The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that varenicline (Chantix) can alter people’s reaction when drinking alcohol, potentially causing a lowered tolerance, blackouts, and aggressive behavior. What…

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When should you not take Chantix? Advise patients and caregivers that the patient should stop taking CHANTIX and contact a healthcare provider immediately if agitation, depressed mood, or…

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Varenicline works by binding to nicotine receptors in the body, partly turning them on to reduce withdrawal symptoms, but also blocking them from the nicotine in cigarettes and…

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How to use nicotine patches: Depending on body size and smoking habits, most people who smoke should start using a full-strength patch (15-22 mg of nicotine) daily for…

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Is it better to quit smoking gradually or cold turkey? Going “cold turkey” might be better You can choose to cut down on your cigarettes gradually before your…

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Analysis of sodium concentration demonstrated that 64% of people with alcohol dependence had low (

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Alcohol can cause electrolyte imbalances in three ways – through increasing fluid loss, increasing electrolyte excretion, and diluting the concentration of electrolytes within the body. What electrolytes are…

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Compared to non-alcoholic subjects, chronic alcoholic patients have lower serum concentrations of potassium, magnesium, bicarbonate, calcium and phosphate as well as a lower arterial pH value. Can drinking…

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Are toothpicks good for quitting smoking? Flavored toothpicks help combat psychological symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. If you smoked mentholated cigarettes, a mint-flavored toothpick can help replace the taste…

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When smokers are in situations where smoking is prohibited, chewing gum is believed to reduce cravings to smoke. … Results from this study indicate that chewing gum reduces…

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