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Chantix Sucks

2014 May 28
by ChantixSurvivor

Pfizer acknowledges that Chantix causes some really nasty side effects in some people.  But, the company continues to market the drug.  What in the HELL does it take to get a drug off the market anymore?????

I created this blog so the next person who has a nightmare with this medication doesn’t feel as alone as I did when I started falling apart.Have a Chantix/Champix story to share? Mail it to me at Yes, I will even publish the “positive” ones.

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  1. JAM permalink
    June 19, 2014

    About seven years ago I took Chantix for 2 1/2 months. I did quit smoking but I wish I had never taken this awful drug. Immediate side effects were constipation, indigestion, nausea and vivid dreams that kept me awake at nights. The doctor said this was normal and would stop when I got off the drug. IT HAS NOT STOPPED!!! I can’t begin to describe what I have gone through, life is living hell. I no longer enjoy anything in life, I am mad and angry at everything and everyone. I do not remember when I slept for more than a few hours the dreams/nightmares are indescribable.
    There must be a cure/relief from these side effects. Please share any positive results or findings. There has to be some hope for us that suffer and do not want to give up.


  2. Amber Spencer permalink
    October 13, 2014

    I am the same way. Took chantix 3 years ago and never been the same.

    I feel like a walking zombie. I dream ALL night long and sometimes
    wake and think it all really happened. The dreams are so real. I feel for you!
    Definitely not the same person I was before taking. :*(

  3. Keith Sinclair permalink
    November 17, 2014

    I am gathering stories of adverse reactions to Chantix/ Champix for a book I am writing about the injustices of the legal system in regards to adverse reactions that Huge pharmaceutical companies fail to acknowledge because we are the anomaly and it is evidently ok for them to make billions off of a prescription and leave us with ruined lives for seeking medical attention.

    I feel for each and every person that has had their lives affected by this horrible medication.

  4. teven permalink
    December 4, 2014

    5 years ago I took chantix while being a heavy smoker for many years. When it was time to quit I put the cigarette down and never wanted another.There were 2 other people that were doing the same, no one had any side affects at all.Still a happy non smoker

  5. ChantixSurvivor permalink
    December 5, 2014

    I’m glad you had success with it! Keep up the great work being smoke free!

  6. dlk permalink
    March 6, 2015

    They haven’t taken it off the market because it is amazingly successful for a lot of people. I had 3 relatives who were heavy smokers all quit when they used Chantix. None of them have smoked again after several years. Sadly, for me, it caused stomach pain that wasn’t worth it at the time. That’s MY problem, not the drug companies. Just because my body can’t handle a drug doesn’t mean that the rest of the population should not have access to the potential benefits. I’m now starting chantix again because I need to quit smoking. The stomach pain, if not a sign of something worse are worth the reward of being smoke free in my mind. I’m working with my doctor to monitor it as best as possible. If it doesn’t work for me again, that’s my problem, not the drug companies.

  7. Ron Rogers permalink
    March 29, 2016

    Well I’ve quit successfuly with Champix once and stayed two years smoke-free.

    Due to some bad decisions I went back to 2 packs a day for a while, but now I’m taking Champix again. I’ve quit tobbacco after two weeks, haven’t smoked for a month and I don’t feel like smoking ever again.

    Sure, I have nausea and colorful dreams and I feel less focused than usual. I feel more tired and generally indisposed.

    So what?

    I shouldn’t really have to say this, because it’s obvious, but I’ll say it anyway:

    IT’S A DRUG TO TREAT ADDICTION – one that is harder to beat than cocaine or alcohol.

    OF COURSE it has severe side effects.

    OF COURSE you will be disappointed if you come in expecting a walk in the park. You’ve spent years of your life abusing your body and your health, what exactly makes you think you’re entitled to just get rid of your addiction without experiencing any discomfort whatsoever?

    Champix is VERY effect as a smoking cessation aid, but it will not quit FOR you.

    Yes, a few people might have severe side effects. Most of the extreme claims are unproven though.

    “Well I took Champix and I tried to kill myself. It wasn’t until a year later when I saw the announcement on TV that it was an evil drug and there might be compensation for victims so now I will sue them because it’s totally their fault”

    You can’t just discount the fact that big pharma = deep pockets and frivolous lawsuits often result in setttlements, specially when people are really loud about it.

    You might not like it, but the fact is that the drug is still available simply because it WORKS.

    I’ve used it before and I’m using it again. I’ve suffering the side effects now, as I did the first time around, but they subsided once I finished the treatment, so I KNOW they will eventually disappear.

    And guess what? Even though I do have a previous history of severe depression, I’ve never felt the desire to do any harm to anyone whatsoever, myself included, while taking Champix.

    And as a grown man, I’m yet to experience a nightmare that could shake my foundations to the core, like some people like to complain.

    So I don’t think it’s fair that *I* should not have Champix as an option, even though it works very well for me, because *YOU* couldn’t work through the side effects.

    That sounds peevish, short-sighted and absurd.

    You should ponder carefully about what you’re doing here, because EVERY PERSON you scare away from Champix with your fear mongering is someone who might not be able to quit by other means.

    Someone who could have been saved, but wasn’t. Because of you.

  8. ChantixSurvivor permalink
    June 7, 2017

    And someone who may be harmed by the drug will be harmed. Because of YOU.

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