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side effects ## Can I please have some information on the stop smoking drug Chanpix. Want to know about side affects and if required on prescription? ## The correct name of the drug is Chantix, the active ingredient is Varenicline. In the U.S. it is a prescription only medication. It is used to treat Nicotine addiction, but works differently than Nicotine patches or Zyban. Some of the most common side effects include: nausea, headache, insomnia and abnormal dreams. Here's a link to our monograph for more information: ## I went to tijauana mexico and bought the drug chanpix for myself in order to stop smoking, I have currently lost my job and health insurance. I would like to now if it would be good for my health, should I trust it? (the drug chanpix) ## Are sore muscles and joints a...
Updated 5 days ago.
Any way to reverse long-term Chantix side effects?
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My mother took Chantix several years ago in an effort to quit smoking. Well, she quit for a year. During that time, however, she became unbearably depressed. She has no history of depression. She consulted a doctor several times and tried 3 different prescriptions, 1 of them being Zoloft. She stopped because she said they made her feel like she was just in a constant haze. She hasn't been to a doctor or a psychologist since then. In the mean time, she started smoking again because she thought that it would make the depression go away. It didn't. Because of her experience with the 3 prescriptions, she is unwilling to go back to a doctor, and dismisses any notion of going to a psychologist. Our family has pleaded with her to keep trying, even if she has to tell whoever she sees th...
Updated 5 days ago.
chantix afraid to use insurance they think i am a non smoker ins rates will go up if they know I smoked - how can I get confidential help
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I would like to quit smoking-Chantix helped me quit for 8 months before. I am afraid if I use insurance they will track me as a former smoker and increase my insurance rates. I am in the medical field and everyone thinks I am a non smoker. How do I get an RX filled with confidentiality? Please help! ## Hi Colleen, if you saw your doctor as a cash patient and then filled your script with cash, would the insurance company know? I thought that there might be a separation there since they would not be billing the insurance. I have seen a doctor's office (urgent care) before where I refused to disclose my SSN but they still saw me. What do you think?
Updated 7 days ago.
chantix and confidentiality
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I am in the medical field and have seen the changes since Obamacare has taken effect. Every doctor must now ask if you have ever smoked and this is where premiums will go up in the near future. All I want to do is be smoke free - how can I do this and keep it confidential?
Updated 15 days ago.
I quit smoking the same day was prescribed chantix any advice
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I quit smoking last night, and went to the doctor today and was prescribed chantix. Has anybody tried this way before? I dont want to start smoking just because I am supposed to work my way in to it as I would feel like I would be going backwards. Any advice? ## Help, Yua! How are you? Congratulations on the choice you've made to get healthy. Quitting isn't easy. And no, there's no need to pick them up, again, just to use the Chantix. It should provide the same support as it would, if you were still smoking. But it could help get rid of the cravings and prevent the urge to pick them back up. Typical side effects may include nausea, dizziness, insomnia, lucid dreaming and weight changes. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 17 days ago.
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Are there any discount coupons for this product or how expensive is it????? ## we paid $118.00 today for it and of course our insurance won't pay for smoking cessation prescriptions ## Try @ Sam's Club to get your scripts filled. You do not have to be a member to use the pharmacy. Your doctor may get Chantex packets with a $10.00 off card for your purchase. Check out the Chantex stop smoking web site. ## Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employees Bennefits will cover almost 80% of the cost of this medication. ## I work for a hospital and as of November 16 nowhere will anyone be able to smoke. So, Imy husband & I started chanix 2 weeks ago and we are not smoking. It is the best product so far to help you quit. We have tried them all. My insurance pays for this but not for patch...
Updated 18 days ago.
memory loss and prolonged personality changes while on, and after use of Chantix
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I began taking Chantix in May of 2011, and quiut smoking in June. My brother started saying than I was acting strange. I did not believe him at first, and even felt he was trying to put me down...I remember that.... But I finally did notice that I was not sleeping, and getting really" wound UP"! I started forgetting things, and even forgot to eat, and take medicine. I quit taking the Chantix, and do not smoke, But I lost Two months of memory, and still have some time gaps, at night, to this day. I was removed from the County Fair in September, but have no idea why, and little memory of that evening, and became more isolated and depressed, to the point where I could not think clearly, and. ....well it was a nightmare. I am Now, in the middle of January beginning to retain more ev...
