Not about dieting but need some advice/experience!

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Smuzza

Joined: Mar 10
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Posted: 20 Oct 2010, 07:54
Hi All,

Hopefully someone out there can help me with this as I just don't know who to ask.
I want to give up smoking, Yay! I have been to parmacy and asked for Champix which is the only way I think I'm gonna be able to quit. Only problem is I have a history of depression and apparently it's not a good idea to take it in that case. Well, I have asked anyway and just waiting for the outcome from the chemist who will be asking my doc. I have recently changed docs so I don't even think they have my records yet! Is there anyone out there that has a history of depression and has tried Champix to quit smoking or anyone that knows more about it than I do??!! Just not sure if it's worth the risk??!

Thanks
HealthyBabs

Joined: Aug 10
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Posted: 20 Oct 2010, 08:11
Smuzza- Depression is nothing to mess around with. The best thing to do is to discuss it with your doctor. You certainly do not want to have an adverse reaction to the Chantix. You don't mention how much you smoke, casual social smoker or a 3 pack a day smoker.
I have just celebrated my one year smoke free anniversary and I can tell you that what made me want to quit (and yes I tried a thousand times before) was that I decided I wanted to get healthy in every way shape and form. I had to get my head wrapped around that and really commit to it no matter what. I was a half a pack a day smoker. I altered my patterns to avoid the usual triggers, driving to work I changed my route because I was smoking 2 cigs each way at certain points of my trip. I also stopped drinking since that was a huge trigger for me, I think the sugar in the wine did it. so, I onot only quit smoking but also drinking at the same time. That was a huge committment, but I did it. I will tell you one thing that I have learned is that if I ever take another cigarette, I will definately start smoking all over again. that is how much power nicotine has over you, so when you do commit just be sure you stick to it no matter what! Good luck, this is a tough one to be sure.
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Smuzza

Joined: Mar 10
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Posted: 20 Oct 2010, 08:17
Thanks HealthyBabs, I smoke about 10 a day and have done for the last 11 years (since I was 13!) So I know it is gonna be really hard for me to quit as I can't remember not smoking to be honest. My boyfriend has just be prescribed Champix and they are working for him so I really want to give them a go I'm just worried about the risk, I don't want to discuss it with my Doc as he will prob say don't do it but I might be able to take them and be absolutely fine. Arrghh I'm so confused!! I know I can't do it with patches and will power alone.
corearmy

Joined: Oct 10
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Posted: 20 Oct 2010, 12:36
Smuzza,
I was smoking about the same amount as you were...of course my reasons for quitting were pretty important...I'm preganant, but it was really hard...I didn't quit all together until I was about 5-6 weeks along. What worked for me was switching to electric cigarettes. I agree with HealthyBabs that if I smoke one I'll be hooked again...I still have cravings 6 months later. These electric cigaretts are only nicotine, none of the other crap is included that ciggaretts have (which is another factor added to the addiction)...no second hand smoke produced and there are different levels of nicotine that can be bought so eventually you're down to 0. Because it's pure nicotine you get your fix in fewer puffs...I was on the electric cigarettes for maybe 2-3 weeks before I knew I could just quit...so they definitely helped me. My brand is GreenSmoke.com There are plenty of other brands out there. It may seem pricey but considering we've been paying as much as we have for so long already...all that money will be right back in your pocket once you officialy quit. Good luck and God Bless! - Rochelle
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- Get down to 146.2 lbs (prepregnancy weight) so I start showing progress on my bar.
dariasofi

Joined: Jul 10
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Posted: 20 Oct 2010, 12:48
Smuzza wrote:
Hi All,

Hopefully someone out there can help me with this as I just don't know who to ask.
I want to give up smoking, Yay! I have been to parmacy and asked for Champix which is the only way I think I'm gonna be able to quit. Only problem is I have a history of depression and apparently it's not a good idea to take it in that case. Well, I have asked anyway and just waiting for the outcome from the chemist who will be asking my doc. I have recently changed docs so I don't even think they have my records yet! Is there anyone out there that has a history of depression and has tried Champix to quit smoking or anyone that knows more about it than I do??!! Just not sure if it's worth the risk??!

Thanks


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Daria

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morin23

Joined: Oct 10
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Posted: 20 Oct 2010, 13:02
I used the "Stop-It Smoking" program. It is an all natural method to quit smoking. Trust me, I tried the patch, gum, cold turkey, blah blah blah. I finally went to an herbal specialist and she suggested it. I NEEDED something that would help me suppress the moodiness that came from it because I didn't want quitting smoking to end in a divorce (haha) Who would of thought that an all natural method would work! I have been smoke free for 15 months & counting!! PS - I have not had a craving in a almost a year! However, keep in mind that alcohol does heighten your cravings, so I did cut alcohol out for a month in order to help.

Good luck & stay strong!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
"treat yourself how you would treat a child"
Foodlady

Joined: Sep 10
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Posted: 20 Oct 2010, 13:13
Hey Smuzza-I'm dieting, suffer from depression as well as the occaisional anxiety attack, and quit a 1+ pack a day smoking habit that I had for more than 1/2 my life using Chantix. Been smoke free since September 4th! It has worked wonders for me Smile I told my doc that I thought that there would be no way I could quit w/out some kind of help.

Yes, definitely go see your doctor and talk about your options before starting any kind of medication. I know if I can quit, you can too!

Just think what you could do with all the extra $$$$ Smile

Go for it!
SW: 184 Lbs.
CW: 148 Lbs.
GW: 114 Lbs
Smuzza

Joined: Mar 10
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Posted: 21 Oct 2010, 03:29
Thanks all, I did see a post online yesterday from a lady who had a history of depression and her Doc still prescribed Champix and she had no side affects at all, so hopefully I will be ok too! Should no tomorrow if I am allowed them or not, if I do I will keep you posted along the way, i'm sure I will still be in need of encouragement!!!



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