Varenicline
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Varenicline Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Chantix®

Canadian Brand Names

Champix®

Mexican Brand Names

Champix

Pharmacologic Category

Partial Nicotine Agonist; Smoking Cessation Aid

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• When used for smoking cessation may cause or worsen diseases of the mind. Suicide, ideas of suicide or homicide, depression, aggressive behavior, hallucinations, and psychoses have occurred with use. If you suspect any of these problems, call healthcare provider right away.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to varenicline or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Varenicline relieves the craving and withdrawal symptoms from smoking.

How is it best taken?

• Get counseling to improve the success of quitting.

• Take this medicine with food to prevent stomach upset.

• Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 16:16:15.0

Modified: 2010-05-17 10:08:03.0

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