Having taken up smoking after quitting for 5 years, I, J. Hardspear de la Azotea have tried to stop again since the 1st cigarette I smoked in July. Not successful.
Then I got myself a prescription for the new quit-smoking drug – Champix – by Pfizer. Putting it simply – the other successful drug in recent years (Zyban), is an anti-depressant of which one of the side effects is to curb cravings for smoking. Champix on the other hand blocks the nicotine receptors in the brain, as I understand it.
I started taking Champix a week ago and also enrolled in the online support programme Pfizer developed called mytimetostart The programme advises one to finally stop smoking a week after you’ve started the meds. During the 1st week they start you off on a weak dosage, which increases to full strength on the first day you’re supposed to quit.
During that 1st week, personally I did not feel much of an urge to quit, but I have been getting these super motivational, helpful and insightful e-mails form the programme.
Yesterday I actually had to stop. Lo and freaking behold. I did not crave a cigarette at all. I was not cranky, irritated, agitated, impatient or “mislik”. I first thought of a cigarette at 15:00 after an afternoon nap. During the evening we were with friends and I had a glass of red wine. I had a very low intensity and fleeting “lus” for a cigarette, which was totally manageable and quick.
This morning I woke up – no craving!!!
In fact. My mood and energy levels improved quite a bit since I started Champix a week ago.
5 Years ago when I first quit, I went cold turkey (nicotine replacement therapy did not help me at all). It was extremely difficult, but I did it. Now is one of those periods in my life which is typically not a good time to stop, but with Champix I am doing it anyway, despite all the stressors in my life.
I was worried that taking Champix with Ritalin may have some strange effects, but after consulting with friend Cara Noir, who is a psychiatrist, I was happy to learn that it should not,
and now I am testament
that it does not.