Calm Down Without Cigarettes
The FDA is warning people on Varenicline (Chantix) that some serious neuropsychiatric events can occur in individuals on this as a smoking aid. In plain terms there have been reports of changes in mood (including depression and mania), psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, homicidal ideation, hostility, agitation, anxiety, and panic, as well as suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and completed suicide; even in individuals without preexisting psychiatric disease. Yes, these are also nicotine withdrawal symptoms, so proper gum and patch use is probably as important as the verenicline use itself. Specifically nicotine has beneficial effects on ADD, so getting a proper perspective on your pscyhe is important: do you have ADD, do you have PMDD, do you have depression, and then do you have a plan to communicate with family, friends, your gyno for instructions if you note said withdrawal symptoms. Like other medications, patients with serious psychiatric illnesses were not in the original safety trials, so that the drug's effectiveness and safety have not been established in this group of patients. And calm is what we seek. It's a commonly reported reason for smoking initiation and continuation. So if calm is what you seek. You need a calming mechanism other than your smoking. I suggest some breathing exercises, some decaf green tea, yoga, reading a good book, swimming or knitting. Write back with your plan for calm!