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Old 07-10-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default can't drink for a month - just started taking chantix

Don't know how i'm going to entertain myself for a month!
it's been the usual pour a beer, head to the patio, smoke and relax for awhile. Now that i started taking chantix i've been reading up that it is very much a horrible idea to drink any alcohol at the same time you're taking chantix. So i guess now i can read a book on the patio? listen to some music? any ideas?

for my last night of drinking i did have some trumer pils and a CNOTE IPA

but on a good note, i promised myself this would be the start of a healthy year, i'm a little late to the game, but after 12 years of smoking and only being 26. it's better a bit late then never. Next up, No more fast food and start on the exercise if chantix is the miracle drug and helps me like it's helped the ex-smokers i know.

kind of a random post, just excited

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Old 07-10-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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I heard recently that Chantix also seems to curb the desire for alcohol. Really, I think that while quitting smoking, it's best to stop drinking for a while since the two things can be so linked together as habit.

I took it for smoking and after a few weeks, I realized that I'd been carrying around a pack of cigarettes without even thinking about smoking them. But I ran out of the pills and a stressful event happened...back to smoking.

*THE CRAZY DREAMS* are not an exaggeration. Very vivid! Some people I know had to stop the med because of nightmares. I just had stupid dreams that convinced me I was already at work, so I'd just sleep through the alarm clock.

Good luck! I hope it works for you!

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Old 07-10-2012, 04:34 PM   #3
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Had a customer come in a nd claim to be mentally ill because of chantix....

Come to think of it though, the guy was crazy to begin with.

I salute your goals though!

Good luck.

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Old 07-10-2012, 11:18 PM   #4
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Good luck to you! Its tough to stop, but worth it (physically, and especially financially). I recently quit smoking (smoked for 9 years), and alcohol does make me want to smoke more than anything else. Truth be told, i've cheated a couple times since quitting, but hey, it took 9 years to develop the habit, it'll take more than a few weeks to completely get rid of it!

I too reduced my alcohol consumption, started exercising, and started to drink a little wine in place of beer, and changed habits as far as not having a beer first thing when I get home from work, eating better, etc. Good luck to you again, I'm sure you'll find it'll be one of the best decisions you've ever made; right after deciding to home brew of course!

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Not drinking is a big part of quitting. Not only is there the chemical depressant effect of alcohol making you more likely to smoke but you probably also have a habit of smoking while drinking which means you have twice as many reasons to smoke while drinking. When you start drinking again you'll have to fight back the habit of smoking while drinking but it's better to not have to fight everything at the same time.

It took a while to quit smoking (I didn't use any chemical aids) but I quit almost three years ago. From time to time I still smoke when I drink. Usually a cigar or hookah and almost never a cigarette.

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Grats and good luck!

After almost 13 years I finally, successfully quit in the last few months. I used electronic cigarettes (not the crappy disposable ones). Those gave me nicotine while my lungs were healing. Then, this last month I switched over to nicotine lozenges to break the habit of "hand to mouth". I feel GREAT. I can breathe again!

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Don't worry. You'll be entertained enough by the night terrors.

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BTW quitting smoking is easy. I did it six times.

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Good luck!

Luckily I don't smoke, but if brewing caused cancer I'd be in trouble.

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Chantix is amazing. It did mess with my sleeping for the first week, but well worth it. I smoked for 14 years. After taking the pills for a week cigarettes started to taste bad with no reward. It was gross. Absolutley no cravings, It's been 4 years. I didn't even use the whole prescription. Good luck. Its worth it.

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