Another Story of Lingering After-Effects
2011 July 20
I wanted to quit smoking after forty years of smelly clothes, hair, cars etc. from smoking. I went to my doctor in January 2011 about Chantix and was given a prescription for the drug. I waited until the end of May to take the drug as it coincided with a layoff and the extra money saved was in my pocket and not a manufacturer of cigarettes.
The first week of taking chantix with the .5 mg once per day caused no problems and I actually slowed down my smoking. The second week however the dose increased to 1 mg. every 12 hours, after the third day I had to stop, I had no thoughts of suicide or agitation. But the side effects that I was feeling then and now 5 weeks later are still the same. Symptoms include sleeplessness, fogginess, forgetfulness, lack of desire to do anything, several times I have experienced the feeling of like looking through a fish eye lens on a camera, when this happens I have to stop whatever I am doing until the feeling passes. I am also still feeling the effects of confusion, paranoia, anxiety, hopelessness.
[Someone I know] just received a prescription for this drug, the only thing that I could communicate to him about how the side effect feels (he works in a nursing home village) is to picture some one with Alzheimer’s, confusion, paranoia, and this is what the medication felt like to me.
[I am financially in good shape and have a good family]. So I have no idea why I keep getting feelings of paranoia and anxiety and the sleeplessness goes right along with this.
So I have quit smoking and been smoke free for 5 weeks, I have saved about $350-400 in this time but I would gladly trade back and find a different way to quit if it was possible.