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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Diagosed w/UC in 1994
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Has anyone tried the medication for helping you quit smoking called Chatix?  (sp?)  I quit smoking almost 10 months ago on this medication but could only take it for three weeks and then quit taking it.  I have not started smoking again but I have to tell you...I have had three flare ups in 9 months and I had not had 3 flare ups since being diagnosed. 
Anyone else having a problem since they quit smoking?  I am having such a hard time I want to start smoking again but I am not going to.
I was wondering if anyone out there has tried any more natural remedies along with the traditional.  I had been off predinesone this last flare up for 4 weeks and within a week I'm having a flare up AGAIN!  This time it is my entire colon that is inflamed. 
Please say a prayer and if anyone has any ideas please pass them along.
Thank you.

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   Posted 2/3/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
There is a negative correlation between smoking and UC. That is to say, people who smoke are statistically less likely to develop UC. Many people are diagnosed after they stop smoking, or flare when they quit.

But you're still better off than if you had both UC and emphysema or lung cancer.
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   Posted 2/3/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear you're not doing well. Why could you only take Chantix for 3 weeks? I'm just curious because I want to quit smoking and have thought about trying it. Did it help you quit?

Have you tried rectal meds? I use a mesalamine enema in addition to my Asacol and it helps me a lot. I know they might sound intimidating/gross, but they aren't that bad once you get used to using them.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
It is my understanding that Chantix can cause abdominal discomfort in many people.  As many problems as we have w/ our stomachs etc w/ this disease, I would look into it.   When I quit smoking last March I used the nicotine patch.  Unfortunately, in May is when I started into my first flare because I quit smoking. 
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   Posted 2/4/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   

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.

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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I could only take the Chantix for three weeks becuase of the stomach issues.  I gave me really bad gas and made me feel sick to my stomach.  My mom tried it at the same time and she ended up in the hospital.  She had her colon romoved 5 years ago and has several hernias.  Taking the Chantix really made her sick.  I would advised against anyone trying that stuff if they have any kind of IBD.
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