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kelly71
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   Posted 8/20/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I just want everyone to know that I am TRYING to quit smoking.  After trying and failing with the patch (those things are so hard to smoke! LOL wink ), my GP has Rxd me Chantix.  Apparently, you take it and gradually increase your dosage, while you decrease your smoking over a week.  By the end of the first week, you stop smoking.  Then, you continue taking the meds for a month or two.  I took my first dose this AM.
 
Anyway, I just wanted to announce this because I can use all the support I can get! yeah

FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


chuzzle
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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey,   

Good for you! You go girl! I know what it feels like to quit. I've been smoke free for 28 years and I've never been sorry I quit. You will have more energy and generally feel better. GREAT!!! yeah Wow won't it be great not to be ruled by those things! I could go on but you know who has  control now....and its YOU!


"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Way to go Kelly!!!! yeah Hmmmm, I will give this some serious thought and maybe join you. idea I won't do the chantix don't want to add another med but I will try other things. You sure have my support on this 100%.
 
Your not going to get all crabby, are you??? smhair
 
luv and hugs
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Meggie
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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you! You can do it!

Meggie

Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm pulling for you! I liberated myself from the dirty habit sixteen years ago and have never regretted it. One thing that helped me was menthol cough drops (I was addicted to menthol, too!) and cinnamon gum. I used to chew the gum until all the nice sweet taste was gone and all that was left was the burning, blah flavor. Reminded me of the ciggs and helped me not have one.

Also, helps if you start something else to do with your hands, like crocheting or spending a lot of time on your nails. I learned to do acrylic nails at home for myself and it kept my hands very busy. Can't light one up with wet nails! Oh, and I spent a lot of time in places that don't allow smoke like church, my home, the mall, the shower (LOL! Never could keep them lit in the shower!) I also set aside the money I'd be spending on the weeds and saved it up. Eventually I had enough to buy myself a lovely white gold and sapphire ring with little diamonds on the side. It looks pretty and is a solid reminder of what I have accomplished. I got it on Ebay and it wasn't that much $$$ but it's something I can look at with pride. Hang in there, girlfriend! You can do it!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

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momofmany
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   Posted 8/20/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey----you are not alone! My husband used the chantix a while back after being a truck driver with a 2 pack a day habit!  It really works.  After a week or week and a half, he quit.  The only problem was we couldn't afford the RX because our insurance won't pay any on it.  This November, the company I work for is going to sponsor anyone that wants to quit and pay for their RX and their spouses RX.  We can't wait for November as my husband is a believer in Chantix and from how much i saw it help him, so am I yeah


Sherrine
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   Posted 8/20/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
This is wonderful news, Kelly!  I quit 29 years ago and don't regret it one tiny bit.  My health improved and I saved money besides.  The product that you are taking sounds good!  We're here if you need a little encouragements!
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


getting by
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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that you will like the Chantix Kelly, it makes you feel good. It did me anyway. Like you don't need anything as a crutch. Good luck, I know that you can do this!!!

Hugs, Karen...
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kelly71
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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks y'all! :-)   I think (and hope) I can really do this.  I did quit for about 6 months about 5 years ago-using the patch.  Of course, life got in the way and I started again. shakehead   But, the thing that really helped me quit before was support (and chewing on straws, LOL).  But, I can be really stubborn (in both positive and negative ways), so I'm really gonna try.  Besides, cigarettes are SO expensive on CA-like almost $5 a pack! shocked    Anyway, thanks so much for the kind wishes.  They really do help. :-)
 
Marlee,
 
I don't know if I'll get crabby-we'll see, I guess.  However, there are certain times of month when I'm crabby, anyway. mad   LOL-actually, I can be pretty crabby 24/7 depending on the day! smilewinkgrin
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


tink 2
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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
WAY TO GO 3 YEARS SMOKE FREE FOR ME  tongue
Lupus since 2005, Fiberomyalgia since 2006,  sjogren's syndrome since 2005,  diabetes since 2006, Depression since 2004. who would not be with all of this.
 
       I just try to make it threw every day as best I can.
        God please remember I am on the diet platter.
                  So many beads so little time.....
 
                   Have a great Lupie Day Denise 


Southernlady
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   Posted 8/20/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Kelly, you can do it.  I never was a smoker but I sure have a problem with over eating.  My dh quit smoking 5 years ago and I remember how hard it was for him.  If he can quit anyone could.  He smoked two packs a day and had smoked since he was 16 years old. 
 
God Bless!
Shannon
Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!


lucysgd
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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you, Kelly! I'm a former smoker, too - quit nearly 25 years years ago. Probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. It took me a few tries - like you say, life would get in the way and I'd fall off the wagon....and it's hard, for sure, but so completely worth the effort! Set your mind and stick to your guns - you can do it!!!! I agree about finding something to do with your hands being really helpful.....knitting?
Lucy
diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds:  occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
 
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair. 
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mamanan
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you!!! I quit 4 1/2 years ago using Zyban, I guess it's the same type of idea. It was the only thing that worked for me. I had will power, but it just wasn't enough. I had smoked a pack a day for 20+ years. I had tried the patch, the gum, cutting back, cold turkey, putting money in a jar, etc, etc... Just take it one day at a time. And if you get tempted, just post here, we'll help you out! Good luck :D
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds only.
Don't know what's wrong, can't fix it, doctors are so sloooow!!!


