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If you've used Chantix, please help others by sharing your experience with side effects. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

First panic attacks now pain
I took Chantix in February of this year to quit smoking and it worked well for that, but then I started having panic attacks and quit taking it. Shortly after taking it, my back started hurting, then my hips, then my chest and upper back, now my hands and feet hurt. I'm wondering if this is going to be a permanent condition, or is it possible it will go away at some point? I can't imagine living with this pain the rest of my life. I don't want to live on pain pills.

AskDocWeb: Although most side effects are reported to resolve shortly after discontinuing Chantix, there are a few reports of adverse effects continuing two years after stopping Chantix.

Reverse the side effects?
I took chantix and while on it my ejaculate went down to a couple drops and I lost my sex drive. It's been two years since I took it my sex drive is still gone. My ejaculate is about half what it used to be same with the force behind it. Is there any way to reverse the side effects?

AskDocWeb: Sometimes unrelated ailments occur simultaneously so it may or may not be due to the Chantix. You may want to consult with a urologist to find out what can be done for your specific condition.

Horrible joint pain and adverse effects
I took Chantix for 4 weeks. Stopped smoking on the 8th day and still smoke free almost 2 months later. I stopped the Chantix at 4 weeks as I developed horrible joint pain in my elbows, wrists, hands and ankles. I also have painful hives. I've been to the ER once, Urgent Care and several DR. Appt for pain and hives. It's been almost a month since I stopped Chantix, just wondering how long I will continue to have adverse effects?

AskDocWeb: The controversy over Chantix and the persistence of side effects is an ongoing issue that has yet to be resolved. The Federal Aviation Administration has banned the drug's use among commercial pilots. If the FDA receives enough reports of adverse events they may do something. To Report a Serious Problem to the FDA call 1-800-332-1088. You can also write them using regular mail, use FDA Form 3500. Send mail to:
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Chantix pregnancy risk?
Date: 2/13/2013
My wife and I are planning to "get pregnant". I am using Chantix. Is there any risks to the healthly development of the baby due to the use of Chantix?

AskDocWeb: The FDA has Chantix in pregnancy category C, which means that it is not known whether Chantix will harm an unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Negative Chantix review
Date: 2/14/2013
I think they should take this product off the market. Not until AFTER I took it did I meet people who had so many problems. I had MAJOR swelling of hands and feet.. BP went up. Shortness of breath. That is just a few! I went to DR this week and he took me off! Chantix might help you quit.. but the cure can kill you! Would it not be easier for cigarettes just to be against the law? Ecigarette with lowest % or 0% works better and without side effects! And did not cost me over $200.00!

After stopping Chantix
Date: 2/18/2013
In August 2011 I started using Chantix. Stopped (approx. 1 month) after experiencing horrible nightmares. Shortly thereafter, began experiencing joint pain in hip, knees and shoulders. I now have chronic lower back pain from degenerative discs, have severe arthritis in my knees and recommended for a hip replacement. Seems like the cartilage in my joints is rapidly deteriorating. Don't know if there is a connection or coincidence.

AskDocWeb: Hundreds of people have complained of joint pain after discontinuing Chantix. Have you tried Voltaren® Gel topical cream? That is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that relieves joint pain for most people. Have you had you vitamin D level checked? Vitamin D has been shown to be helpful in long term pain management.

No side effects but...
Date: 3/1/2013
My husband used Chantix with ZERO side effects and he was a heavy, heavy smoker before that. (Almost 3 packs a day.) One of those people I thought would NEVER be able to quit... or he'd at least be impossible to live with while he was quitting. None of that was true. No weird dreams, no mood swings, no depression (and he's kind of prone to depression, anyway.) In fact, he quit relatively easily with the drug and was calmer than normal. He felt better than he ever had in his life and we had the Chantix to thank for it. He could even sit in a room where other people were smoking and never pick one up! It was like magic. He was smoke free for 2 and a half years until he came under an extraordinary amount of stress and decided he could smoke "casually" here and there to help alleviate the pressure. He went right back to being a regular smoker within a month or two after that. Rule #1 - you CAN'T just smoke 1 or 2 here and there without becoming re-addicted. Our primary physician just told us a couple of days ago that he has prescribed it for many of his patients and they've all done exceptionally well with it. None of them have had any of those "known" side effects, either. Just found out our new insurance covers it at 100%, so we're both going to do it now.

AskDocWeb: Thanks Melanee, and good luck on quitting.

Chantix review
Date: 3/7/2013
I have smoked for 23 years (I am 42) and had high hopes for this drug. I started on the patch (with no side effects) and was almost smoke free for 2 weeks before starting the Chantix. I must add that I have complex PTSD, but the symptoms had become barely diagnosable by this time, due to a tremendous amount of therapy. This drug has been a nightmare for me!!!! It began with unrelenting migraines and fatigue. I then eventually experienced the reoccrance of depression with suicidal ideation and bouts of rage with an almost unmanageable desire to self harm. Also constipation, increased appetite, (to the degree of a constant ravenous state) horrendous gas, bloat, foggy thoughts and memory. I was on it for about 5 weeks and hoped that the side effects would disappear. By week 5, I had a major meltdown and realized the side effects were getting worse, so I stopped. I have been off of it for a week and and the side effects are just as bad as when I was on it. Pleeeease tell me when this gets better! Nothing is worth this!!!
PS-I am so sensitive to psych meds that I was only able to tolerate 15mg of Buspar, everything else was a nightmare.

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