Well, I said I was going to do this and I am. I went to the Doctor on Monday and got the prescription for the Chantix. I went straight to Walmart and got it filled. First good thing was, the doctor gave me a coupon for the entire price of the first month. It is $140.00 for a month's prescription. That really bites if you don't have insurance. I don't, but the first month was free. The funny thing is, the price is the same thing you would spend on a pack of cigarettes a day, but you don't normally go buy a month's worth of cigarettes at one time, so it seems more difficult to come up with that money to fill the prescription.
Chantix delivers a certain amount of nicotine to your blood stream through the pill plus it has something in it for anxiety. The first week is 1/2 milligram doses and after that it goes up to 1 milligram. So, the way it is set up is the first three days of the first week you take one pill in the morning and that is 1/4 milligram. The fourth day you begin to take one pill in the morning and one at night and those two add up to 1/2 milligram. You continue smoking through this first week while the medication gets into your bloodstream. On the eighth day, you quit smoking and your dose that day goes up to the full milligram and stays there after that.
I did this about 2 years ago and it worked great. What I did wrong was not stay on the medication long enough. I thought I was good and quit spending the money on it after a couple of months. As soon as something bothered me after that though, I did what I had always done and reached for a cigarette. There was nothing in my system to help me stay away from it at that point. Once you smoke that first one, you are going to keep on. So I went back full time again quickly.
I started my forth day today which means I took one pill this morning and I'll take one tonight. My only problem right now is it does make you drowsy. I've only been on the 1/4 milligram dose the past three days and I am struggling to stay awake both working and driving. Today I called and postponed the house I was suppose to go clean because I am afraid to drive. I think the ideal way to do this would have been to be able to start the first week on a week of vacation. However, I have nothing but part time jobs so I don't get a week of vacation.
I will muddle through the problems. I am going to do this. This is day four. Four more days to smoke and then I stop, forever.