QTKaren
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   Posted 8/21/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hiya my gabbin sista,
 
I am so proud of you for trying again.  I get so tired of arguing with my family about my smoking,just had a blow out with my daughter yesterday about smoking ughhhhhh.  Keep us posted on how its going and how you feel, I too am afraid of adding yet another med to the mix and am not sure if medicaid would cover it.  Heck here in washington ST its over 6 bucks for a pak of smokes unless you get them at a smoke shop. Between Jay and I we spend about 350.00 a month or more!!!  The patch and the gum made me sick.
 
Soft Hug's,
QTKaren
Karen
 
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Fibromyalgia,IBS,Stroke x2,endometriosis,Diabetes type 2,neuropathic pain,nerve damage due to tailbone removel,nerve damage due to fractured back,deppresion,high blood pressure,severe nausea,atrophy,chronic pain


Irish Babe
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   Posted 8/21/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Kelly, How wonderful! We will all be pulling for you. I have never smoked, but I grew up in a house w/ both parents smoking. My DM decided to quit in April of '69 and never looked back, and that was about 40 yrs of smoking. My DH smoked when we married and for the next 28yrs. He developed HBP after surgery due to Diabetic complications, and that convinced him to stop. He can't even stand the smell of them now. Yeah!!!

Kinda like Home Depot, You can do it, and we can help yeah . Use your 'good stubborn'  and your fun sense of humor to help you. I get a kick out of your humor, just so you know. All good wishes in your direction.  God bless.  Alice.


getting by
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   Posted 8/21/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen...

If your insurance doesn't cover it, get ahold of pfizer, they will help you. My insurance wouldn't pay for the patches, but did pay for the Chantix. Good luck.

Hugs, Karen
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poco
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   Posted 8/21/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

 I wish you the best of luck quitting smoking! I have quit so many times I am a professional!!! I would love to quit for good but I have failed so MANY times I'm gun shy now! How cool it would be to be a non-smoker. Here's wishing you the best!


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GamJill
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kelly- You've got my support! Let us know how it is working-
 
 
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck
 
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Zanaflex


Marlee2
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   Posted 8/22/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I like Jeannie's idea of taking the money and saving it to buy something. I think the more I saved the more excited I would be. You all know me and shopping. smilewinkgrin
 
Hmmm, me think me better give this some serious thought. idea
 
Good luck Kelly!!
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
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luvmyboxer
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   Posted 8/22/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   

I keep thinking of quiting also and then "something" happens and I find myself using them as my one true crutch (besides Diet Pepsi).

I've started to pray about it. If anyone (or anything) can help He can! I will quit I just don't know when. Kudo's to you for taking the steps to help yourself.


Susi
 
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Statgeek
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   Posted 8/22/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Yay Kelly!!!  turn   Good for you.  You can do it.

Sue


kelly71
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   Posted 8/22/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
If I haven't mentioned this before, I love y'all so much! :-)   Sorry to get sappy, but I'm in a sappy and reflective mood today.  Believe it or not, I really can be serious (OK, you can stop laughing-I'm being serious).  But, y'all have no idea how much your support means to me.  Besides the quitting smoking, sometimes I just come here to get through the day.  As much as we joke and kid around with one another, I do consider y'all my family. blush
 
Having said that, I am on day 3 with the Chantix, and I can already tell that something is different.  Yeah, I am still smoking, but something is happening.  I don't know if the med is supposed to give you a weird taste in your mouth, but it's almost to the point where the cigarettes are starting to taste bad.  I don't get up every hour to smoke, and I'm being very stubborn (in a good way LOL).  Tomorrow, I start on taking the Chantx twice a day, so I'll let everyone know how that goes.  BTW-Marlee, if I can do this, anyone can! smilewinkgrin
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


RedDiane
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   Posted 8/22/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you Kelly. I hope it continues to help. Diane
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/22/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Susi, prayer is how I was able to quit.  I threw all cigarettes away...even the butts in the car ashtray.  I'd been know to light them up when trying to quit AND I didn't know who's butts they were!  Yuck!
 
I did great the first two hours and then I started reaching for cigarettes that weren't there.  I closed my eyes and asked the Lord to take that feeling away from me and He did!  I did this every time and then went on to focusing on other things.  After several weeks, the cravings got less and less and pretty soon I couldn't stand to be around smoke.  It will be 30 years in January since I quit.  By the way, I was a 2 1/2 pack a day smoker!
 
Kelly, I'm so glad to see that your efforts are paying off!  I'm praying that you can rid yourself of cigarettes.  You'll save money and you will feel better and have more energy, too!  Keep up the good work!
 
By the way, we love you too!
 
Sherrine


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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 8/22/2008 12:29:58 PM (GMT-6)


MT Lady
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   Posted 8/22/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I quit almost two years ago...09/19...using Chantix and it was AWESOME. I had tried to quit before, many times, but the addiction was so tough for me. I had physical withdrawal symptoms, actually felt pain in my gut from the withdrawal. This time, with Chantix I had ABSOLUTELY NO symptoms of withdrawal. It was amazing. I stayed on it for three months. My insurance paid some and I had to pay about $120 a month, which was about what I paid for smokes! I did still have to deal with the habit, you know, the times of day when you associate certain things with a cigarette, but taking the Chantix really made it manageable. I have recommended it to everyone and anyone I have come across!! ONE PROBLEM...I've read that for some, it can cause depression. Good luck to you!!

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled

Medications: Hydrocodone, triamterene, cyclobenziprine, lorazapam, Synthroid, Cytomel, atenolol, fluoxetine (in the process of weaning off of it), Niaspan, crestor, ambien, plavix and protonix.

Supplements: Probiotic pearls, Olive Leaf Extract 18%, cranberry tablets, calcium, vit b complex, evening primrose oil, CoQ10, omega fish oil, vit C, ribose, L- carnitine, mega dose of vitamin D, once weekly

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