PCP DX Lupus and Fibro, Taking plaquenil, Cymbalta, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Darvocet. Homeschooling Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6. Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.
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Hi Jennifer, it sounds like you are being harder on yourself than anyone else here would ever be. We are all here for support not to criticize. but if it makes you feel better Don't Smoke! LOL
Just kidding. Frankly I didn't even know that it could effect the way that plaquenil worked. I used to smoke like a chimney. I'd still do it today if it weren't for the fact that my lungs are shot. It actually makes me angry that I know people who have smoked more than me and longer than me and don't have any breathing problems. I enjoyed smoking and it's just one more thing that my body has taken away from me.
Ok that being said I can give you a little advice for whatever it's worth. first you have to understand that it is an addiction. Most people can't quit smoking on their own. The chemicals in your brain have been effected. Fortunately you don't have to quit alone. The more that is understood about the adiction the better they are coming up with treatments to make quitting easier. The first thing I would suggest that you do is to talk to your doctor. Explain to them that you are afraid of the side effects of trying to quit. He/she may give you a small amount of anxiety meds to help you with this. Secondly there is a drug out there called chantrix. It has very good results. You continue to smoke for the first 6 days while it builds up in your system. There is no nicotine in it at all. It works on your brain function and reduces the urges to have a cigerette. I have heard some people say they have had bad side effects from it but most don't notice it at all. If you blow it and buy a pack smoke one or two and just throw them away flush them down the toilett other wise you will just go get them out of the trash. You should always keep up with your doctor on these things. When you quit there is a good chance that your meds will not work the same anymore. You may actually find that you can take less. chantrix costs about 100.00 a month. but that is much cheaper than cigs.
Also if you are having trouble you know you can come here and rant all you want. we are here for you. When you are ready let us know we will all be praying for ya
Post Edited (okie) : 10/11/2008 2:32:49 PM (GMT-6)