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Have you tried Cystisine / Cravv?

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  1. efram, quit coach
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    If you've tried Cytisine, how did it work for you?

    In case you haven't heard of it, Cytisine is the newest product to be approved by Health Canada for use in smoking cessation. In Canada it's marketed as "Cravv," and comes in capsule form as a natural health product. It's an alkaloid that naturally occurs in several plants and helps to reduce cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and lessen the satisfaction from smoking. 

    Potential advantages: it doesn't require a prescription; the cost is low compared with other cessation aids, and it's a shorter course of therapy (25 days). Some may also like that it doesn't contain nicotine.

    Potential drawbacks: a higher chance of side effects compared with nicotine replacement therapy (common side effects are nausea, vomiting, and sleep disorders).

    So far I haven't talked with many people who've tried it, and it'd be interesting to hear more about people's experiences!

    Regards,
    Efram

  2. quit2019
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    12 Dec 2019 in reply to efram, quit coach
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    I used crave this spring and it did help me quit. However during the treatment I suffered a cardiovascular event and the a cerebral vascular event ten days later. It has not been determined to be the cause but I thought I should share. 
  3. efram, quit coach
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    Hi quit2019,

    Thanks for sharing. I'm glad that it helped you quit, but that's scary to hear about your cardiovascular and cerebral vascular events. I hope that you're doing well now and that your health team can help you to determine what the cause was so that it doesn't happen again!

    Regards,
    Efram
  4. wastiredofsmoking
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    I have been smoking for over 40 years and developed COPD then emphysema as a result of long term smoking (thanks tobacco industry).  With COVID now a possibility for anyone to get, it will be rough on all smokers and especially those with upper respiratory illnesses  Throughout my lifetime, I had tried every options but unsuccessful due to either side effects or just that they did not work.  Those included Nicoderm patches, inhaler, Thrive, pharmaceuticals like Zyban and Champax to mention a few. 

    Hospital told me about CRAVV when I went in for a lung xray and knew I had to try it.  MADE IN CANADA and a natural product,  What did I have to loose except the cost of one bottle.  Much cheaper than smoking during the 25 days and less expensive than the other products.  
    It does say it can take up to 5 days to wean off smoking, but it was almost immediate; first day taking CRAVV I had no craving for cigarettes.  No side effects and just a ting of withdrawal that might come up once or twice a day and last for a few seconds.   Very easy to overcome.
    Where has this product been and why has it not been advertised more aggressively and readily available at pharmacies along side Nicoderm and other smoking aids? Any product may work for some, but not for everyone.  We are all different.  (I read on internet that it has been available in Europe for 40 years.)

    I've completed the 25 days and have been smoke free for almost a month now and hope I can and will maintain it.  I keep count of all the money I am saving as an incentive to forge ahead,  But more important are the health benefits.  I no longer cough, wheeze, run out of breath and stink like  nasty stale tobacco.  I haven't needed my inhalers much and hope I can stop those and save myself an additional $100/mth.  Bonus!

    This was probably the best time and the worst time to quite smoking.  Stress of the pandemic would generally motives smokers to smoke more, yet I knew I had to quit immediately in case I got the virus.   
    Good luck to all of you who decide to try it after reading this post.  I will keep an eye on this forum to see if any have been inspired.  
  5. efram, quit coach
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    Hi wastiredofsmoking,

    Thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on being smoke-free for nearly a month! You have so much incentive to continue to forge ahead, especially now that you're finding so many improvements to your health and wealth.  

    It's interesting to hear how immediate the effects of Cravv were. I'm going to guess, that said, that a large part of your success has been due to you not giving up after previous efforts, and having the mind-set that smoking is no longer an option! 

    I know what you mean about the best time/worst time to quit, but am glad you decided to go for it in spite of the challenges, and found a product that worked well for you. I hope you give some extra inspiration for others to quit, whether it be with Cravv or another method; the important thing is to do it! 
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