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Chantix, or Varenicline, is a prescription medicine that helps adults quit or stop smoking. It’s essentially a smoking cessation aid that will likely be more successful when used as part of a support program to help people stop smoking. You may see it being used alongside and with counseling support or other behavior modification tools which can help someone stop smoking even more effectively. It can take up to several weeks before you feel any benefits of the prescription drug.
Always consult with a doctor before you take Chantix since there are special precautions that you should follow. Your healthcare provider or doctor will advise you on when you should start taking Chantix. Smoking is typically a physical and behavioral challenge. Therefore, keep in mind that although it’s effective it is not a magic pill. The upside is that it does and will make smoking less enjoyable for you. Overall, it’s considered a popular medication that can help people quit smoking.
What is Chantix Prescribed For?
The purpose of Chantix is to help people stop smoking. It’s prescribed to adults (17 years of age or older) who want to quit smoking. It has also been proven to work for people who are considered heavy smokers.
It’s an option for adult smokers who wish to quit. Depending on your quit approach, you may be advised to take it for anywhere between three to six months. There are also some people who should not take Chantix based on medical history so always consult with your doctor. It is considered safe for many people.
How Does Chantix Work?
Chantix works by blocking the pleasant effects of nicotine (that come from smoking) on the brain. Nicotine is essentially blocked from even reaching the receptors in your brain.
Nicotine gives you a euphoric feeling almost immediately and this is the main reason why it’s so hard to quit smoking. It then can break the pleasure cycle that comes with being a habitual smoker. Not only that, but it also releases small amounts of dopamine which prevents cravings from occurring.
Therefore, Chantix works on two levels. You may notice that it starts working best after a few weeks pass by. The majority of people will take it for up to 12 weeks.
What Are The Side Effects of Chantix?
There are some side effects of Chantix that you may or may not experience. Some of these side effects include vomiting, drowsiness, gas, constipation, nausea, headache, trouble sleeping, and possibly changes in taste. Other people have reported mood swings, unusual behavior, and muscle spasms. A small percentage also had neurological side effects. However, the negative effects on mental health continue to be debated today.
Always consult with your healthcare provider or doctor if you’re concerned about the side effects you experience or if they worsen. Generally speaking, the side effects that come with Chantix are typically mild and manageable.
For more detailed information about Chantix, you can refer to the following sources:
- Chantix prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Chantix, Drugs.com.
- Varenicline, MedlinePlus.
- How to Use Varenicline, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Can you get Chantix over-the-counter (OTC)?
No. You can’t get Chantix or buy Chantix over the counter. It is considered a prescription medication. You must get a prescription from a doctor or medical provider. You can get a Chantix online prescription if you choose.
Can you get a Chantix prescription online?
Yes, you can get a Chantix prescription online. You can get a prescription for Chantix following an online visit with a healthcare provider.
How to take Chantix?
Start taking Chantix as directed by your doctor. Take Chantix by mouth or orally and always after eating and with a full glass of water. You’ll typically be directed to take it one to two times a day. You should stop smoking completely on the quit date and when you start Chantix.
What to avoid while taking Chantix?
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Chantix. You may not only experience serious side effects but it might also alter the effects of your medication. Always contact your provider if you have new or worsening symptoms. There is also a list of medications that have been known to interact with Chantix so always go over what you’re taking with your doctor.
How long does it take to quit smoking with Chantix?
There are some people who will begin to notice that Chantix works best after a few weeks have gone by. The majority of patients will take Chantix for up to 12 weeks. To help you stay cigarette-free, it’s possible your doctor will direct you to take it for another 12 weeks after that if it’s working.
How do I get an online prescription for Chantix?
To get an online prescription for Chantix you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.
What is DrHouse's prescription refill policy?
Our clinicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription for any previously prescribed medications, that are not classified as controlled substances. They use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year.