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What's your take on Chantix?

Not everyone has tried this drug so if you heard stories from friends, family, co-workers, etc tell us what you think.

3Despite its side effects it's a good thing
3Smoking is less harmful than this drug
2My view is mixed
1My opinion is generally negative
0It's a miracle drug

FordGuy Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 19-Feb-2013 2:42pm  
It has killed two people that I know of.
JessicaWoman99 Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 19-Feb-2013 3:39pm  
I really could care less and I just stopped smoking packs of cigarattes over 4 years ago cold turkey and never smoked since never ever if I can do it you can as well
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 19-Feb-2013 4:41pm  
For the vast majority of people, stopping smoking would be of great benefit. Some people find it easier to stop smoking with Champix and for those people, the benefit they receive is very likely to outweigh the risk of serious side effects. It won't work for everyone and some people will suffer significant side effects but if a person wants to stop smoking and other methods haven't worked, then it's probably worth a try.

Ultimately, stopping smoking is still about motivation. You need to be driven by something (with a few exceptions) - whether that's a partner's disapproval or surviving recent heart attack. Without motivation, even Champix isn't going to make you quit.
they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 19-Feb-2013 5:02pm  
Possibly right in between mixed and negative.
posted 19-Feb-2013 6:34pm  
I don't like drugs, legal or illegal. I've NEVER smoked, so I don't know the craving. I would think there are herbal remedies that a person could take to break the habit of smoking. I have four precious children, three of them smoke, one only on occasion. I pray they'll one day STOP. All four children drink coffee..I've never drank coffee. I understand the two go hand in hand. I assume it is not heredity. I know alcohol problems are hereditary, but coffee and cigarettes?
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 19-Feb-2013 8:12pm  
vomiting, abdominal pain, flatulence, and constipation.yes
posted 20-Feb-2013 3:57am  
It's alleged to promote suicide.
My son was taking it to quit smoking, and did commit suicide.
No one could imagine any motivating reason he might have had. His life was picture-perfect.

Some psych meds have a percentage chance of suicide as a side effect.
As I see it, even if you are seeing flying demons every time you use the toilet, there is some chance things will improve in the future.
But not if you're dead. Dead is dead, and not even a fraction of a percent chance of being dead justifies some life improvement.
posted 20-Feb-2013 8:12am  
I was lazy and did not click the link. So, no valid opinion.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 20-Feb-2013 10:58am  
I don't have an opinion about it. I recall hearing about it, that it was supposed to be very effective. I don't think I know anyone who has used it.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 20-Feb-2013 11:01am  
I didn't realize your son had killed himself. I'm really sorry to hear that.
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 20-Feb-2013 12:25pm  
Yep, in 2008. He was 24, happily married, 2nd owned home, fun job, excellent grades. It didn't really make any sense.
It set my activity back a year, if not several, in depression. I was on quite a roll starting a business until that hit.
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to LJD) posted 21-Feb-2013 12:09am  
> I would think there are herbal remedies that a person could take to break the habit of smoking.

I always want a cigarette immediately after finishing my herbal remedies.

Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 21-Feb-2013 10:53am  
That's really awful. It sounds like there's a high enough risk/rate of suicide that maybe Chantix should be pulled from the shelves.
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 21-Feb-2013 2:57pm  
Some meds have like a 2% chance of death or suicide.
I don't think doctors who find this acceptable are thinking straight. It can be argued that the suicide had other causes, but not outright death, as with for instance eating cheese while on Lamictal.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber Survey Qualifier
posted 21-Feb-2013 6:13pm  
I think it works well for some but most people I have know to take it have had the mood or behavior side effects (not the suicidal ideation but the anger and strange mood changes)
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 22-Feb-2013 10:44am  
I can understand risking death as a side effect for medications for fatal conditions. But it seems unacceptable for conditions that aren't. And I wouldn't include smoking as a fatal condition itself, although of course it can lead to a fatal condition.
posted 24-Feb-2013 4:06pm  
I don't think anything because I've never heard of it. I am not interested in looking it up because of my views on pharmys.

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