Chantix (Varenicline) from Maple Leaf Medications.
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What is Chantix used for?
Chantix, with the generic name varenicline, is an oral medication used as a part of smoking cessation treatment. This is usually used as an adjunct to counseling, support, and education. By quitting smoking, the risks of cancer, lung diseases, and heart diseases can be decreased.
This is available as Chantix 0.5 mg tablets.
How does Chantix work?
This nicotinic receptor partial agonist is known to have high selectivity and affinity to alpha-4 beta-2 neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. This binding can produce agonist activity while, at the same time, preventing nicotine from binding to receptors.
How to take Chantix?
To start, read the drug guide that comes with this product. Do not take any product if you have not yet fully understood the drug information and all instructions in the guide provided. In case you need more medical advice or have queries on how to take this medication properly, you may ask your doctor/pharmacist.
Take the tablet orally. The first dose is usually administered one to two weeks before your quit date. This is usually prescribed thrice daily or as directed by the doctor. You must take it with a meal. Swallow the medication and drink a glass of water right after.
Remember to use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not alter your Chantix dosage or frequency as it is based on your overall medical condition and response to the medication. Your physician may begin with a low dose and gradually increase your dose to avoid serious side effects. Keep taking this drug only until the doctor prescribes it.
Side Effects of Chantix
-Changes in taste
For the most part, the adverse effects caused by this prescription drug is mild and will go away after a few days. However, if the adverse reactions do not improve or worsen, you should discontinue this oral drug and talk to your doctor or any healthcare professional. The following severe side effects need to be reported as well:
-Unusual pain in the legs while walking
-A burning feeling in the feet or toes
-Shortness of breath
-Weakness on one side of the body
-Sudden vision changes
-Unusual thoughts or behavior
This is not a full or complete list of Chantix side effects.
Precautions when using Chantix
Before you begin using this oral prescription drug, you must disclose your full medical history to your physician, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, stroke, kidney disease, and seizures. The response of your body to medication may be affected by certain diseases or disorders. In addition, if you take prescription or non-prescription drugs, supplements, or herbal products, you should discuss the possible interactions.
Watch out for any allergic reaction while on this therapy. Avoid using this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to varenicline or any inactive ingredients the oral tablet may contain. Discontinue use of this drug once you experience signs of severe hypersensitivities, such as breathing difficulty, severe dizziness, swelling of the face and neck, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes, and alert your local medical emergency line.
Among the adverse effects of this oral medication are dizziness, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, and difficulty concentrating. Limit or avoid alcoholic beverages or any substances that could worsen these side effects. You should also practice safety caution when using machinery, driving, or doing any activities that require alertness.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms must use this drug only if extremely needed because it is still not fully known whether it could cause harm to unborn and breastfed babies. Always remember that potential benefits should outweigh potential risks.
How much does Chantix cost in Canada?
The price of this oral tablet is affordable for its effectiveness. You may check the full list of prices at the top of this page.
Maple Leaf Meds offers prescription medications at the lowest prices.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to quit smoking with Chantix?
It may take a few weeks for this drug to start working on most people. Usually, it takes about twelve weeks for people to be able to successfully quit smoking after taking this drug.
What does Chantix do to your body?
This medication can prevent nicotine from reaching certain receptors in the brain. This breaks the pleasure cycle of chain or habitual smoking. It also prevents craving by releasing dopamine in small amounts.
Can you smoke while on Chantix?
It is okay to smoke while taking this drug. However, it is extremely important not to smoke starting on your quit date. This has a significant impact on the success of your program.
Does Chantix get you high?
Some people have reported euphoria while taking this medication. On the contrary, others can also experience depression, mood changes, and agitation. If any of these occur, report to your healthcare provider right away.
Can you take Chantix with antidepressants?
Most antidepressants have no interactions with varenicline. However, you must talk to your physician regarding all the medications you are taking before you start your stop-smoking program.
Does Chantix require a prescription?
This oral product is only available as a prescription product in any drug stores or online pharmacies. You cannot purchase this drug without a valid prescription from your doctor.
Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Chantix (Varenicline). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Chantix (Varenicline).