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Well I have smoked since I was 12 years old, now 29. I did actually stop for 2 years on the Zyban brand, but on a night out drinking I stupidly had a cigarette, that set me off to starting smoking again. So eventually I decided to stop again.
So off I went to the doctors and they told be about a new brand had come out that worked just like Zyban, just cheaper for them to make, but was told it worked exactly the same. So I thought well why not try them, the new brand was called Chimpax.
So I picked up my prescription, these are only available on prescription you cannot buy them over the counter. I started on these tablets the next day.
The instructions were very easy, you take one tablet of 0.5mg for the first 3 days, and they do say to try to keep to the same time each day you take them. Then on day 4 you take one in the morning and one at night, both tablets are 0.5mg again.
On week two the dose gets increased to 1mg tablets, and again you take one on a morning and one on a night. After you have finished on week two you can get another prescription for a further 2 weeks at the same dose as your second week.
The packet is very good as it tells you what days you are on and the dosages are all in the correct place, so you know when they need to be increased. The tablets are easy to swallow unlike some tablets, as they are film coated.
Now on for what I thought of the tablets and if they helped me to stop. Well on my first week I was fine with taking the tablets, I also continued to smoke, which you do on your first week, you set a date to stop on the second week. So the first week was great, then came time for the second week, this is where I went downhill.
Each time I took a tablet, morning and night, I would feel really ill and sick for hours. I am not good with not feeling too well loll. But still I continued, I got to the third day of my second week when I did finally give up on the tablets, I could not work I felt that ill, I was still smoking, but I did feel less of a need for a cigarette, but it made me feel a bit better when smoking, as daft as that sounds.
So with me feeling so bad and losing money at work, I did stop taking the tablets before I actually stopped smoking. Maybe if I did keep at it then I would have stopped, but I could not face the feeling the tablets gave me every time I took them and for hours at a time.
So would I recommend these tablets, well I do suppose that depends on the person really, and how well they handle feeling sick, but I would certainly recommend trying Zyban as there were no side effects on them for me and I did stop smoking. So no I would really not recommend Champix for the side effects reason, but as to if they do help you stop, I would not know, as I could not go that far with them.
Interesting review, Iv never thought of trying tablets to help quit x
Maestrolover 11.02.2008 02:47
Poor you, hope you manage to stop for good soon. Good review.
Seresecros 10.02.2008 14:49
Have you ever heard about the "punch in the face" method? I saw it on TV. Basically, every time you light up, you get someone to punch you in the face. Eventually you give up on smoking altogether! And from what you say, it sounds like a less painful method than taking these things.