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Old 05/27/07, 12:43 PM
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Thumbs up 16 days and still smoke free!

An up date for those interested.

The chantix program is still working for me, and I must say I think THIS is IT.

No more smoking for me.

Frugalwilady ( I think that was your handle) I'm curious how you are doing with it......you were just starting your medication when I last posted.

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Old 05/27/07, 01:01 PM
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What is the chantix program? Sound intriguing.

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Old 05/27/07, 01:08 PM
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Hi Wildwood Flower,

Chantix is a medication to help you quit smoking.

www.chantix.com

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Old 05/27/07, 01:12 PM
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.You will be smoke free as long as you don't light that fire.
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Old 05/27/07, 01:15 PM
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Congrats! If you can do 16 days, you can do 9 years.

The non-smoking support group I read while I was new to quitting said that the third of anything tended to be the toughest--3rd day, 3rd week, 3rd month, 3rd year; that not knowing that, they could get blindsided by sudden strong cravings. That they could also get blindsided by things like depression or canker sores in their mouths, things the literature doesn't tell you about.

I still dream that I'm smoking, after 9 years. In my dreams I'm always horrified because I know I'll have to go through the quit all over again.

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Old 05/27/07, 03:09 PM
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Keep up the great work!

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Old 05/27/07, 03:13 PM
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Congrats! If you can do 16 days, you can do 9 years.

The non-smoking support group I read while I was new to quitting said that the third of anything tended to be the toughest--3rd day, 3rd week, 3rd month, 3rd year; that not knowing that, they could get blindsided by sudden strong cravings. That they could also get blindsided by things like depression or canker sores in their mouths, things the literature doesn't tell you about.

I still dream that I'm smoking, after 9 years. In my dreams I'm always horrified because I know I'll have to go through the quit all over again.
I do this too, it has been 9 years for me too. I am always so happy when I wake up and I wasn't really smoking!!
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Old 05/27/07, 04:36 PM
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Quit cold turkey over 10 years ago - not soon enough to avoid having to use oxygen now....

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Good job! Keep up the good work. This is THE most important thing you can do for your health.

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Old 05/27/07, 05:51 PM
 
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Good for you... I have a friend it worked for also. I tried it but it tore up my stomach no matter how much I ate with it and I couldn't get to sleep till 3:00 am. I still have a full box of it [ a months worth] and am thinking of trying it again.

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Excellent work! Thanks for being an example for us all!

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Old 05/27/07, 08:26 PM
 
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Can you elaborate on about your quitting?

My mother is almost 4 months on Chantix and hasn't quit completely yet. I have told her that as long as she hangs onto the habit, it will hang onto her. I've encouraged her to quit cold turkey on the medicine.

She keeps saying that she can take the drug for 6 months and then she'll think about quitting. I'm afraid that when her Rx runs out, she'll go back to her multiple packs a day addiction.

She has cut down considerably, but is stubborn about holding on to the habit.

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Old 05/27/07, 08:31 PM
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Congratulations! I'm proud of you! It's a hard habit to kick. I'm 5 years smoke-free now. Glad to see you join the club of "Quitters!"

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Old 05/28/07, 04:21 AM
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I am now 22 days smoke free with Chantix.

In the past I tried wellbutrin, the patch, the gum, the lozenges but, not hypnotism. I was able to stop with those but, not with the calm that I feel now and never for very long.

I do feel that this is forever and am very concerned about having to stop the medicine someday (especially since it is expensive and my insurance doesn't cover it.)

It does tear up my stomach but, it is manageable after the first week and I know two other people who were able to quit after taking it for a week. It took me a month of taking it to be able to quit.

This is one medicine that they really don't need to pay people to advertise for them.

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Old 05/28/07, 06:36 AM
 
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Keep it up! It's really worth it to not smoke. Been there, done that. You can do it *hugs*

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Old 05/28/07, 07:00 AM
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Great news,y'all!
I rarely visit this forum,so I didn't know any other HT folks were fightin' the fight right now.Today is two weeks even for me,cold turkey,off a two pack a day habit,right along with dipping snuff...........Yep,I was a raging ball of nicotine.
I feel better already,and aside from the health benefits,I figure it's saving me well over fifty bucks a week.

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Old 05/28/07, 07:07 AM
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Thank you all for your words of support, it means alot to hear encouragement!

Velochic, maybe your mom needs a support group? Check with your local hospital or clinic for one. It does help tons to have someone cheering you on and reminding you of all the positives, and who can relate to just what you're feeling.

For those that talked about smoking in their dreams......ME TOO!! and that sence of relief when I realized it was only a dream and I didn'thave to quit AGAIN...lol!

Dreams30, I too am paying for it out of pocket. It is expensive. For me , it is a bit more then what I spent on cigerettes, but the returns are soooo much better.
I have the upset stomach thing too....it's not life stopping, but you know its there. If I have a full stomach all is good, but ya know, sometimes I'm not hungry and I don't want to fill my stomach up!

My BP is still down, I don't know exactly what it was just before quitting, but I can tell you that I could FEEL that it was high. It would thump in veins, make me feel winded, give me a headache.......blech, no more!!

Oh and My eyes have changed! Not my vision, but the circles and bags and color of the skin around my eyes!!! I bet it took 5 years off my eye appearance!

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Old 05/28/07, 07:14 AM
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oldgaredneck, I am sorry for your situation. It is one of my fears, that even though quitting I have done damage that will get me in the future...

Swamp man, Conratulations!! it's good to feel good...isn't it? I feel good too!

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Thanks for the info KoehlerHills. I encourage mom every day. I keep telling her how proud I am of her and that I know she can do it. I've tried to be positive, but she has been on this medication for months now and although she's cut back, she won't go that last step to quit altogether. It's good to hear others' perspectives on it.

And because I didn't say so in my last post....


CONGRATS!!!! It is a wonderful thing that you have quit completely!!

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Old 05/28/07, 08:45 AM
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Congrats to all you quitters! Been nearly 23 years...!

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