Chantix is prescribed for patients who are trying to stop smoking. Chantix is a brand name for the drug varencine. Chantix is a smoking cessation aid, and is best used with a combination of support and education. Studies have shown that the more support a patient receives from his or her doctor, as well as their families and friends, increase the likelihood of a person being able to give up smoking for good.
Chantix is usually prescribed in one to two doses per day. The tablet is taken with a full eight ounce glass of water after a meal. The doses should be taken at the same time each day. The doctor usually starts the patient on a low dose of Chantix and gradually increases the dose. Chantix works by blocking the pleasant effects of smoking from the brain, tricking the brain into believing nicotine no longer satisfies it.
For most patients, it is advised that you choose a date to stop smoking, and begin taking Chantix one week prior to the quit smoking date. Other patients are able to quit smoking in eight to 35 days after Chantix is started. Most patients are able to quit smoking within twelve weeks of beginning the drug. If you are successful in quitting within twelve weeks, your doctor may prescribe you an additional twelve week supply to help you stay off cigarettes for good. For patients who are unable to quit smoking within the twelve week period, the doctor may wish to discuss with the patient what prevented them from being able to stop smoking.
You should eat normally while taking Chantix. No special diet is required. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart disease, disease of the blood vessels or kidney disease. Also tell your doctor if you have any allergies and about all other medications you are taking, including both prescription and over the counter drugs. Also tell your doctor about your vitamin supplements and herbal supplements that you take.
Pregnant women and women who can or might become pregnant should inform their doctors immediately. If you become pregnant while taking Chantix, tell your doctor immediately. There are always possible side effects associated with any medicine you are taking. The side effects most often experienced by patients on the drug Chantix include drowsiness, dizziness, loss of consciousness, and having trouble concentrating. Some patients have reported traffic accidents while taking Chantix, so do not drive or operate machinery or engage in other tasks that require focus and concentration until you know how your body is going to react to Chantix.
Other potential side effects include nausea, constipation, gas, vomiting, heartburn, a bad taste in the mouth, an increase or decrease in appetite, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, unusual dreams and possibly nightmares and headache.
Occasionally, more serious side effects can occur. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: unexplained swelling in any part of the body, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, a rash, skin that is swollen, red, peeling or blistering, blisters inside your mouth, pain or pressure in your chest, pain in the jaw, neck, stomach, back or arms, a difficult time moving your arms or legs, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, light headedness, vomiting, slow speech or difficulty speaking, or weakness in your arms, legs or on one side of the body.
Always keep prescription medications in their original bottle or packaging. Never share your prescription medication with another person or take medication prescribed to another person. Always purchase prescription and other medications from reliable sources and legitimate pharmacies, whether online or in your home town.
For a large number of people, Chantix allows them to quit smoking when other smoking cessation attempts have failed. Smoking is a serious health problem, and is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.