Chantix Starter Pack 0.5mg And 1mg
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CHANTIX (Also known as Champix in Canada)
Chantix (Pronounced as Chant-eeks)
Varenicline (Pronounced as Va-ray-nee-clean),
What is Chantix?
Chantix (Varenicline) is a medication prescribed for smoking cessation. Chantix is a short-term medication that is taken over several months to help dampen cravings and response to nicotine. Quitting smoking help to lower your chances of lung diseases like asthma, COPD and lung cancer, heart disease or getting certain types of cancer that are related to smoking. Chantix is not recommended for children under 16 years old.
Even if you are a pack-a-day smoker, Chantix can help you reduce the urge for cigarettes.
How does Chantix work?
Chantix (Varenicline) is a selective nicotinic receptor partial agonist. Chantix helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms and blocking the binding of smoked nicotine. The pharmacologic effects of nicotine are mediated via nicotinic receptors and the nicotinic cholinergic receptor, and specifically the α4β2 receptor subtype, which is the principal mediator of nicotine dependence. The drug molecule binds α4β2 receptor with higher affinity than nicotine, blocking nicotine effects but also acts as a partial agonist
What are side effects of Chantix?
The common side effects of Chantix may include nausea (may continue for numerous months), shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, constipation, sleeping problems, dizziness, abnormal dreams, heartburn and mental or mood changes.
How to take Chantix?
Start the therapy with Chantix starter pack. Chantix Starter Pack helps to decrease your cravings and nicotine dependency. The Chantix Starter Pack begins with a low dose and then is increased and maintained for twelve weeks total. Start with 0.5 mg tablet, once a day for 3 days, followed by 0.5 mg tablet, twice a day for 4 days. Then take 1 mg tablet from starter pack twice a day for 3 weeks. Then continue with Chantix Maintenance pack.
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. Or, if you and your healthcare provider decide that the Gradual Quit Approach is right for you, you will take Chantix for a total of 24 weeks.
Take your Chantix with food with a glass of water. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at your regular time. Keep trying! Some people need to take Chantix for a few weeks for it to work best.
For patients who have effectively terminated smoking at the end of 12 weeks, an extra course of 12 weeks treatment with Chantix is advisable to further enhance the chance of chronic abstinence.
What should I avoid while taking Chantix?
Use caution when driving or operating machinery until you know how Chantix affects you. Chantix may make you feel sleepy, dizzy, or have trouble concentrating, making it hard to drive or perform other activities safely. Chantix may affect your ability to tolerate alcohol.
Buying Chantix in Canada with a US prescription
USA patients go to Canada to find safe and affordable Chantix due to the medication's high prices in America. Canadian Chantix is a fraction of the price of its American cousin. In addition, there is a generic for Chantix available in Canada which can further help patients save on their medication.
How should I store Chantix?
Store Chantix at room temperature, between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C). Keep Chantix out of the reach of children.
What should I do if I missed my daily dose of Chantix?
If you miss a dose of Chantix, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, just wait and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take an extra tablet to make up for the dose you forgot.
Can I crush or chew Chantix?
Do not crush, chew, or split Chantix tablets.
Can I take Chantix with other Nicotine-Replacement-Therapies?
You should not use Chantix while using other medicines to stop smoking. The concomitant use of NRT with Chantix may result in an increase in adverse reactions. Using Chantix with a nicotine patch may cause nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and tiredness to happen more often than if you just use a nicotine patch alone. Tell your healthcare provider if you use other treatments to quit smoking before starting Chantix. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about how to quit smoking.
How effective is Chantix compared to other smoking cessation medications?
Chantix therapy had helped more people quit smoking by weeks 9 to 12 and weeks 9 to 24, compared with the nicotine patch, bupropion, or placebo.
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, trouble breathing, rash, with peeling skin and blisters in your mouth.
How Chantix tablets looks like?
Chantix tablets are capsular, biconvex tablets.
0.5 mg tablets are white to off-white, debossed with "Pfizer" on one side and "CHX 0.5" on the other side and 1 mg tablets are light blue, debossed with "Pfizer" on one side and "CHX 1.0" on the other side.