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megamax
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   Posted 10/11/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi judy,
 
I was Rx champix (chantix for US) but I was relunctant because of the side effect (constipation, nausea, voomiting and gas)
did you have any side effect?
did you quit cold turkey or did you smoke while on the meds?
is it hard to quit?
IO just need to choose a date and off I go
 
thanks judy
 
 
jackie
Megamax
 
 
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg 3    . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergic reaction  can no longer take it .  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidone and lemotrogine.
 
 


JudyK89
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   Posted 10/11/2007 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
You take 1/2 dose for 1 week while you smoke. The meds block nicotine uptake receptors in your brain and replace the nicotine with a substitute, but you're still smoking the same so you're cutting down on the nicotine and don't even realize it. The second week you quit smoking and and take the full dose.

They say you're supposed to keep taking the drug for at least 12 weeks, but I quit taking it after the second week and haven't smoked since. I think the physical withdrawl only takes about 5 days to get over, so I never understood why we were supposed to continue taking the drug for so long. The habit is harder, and that just takes will power and changing your triggers (like coffee in the morning).

My husband had dizzyness but we still aren't sure if it was caused by the drug. He was prescribed this drug because it's safer than Wellbutrin (which is another smoking cessation drug) if you have high blood pressure.

I don't remember having any side effects myself.

Good luck, it was easier and harder than I thought it would be. The decision to do it is probably the hardest part, I used to love to smoke and still miss it sometimes.
Judy
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


megamax
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   Posted 10/12/2007 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you judy...I am going to start today...\I've just decided this morning...I was worried about the side effect.....I will keep you posted


thanks again
Megamax
 
 
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg 3    . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergic reaction  can no longer take it .  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidone and lemotrogine.
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 10/12/2007 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jackie,

Just wanted to wish you good luck in quitting smoking. I quit cold turkey in 1999 and while I do miss smoking, I am really glad that I did.

God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


jdiane
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   Posted 10/12/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes. Now I'm thinking I MIGHT consider trying Chantix too. Hmm.... I would love to quit!
 
 


JudyK89
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   Posted 10/12/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Like I said above, making the decision to quit is probably the hardest part. It means making the decision to make the commitment, and you know it's not going to be easy.

I always enjoyed smoking, even as a child I'd stand beside my mother who smoked and inhale deep. Sometimes now when I smell it, it smells horrible, but sometimes it makes me want to have one.

I hope all who try are successful, and that we can all continue to keep away from them. One of the things that helps me (aside from the CD and not wanting any more surgeries, lol) is thinking about how much money the tobacco companies are making on so much suffering.

Oh, and I just wanted to add that recently I've been taking my Father-in-law to the VA, initially to the Head and Neck specialists, for cancer treatment.  I can't even begin to count the number of men I saw with throat and neck cancer because remember the military used to send cartons of cigarettes to these guys during WWII. 


Judy
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 

Post Edited (JudyK89) : 10/12/2007 10:29:54 AM (GMT-6)


megamax
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   Posted 10/12/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you nanner and jdiane...that means a lot to me :-)
judy I hope I have the will power that you due for quitting smoking :-)
Megamax
 
 
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg 3    . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergic reaction  can no longer take it .  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidone and lemotrogine.
 
 


xdeex
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   Posted 10/12/2007 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Is Champix the same as Zyaban?

Good luck with trying to quit, Im also in the process of giving up.........again!!!!!!!

Diane
Diagnosed Crohn's 1994, panproctocolectomy with ileo Feb 2006.


JudyK89
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   Posted 10/12/2007 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I think Zyban is the brand name for the generic Wellbutrin? Or is it the other way around? Anyway, totally different drug.
Judy
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


JudyK89
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   Posted 10/12/2007 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Just looked it up. Both names are brand names, the generic name is bupropion. The difference is that if your doctor prescribes Zyban, most insurance companies won't pay for it because it's marketed for smoking cessation, while Wellbutrin may be paid for because it's marketed for depression.

Either way, they are a totally different drug than the Chantix.


Judy
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


xdeex
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   Posted 10/12/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Judy.

Im in the UK and Im going to see if I can get it over here. Going to try the patches first though, its just picking the right day to decide enough is enough.

Diane.
Diagnosed Crohn's 1994, panproctocolectomy with ileo Feb 2006.


JudyK89
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   Posted 10/14/2007 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Just so you know, the nicotine products aren't supposed to be used in conjunction with Chantix. No patches, gum, lozenges, etc.
Judy
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


xdeex
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   Posted 10/14/2007 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes Judy I know. Thanks for info.
Diagnosed Crohn's 1994, panproctocolectomy with ileo Feb 2006.

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