Chantix is a medication, used with other techniques, to help individuals stop smoking. Behavioral changes and counseling, in addition to oral medication, increase the likelihood that a person will successfully quit the habit. Chanitix may also be prescribed for other medical conditions not mentioned.
Information Pertaining to Chantix
Prior to prescribing the medication, a physician requires the patient’s full medical history, including conditions related to kidney disease and mental health. Chantix must be taken as prescribed by a health care provider. The dosage must not be increased or taken for longer than suggested. Adhere to the medication label instructions.
The medication can interfere with thought processes and make users feel drowsy. Chanitx may also cause serious emotional and mental changes. More common are less serious side effects and many individuals experience no adverse effects. Some people taking Chanitx experience nausea that lasts for a few months. Notify a physician if concerned about side effects or if the effects become unpleasant.
Other medications may interact with Chantix. The health care provider requires a complete list of all prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that are currently being taken. This list includes herbal preparations, medications prescribed by other physicians, minerals and vitamins. Once Chantix is prescribed, do not take additional medications until a health care provider has been consulted.
Information to Discuss with Your Physician
It is necessary for a physician to know if you have underlying kidney disease or mental health problems prior to prescribing Chantix.
Chantix is designated by the FDA as pregnancy category C, and may prove harmful to an unborn child. Inform the physician if you are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking this medication. It is unknown whether Chantix passes into breast milk or if the medication could have adverse effects to a nursing infant. It is recommended that mothers currently breast feeding do not take Chantix. This medication should not be taken by anyone under the age of 18.
Take the medication exactly the way it was prescribed, following label instructions for amount and frequency. It is suggested that individuals increase the chance of breaking the smoking habit if a “quitting” date is predetermined. Begin the Chantix prescription one week before the quitting date.
Chantix is prescribed initially as a low dose and steadily increased over a number of days. Persons must follow the precise instructions for dosage. A health care provider will adjust the dosage as needed for the optimal benefits.
The medication must be taken after a meal with a full glass of water. Individuals are generally required to take Chantix for 12 weeks to successfully quit smoking. A health care provider may prescribe Chantix for an additional 12 weeks to ensure long-term success.
The medication must be taken regularly to obtain the most benefit. The prescription must remain filled during the course of treatment. It is important to keep all scheduled follow-up appointments with the health care provider to monitor for adverse effects. Routine lab tests are not uncommon to monitor kidney function. Store Chantix at room temperature away from heat and moisture exposure.
The medication is prescribed to be taken at certain daily intervals, if a dose is missed, take it as soon as you remember. If that time it is close to the next routine dose, wait until that dose. Do not take extra Chantix to supplement a missed dose.
In the Event of an Overdose
Adverse effects of an overdose are not known. Persons suspecting that an excess amount of Chantix was taken should immediately seek medical assistance.
Chantix can cause drowsiness, interfere with the ability to think and react. Persons should use caution in operating a motor vehicle or in any situation that requires alert and clear thinking until it is known how you will be affected by the medication. Individuals attempting to quit smoking often experience moodiness. Notify a health care provider or quit taking the medication if experiencing depression, hostility, irritability, or thoughts of injuring yourself or others.
Care providers, family, friends and significant others should also be aware of these possible emotional and mental changes.