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charpie posted:
hi,
it will be 3weeks this tuesday that i have quit smoking. i was taking champix but stopped after 8 days of not smoking as i felt extremely tired and was starting to gain weight. they did help take the edge off and stay positive about quitting. now i am feeling anxious, i am eating all the time and when i am not eating i feel like i want to sleep so i do not have to think about it. the weekends are harder than weekdays as i am working during the week and have started biking with my son in the evening too keep us busy. i am hoping the thoughts of wanting to smoke will subside but i am feeling very on edge and i feel as though it is hard to be around anybody because of the way i am feeling. my husband quit too and i thought it would be harder for him but he is not feeling the way i am at all. i am feeling guilty because i have kids and i feel like i am very short with them at times and i am always thinking i am a bad mother because of my moodiness. i hope things will start to improve because i know the benefits are huge i just hope this does not change my personality forever!!
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Jonathan Foulds, PhD responded:
It is normal to experience increased appetite, moodiness and short temper for a while after stopping smoking. These symptoms typically peak in the first week and are usually noticeably less four weeks later, and largely gone by 6 weeks. The moodiness does not mean you are a bad person or a bad mother....and it is probably worth explaining to your family that it is due to nicotine withdrawal. These symptoms are reduced by nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion or varenicline (Champix) and they will subside over time. Your personality will return to normal. Please write back to let others know of your experience over time.


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