. Which I did. And I spoke with pharmacist and now instead of taking 2 whole tablets each day, I take 1/2 tablet. I had bad nightmares, heartburn, dry throat and mouth, constipation. insommnia. you name it. But some of these effects were nicotine withdrawal effects too. It is hard to untangle withdrawal from side effects of meds. Now I drink tons of water and like I said only on 1/4 of the recommended dosage. Tomorrow is my one week smoke free date! I also like the low dosage becasue, if you are on these meds the nicotine receptors in your brain don't die. And a lower med means that more of them die and this is what I want to happen. You really should talk to your Dr. or Dentist and a Pharmacist too. to talk to a Pharmacist you don't need to make an appointment. check this out..... there is lots of info online for both of these chemicals. What is the Difference Between Zyban and Champix? Zyban is Welbutrin. (in Canada and UK)
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