Updated 22 days ago.
I put Chantix to the test and I we failed.
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Instructions said you could keep smoking so I did and kept waiting for that bolt of lightning. In two I doubled up to bout 2 packs day, gave up the pill, and quit trying to quit. Those cigis were much then and eventually I got to three packs. Early 2013 I cold turkey quit. Chantix didn't win any points. ## Hello, Woodyj! How are you? I'm very sorry that you didn't have good results with it. However, many people do, it's really helped a lot of smokers to quit. Though, you aren't supposed to just keep smoking. You can for awhile, but you are supposed to set a quit date, many times after a week of being on it. Typical side effects to this medication may include nausea, dizziness, headache, depression and weight changes. How are you doing, since stopping cold turkey? Do ...
Updated 23 days ago.
Chantix prescriptions
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I've used it for 12 days. Within 4 days I developed what I thought was bronchitis, nothing relieved the cough. Today I'm totally bouncing off the walls, weird bizarre thoughts, such as it's not ok to get my feet dirty, and to put straight pins in the wall by the fire place. Along with I can't stop talking then I cry because these behaviors are not me. The good thing.... I've quit smoking but the cost is high. Think twice before using this drug and make sure your in the company of people who are fully aware and able to help if it's necessary.
Updated 1 month ago.
I am coming up on 3 years since I quit smoking and I can assure anyone that it would never have been possible without Chantix
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It has been nearly 3 years since I quit smoking and with only minor urges that last only a few seconds, It was the easiest thing I have ever accomplished. I had tried many stop smoking aids and some helped but none ever addressed the true addiction. My doctor kept telling me to quit and told me that Chantix could help but I felt that it was only another money pit for something that would not be successful. But when I got to where I could not get out of bed in the morning before I coughed to the point of exhaustion, I knew it was time to do something quick. I call my doctor and got a prescription for Chantix. I followed the direction and even waited an additional week before quiting just to make sure my mind was set. That is where Chantix helped. All the other times I tried to quit I cou...
Updated 1 month ago.
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stop smoking pill ## The medicine to help with smoking cessation that you are talking about is called Chantix. Please feel free to view the drug information page to learn more about this medicine. ## I am thanking all the people who were involved with the creation of Champex and what it has done for me. ## does this really work ! it is suppose to make smoking taste bad,it doesnt seem to be working !how long can a person stay on the pills and keep smoking ? ## You are supposed to take 1 pill/day for days 1,2&3; take 2/day for days 4,5,6&7; then decide one day between days 8-14 to stop smoking; all the while taking two pills a day for days 8-(total of 3 months). It's worked for everyone I have seen take it.. and I'm on it now ## In response to the site admin comment... Thi...
Updated 1 month ago.
recovering from chantix damage
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My boyfriend of 2 years started took Chantix for 6 weeks but has been off it for 2 weeks now. I asked him to quit because in that 6 weeks he slowly became detached and cold towards me and it turned into almost hatred. He wants to leave our beautiful horse farm to go live in an apartment. We had an amazing relationship and wrete planning on marriage soon until Chantix got in his system. I have over a 100 almost exact stories like mine from the effects of Chantix. Has anyone experienced this and does your loved one ever come back and snap out of this depression? I'm afraid he will never see what this stuff has done. Is there hope? ## Hello, Sasha! How is your boyfriend doing? I am very sorry about what has happened. These types of medications have been known to cause such problems in ...
Updated 1 month ago.
Sores in Mouth
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Starting my third week tomorrow on Chantix and having the same problem I had with it a couple of years ago. About 3-4 weeks ion, I start developing sores in my mouth. Mostly tip of the tongue, inside the bottom lip. Calle my Dr. last time and he told me to quit taking the Chantix. I was smoking again within days. I am doing so well on this that I hate to quit taking it, but really can't stand the pain from the sores. Any thoughts? Thanks ## You should really contact your doctor, because the sores may be the sign of a possible serious and dangerous reaction to the medication. If it isn't dangerous, they may be able to advise you of some way to treat them, or minimize the pain. Does anyone else have any advice to add? ## I had the same problem, it seemed as soon as one would go aw...
