On April 20th, 2011 I filled my prescription for Champix. I read the pamphlet that comes with the medication & it states that you should quit smoking after 7 – 14 days of using Champix. At first I decided to quit on the 7th day, thinking that I would start saving the money I was spending on cigarettes. Then I talked to a few people who were also using Champix. One in particular said she was craving cigarettes but she hadn’t been taking all of the medication properly. It’s one dose for 3 days & then 2 doses for 4 days & then it goes from .5 mg a dose to 1 mg twice a day. She was missing the second dose. So, I really thought about when I should quit. I didn’t want to just quit on the 7th day to save money. I wanted to quit for good & I wanted the best chances & results.
I ended up just buying enough cigarettes to get me to the 12 day of using Champix. After 7 days my sense of taste was improving & the cigarettes started really tasting off. I was smoking about 1/2 a cigarette each time & was smoking about 4 less a day than usual. When I got to the 11th day I could taste what cigarettes ACTUALLY taste like ~ chemicals. That’s all I could taste was the utterly disgusting taste of chemicals. I had 3 cigarettes that day. I had a whole pack & was going to quit the next day but decided to throw all of the pack, minus 3, out & start my journey to better health. And I did. That was 4 days ago.
In 4 days I can feel that I am healing after years of poisoning my body. I used to have heart pains & my breathing was rough by the end of a day of smoking. Within a day my heart pains went away and my breathing has returned to normal. And one really cool thing about using Champix for a fairly long time before quitting is that I don’t ever want to inhale that crap ever again. With some quit smoking methods you are constantly craving something you told yourself you didn’t want in the first place. Because I took a bit of time with my quit date I found out how cigarettes actually taste & it disgusted me.
A lot of quitting smoking has to deal with the associations you have with cigarettes. Like having morning coffee, after you do something you have a smoke or reading the paper. There are so many things you associate smoking a cigarette with. I used to smoke 20 a day. So, that’s a lot. I was up to 25 a couple of days here & there. Now I can feel the times I would smoke if I were still a smoker. I’ll do something & I think “smoke”. It’s amazing how automatic it became. Of course I thought about what it was doing to me often – that’s why I took the step to get a prescription.
My doctor looked up Champix to find the proper dosage & length of time suggested to be on the drug. The book & the pamphlet both state you should take Champix for 3 months. Some doctors will give prescriptions for 6 weeks or even 2 weeks, thinking that you will be fine with just a bit. Most doctors don’t smoke & don’t know how hard it is to quit. So, if you decide you really want to stop & want to try Champix, ask for the 3 months. I believe it’s best to take it how the drug company who makes it says to take it.
I filled one month of my prescription & the cost was $97.00. But I work for a drug store & I only pay cost with no dispensing fee. I was told it is $150.00 a month for most patients. I figured out I was spending $225.00 a month on cigarettes – so even $150.00 for 3 months is worth it. And you only do both, smoke & take Champix, for 7 – 14 days. Once you quit you save the money from not buying the cigarettes. In 4 days I’ve saved $28.80. In one year I will save $2,628.00. And in 10 years I will save $23,652.00. And of course that is if the cost never goes up – which it always does.
Anyway, I’m extremely happy because I never want to inhale another cigarette & that’s huge. I thought if I could somehow get to this point within the 3 months of not smoking I’d really be happy. Also, I know a few people who have quit from using Champix. One is a really good friend of mine & she is coming up on 3 years smoke free. And she says she’ll never smoke again. I think once you start living without cigarettes & you find that you are okay & good to enjoy life again – why would you ever go back?? Especially when you wanted to quit. For me it’s been years since I’ve wanted to stop. I’m happy.
Hope this finds you well & that it’s helpful for you.