What is the most important information I should know about CHANTIX?

What is the most important information I should know about CHANTIX?

When you try to quit smoking, with or without CHANTIX, you may have symptoms that may be due to nicotine withdrawal, including:

  • Urge to smoke
  • Depressed mood
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Feeling anxious
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Increased appetite
  • 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.

Some people have had serious side effects while using CHANTIX to help them quit smoking, including:

New or worse mental health problems, such as changes in behavior or thinking, aggression, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, or suicidal thoughts or actions. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking CHANTIX, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment, or after stopping CHANTIX. These symptoms happened more often in people who had a history of mental health problems before taking CHANTIX than in people without 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. Work with your healthcare provider to decide whether you should continue to take CHANTIX. In many people, these symptoms went away after stopping CHANTIX, but in some people symptoms continued after stopping CHANTIX. It is important for you to follow up with your healthcare provider until your symptoms go away.

Before taking CHANTIX, tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had depression or other mental health problems. You should also tell your healthcare provider about any symptoms you had during other times you tried to quit smoking, with or without CHANTIX.