Varenicline

How It Works:

Varenicline belongs to a group of medicines called nicotinic receptor partial agonists. It works by blocking the effect of nicotine (which are experienced upon smoking) on the brain.

Side Effects:

cough, or bone pain or stiffness, abnormal liver function tests., itching of skin, fatigue, increased or decreased appetite, muscle, indigestion, nausea, Sore throat, breathlessness, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, abdominal pain, vomiting, toothache, muscle pain, increase in weight, inflammation of the air passages, inflammation of the air cavities around nose, constipation, diarrhea, back pain, dizziness, sleepiness, chest pain, rash, inability to sleep, joint, unpleasant dreams, gas, abdominal distension, dry mouth, headache, altered taste sensation

Used For:

Varenicline is used in adults to help stop smoking.

Instructions:

  • You should start with varenicline treatment 1-2 weeks before the date of smoking cessation.
  • Stop taking varenicline if you develop agitation, depressed mood, changes in behavior or thinking, suicidal ideation or suicidal behavior.
  • Stop the use of varenicline if you experience signs and symptoms of heart attack (myocardial infarction), stroke or any allergic reaction and consult your doctor immediately.
  • Varenicline should be used with caution in patients with fits (seizures) or mental disorders.
  • At the end of treatment, when you discontinue varenicline, you may experience symptoms such as increase in irritability, urge to smoke, depression, and/or inability to sleep (insomnia).
  • Varenicline may cause dizziness and sleepiness, affecting your concentration and judgement. Do not drive or operate machinery till you feel fine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is varenicline safe during pregnancy?Varenicline should only be used if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is it safe to use varenicline safe during breastfeeding?Varenicline should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is varenicline safe?Varenicline is safe if used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is varenicline an antidepressant?Varenicline is not an antidepressant. It belongs to a group of medicines called nervous system drugs that are used in nicotine dependence.
Q. Is varenicline addictive?Varenicline is not addictive if used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is varenicline available in India?Yes, it is available in India with prescription of registered medical practitioner.
Q. Is varenicline as effective as bupropion?Varenicline may be more effective than bupropion. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. How long can I take Champix for/ Can I take Chantix forever or for 6 months?Patient should take Champix/Chantix (varenicline) for prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Can I take Champix/Chantix (varenicline) with antidepressants/Zoloft/ Adderall/ Lexapro/ Prozac/ Celexa (citalopram)/ Xanax?Varenicline when used in combination with antidepressants/Zoloft (sertraline)/ Adderall (combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine)/ Lexapro (escitalopram)/ Prozac (fluoxetine)/ Celexa (citalopram)/ Xanax (alprazolam) do not cause any harmful interaction. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Can I take Chantix without the starter pack?Patient should not take Chantix (varenicline) without the starter pack and should follow the instructions of doctor regarding the dosage and duration.
Q. Can I take Champix with high blood pressure?Yes, patient with high blood pressure can take Champix (varenicline). Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use. However, if you experience symptoms of heart attack or stroke, inform your doctor and stop the varenicline treatment immediately.
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