I quit smoking in June 2007 cold turkey and stayed smoke-free. Well, around 5 weeks into being a non-smoker I saw my doctor, because the smoking cessation gave me depression. He put me on antidepressants together with anti-anxiety meds and I was feeling great after a few months.
I have to say that I have more flares since I quit smoking. The flares are more frequent and more severe than the ones I had as a smoker, but starting smoking again is a no-no for me. I am tempted sometimes, but when I think about how much it took for me and that I would have to go through the withdrawal mess again, it is a total deterrent for me.
It is my understanding that lots of docs put people on antidepressant before they quit smoking. Hubby did the same years ago. Just go and talk to your doctor about different options. Personally, I haven't heard good things about Chantix from friends who tried to quit. They couldn't stay quit and relapsed after a little while, but since I haven't used it, I won't judge that. Maybe it is their dwindling will power, because nothing works without the will power.
Scarlett, 38 yo., TX
Pancolitis since 3/1997
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