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) is a medicine used to assist in
smoking cessation, often used in conjunction with counseling and
Chantix is not a nicotine replacement product and does not contain
Who Uses Chantix?
Chantix is for smokers interested in quitting. Most smokers have a
very difficult time quitting without some kind of assistance.
Chantix is proven to reduce the desire to smoke, helping over 7
million smokers kick the habit in the USA alone.
How Does it Work?
Chantix works by eliminating the pleasurable effects of smoking in
the brain. This helps gradually reduce the desire to smoke, since
there is no longer any enjoyment from doing so.
Many smokers also benefit from behavioral changes, such as changing
a routine which normally includes smoking, to break the habit.
Behavior modification with the reduced pleasure of smoking from
taking Chantix can be a very powerful tool in quitting once and for
Some smokers take advantage of counseling as well, to further
improve the odds of successfully quitting. A counselor provides
moral support and can suggest behavior changes as well as other
tricks to break a habit.
How is it Taken?
Chantix comes in tablet form. The majority of patients will start
out taking a low dose once a day, gradually increasing to twice a
day, and eventually taking a higher dose twice a day. Treatment
usually lasts 12 weeks. It is not unusual for for the prescribing
physician to alter the dosage during this time, or add another 12
weeks of treatment if the patient still hasn't completely stopped
Typically Chantix is started one week prior to the date the patient
intends to stop smoking. This allows the medication to build up in
the system and ease the process.
Chantix should be taken after eating. A missed dose may be taken
when remembered or skipped entirely if it is near time for the next
Active ingredient: varenicline tartrate
Inactive ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, magnesium
stearate, anhydrous dibasic calcium phosphate, colloidal silicon
dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose, Opadry® Clear
0.5 mg tablets (white) also contain: Opadry® White
1 mg tablets (blue) also contain: Opadry® Blue
Patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients
in Chantix should not take this product.
In some patients Chantix may impair reaction time and thinking
processes. Caution should be used when starting Chantix until the
effects are known for each individual.
Some patients also experience mood and behavioral changes,
including agitation, depression, hostility, and even suicidal
thoughts. To some extent quitting smoking alone may cause some of
these mood changes, but Chantix may worsen them in some
individuals. The prescribing physician should be notified if any of
these symptoms are experienced.
Other side effects reported in clinical trials include:
Contraindications and Interactions:
- Difficulty sleeping
The prescribing physician should be notified if there is a history
of depression or suicidal thoughts.
The physician should also be notified of any other pre-existing
conditions and all medications, including non-prescription, being
taken; and should be immediately advised of any changes in
condition or medications. Chantix, as well as quitting smoking, may
alter the effectiveness of other medications, particularly:
- Asthma medications
- Blood thinners
Chantix should not be taken by individuals hypersensitive to any of
If pregnant or nursing, speak with a physician about
the benefits versus risks of taking Chantix.
Chantix has been thoroughly tested and has already helped millions
of people quit smoking. For smokers serious about quitting, Chantix
is a big step in the right direction.