What Chantix Is:
Chantix was developed specifically for quitting nicotine and has two very unique abilities. First it mimics nicotine - a low dose of it - which eases withdrawal. Second, Chantix blocks nicotine from binding with receptors, rendering it ineffective. If a person smokes while on this drug, they get none of that nicotine boost; smoking is bland.
Where to Get Chantix:
- All other prescription medications you're using, including insulin, asthma medicines and blood thinners
- Nonprescription medications you use, including vitamins, pain relievers, herbal remedies and supplements
- Kidney problems including dialysis treatments
How to Use Chantix:
If you slip and smoke a cigarette, continue using Chantix and try again. It can take a few weeks for this therapy to take hold for some people, so don't give up!
How Long to Use Chantix:
Chantix Side Effects:
- Disruptions in dream patterns
Who Should Not Use Chantix:
- People under the age of 18
- Pregnant women
- Women who are breastfeeding
That said, when used in conjunction with education and support, Chantix appears to be a promising new therapy that could help a lot of people kick their addiction to nicotine, once and for all.
If Chantix appeals to you, discuss it with your doctor and get started! There's no time like the present to quit smoking.
Resources to Help You Quit Smoking:
Your Quit Smoking Toolbox
The quit smoking toolbox gives you links to information and the support necessary to build a solid quit smoking program for yourself.
Choosing a Quit Aid
Learn about the nicotine patch, gum, inhaler, nasal spray and nicotine lozenges. You'll also find information about alternatives to NRT's, such as bupropion(Zyban or Wellbutrin), acupuncture and hypnosis.
Quit Smoking 101 - A Free Email Course
This free newsletter e-mail course, which you'll receive daily for 10 days in your mailbox, aims to provide you with a solid foundation for quitting tobacco successfully.
Online Smoking Cessation Support Forum
Join our very active smoking cessation support community. Support from those who know what you’re going through is invaluable. You may visit as a guest and browse, or register (free) to join the discussions and post messages of your own.
- Medication Guide Chantix (varenicline)Tablets. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Accessed on 07 May 2010 http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088569.pdf.
- Pfizer, Inc., "Patient Information Chantix™ (varenicline) Tablets." 2006. Accessed on 24 Oct 2006 www.pfizer.com/pfizer/download/ppi_chantix.pdf.