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This is a repost. I posted this only two days ago and it has received quite a few comments. I’m reposting it today because every early morning TV program that I have clicked on this morning is talking about “the importance of not smoking and how to quit”. Most of them are saying that you need to install some kind of support system. Whether it is family support or a support “hot line”.
The following is my repost originally posted on December 26, 2009 (two days ago).
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I used to smoke many years ago. When I decided to quit smoking I just quit. It wasn’t easy, but I quit. I ate lots of saltine crackers to fill the “what do I do with my hands now” habit. It’s been over 35 years since I quit smoking and the craving never goes away because the body remembers but now I don’t “have” to smoke so I don’t.
I’ve been watching and listening to the Chantix ads on TV for aid in stopping smoking for those who can not just quit. Listening to the disclaimers and side effects of this product would turn me off without even considering it. In my opinion, you might live longer and be healthier if you just kept right on smoking. Now this is only my opinion. I copied the following from an internet ad for this product and it sure doesn’t make me want to run out and buy it. What do you think?
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CHANTIX is a prescription medicine to help adults 18 and over stop smoking. You may benefit from quit-smoking support programs and/or counseling during your quit attempt. It’s possible that you might slip-up and smoke while taking CHANTIX. If you do, you can stay on CHANTIX and keep trying to quit.
Important Safety Information
Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using CHANTIX to help them quit smoking. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking CHANTIX, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after stopping CHANTIX. If you, your family, or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression, or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia, or confusion, stop taking CHANTIX and call your doctor right away. Also tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems before taking CHANTIX, as these symptoms may worsen while taking CHANTIX.
Some people can have serious skin reactions while taking CHANTIX, some of which can become life-threatening. These can include rash, swelling, redness, and peeling of the skin. Some people can have allergic reactions to CHANTIX, some of which can be life-threatening and include: swelling of the face, mouth, and throat that can cause trouble breathing. If you have these symptoms or have a rash with peeling skin or blisters in your mouth, stop taking CHANTIX and get medical attention right away.
The most common side effects include nausea (30%), sleep problems, constipation, gas, and/or vomiting. If you have side effects that bother you or don’t go away, tell your doctor.
You may have trouble sleeping, vivid, unusual, or strange dreams while taking CHANTIX. Use caution driving or operating machinery until you know how CHANTIX may affect you.
CHANTIX should not be taken with other quit-smoking products. You may need a lower dose of CHANTIX if you have kidney problems or get dialysis.
Before starting CHANTIX, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or if you take insulin, asthma medicines, or blood thinners. Medicines like these may work differently when you quit smoking
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