Smoking Cessation

Our Physicians at Hope Health and Wellness will prescribe you with Chantix (varenicline), a smoking cessation medication to help you quit smoking for good. It is used together with behavior modification and counseling support to help you stop smoking. Important information

  • Chantix may cause changes in your thoughts or behavior.
    • Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have: any mood or behavior changes, confusion, anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations, extreme fear, or if you feel impulsive, agitated, aggressive, restless, hostile, depressed, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
  • Do not drink large amounts alcohol.
    • Varenicline can increase the effects of alcohol or change the way you react to it.

Chantix side effects

Stop using Chantix and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a seizure (convulsions);
  • thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself;
  • strange dreams, sleepwalking, trouble sleeping;
  • new or worsening mental health problems– mood or behavior changes, depression, agitation, hostility, aggression;
  • heart attack symptoms– chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
  • stroke symptoms– sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), slurred speech, problems with vision or balance; or
  • severe skin reaction– swelling or redness of the skin, blisters in your mouth, or skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or behavior. Common Chantix side effects may include:

  • nausea (may persist for several months), vomiting;
  • constipation, gas;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • unusual dreams.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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