Updated 2 months ago.
how long will it take to return to normal
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I have been taking Chantix for about a month now and decided tonight that I must stop. From day one I have been nauseated and increasingly depressed. I have a history of depression and anxiety - I have also began to notice that when I eat a lot of sugar, I get a rush of energy and then within an hour or so I feel terrible. Is it okay to just stop this medication and how long will it take to be out of my system? ## Hello, Pinky! How are you doing? It may take a week or two, before you start to feel back to normal. However, that reaction to eating a lot of sugar is normal and may continue. It's just not good for our bodies to overdo it. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 2 months ago.
Chantix after depression
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I have been diagnosed with severe depression in the past. Stopped taking antidepressants a year ago (decided to fight the depression myself!). Have been taking chantix for 2 weeks now, have stopped smoking 4 days ago. I can't say i don't get any cravings at all, but they are getting weaker each day. I don't feel depressed, quite the opposite - my mood is good and stable. I've had some side effects for the first week, but as soon as I've stopped smoking they've disappeared. Good luck to everyone.
Updated 3 months ago.
Still Dizzy, Close to Blackout After Chantix
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Hi, I took chantix for 6 weeks. I am glad I quit smoking after nearly forty years but while on it I couldn't bare the nausea and the stomach upset. I quit after taking it for six week but now I get headaches and I feel like I am going to pass out several times a day. Has anyone experienced this side effect. ## Sorry to hear you are having such a hard time. Lately there has been cases where people have gotten late onset diabetes. It is type 1, insulin dependent. They got it shortly after taking chantix. You may want to see a docter. Also check for these symptoms, very thirsty all the time, using restroom a lot and loosing weight. Those are also good signs of type 1 diabetes ## I suffer from the same thing. I thought maybe it was my BP but when it was checked it was good. I would like...
Updated 3 months ago.
Chantix & L- Carnitine together?
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Is there any interaction with Chantix and L- Carnitine? ## Hello, Lori! How are you? I didn't find any problems or interactions listed, but it's always best to double check such information to be sure. Chantix may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, headache and flatulence. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 3 months ago.
how long will side effects last after 4 days
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I have been taking Chantix for 4 days in a row and I feel horrible!!! how soon will this be out of my system?? ## Hello, Jodi! How are you doing? If you only took it for 4 days, it shouldn't take long for the side effects to wear off, a few days at most. What types of side effects did you experience? The most common ones are nausea, insomnia and abnormal dreams.
Updated 3 months ago.
Chantix AND Anti-depressants
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I've been on Zoloft now for over a year for depression, decided to quit smoking 11/2010, started on Chantix, right after thanksgiving went to the ER with SEVERE, and i mean Severe Head pain that required cat scans, docs dismissed it as a side effect of chantix, gave me pain meds, sent me on my way, by this time i decided 1 chantix a day was sufficient, my general practioner agreed, the next month, i becam irritable, angry, moody, my family didn't know what was happening.... xmas eve day, i slashed my arm, for no reason...., i was supposedly in control of my depression...., had a nice few days in the hospital which refused my requests for my Chantix, i came home, content, happy, realizing the doc's had weaned me off Chantix, So this is a very SERIOUS WARNING, IF YOU are Takin...
Updated 4 months ago.
Chantix and Very High Blood Sugar
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My husband started taking Chantix 3 weeks ago and is doing well with not smoking, however, he is a type 2 diabetic but he has also controlled it with diet and Metformin twice daily. Now since he has been on Chantix, his blood sugar level has been over 600. We went to the doctor yesterday and he told him that it was the Chantix and stop taking it. He is watching everything that he eats and drinks and this morning his blood sugar is still 440. The doctor is sending him to a Diabetic Control Center but it is going to be a week or so. Has everyone else had this problem? ## Chantix contains the active ingredient Varenicline and yes, there have been reports of it causing diabetes in some people, as well as it causing extremely high sugar levels in existing diabetics and there is a current inv...
Updated 4 months ago.

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