I started taking the medication about two weeks ago. I stop smoking 2 days I wondering how long after u quit do u stop the medication
My neighbor quit with chantix. His medication came in a blister pack with a certain number of days in it.
I have the same thing, do you know how long to stop after you quit I have 6 days no ciggs
Welcome to our community!
I used Chantix for a week before and a week after my quit date. A hospital stay short circuited my course of treatment so I only did the two weeks. I have been quit for almost 6 years!
Please check with your doctor for specific instructions tailored to you, but here is a article with general guidelines: Chantix Dosage Guide - Drugs.com
The most important thing you can do right now 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
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. 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. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. 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!
Thank you so so much I am struggling but im not giving in. 6 days 5 days nicotine free!!!!
I quit using Chantix. You can take the medication for a total of up to twelve weeks. The first pack is a start pack and then there are refill packs. I didn't even finish the starter pack. I stopped using it a week after I quit because the side effects were too much for me
Nancy gave you some great links. There are others in the following thread For Our New Years' Quitters (and community members, too). I found this site on my quit day and haven't left yet! Listen to the ELDER'S LIST and read a lot!
You may also want to check out Alan Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking. That was a great book for me even after I quit!
I used this with my last quit and I stayed on it for most of the recommended amount of time. I think it was 3 months and the last two weeks I was forgetting to take it. I made sure I knew the side effects ahead of time so that I could try to counter them. As weird as it sounds, that's how I would psych myself out of having them. I always made sure I ate before I took them so my stomach wouldn't hurt. Tomorrow will be the beginning of year 5 for me since I quit. Using the medicine correctly and getting support on this site is what gave me my success.
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