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    Posted: Oct/16/2016 at 9:13pm
I am not sure where to put this so here it is. I began taking chantix to stop smoking. First I began having horrible nightmares. Then I noticed I was terribly depressed. I have been on medication for depression and it has been completely under control for years now but I have been crying multiple times a day and feeling like life was not worth much when you can't do much anything you enjoy. Last night I woke up in the floor in my hallway. Seems I was sleep walking. I have stopped the medication. I will find another way to stop smoking.

If you decide to try this drug be very aware of these side effects. With chronic pain depression can be a problem. I really think if I had tried to "suck it up" I would possibly be suicidal soon. Now I just have to get it out of my system. I think I feel better just having made this decision.
DDD, spinal stenosis, buldging/herniated disks,nerve compression, CAD, diabetes,etc
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Depression and Sleepwalking are serious side effects of this med. Dream disturbances are a common reaction.

I'm sorry you weren't imformed prior to taking this about the side effects, but very happy you shared this experience with others and got off this as soon as you realized how bad it was for you.

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I only had to take Chantix for 5 weeks luckily. I experienced depression and thoughts of suicide. I wanted to give up smoking so bad I would have done anything. I'm thankful I've quit and never think about smoking ever. Chantix isn't for everyone. I also used Wellbutrin xl as well and which I'm still on for an anti depressant for chronic pain and it helps my pain meds work better.

There are many ways to quit these days and meds was the only way for me to quit, smoking dehydrates the spine and brings cholesterol high. My cholesterol is normal since I quit smoking.

Good for you if you can quit using another method. Sara
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing Neck-reverse Lordosis of c-spine C6-C7 with impingement, numb hand and sore outer elbow. Bursitis to both knees. RN
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