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Urgent info on Chantix needed
  1. #1
    eleonora66 Guest

    Default Urgent info on Chantix needed

    I wander whether any of you can help me. Is it possible/advisable to split
    the 1mg Chantix into two?
    We (in the UK) don't get an online help with the medication, my doctor is
    away and I feel powerless.
    Hope someone has had the need to do this and can advice. Farmacist has told
    me to ask the doctor.

    many thanks in advance.

    E



  2. #2
    Billy Bob F. Guest

    Default Re: Urgent info on Chantix needed

    eleonora66 wondered:
    > I wander whether any of you can help me. Is it possible/advisable to split
    > the 1mg Chantix into two?


    Hi eleonora,

    I did some searching through various blogs and newsgroups and found
    several people who had reported doing this. One even said their
    doctor recommended splitting the last four in a prescription into
    eight as they were finishing their prescription. The only thing I saw
    that was unanswered was a concern that if it is time released, you
    should not split it.

    Just curious....why do you want to do this? Are you starting or
    stopping a prescription?

    Rob

  3. #3
    eleonora66 Guest

    Default Re: Urgent info on Chantix needed


    "Billy Bob F." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > eleonora66 wondered:
    >> I wander whether any of you can help me. Is it possible/advisable to
    >> split
    >> the 1mg Chantix into two?

    >
    > Hi eleonora,
    >
    > I did some searching through various blogs and newsgroups and found
    > several people who had reported doing this. One even said their
    > doctor recommended splitting the last four in a prescription into
    > eight as they were finishing their prescription. The only thing I saw
    > that was unanswered was a concern that if it is time released, you
    > should not split it.



    > Thank you Rob. The 'time released factor is what I was/am concerned about,
    > although my doctor suggested to do this last year

    when I was toward the end of my prescription. However, I had a strong
    feeling that neither the doctor, nor the pharmacist had much knowledge
    of the medication.

    > Just curious....why do you want to do this? Are you starting or
    > stopping a prescription?


    > It is a little complicated but I'll try to explain. I took Chantix last
    > year, my quit was successful but only lasted six months.

    The side effects of Chantix were manageable, some feelings of indigestion
    but I was so happy to have stopped smoking that those feelings
    where almost negligible in my mind.
    When I got the prescription at that time, the pharmacist gave me a bottle
    containing 28 tabs x 0.5mg, and subsequently the standard pack of
    1mg ones. I also took more 0.5mg tabs at the end of the course. This means
    that I ended up taking the 0.5mg tabs for a longer time than indicated.

    Now that the med. has become more popular, I've been given the two packets
    provided by the manufacturer, one is a starter pkt. with 12x0.5mg tabs.
    and 14x1mg tabs. The second pack contains 56x1.mg tabs. The problem I am
    having is that this time the side effects have been rather bad, apart from
    indigestion I was feeling so tired, not all the time but at certain time of
    the day I had to lay down, it felt as if I had some debilitating illness.
    As I know for certain that this was caused by Chantix, I'd like to try to
    take a smaller dose of it to see whether the side effects are less
    debilitating.
    Needless to suggest that my pharmacist may be able to help. They will not. I
    live in a place where.....well, better not to say more.

    I am grateful for your search.
    Best wishes,

    E



    > Rob




  4. #4
    FlatIronMike Guest

    Default Re: Urgent info on Chantix needed

    Eleonora! I am not sure how Chantix is packaged, that is whether it
    is time released or not. I found I could go a full day on just one
    1mg pill a day after about 3 weeks on full strength. That is an
    option to consider but do discuss this with your doctor as soon as you
    can. If you are finding you are hitting some depression [just a guess
    as you didn't say] you might consider something to help there too as
    depression as one starts smobriety is somewhat common! Do stay
    focused and know that YOU CAN DO THIS!

    Hugs,
    FlatironMike
    One year, one month, two weeks, one day, 12 hours, 45 minutes and 3
    seconds. 8190 cigarettes not smoked, saving $2,456.94. Life saved: 4
    weeks, 10 hours, 30 minutes.

