There are probably things you want to know about, from how to take CHANTIX to how to talk to your healthcare provider. Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about quitting smoking with CHANTIX.
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CHANTIX is a prescription medication to help adults stop smoking. Only a healthcare provider can prescribe it. Depending on your quit approach, you take it for 12 or 24 weeks (3 or 6 months).
In the largest study evaluating smoking cessation medications, CHANTIX helped more people quit smoking and remain smoke-free during weeks 9 through 12 AND during weeks 9 through 24, compared with the nicotine patch and sustained-release buproprion. This study evaluated people both with and without a history of mental health conditions.
CHANTIX is a nicotine-free pill. NRTs like the patch, gum, lozenges, nasal spray, and inhalers contain nicotine. In fact, in the largest study of its kind, CHANTIX helped significantly more people quit than the nicotine patch. Talk to your healthcare provider about the differences between CHANTIX and NRTs and which smoking cessation aid may be right for you. See how CHANTIX works.
You should not use CHANTIX while using other medicines to stop smoking. Using CHANTIX with a nicotine patch may cause nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and tiredness to happen more often than if you just use a nicotine patch alone. Tell your healthcare provider if you use other treatments to quit smoking before starting CHANTIX. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about how to quit smoking.
After you start taking CHANTIX, you can smoke up until your quit date, which depends on the quit approach you choose. There are 3 approaches to using CHANTIX to help you quit. When taking CHANTIX, you can choose a quit date that is after a week or up to a month after your start date. Or, if you're sure you're not willing or able to quit that abruptly, you can start CHANTIX and then cut your smoking in half each month with the goal of quitting at the end of 12 weeks (3 months), or sooner. Learn more about the 3 quit approaches.
Yes, there is a generic form of CHANTIX available. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist to learn more. Although generic forms of CHANTIX are now available, only brand-name CHANTIX has been prescribed for more than 13 million people.* And with brand-name CHANTIX, you have the assurance that Pfizer stands behind its manufacturing standards.
*IMS data as of 1/2019.
CHANTIX should always be taken after eating, with a full glass (8 oz) of water. During the first week of taking CHANTIX, your dose will gradually increase.
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If you use the Fixed Quit Approach or the Flexible Quit Approach, you 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.
Watch a video to learn more about getting started with CHANTIX.
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 by your quit date, but if you slip up and smoke, keep trying, and keep taking CHANTIX as prescribed.
Depending on the quit approach that you and your healthcare provider choose, CHANTIX will be taken for 12 or 24 weeks (3 or 6 months).
You should take CHANTIX for the full 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 as prescribed.
Once your full course of CHANTIX therapy is finished, you stop taking it. You do not taper off of CHANTIX.
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 quitting, speak to your healthcare provider about whether another course of CHANTIX may be right for you.
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
- Feeling anxious
- Difficulty concentrating
- 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 your pre-existing mental health problems, 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.
Serious side effects of CHANTIX may include:
- See What is the most important information I should know about CHANTIX?
- Seizures. Some people have had seizures during treatment with CHANTIX. In most cases, the seizures have happened during the first month of treatment with CHANTIX. If you have a seizure during treatment with CHANTIX, stop taking CHANTIX and contact your healthcare provider right away
- New or worse heart or blood vessel (cardiovascular) problems, mostly in people who already have cardiovascular problems. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any changes in symptoms during treatment with CHANTIX
Get emergency medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms of a heart attack, including:
- Chest discomfort (uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain) that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
- Shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or feeling lightheaded associated with chest discomfort
- Sleepwalking can happen with CHANTIX, and can sometimes lead to behavior that is harmful to you or other people, or to property. Stop taking CHANTIX and tell your healthcare provider if you start sleepwalking
- Allergic reactions can happen with CHANTIX. Some of these allergic reactions can be life-threatening
- Serious skin reactions, including rash, swelling, redness, and peeling of the skin. Some of these skin reactions can become life-threatening
Stop taking CHANTIX and get medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Swelling of the face, mouth (tongue, lips, and gums), throat, or neck
- Trouble breathing
- Rash with peeling skin
- Blisters in your mouth
The most common side effects of CHANTIX include:
- Sleep problems (trouble sleeping or vivid, unusual, or strange dreams)
Talk to your healthcare provider if you are having side effects such as nausea, strange dreams, or sleep problems. Your healthcare provider may want to reduce your dose.
