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Chantix – Does It Work For Dippers?

Question Mark KeyIn the search for an easy way to quit, many people will run across the drug Chantix. The drug has gotten quite a bit of press over the years about how successful it is in helping people quit smoking. We get asked quite often if it is also successful for someone who’s looking to quit dipping.

Forum member JAYP used Chantix early in his quit and gives us an honest review of how it affected his quit:

Check out his answer here:

A Dip Quitter’s Experience With Chantix

UPDATE: I posted this link to the FB page recently and got some great feedback. I wanted to pass along the following comment from a quitter who’s currently using Chantix:

I’m on it right now. For about a month so far. I’ve been dipping for 17 years Copenhagen long cut about 1-1.5 cans a day. I will say it works great with absolutely eliminating any cravings for nicotine. At this point I dip only at night once a day. And I literally have to talk myself into doing it to satisfy the physical habit withdrawal of it. And when I do it, it tastes like absolute crap so I only keep it in about 10-15 minutes. 

The Pros –
1. Absolutely eliminates any craving for nicotine

The Cons –
1. Dreams of craziness. Like some real acid trip nightmare stuff. 

2. You have to take it with a full meal of food or you will have intense nausea/vomiting. I learned this the hard way. as soon as the pill dissolves it feels like a knife in your lower stomach. You can literally feel the pill dissolve because of the instant change in your stomach. 

3. During the day It feels like a mixture between motion sickness and the feeling you feel when a sleeping pill starts to kick in. 

4. You’ll sleep like a corpse. I guess that could be a pro or a con depending on your schedule.

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  1. I started about a week ago and I take it on an empty stomach and I have not had any feelings of nauseous. I guess everyone is different. I mainly was a smoker by I got some chew to help with the actual smoking.

  2. I used Chantix (2013?) for about 6 weeks before I had to throw that stuff in the garbage. I used Copenhagen up to that point for 30 years. I had no upset stomach like others have said. I did have very vivid and violent dreams…totally unreal. I also became a ball of rage. Things that never bothered me like one of co-workers popping gum became intolerable to the point I wanted to reach across the table and choke her. I quit Chantix after my co-workers told me that they were going to put in transfers out of my building because they couldn’t take working with me anymore. A week later, I felt normal again. It may work for some, but it was not for me.

  3. Seems to be a little.confusion on “which” JAYP used Chantix….this one, me, never did.
    My quit date was 7/15/14, which puts me a year behind my doppelganger.
    -THE JP

  4. I am just completing my 4th month of Chantix and I’m currently dip-free for 106 straight days (26 years of dipping around 1 can a day prior to Chantix). I have zero craving now. Like others have stated, I get a sick feeling in my stomach within 30 minutes of taking it and that has been the worst part of this process. I can deal with the dreams, and haven’t had any suicidal thoughts, but that intense sick feeling is not going to be missed. I’m going off of this medication now and hopefully will remain tobacco free for the rest of my life.

  5. 39 days dip free. I’ve been on Chantix about 45 days and weaning off it taking only one pill a day now. It worked awesome for me. Upset stomach occasionally but that’s it. I’ve chewed 1-3 cans a day for 19 Years, for the past 3-4 years 2 cans a day easily. Couldn’t have done it without it.

  6. Week 10 on Chantix and weening off. I quit dipping week 3 and haven’t looked back. Very minor side effects- dreams and nausea whole I was still dipping. I do use an herbal snuff now called Holt that is mail order, but kills the cravings that Chantix doesn’t. I recommend both!

  7. I quit once before cold turkey but the second time around was harder. I was in the dr office for sinus issue and mentioned chantix. She said give it a shot as I had failed in a few attempts recently. I’m on day 4 with Chantix and cravings have been minimal and didn’t experience the fog as bad. The dreams are vivid I will say that but otherwise outside of the price it was worth it…but one script of this is cheaper then a month of dip.

  8. If crazy slasher dreams with children in the microwave works for you by all means give it a whirl. I never had thoughts like that before chantix. Dropped the script about 2 days in and back on the can 🙁

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