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Chantix and weight gain

 
 
Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 12:33 pm
I am taking Chantix to quit smoking. I'm on week 5 and the smoking urges are gone but how do I control my weight? I'm still at the point where I need something to do besides smoke and eating seems to be winning.
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BorisKitten
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 03:23 pm
@lyackley,
Well heck, if weight-gain is the least of your problems while taking Chantix, you're very lucky!

My doctor would not put me on it due to really nasty side-effects. Google it; you'll see.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 03:26 pm
@lyackley,
lyackley wrote:

I am taking Chantix to quit smoking. I'm on week 5 and the smoking urges are gone but how do I control my weight? I'm still at the point where I need something to do besides smoke and eating seems to be winning.


Eat the right stuff. I quit more then 5 years ago now, and let me tell ya - it isn't the Chantix that's making you hungry, it's your body's return to a more natural state (ciggies suppress hunger, and when you smoke all day...).

Celery sticks, you'll lose weight eating them. Same with carrot sticks. Chew gum. Start working out. You know, all the usual advice. But it works! Congrats.

Cycloptichorn
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 04:14 pm
Cyclo's right. Weight gain has nothing to do with the Chantix. It's a natural reaction to quitting tobacco after years of use. Today marks one year and eight days since my last cigarette. I started to gain weight almost immediately after quitting. In my case that was no problem. I've been underweight my whole life, except for the time I served in the military. Now I'm back up to where the life insurance company actuarial tables say a person of my height ought to be.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 05:51 pm
I gained weight after quitting (a long time ago) and got rid of it with jogging/long walks and better eating. Somehow the endorphins after exercise helped with the heebie jeebie ciggie wanting, and, more than that, I usually wasn't really hungry right after the exercise. Among my associates at work, people who were quitting sometimes kept a toothpick in their mouth. I did this too, off and on for a few days. Very tacky looking, almost as bad as the cigs. Never swallow the toothpick.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 05:56 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Merry Andrew wrote:

Cyclo's right. Weight gain has nothing to do with the Chantix. It's a natural reaction to quitting tobacco after years of use. Today marks one year and eight days since my last cigarette. I started to gain weight almost immediately after quitting. In my case that was no problem. I've been underweight my whole life, except for the time I served in the military. Now I'm back up to where the life insurance company actuarial tables say a person of my height ought to be.


Boo fuckin yah! Congrats that things are going so well for ya.

If you can stay clean for 10 years, even after a lifetime of use, your cancer risk drop tremendously.

Cycloptichorn
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