I am 32 days in and haven't wanted to smoke. Based on our family's bad experiences with one adult on the anti-smoking drug Chantix, I am compelled to publicize information and consumer experiences(horror stories) to inform people what tragic things can happen when on Chantix. I bought Chantix a year ago and tried it but I wasn't ready to quit yet. It made me have black outs, unprovoked rage and eventually I lost all my closest friends. The third day came and I didn't want to take the chantix. I've had strange dreams and apparently talk in my sleep now, mostly about ice cream. I still cry during sad movies and I still laugh with my friends.Chantix is working for me. Check out this link for some such horror Oh, yes. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. To quit from the deadly addiction of nicotine, we urge you to buy Chantix which is FDA approved and widely acclaimed by all doctors worldwide. Stop blaming a medication because of cheating spouses and paranoia! For that, I take 200mg of Lamictal a day. Years later, After the birth of my second daughter I tried it again. Passing away seems so much more pleasant than living through all of these side effects. I thank god I had my mother and my best friend for saving me. His analysis echoes previous horror stories that Chantix can induce extreme reactions in people trying to quit cigarettes, including vivid nightmares, crippling depression and violent outbursts. I've read great stories about chantix and then I've been on the net and have read horror stories. I explained all my symptoms and asked what I could take or do to reverse the chantix. I have seen medical professionals and they have no clue on what to do. Have developed a peeling skin issue on roof of my mouth and jaw pain. I had an urge to just get away, still I'm not even sure what I wanted to get away from. I smoked for 20 years. My … Its evil in a pill. Do not take this drug! I was fired and didn’t understand why, I thought I had been doing a good job (coming in late, not finishing a job through to the end, confusing customers names, inefficient to the T while having mid day crying spells) after that job loss, chantix in hand, with a new baby, I started having this feeling like I needed to run away from my life. He also will lock himself in the bathroom and lay in the tub without the water running for hours. I was about to leave a comment telling the same story on @katherine's comment.. Because my cousin did too..this week..Do you drive a BMW by chance?I drive a Junkie Ass Ford... Today is my first day on chantix I'm praying I have no side effects. I didn't even know where to start looking for him. Hi Littlemiss, there are always horror stories about anything and everything - human can't travel at more than 40 mph because our brains will implode... they said that didn't they! I almost made it but I had to give it up a week early. We have turned a lion into a sheep!Please, please be aware of what your family is on! Just didn't feel like smoking and didn't care about it any more. He spent hours walking the streets, visiting bars and trying to get a hotel room (they were all booked). Then my boyfriend left me, his exact words were “I can’t live like this anymore”. This article is really good, I like it so much, there are some nice things you share in your blog. I was having thought of suicide, anxiety and panic attacks. That was only 3 days people. I did finally quit, using a vape and slowly downing the nicotine dose. By using this Site you agree to the following, By using this Site you agree to the following. He has already had to deal with so much and all I wanted was for him to be healthy so we could have a long life together. Search further and you will find stories of people whose lives have been turned upside down due to paranoia, aggression, anger, and severely altered behavior changes. My mom put me on Chantix when I was 17 and it was a fucking nightmare. Please leave your Chantix horror story to share in the Comments below this post. And as apologists for Chantix have said, smokers are big I got better and leveled out. Your side effects are your fault there. My husband and I decided to quit smoking together. You cant say that unless you have gon through what we have. Two years after the stop-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) was marketed in 2006, we began hearing from readers of this column that alcohol might pose a problem with this medication. A newly made friend went on Chantix. In the years since its introduction, a number of serious concerns about side effects that involve changes in mood and behavior have surfaced. All my muscles were tense, my mind was racing, I was jittery, restless, felt like I was going to have a heart attack. Now, NOW! I drank so much water and was feeling better within 48 hours. I would be a horror story! Since then Dr. Howell has been overwhelmed by additional mental health horror stories. Secondly, you are not going to have any changes after taking only your 2nd pill. The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. This Is My Brain on Chantix I’d heard it was the most effective stop-smoking drug yet. We went to our own doctors, both of them prescribed Chantix to us without mention of any dangerous side effects. It says consult your physician if you drink alcohol. Pace around the house aimlessly not being able to finish a job, such as folding clothes, walking away and forgetting things mid-way. Thanks!I'm now seen as a threat... Really? Not until the next morning did I find out that he had a full blown psychotic episode that night. Wasn't long that the chantix had built up in my system and had now abruptly thrown me into what felt like a methamphetamin high with severe paranoia. The only conclusion I could come up with was that this was the Chantix. She flew into a rage on me and accused me of something totally untrue. I have BPD (borderline personality disorder). Once I was prescribed Chantix, every person I knew