What is this medicine?
VARENICLINE (var EN i kleen) is used to help people quit smoking. It can reduce the symptoms caused by stopping smoking. It is used with a patient support program recommended by your physician.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Chantix
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia or other mental illness
if you often drink alcohol
peripheral vascular disease
suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member
an unusual or allergic reaction to varenicline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth after eating. Take with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
There are 3 ways you can use this medicine to help you quit smoking; talk to your health care professional to decide which plan is right for you:
1) you can choose a quit date and start this medicine 1 week before the quit date, or,
2) you can start taking this medicine before you choose a quit date, and then pick a quit date between day 8 and 35 days of treatment, or,
3) if you are not sure that you are able or willing to quit smoking right away, start taking this medicine and slowly decrease the amount you smoke as directed by your health care professional with the goal of being cigarette-free by week 12 of treatment.
Stick to your plan; ask about support groups or other ways to help you remain cigarette-free. If you are motivated to quit smoking and did not succeed during a previous attempt with this medicine for reasons other than side effects, or if you returned to smoking after this treatment, speak with your health care professional about whether another course of this medicine may be right for you.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
alcohol or any product that contains alcohol
other stop smoking aids
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Ask for ongoing advice and encouragement from your doctor or healthcare professional, friends, and family to help you quit. If you smoke while on this medication, quit again
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
Sleepwalking can happen during treatment with this medicine, and can sometimes lead to behavior that is harmful to you, other people, or property. Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor if you start sleepwalking or have other unusual sleep-related activity.
Decrease the amount of alcoholic beverages that you drink during treatment with this medicine until you know if this medicine affects your ability to tolerate alcohol. Some people have experienced increased drunkenness (intoxication), unusual or sometimes aggressive behavior, or no memory of things that have happened (amnesia) during treatment with this medicine.
The use of this medicine may increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay special attention to how you are responding while on this medicine. Any worsening of mood, or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
acting aggressive, being angry or violent, or acting on dangerous impulses
changes in vision
chest pain or chest tightness
confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
new or worsening depression, anxiety, or panic attacks
extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
pain in legs when walking
problems with balance, talking, walking
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
ringing in ears
seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations)
sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
thoughts about suicide or dying, or attempts to commit suicide
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.