Tell your healthcare provider about side effects that bother you or that do not go away.
These are not all the side effects of CHANTIX. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Nausea is a common side effect of taking CHANTIX. Be sure to take CHANTIX after eating, with a full glass (8 oz) of water. Talk to your doctor if you are having side effects such as nausea. Your healthcare provider may want to reduce your dose.
Do not take CHANTIX if you have had a serious allergic or skin reaction to CHANTIX. Symptoms may include:
- Swelling of the face, mouth (tongue, lips, gums), throat, or neck
- Trouble breathing
- Rash, with peeling skin
- Blisters in your mouth
Use caution when driving or operating machinery until you know how CHANTIX affects you. CHANTIX may make you feel sleepy, dizzy, or have trouble concentrating, making it hard to drive or perform other activities safely.
Decrease the amount of alcoholic beverages that you drink during treatment with CHANTIX until you know if CHANTIX affects your ability to tolerate alcohol. Some people have experienced the following when drinking alcohol during treatment with CHANTIX:
- Increased drunkenness (intoxication)
- Unusual or sometimes aggressive behavior
- No memory of things that have happened
CHANTIX may be covered by many insurance plans. Cost may vary depending on your coverage. Call your health plan provider to find out more. Eligible patients may be able to save on CHANTIX.
You may be able to save on your CHANTIX prescription with the CHANTIX Savings Card. CHANTIX has 3 quit approaches, so you and your healthcare provider can find one that's right for you.
To learn more about saving on CHANTIX, click here.
Quitting smoking is a journey—and it's good to have a strong support system. Visit GetQuit.com to obtain information to help guide you through your quit.
Here’s what you’ll get when you visit GetQuit:
- Information on what to expect while taking CHANTIX
- Guided experience allowing you to explore content and tips on how to manage behaviors related to smoking
- Resources to help keep you motivated during your quit journey
CHANTIX is available only by prescription, so you must speak to your healthcare provider to see if CHANTIX is right for you. If your healthcare provider gives you a prescription, ask for CHANTIX by name.
How to get brand-name CHANTIX
- At your doctor's office: Ask your doctor to prescribe brand-name CHANTIX and to indicate "DAW" (Dispense As Written) on all of your CHANTIX prescriptions.
- At your pharmacy's drop-off: Tell the pharmacist that you want brand-name CHANTIX—and be sure to use the CHANTIX Savings Card, if eligible.
- At your pharmacy's pick-up: Check your pills for the CHX and dosage imprints to be sure they're brand-name CHANTIX.
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 previous attempts at quitting smoking, with or without CHANTIX.
Before you take CHANTIX, also tell your healthcare provider if you:
- Use other treatments to quit smoking. Using CHANTIX with a nicotine patch may cause nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and tiredness to happen more often than if you just use a nicotine patch alone
- Have kidney problems or get kidney dialysis. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a lower dose of CHANTIX for you
- Have a history of seizures
- Drink alcohol
- Have heart or blood vessel problems
- Have any other medical conditions
- Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
- Are breastfeeding. It is not known if CHANTIX passes into breast milk. If you breastfeed and take CHANTIX, monitor your baby for seizures as well as spitting up or vomiting more than normal
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Your healthcare provider may need to change the dose of some of your medicines when you stop smoking.
You should not use CHANTIX while using other medicines to quit smoking. Tell your healthcare provider if you use other treatments to quit smoking.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
For help starting the conversation with your healthcare provider, click here.
There are 3 ways to use CHANTIX to help you quit smoking. Depending on your quit approach, your quit date could be after a week or up to a month after starting CHANTIX. Or, if you're sure you're not willing or able to quit that abruptly, you can start CHANTIX and then cut your smoking in half each month with the goal of quitting at the end of 12 weeks (3 months), or sooner. Learn more about the 3 quit approaches.