Prescription Chantix Drug InformationWhat should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine? They need to know if you have any of these conditions: -kidney disease -an unusual reaction to Varenicline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives -pregnant or trying to get pregnant -breast-feeding How should this medicine be used? NOTE: You should set a date to stop smoking and tell your prescriber. This medicine is started one week before the quit date. Stick to your plan; ask your prescriber about support s or other ways to help you remain a 'quitter'. Take the tablets by mouth after eating. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water. It is important to take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking the tablets except on your prescriber's advice. This medicine is not for use in children. What if I miss a dose? If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take double or extra doses. What drug(s) may interact with Varenicline? Some medicines may require dose adjustment after you quit smoking.
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines. What side effects may I notice from receiving Varenicline?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible: •difficulty breathing or wheezing •redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth •seizures •skin rash, itching, hives •unusual tiredness or weakness •vomiting Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): •abdominal pain •changes in appetite •constipation •difficulty sleeping •drowsiness •dry mouth •flatulence •headache •heartburn or reflux •nausea •upset stomach What should I watch for while taking Varenicline? The goal of taking medication for smoking cessation is to stop smoking or using tobacco. Ask for ongoing advice and encouragement from your prescriber, friends, and family to help you quit. If you smoke while on this medication, quit again.Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You may have to take this medicine for several days before you see the effects. Continue the full course of therapy.
Do not use other products to quit smoking such as nicotine patches or chewing gum. You may get drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This medicine can make your mouth dry. Chewing sugarless gum, sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water will help. If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional well before your scheduled surgery that you are taking varenicline. Where can I keep my medicine? Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open. Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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