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1 more on Quitting Smoking

Postby rsford5655@aol.com (Sue) » Mon May 16, 2005 1:35 pm

Hi, it's me again.. Just a few suggestions to watch out for with quitting cigarrettes.. Your body is addicted (WAS) it doesn't take long for the nicotine to get completely out of your system... But your mind can do many things to try and make you go and get the drug your "Body" is craving...
Also you may experience some symptoms of minor stuff like being tired, coughing, I ran a low grade fever for 2 months and the mystery was finally solved after getting some dental work done.. But strange things happen I believe, because your body will immediately begin to cleanse itself of the residues of cigarrettes also begins many repairs..
I quit at the same time I was entering menopause,family deaths,etc.. so the "Crying" days of self pity were VERY many!! . Quitting was HARD!!! never allow events to give you an excuse, no matter how bad they are... THE Greatest Gift I have ever given myself in Life has been this ""FREEDOM"" from that addiction..... I did gain weight and now must control this one, but I feel this may have occurred with Menopause anyway... Hang in there.. Give yourself one year from the date you quit and treat this as your 2nd most important Date to remember.... Then really plan a big event to Celebrate it!! invite everyone! hugs, Sue
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Postby Zero » Mon May 16, 2005 4:29 pm

I love the party idea!! I'm going to start planning mine for next March!! Maybe I'll even plan a cruise and all of you will be invited!!

You're so right about the physical addiction not being as bad as we tend to think. Here's what I just heard recently: "Nicotine is more addictive than cocaine, etc." I don't know where that rumor got started, but every time I heard it I would think, "well, no wonder I can't quit". It gave me the excuse to not even try because it took the responsibility out of my hands.

When I found out that it only takes 72 hours for nicotine to get out of your system, I stopped using the quit smoking lozenges so I could find out what it felt like. I'm telling you, withdrawal from caffeine and sugar was much, much worse. My belief now is that quitting smoking is 99.9% mental.

Postby minniepauz » Fri May 19, 2006 7:01 am

HACKENSACK, N.J. - Pfizer Inc. said Wednesday its experimental treatment for quitting smoking has been granted
fast-track approval status by the U.S Food and Drug Administration.

If the review process begins in January, as expected, Pfizer could receive approval to begin marketing the medicine
known as varenicline by July.

The FDA grants so-called priority review status to treatments with the potential to provide significant advances over
similar treatments already on the market. The review process without fast-track status usually takes about 10 months.

New York-based Pfizer, which plans to market the drug under the brand name Champix, said it helps smokers quit by
reducing the severity of cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

If approved, varenicline is expected to compete with Sanofi Aventis' Acomplia treatment, which was initially developed
for obesity but has been found effective in helping to quit smoking and could also receive FDA approval in 2006.
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