Indication

CHANTIX is a prescription medication that, along with support, helps adults 18 and over stop smoking. You may benefit from quit-smoking support programs and/or counseling during your quit attempt. It's possible that you might slip up and smoke while taking CHANTIX. If you do, you can stay on CHANTIX and keep trying to quit.
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What is CHANTIX?

CHANTIX® (varenicline) is a nicotine-free pill that, along with support, helps you quit smoking. Depending on your quit approach, you take CHANTIX for 12 or 24 weeks. CHANTIX is a prescription medicine, so only a doctor can prescribe it. CHANTIX is for men and women aged 18 and over.

CHANTIX reduces the urge to smoke to help you put down your cigarettes. In studies, 44% of smokers taking CHANTIX were quit at weeks 9 to 12, compared with 18% taking a sugar pill.*

CHANTIX is the #1 prescribed Rx quit-smoking aid. It has been prescribed to more than 11 million people.

Talk to your doctor or connect with one today about whether CHANTIX or another quit-smoking treatment may be right for you.

*Study participants received up to 10 minutes of counseling at each visit.
IMS data as of 8/2016.

Three proven ways to quit your way

Quitting is a personal experience, especially when it comes to how and when you might be willing to put down cigarettes. There are 3 proven ways to quit with CHANTIX, so you can work with your doctor to pick the right option for you. Select the tabs below to learn more about the 3 quit approaches.

This quit approach may be right for you if you want to put down your cigarettes in a week.

  • Start taking CHANTIX and your target quit date is 1 week later
  • You can keep smoking for the first week, while you prepare to quit
  • You take CHANTIX for 12 weeks
  • In studies, 44% of smokers taking CHANTIX were quit at weeks 9 to 12, compared with 18% taking a sugar pill*

This quit approach may be right for you if you want to quit smoking, but want a little more flexibility in choosing when.

  • Start taking CHANTIX then pick a quit date between 8 and 35 days from the date you start
  • You can keep smoking for up to a month, while you prepare to quit
  • You take CHANTIX for 12 weeks
  • In a study assessing the Flexible Quit Approach, 54% of smokers taking CHANTIX were quit at weeks 9 to 12, compared with 19% taking a sugar pill*

This quit approach may be right for you if you're sure you are not willing or able to stop smoking right away.

  • Start taking CHANTIX and cut your smoking in half during the first 4 weeks of treatment, cut it in half again during the next 4 weeks, then keep reducing during weeks 9 to 12 with the goal of quitting by the end of week 12, or sooner
  • You then take CHANTIX for 12 more weeks, for a total of 24 weeks
  • In a study assessing the Gradual Quit Approach, 32% of smokers taking CHANTIX were quit at weeks 15 to 24, compared with 7% taking a sugar pill*

*Study participants received up to 10 minutes of counseling at each visit.

How does CHANTIX work?

To understand how CHANTIX is believed to work, it’s important to know how the nicotine from cigarettes affects you.

When you smoke, nicotine is sent to your brain where it attaches to nicotine receptors. A chemical called dopamine is released, making you feel good. Then your dopamine levels drop. This makes you want another cigarette.

CHANTIX attaches to nicotine receptors in the brain, so that nicotine can’t. With CHANTIX, dopamine is still released, but less so than with nicotine. It is believed that these actions are how CHANTIX may help you quit smoking.

See how CHANTIX works

Watch the video to learn how CHANTIX is believed to help smokers quit.

Learn how to take CHANTIX.
SEE HOW CHANTIX WORKS