Chantix (Varenicline)

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What is Chantix (Varenicline) prescribed for?

Chantix is a medication that is made for helping an individual to stop smoking. To increase your chances, take this medication with a stop-smoking program that includes education, support and counselling. There are a lot of major health benefits in quitting smoking. Such as a lower risk of heart and lung disease, as well as cancer.  This medication works by blocking nicotine’s effect in the brain, that makes you want to smoke.

This medication is to be taken by mouth and can be taken with food, or without. However each treatment is different.

There are various ways to take this medication. One method is to set a date to quit smoking before beginning the treatment. Then begin to take the medication as directed to you by your doctor, about 1 to 2 weeks before your quit date.  Take one 0.5MG tablet once a day for 3 days, than increase it to one 0.5MG tablet twice a day for 4 days.  When the dose is slowly increased to lessen any chances of suffering from the side effects. It is ok to smoke during this time frame; however you must stop smoking on the quite date. For the rest of the treatment, take your dose twice a day. The treatment period usually lasts for 12 weeks.

Another way to make use of this medication is to start taking the drug before you choose a quit date. Start by taking a 0.5MG tablet and increase the dose as directed to you by your doctor. Pick a quit date that is between day 8 and 35 of the treatment.  You must stop smoking on the date you have picked. Take the dose you have been prescribed for the rest of the treatment.

However, if you are unable to pick a quit date, your doctor may direct you to start taking this medication to gradually reduce your smoking with a goal to help you quit by the end of the treatment. Follow your doctors directions precisely, and reduce your smoking habits as your doctor has prescribed.

It is always best to speak with your doctor on any kind of allergies you may have, do inform you doctor especially if you are allergic to Varenicline, or of any other various allergies you may have.

Before taking this medication, one of the best things you can do is inform your doctor of your medical history, especially if it includes the following; kidney disease, mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression), heart/blood vessel disease (such as coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, stroke), seizure.

This drug may also make you more sensitive to alcohol (including increased drunkenness, unusual behavior, and limited or no memory of things that happened). Limit alcoholic beverages. Be aware of how alcohol affects you while taking this medication.

Nausea, headache, vomiting, drowsiness, gas, constipation, trouble sleeping, unusual dreams, or changes in taste may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any of these serious side effects, which are; burning feeling in feet/toes, unusual pain in the legs when walking.

If any of the following happens to you such as; seizure, symptoms of a heart attack (such as chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating), signs of a stroke (such as weakness on one side of the body, trouble speaking, sudden vision changes, confusion), harmful behavior to self/others/property. Stop taking this medication and seek medical attention right away.

This medication may cause some rare mental and mood chances, even after you have discontinued use of this medication.  Drinking alcohol during this time may increase the risk of these mental and mood changes. Quitting smoking may also cause the mental and mood changes. At this point stop taking the medication and speak with your doctor right away.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your pets treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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