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CHANTIX is a prescription medicine to help adults stop smoking.
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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 healthcare provider may have decided that CHANTIX® (varenicline) is right for you. When starting CHANTIX, you can choose 1 of 3 ways to quit your way. But no matter which of the 3 quit approaches you choose, you will start to take CHANTIX the same way.

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 smokefree. 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.

Talk to your healthcare provider 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 healthcare provider.

Get started with CHANTIX

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

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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 healthcare provider 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 healthcare provider 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 healthcare provider may be able to help. Check in with your healthcare provider 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 have symptoms that may be due to nicotine withdrawal.

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

Some people have even experienced suicidal thoughts when trying to quit smoking without medication. Sometimes quitting smoking can lead to worsening of mental health problems that you already have, such as depression.

How might I feel when quitting smoking with CHANTIX?

Some people had new or worse mental health problems, such as changes in behavior or thinking, aggression, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, or suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping CHANTIX. These symptoms happened more often in people who had a history of mental health problems. Stop taking CHANTIX, and call your healthcare provider right away if you, your family, or caregiver notice any of these symptoms. Before starting CHANTIX, tell your healthcare provider if you ever had depression or other mental health problems.

The most common side effects of CHANTIX include nausea, sleep problems (trouble sleeping or vivid, unusual, or strange dreams), constipation, gas, and/or vomiting. If you have side effects that bother you or don’t go away, tell your healthcare provider.

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

GET HELP STAYING ON TRACK

Check in with your healthcare provider 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 healthcare provider 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 healthcare provider about whether another course of CHANTIX may be right for you.