Written on: 15/04/2012 by Artemis101
Champix was suggested by my local surgery after a health check - they always want you to stop, but this time I was interested in stopping, and that's the first thing you need. Not thinking you should stop, but genuinely interested. I had 'stopped' at various times before with cold turkey, hypnotherapist, patches, but always back on them at one time or another.
I read up on Champix and decided to use them - first and second week (still smoking, didn't set a date at the start) then I started noticing the urges were less, the automatic emptying fag packet wasn't happening, and at that point the cigarettes didn't seem to taste quite so good, and I found I was wondering why I had lit it. I still carried a few in a packet but never touched them (in a weird way it was a comforter to know they were there if I wanted them) but then they moved out of my pocket to where I knew they were, and then they didn't seem to figure in my thinking at all.
I'm not upset by other friends still smoking, I even go and stand with them from time to time outside, no issues, and I am quietly happy with all of this. I'm staying the full 12 weeks as the people who put this together clearly know more about this than I thought I did!
Only downside is during week three I had a touch of nausea after the morning tablet, but a bisodol tablet stopped that each time.
Upside - well if I buy a sandwich and drink now it's about £5, where previously it was closer to £20 with 40 cigarettes in the bag as well. I have a touch of varicose veins in my left leg; this has stopped itching completely, and my feet don't get cold either. It's little things like this that have made it all worthwhile, and that will keep me clear. Also the fact there's been no struggle or frustration as in all previous attempts.
Hope this helps you!
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