How does Chantix stop you from smoking?
specifically to help people quit smoking. Chantix works on two levels. First, it partially activates sites in the brain, known as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, that are affected by nicotine. This gives new ex-smokers mild nicotine-like effects and eases symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
When should I stop taking Chantix?
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. Always take CHANTIX as prescribed.
Do Chantix side effects go away?
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of varenicline may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine.
What are the side effects of stopping Chantix?
The most common side effects of CHANTIX include:
- Sleep problems (trouble sleeping or vivid, unusual, or strange dreams)
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.
What is the success rate of quitting smoking with Chantix?
After a month, 47 percent of those who took Chantix reduced smoking by more than half or stopped altogether, compared to 31 percent of those who got the placebo. From 21-52 weeks, more than one quarter of those who took the drug had not smoked, compared to 10 percent of those who took the placebo.
How long should I stay on Chantix?
Most people will take CHANTIX for 12 weeks (3 months). If you have completely quit smoking by the end of 12 weeks, your healthcare provider may prescribe CHANTIX for another 12 weeks to help you stay smoke-free.
Can I just quit Chantix?
Once your full course of CHANTIX therapy is finished, you stop taking it. It is not necessary to taper down the dose.
Which is better Chantix or Wellbutrin?
Is Wellbutrin or Chantix better? Both drugs are effective in helping patients stop smoking. If you want to use nicotine replacement therapy in addition to prescription medication, Wellbutrin would be a better choice since it can be taken along with NRT, and Chantix should not be taken along with NRT.
Will Chantix make you gain weight?
These may include: urge to smoke, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, irritability, frustration, anger, feeling anxious, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, decreased heart rate, increased appetite, and weight gain. Some people have even experienced suicidal thoughts when trying to quit smoking without medication.
Does Chantix make you crazy?
CHANTIX: Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using CHANTIX to help them quit smoking. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking CHANTIX, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after stopping 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].
Does Chantix make you tired?
CHANTIX may make you feel sleepy, dizzy, or have trouble concentrating, making it hard to drive or perform other activities safely. Decrease the amount of alcoholic beverages that you drink during treatment with CHANTIX until you know if CHANTIX affects your ability to tolerate alcohol.
Who should not take Chantix?
Do not take CHANTIX if you have had a serious allergic or skin reaction to CHANTIX. Symptoms may include: Swelling of the face, mouth (tongue, lips, gums), throat, or neck.