  5. #5
    eleonora66 Guest

    Default Re: Urgent info on Chantix needed

    Thank you Mike.
    Fortunately I am not feeling depressed, just frustrated about all this waste
    of time and energy and
    not knowing what to do. And it is partly my fault, like yourself I only
    needed few of the full strength 1mg pills
    last year, I should have told this to my doctor in the first place.
    I was told that I'll be able to speak to him on the phone in the next couple
    of days and I am sure that all will be sorted
    out. Focused I am and smoking much less than I used to, this last experience
    of six months quit and all the help
    received from you all at AS3, have convinced me that even I can do it.

    Very grateful for your concern, I shall post again very soon to let you know
    how I am doing

    Hugs,

    E


    "FlatIronMike" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Eleonora! I am not sure how Chantix is packaged, that is whether it
    > is time released or not. I found I could go a full day on just one
    > 1mg pill a day after about 3 weeks on full strength. That is an
    > option to consider but do discuss this with your doctor as soon as you
    > can. If you are finding you are hitting some depression [just a guess
    > as you didn't say] you might consider something to help there too as
    > depression as one starts smobriety is somewhat common! Do stay
    > focused and know that YOU CAN DO THIS!
    >
    > Hugs,
    > FlatironMike
    > One year, one month, two weeks, one day, 12 hours, 45 minutes and 3
    > seconds. 8190 cigarettes not smoked, saving $2,456.94. Life saved: 4
    > weeks, 10 hours, 30 minutes.




  6. #6
    THISTime Guest

    Default Re: Urgent info on Chantix needed

    On Wed, 26 Mar 2008 11:12:24 GMT, "eleonora66"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I wander whether any of you can help me. Is it possible/advisable to split
    >the 1mg Chantix into two?


    Both my neoghbor and I had sapped them in two. When you see the
    doctor, you can ask for the 0.5 mg prescription. Long term quit
    success is only a few percentage points less at this lower dose.
    Go the the prescribing literature and see.
    The only downside to nreaking them in half is that the tablet's
    coating is no longer intact and they dissolve faster in the stomach.
    If the coating is enteric, it is supposed to disslove after the
    stomach.


  7. #7
    Kathy Guest

    Default Re: Urgent info on Chantix needed

    Eleonora,

    I had the same problem with the tiredness.

    My dr. said it was OK to split them - they are not time released. I had to
    go all the way off of them and was fine as far as the quit.

    Kathy
    ---
    2m 1w 8:28 smoke-free, 3,355 cigs not smoked, $218.08 saved, 1w 4d 15:35
    life saved

    "eleonora66" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:scqGj.469$[email protected]..
    >I wander whether any of you can help me. Is it possible/advisable to split
    >the 1mg Chantix into two?
    > We (in the UK) don't get an online help with the medication, my doctor is
    > away and I feel powerless.
    > Hope someone has had the need to do this and can advice. Farmacist has
    > told me to ask the doctor.
    >
    > many thanks in advance.
    >
    > E
    >




  8. #8
    FlatIronMike Guest

    Default Re: Urgent info on Chantix needed

    Eleonora! I am glad to read your response to me as well as finding
    out from Kathy that they can be cut into two safely - provided you
    make sure to eat when you take it so you avoid the stomach upset. As
    to the tiredness, that is more due to the lack of nicotine in our
    bodies. When you smoke, you raise your pulse and Blood pressure and
    it makes you feel more alert. Stopping that causes your body to
    revert to a normal state which seems sapping to us at first. I was
    able to get naps in during the day often during that time and it
    helped a lot to adjust to my new non-smoking self. Just keep on
    keeping on and I DO know you can get smober as we all are addicts but
    we are all kicking butt!

    FlatironMike
    buttkicker
    One year, one month, two weeks, two days, 16 hours, 37 minutes and 58
    seconds. 8213 cigarettes not smoked, saving $2,463.90. Life saved: 4
    weeks, 12 hours, 25 minutes.

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