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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Getting started with CHANTIX

If you have decided to quit, that’s a great first step—but not everyone chooses to quit the same way. You and your doctor may have decided that CHANTIX® (varenicline) is right for you. When starting CHANTIX, you can choose 1 of 3 ways to quit your way.

Most people will take CHANTIX for 12 weeks (3 months). If you have completely quit smoking by the end of 12 weeks, your doctor may prescribe CHANTIX for another 12 weeks to help you stay smokefree. Or, if you and your doctor decide that the Gradual Quit Approach is right for you, you will take CHANTIX for a total of 24 weeks.

Talk to your doctor if you are having any side effects.

Always take CHANTIX after eating with a full glass (8 oz) of water.

After you start taking CHANTIX, you can smoke up until your quit date, which will depend on your quit approach. Starting CHANTIX before your quit date gives CHANTIX time to build up in your body.

CHANTIX dosing at a glance*

Take 1 white pill (0.5 mg) daily

Take 1 white pill (0.5 mg) in the morning and 1 in the evening

Take 1 blue pill (1 mg) in the morning and 1 in the evening

*This dosing schedule may not be right for everyone—talk with your doctor.

Get started with CHANTIX

Learn about taking CHANTIX properly, picking a quit date, and more.

See how CHANTIX works.
GET STARTED WITH CHANTIX

Helpful tips for your quit journey

If you’ve decided to quit, making a plan for your quit journey can help. Take a look at the tips below that may help you put down your cigarettes while taking CHANTIX.

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Pick a quit approach that works for you

Talk to your doctor about the 3 ways to use CHANTIX to help you quit smoking. Depending on your quit approach, your quit date could be a week or up to a month after starting CHANTIX. Or, if you're sure you're not able or willing to quit that abruptly, you can cut your smoking in half each month with the goal of quitting at the end of 3 months, or sooner.

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Take CHANTIX properly

CHANTIX should be taken for 12 or 24 weeks (3 or 6 months), depending on the quit approach you and your doctor decide is right for you. Always take CHANTIX after eating with a full glass of water (8 oz).

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Get support along the way

When it comes to quitting smoking, you don’t have to go it alone. Your doctor may be able to help. Check in with your doctor along the way to let them know how you’re doing. To get additional support while taking CHANTIX, check out GET QUIT.

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Don’t give up

You should try to stop smoking on your quit date, but if you slip up and smoke, keep trying. Some people need to take CHANTIX for a few weeks for it to work best.

Staying the course


CHANTIX is taken for 12 or 24 weeks. Watch the video to learn more.

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STAYING THE COURSE

How might I feel when QUITTING SMOKING?

When you try to quit smoking, with or without CHANTIX, you may experience symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

These may include: urge to smoke, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, irritability, frustration, anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, decreased heart rate, and increased appetite or weight gain.

How might I feel when quitting smoking with CHANTIX?

The most common side effects of CHANTIX are: nausea, sleep problems (trouble sleeping or strange dreams), constipation, gas, and vomiting.

Some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping CHANTIX. If you have any of these, stop CHANTIX and call your doctor right away.

These are not all of the side effects of CHANTIX. See Important Safety Information below and ask your doctor for more information.

GET HELP STAYING ON TRACK

Check in with your doctor after you start treatment with CHANTIX, to let them know how your quit journey is progressing. Need more support for your quit journey? Learn more below about some things that may help you along the way.

GET QUIT is a free support program with tools designed to help you understand the behaviors you associate with smoking so you can focus on quitting while taking CHANTIX.

Continue CHANTIX for another 12 weeks

Most people will take CHANTIX for 12 weeks (3 months). If you have completely quit smoking by the end of 12 weeks, your doctor may prescribe CHANTIX for another 12 weeks to help you stay smokefree.

Try CHANTIX again

If you are motivated to quit smoking and did not succeed during prior CHANTIX treatment for reasons other than side effects, or if you returned to smoking after treatment, speak to your doctor about whether another course of CHANTIX may be right for you.