threw warnings and horror stories at me so I was scared to say the least. Within two weeks I was absolute maniac but I wasn't smoking. Ask him to help get medicine to help get rid of the medicine in the bloodstream. Legal marijuana. On August 27, 2007 Zezrie wrote Dr. Howell telling him how her brother-in-law shot and killed himself while on Chantix. A study has shown that after watching horror movies, listening to scary stories or thinking about something horrific we may have weird dreams. Your ignorant stfu, Today is mine aftrr reading this and knowing what i know i threw it in the trashð¢. Then those reports of suicidal ideation began washing in. We both quit on day 6 and threw them in the trash. The second day I was extremely restless, couldn't sleep and the anxiety once again increased. My dad also had the same problems! Im so scared. I quit on the 6th day. Chantix must of paid you dough or you have no heart , telling people that a drug like chantix is safe when in reality people are killing other people along with there self as result of the drug...... P.s. I've had grumpy mood swings but nothing like before Lamictal. What a terrible mistake that was! (The oldest had been with her father who wouldn’t let me near her during this time for good reason bless his heart). I will not ever and will not ever let anyone I love try chantix. Chantix had become … ... (7 replies) 2nd day on Chantix Feb 5, 2007... Jellybean, I too thought the same thing. Hello! Waking up every 45 min with a jolt out of crazy nightmares. I got an apartment and proceeded to cry on the floor in the corner for days and stopping eating. It is terrible! I really wanted it to work to try to quit smoking but not being able to function is not my idea of living! I was afraid of her because she never wanted to confront or talk to me in public, it was always in private accompanied by "don't tell anybody this". Well after 6 weeks on Chantix, he has become a monster. Thats it. I never took this but have heard horror stories as well as success stories. Totally non-provoking. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. I tried chantix 2 different times, both times I felt not myself, like my brain was mush. This comment has been removed by the author. Katherine Pietras from Mar 19, 2014, you don't know a damned thing.Chantix now seemingly has more health and mental health warnings than smoking does, because it affects some people in a very negative manner. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. That night I woke up with an excruciating headache. It's never the drug, is it? This could take several weeks... For even the fastest/slowest of good friends.Without a strong bond to life (fam, friends) all is lost...Even if they do survive life is never the same.I'm embarrassed and humiliated... Geez! He lost both his parents over the last 5 years and he isnt very close to his kids, (custody issue with ex-wife)and I am all he has. Chantix had become … Bullshit. Kia kaha beautiful people. I was a heavy smoker for over 40 years. I wouldn't go anywhere near the stuff. I took Chantix for three months. Numbers wise it is VERY LOW compared to the number of people who have used it. Fact is most well balanced individuals have no worse side effects than slight nausea and strange/vivid dreams. I researched online how to get chantix out of the body quicker. Spotless record! Everything I do is wrong and nothing can make him happy any longer. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. My heart literally felt like it would pound right out of my chest. Many people do not show signs of these disorders until taking a mood altering medication so what is there to explore? My Dr, prescribed Chantix, for me to quit smokeing, but with all the other Rx's I am on (Synthroid, Warafin, Dilantin, Keppra xr, I decided against it, of course still … Any advise would be greatly appreciated. He assured me that if she approached me it would be in his study. It causes (according to the TV commercial) a very hostile and combative attitude. Chantix sales rose 7 percent in Q1 2010 to $189 million. Then again later finding my self planning it again - for months. Just depends on the individual and their personal reaction. I have also noticed some freaky stuff while my on was on chantix. I started smoking shortly after. We had event tickets that night. Maybe the pills elevated things, but they certainly don't cause them. If i had moved really fast getting up he will lay down and cover himself with blankets and start shaking and yelling some weird stuff. They said he shaved off all of his hair and cut off his eyelashes claiming "they want hair" he went to the ER but he ram out because he thought the nurse was going to "cut him up" he shot himself with a shot gun. I didn't realize Chantix had some public TV advertisement that said a person should be "guided" by a doctor and that mental health should be brought up before taking it. I have been on chantix for two weeks. you are all full of shit! My husband on the other hand was not himself. I would never recomend this drug to anyone. Who are you to judge people who have an extremely bad reaction to a medication? :P 80 share Report Save level 2 7 years ago +1 for e cigs, at least as a cessation product. Chantix (Pfizer’s branded name for varenicline) works by stimulating nicotine receptors in the brain, thus curbing cravings for cigs.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug in 2006 I was suicidal, and continued to take it until my primary took note, yanked me off of it and put me on antidepressants, etc....I was planning my suicide every day and I would stop myself and say, I don't want to do that. It seems to me that Champix may have one or two odd collateral effects for some people but all in all, it's worth it to break the nic cycle! Here is my story on this iReport link:http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-449328. 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