My mother in law swears by it and has been smoke free for almost a year now. I'm TRULY terrified to start it after reading everything from the Chantix website, to patient reviews on drugs.com, to chantixhorrorstories.com I'm generally healthy and the only thing I take is NP Thyroid (desiccated thyroid for Hashimoto's) and vitamins. I don't drink. I'm mentally healthy for the most part, but I do believe I may be mildly depressed. (We moved 6-7 months ago, away from all friends and family, so my husband could start a new job.) Other than the occasional anxiety (when I start to over think things, lol) I believe I'm mentally healthy. I have never had a suicidal thought a day in my life.
I am so scared I'll be the one in a million who has one of the truly bad side effects. I realize if I start feeling "off" or otherwise bad, I can stop taking the medicine, but what worries me most at this point are the long term effects of taking it. I've read a couple reviews where people swear the drug somehow "rewired" their brain, and where they were never anxious/depressed/angry before, they are now--many months after coming off Chantix.
I'm looking for personal experiences how Chantix worked for you or close friends/family. Did you feel mentally "well" after stopping the medicine? Did you go off the deep end and have a mental break while (or after) using Chantix?