My only side effect to Chantix was the nausea, it didn’t matter if I took it before, during or after a meal, it still made me feel sick to my stomach. I did notice I didn’t feel as bad if I could lay down for about an hour after taking it. I didn’t work outside my home so it wasn’t a problem. To me, quitting smoking was #1 & I would work my day around the nausea. They say that Chantix affects your dreams, I’ve always had vivid dreams so I don’t really know if it’s affecting them any differently.
The pluses to the Chantix… feeling the “need” to have a cigarette wasn’t as strong as it used to be. I would look down to grab a smoke, & thought, I could wait a little longer.
Chantix is expensive, & most insurance companies won’t pay for it, so shop around for the best price. I found the best price at a small corner pharmacy.
My last bottle cost $120 for a month supply, which is equal to the cost of almost 3 cartons of cigarettes, (which equaled 3 weeks of a never ending supply for me) I was lucky we had the extra money at the time to purchase it.
I had tried numerous times to quit smoking. I was 53 years old & had been smoking for 35 years. I was up to a little more than 2 packs a day. The first time I started taking Chantix was about April 2007. My husband & I started the Chantix at same time. I had cut my smoking down to 5 cigarettes a day. He had quit when he went into the hospital for surgery. I had quit for 3 days, until the stress from the hospital treating him for something previous tests proved he didn’t have, & that treatment was killing him. When they still wouldn’t stop the treatment. I lost my temper (putting it mildly) with them & ended up smoking again after that.
I still didn’t smoke as much as I did, I was only smoking a pack a day. I started a new prescription of Chantix a little over a month ago. As of today I am still cigarette free, it’s only been 8 days, but I am determine for it to be forever. I noticed once I stopped the Chantix I still had the “I sure do need a cigarette” feel. I was told I could still take them for a while even though I’ve quit smoking & they have made it much easier for me, I basically forget to have one. Also, now that I’m not smoking & taking the Chantix, the nausea isn’t a problem anymore, I just have a touch of a sick stomach, but it goes away after a short time & I don’t have to lay down afterward anymore. So maybe it was smoking after taking the Chantix that was upsetting my stomach so much .
In my case, I thought it was worth it. The results out weighed the side effects & cost.