One day two of chantix I tried to quit cold turkey and had bad withdrawal does chantix help with withdrawal symptoms?
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Hi and Welcome to Ex’s...Nick1234
I can’t help with chantix, but I can help with quitting...
Glad you found us...You may want to read this blog post about the symptoms of withdrawal when you first quit smoking...Early Withdrawal Symptoms Then I would read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX , read the blogs and you may want to go to the upper right corner and click on the magnifier and type in chantix and see other blogs on the subject. Keep close to the support site for help and to encourage others on this journey. Here are some breathing exercises that will help you too...Please know we are here for you...~ Colleen 665 DOF
Welcome! If you search this site for Chantix, I'm sure you'll find some info. I used Wellbutrin, so I know it's different but it did help lessen the withdrawal symptoms, but you still need to put in the hard work.
Welcome to the community!
I successfully used Chantix - but you need to understand that withdrawal is something you need to deal with in two-parts - it is both physical AND mental. The Chantix helped with the physical withdrawal - that physical craving was manageable, but the associations and triggers built up over years of smoking still had to be dealt with.
The 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 easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. 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, quitsmoking.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. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
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: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smoke
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!
Welcome to the Ex and congrats on your decision to quit. Yes:
specifically to help people quit smoking. Chantix works on two levels. First, it partially activates sites in the brain, known as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, that are affected by nicotine. This gives new ex-smokers mild nicotine-like effects and eases symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
I used Chantix and it helped a lot. I mean I personally couldn't have done it without it. I still had to deal with the mental part of it however. Keeping busy and changing up routines is the bet advice I can give you. Stick with the Chantix!
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