Wednesday, August 22, 2007

More Taper Talk

Today is Chantix Day 77 and Smoke-free Day 65.

Not to stay on this whole upcoming tapering off of Chantix thing that starts tomorrow, Wed 8/22 (again, do check with your own doc first), but really, that's where my mind is (so very excited still!), so you'll likely be hearing more about it for awhile. As much as it would be nice to be all done with Chantix by a week from today if I wasn't tapering off, I still like the idea of taking it slowly, very slowly, just in case. The day when I'm completely off Chantix and still smoke-free will get here whether it's later rather than sooner, and I'm OK with that as long as I end up smoke-free for good.

I'm not expecting much change especially the first 4 days of the taper since I'll still be taking 1.5 pills, and in the past I've missed more than that without noticing. In fact, last night I rounded up all of my packs of Chantix with any missed pills inside, and there were a total of 5 (or was it 6?). That's probably not too terrible compared to how many pills I remembered to take these past 11 weeks. One of the days I missed taking both pills at the start of a pack somehow. I lived through it, and that makes me hopeful that this will be a smooth transition.

If I'm wrong, I'll still have 5 or 6 pills left to hold me over until a prescription refill (some folks are put on up to 24 weeks instead of just 12 weeks). Given how I feel and where I am with my mindset of being a non-smoker (still not 100% cemented, but feeling the progress each smoke-free day), I think it's unlikely I'll need to extend this Chantix journey beyond my plan because I FEEL GOOD!

7 comments:

  1. Maggie,

    How excited was I to log into my new Chantix blog and find a comment...and from a fellow user as well!!!

    Thanks for the well wishes and I can't wait to have some time to read through your blog.

    Thanks for leaving a comment!!

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  2. Maggie, talk about your tapering off all you want...it's YOUR blog and you can talk about whatever you want! :-) I like reading about your tapering off plan, because I will be there one day soon! Good luck to you!!

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  3. Maggie again i look forward to seeing how well you do with the tapering. My insurance will only cover for 12 weeks so lets hope at the end I can go without it.
    Good Luck tomorrow on the start of your tapering!

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  4. Maggie, good luck with your tapering off plan I hope to emulate you in a few weeks.

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  5. Thanks, everyone! I'm hoping it's nice and smooth.

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  6. Today is my first day of double dose of Chantix and I've been looking for a site that had other Chantix users. My real quit day is this coming Tuesday (although I've cut down from 20 to about 6 a day since Sunday). I'm 52 and have smoked steadily for 36 years.

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  7. Mamaflo, thank you for stopping by! I don't know if you will see this, but if you do, I'm wishing you the best. Tons of us are doing the Chantix thing and others are off already and smoke-free, so there is as much support as you could want. Do stop by again, and if you decide to blog about it, I'd love to read along on your journey.

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