You should take CHANTIX for the full 12 or 24 weeks (3 or 6 months), depending on the quit approach you and your healthcare provider decide is right for you.
How long should you take Chantix before quitting?
Start taking CHANTIX one week (7 days) before your Quit Date. This lets CHANTIX build up in your body. You can keep smoking during this time. Make sure that you try and stop smoking on your Quit Date.
How long does it take to stop smoking with Chantix?
When taking CHANTIX, you can choose a quit date that is after a week or up to a month after your start date. Or, if you’re sure you’re not willing or able to quit that abruptly, you can start CHANTIX and then cut your smoking in half each month with the goal of quitting at the end of 12 weeks (3 months), or sooner.
Can Chantix be taken long-term?
Conclusions: Varenicline 1 mg BID can be safely administered for up to 1 year. Varenicline was also a more effective smoking cessation aid than placebo throughout the study, supporting both its short- (12-week) and long-term (52-week) efficacy.
How many weeks should I take Chantix?
Patients should be treated with CHANTIX for 12 weeks. For patients who have successfully stopped smoking at the end of 12 weeks, an additional course of 12 weeks treatment with CHANTIX is recommended to further increase the likelihood of long-term abstinence.
What happens if you continue to smoke while on Chantix?
Chantix mimics a low dose of nicotine, which eases the symptoms that are common when going through withdrawal. It also blocks nicotine from binding to receptors, essentially rendering it ineffective. If a person smokes while taking Chantix, they do not get the normal nicotine boost and smoking actually becomes bland.
Does Chantix make you gain weight?
Does Chantix Cause Weight Gain? Unfortunately, many people who quit smoking do gain weight, regardless of the method they use to quit smoking. Weight gain rates are similar for people who quit cold turkey, use Chantix, or use nicotine replacement therapy. The average weight gain is about 10 pounds.
Which is better Zyban or Chantix?
In clinical trials of Chantix, the drug was found to reduce the urge to smoke, reduce withdrawal symptoms, and help patients maintain abstinence. One study compared Chantix to Zyban to placebo. The study found that both drugs were better than placebo, and concluded that Chantix was more effective than Zyban.
What does Chantix do to your body?
Chantix works by delivering a one-two punch to smoking: It blocks nicotine from reaching receptors in the brain, which breaks the pleasure cycle of habitual smoking, and prevents cravings by releasing small amounts of dopamine.
Can I just quit Chantix?
Once your full course of CHANTIX therapy is finished, you stop taking it. You do not taper off of CHANTIX.
What are the long term side effects of Chantix?
There have been reports of depression, mania, psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, homicidal ideation, aggression, hostility, anxiety, and panic, as well as suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and completed suicide in patients attempting to quit smoking while taking CHANTIX [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
What happens when you stop taking Chantix?
Nicotine withdrawal can also cause mental health problems similar to those caused by Chantix and Zyban, such as depression, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, and sleep disturbance. However, the mental health risks of these two drugs far exceed the symptoms suffered by people with nicotine withdrawal.
What medications should not be taken with Chantix?
Medications known to interact with Chantix (varenicline)
What time of day is best to take Chantix?
CHANTIX should always be taken after eating, with a full glass (8 oz) of water. During the first week of taking CHANTIX, your dose will gradually increase. Take 1 white pill (0.5 mg) daily. Take 1 white pill (0.5 mg) in the morning and 1 in the evening.
Will Chantix keep me awake at night?
In Summary. Common side effects of Chantix include: insomnia, nausea, and abnormal dreams. Other side effects include: constipation, dyspepsia, sleep disorder, vomiting, and flatulence.
What is Chantix used for other than smoking?
Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant used for the management of major depression and seasonal affective disorder and Chantix (varenicline) is used for cessation of smoking. The Zyban brand of bupropion is used similarly to Chantix to help people stop smoking by reducing cravings and other withdrawal effects.