How To Take CHANTIX®

How to take CHANTIX
  • CHANTIX is a 3- or 6-month treatment
    designed to help you quit smoking
  • It’s important to take CHANTIX as directed by
    your healthcare
    provider to give yourself
    the best chance of success
  • Always take CHANTIX after eating, with a full
    (8 oz) glass of water
Starting with CHANTIX

During the first week of taking CHANTIX, you will slowly increase the dose over 7 days to give it time to build up in your body. After you start taking CHANTIX, you can smoke until your quit date. There are 3 ways to quit with CHANTIX, and your quit date will depend on which way you choose. You should talk to your healthcare provider about which quit approach is best for you.

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 smoke-free. 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.


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


If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Just take your next dose at your regular time.


You should try to stop smoking on your quit date, but if you slip up and smoke, it doesn’t mean you have failed. Keep trying! Some people need to take CHANTIX for a few weeks for it to work best.


Talk to your healthcare provider if you are having any side effects.

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Take 1 white pill (0.5 mg) daily.


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

DAY 8 to the
end of treatment

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

This dosing schedule may not be right for everyone. Talk to your healthcare provider if you’re having side effects. He or she may reduce your dose.