Champix, my journey so far, looking for shared experiences
I started Champix 4 days ago, and I can already see how effective it will be as a quit smoking aid. Smoking is already not very enjoyable, I light a cig up usually out of habit (in the morning usually), but typically put it out after a few puffs. Smoking tastes like im swallowing an ashtray, I taste it in my throat, lungs, it's gross and I am trying to hold on to that.
The side effects are concerning, as they vary wildly...
I have no trouble sleeping at all, in fact I have been having GREAT sleeps, out cold almost immediately after my head hits the pillow. I have woken up twice in the last 4 days with a weird kind of 'sweat', around my neck, which is weird as I sleep with a fan on me. Moving into the direct flow of air just made me cold, but I fell asleep pretty quickly after waking up. In the day, I notice clammy hands and varying body temps, where I feel cold, or hot, briefly, while in a temperature controlled room.
Also, last night I felt a strange burning in my chest, near my heart. I have mild scoliosis and have felt similar burning in the front of my chest from sore muscles on my back, I attribute it to that, and the fact that I have been overly sedentary the last few weeks (I was sick with a viral flu, and started champix as the flu ended but spent a lot of time laid up in bed)
No nausea, at all, but I make sure to eat before taking it.
I've only had vivid 'pre' dreams. Like, as I fall asleep that space between consciousness and asleep, its almost like Im watching TV. But I don't wake up remembering dreams.
I don't feel like smoking ANYTHING. I used to smoke quite a bit of marijuana, more joints than cigarettes truthfully, but I am not smoking weed, at all. I find it exacerbates my strange mental state where I am placing all these strange side effects in the wrong columns, like heart attacks and cancer.
I am EXTRAORDINARILY tired. All day. Completely out of it. I mean, there are moments when I have clarity and drive to get out and do something, but that fades usually the second I stand up and realize how fatigued I feel. I went for a walk to revitalize myself this morning thinking it could be my covid quarantine induced inactivity, but I got back with a strangely faster than should be heart beat (101bpm) and feeling like I needed to nap. This has been the hardest to deal with, the fatigue and overall light headedness. tbh it kind of feels like many of the effects of smoking weed, without the safety of knowing Im just burnt out, and so far the fatigue is near perpetual.
Ive read across many many forums of similar feelings, and that has given me some relief from he anxiety I feel. It might sound strange but reading other peoples experiences really helps me know Im not alone, that im not going to die, and that what I am feeling is normal.
Thus, this post. Maybe people on Champix can relate with their stories?