Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Skeered to Take My Chantix

Today is Chantix Day 48 and Smoke-free Day 36. It was 5 weeks ago today, on July 18, 2007 that I woke up and decided that even if I still had a few smokes left in the pack, I was ready to quit, and so I wake up each day still being ready to stay quit. Looks like it's working!

On the Chantix thing. Over the weekend, for some reason I mysteriously started having nausea from the Chantix. Saturday was horrible, so yesterday I made sure to eat first and drink plenty of water like I was doing when I first started on Chantix (and hadn't needed to do for awhile). It helped some, but it was still some of the worst Chantix nausea yet. I don't get it. It was such a non-issue for me after the first few weeks, and even then it had been really minor.

And so this morning I'm sitting here looking at my coffee, looking at my Chantix, thinking about the overpriced "SnackBox" or whatever that evil thing in the kitchen at work is called and how I won't pay what it wants for something worth about half of that, and I'm afraid to take my Chantix. It's one thing to feel icky over the weekend and use it as one more excuse to lounge in front of the tv for more hours than is healthy, but it's another to have to sit through a work day feeling crappy.

I got around the likely second bout of nausea last night by taking the second pill right before bed, and that seemed to work (I mean, I didn't wake up feeling nauseous or even dream about it that I can remember), so I'll do that again tonight. As for this morning's pill? I think I may try taking it after lunch and see what happens.

If you know anything about me, you know that I love coffee. No, I mean I really *LOVE* coffee. Yesterday, I was only able to drink a few sips of it. At all. All day. I'm glad that the Chantix is working on smoking (and it really is, wonderfully!), but if it starts to encroach upon my coffee habit, it will be an issue. I have no desire to quit drinking coffee - and as much as I love it, I actually don't actually drink more than 2-3 cups a day (except on weekends), and one of those is often decaf at night.

Anyway, I really do want to try to stay with the Chantix for the full 3 months since insurance (Kaiser) is actually covering it and because I want every extra chance I can get to make this work, and Chantix has helped a lot so far. I'm hoping that the nausea won't force me to stop taking it or reduce the dose, so we'll see how things go from here.

But for now, I'm skeered to take my Chantix this morning.


  1. I'm so sorry you're having trouble, Maggie! Maybe the key is to space your doses as widely apart as possible...or talk to your doc...or maybe the smoking cessation folks at Kaiser - since they run classes with Chantix users, maybe they have come up with some ways to deal.

    In any case I hope you are feeling better today!!


  2. Awww, Maggie! Stay strong there! I know how nausea from Chantix can suck...just think, though, how little of a price it is to pay to get you off this horrible habit. And I do have a feeling it may be a shortlived thing, and soon you'll forget what nausea is again!

  3. I am with Stan...I know it sucks, but it's worth it. Someday this will all be a memory, and you can come back to your blog and read about how this part sucked, but it was still the best thing you ever did for yourself.

    I hope you feel better!

  4. Thanks all! Yes, I agree that some nausea is a small price to pay, and since I went weeks without any nausea, perhaps this is just a temporary little bump in the road. I've now had some lunch, so I'm going to take one to see how it goes. I'll definitely do the bedtime dose because that one hasn't caused any problems at all.


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