Chantix (Varenicline)
 
 

Instructions

Set a date to stop smoking

Begin Chantix one week prior to stop date

Take after eating with a full glass of water

There should be no need to take nicotine replacement products such as the nicotine patch or gum with Chantix

 

Possible Side Effects

Nausea, gas, constipation

Trouble sleeping or abnormal dreams

Headache

Agitation

 

Dosing

 

The recommended dose of Chantix is 1 mg twice daily following a 1-week titration as follows:

 

DAY

DOSE

1-3

0.5 mg once daily

4-7

0.5 mg twice daily

8-end of treatment

1 mg twice daily

 

Patients who cannot tolerate adverse effects of CHANTIX may have the dose lowered temporarily or permanently.

Don’t skip doses or double doses if a pill is missed

Treatment is for 12 weeks, but may be extended another 12 weeks for those who have successfully stopped smoking to further increase the likelihood of long-term abstinence.