How to Use Chantix Safely

Chantix is a medicine prescribed to help adults forgo smoking. For a long time, it has been proven effective to help smokers cease their smoking habits and prevent heart diseases, lung diseases and other smoking related illnesses. However, aside from its medicinal benefits, it is also a fact that this medicine may cause adverse effects to the human body if improperly administered.

The common side effect/s of Chantix can be one or several of the following:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Nausea
  3. Constipation
  4. Dream pattern disruptions
  5. Gas pain
  6. Allergies

Allergic reactions, such as swelling of the mouth, face or throat which can impede breathing could be life-threatening to persons taking Chantix.

Safety Tips


  • It is a must to consult a doctor before taking this drug. Without a doctor’s prescription you should never attempt to take this drug. The doctor should completely know your medical condition to ensure that your body will not adversely react to the medicine. Other things the doctor should know about you:
    • The doctor should know if you have ever had depression or any  psychological disorder in the past.
    • The doctor should know if you have renal problems so the dosage will be reduced at a tolerable level.
    • Tell the doctor if you have any allergies that may counter the effects of Chantix.
    • The doctor should also know if you are breastfeeding.  Chantix can dissolve on a mother’s milk and be consumed by the baby. That could be very vital if the baby would induce the Chantix.
  • Never take this medicine if you have serious skin reaction or allergies to Chantix and other similar drug. It may cause inflammation on vital parts of your body and eventually hinder your normal breathing and blood circulation. This condition can cause death to a patient if not given medical attention immediately.
  • Let your doctor know if you have a history or currently experiencing symptoms of cardiovascular illnesses. If you experience such kinds of heart illnesses while taking Chantix, immediately seek medical help.
  • Since nausea is the most apparent symptom of taking Chantix, avoid doing dangerous activities that require sharp thinking like driving. Drive only when you are sure that the medicine has subsided.
  • Inform the doctor if you are pregnant or expecting pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking blood thinners, asthma medicine, insulin or the like. They may counteract with Chantix and result to adverse effects in your body.
  • Take your medicine at the right interval based from the prescription. Taking this drug not on time may cause drug tolerance. Thus, the medicine will no longer take effect.
  • Start taking Chantix at least one week before you start to quit smoking to give your body enough time to adjust.
  •  Do not take the medicine with an empty stomach and drink sufficient amount of water to avoid further gastrointestinal problems.
  • Visit your doctor regularly to inform him about improvements or any adverse effects from the medicine.

Chantix definitely would have different effects and reactions to different people. But nevertheless, the preceding safety tips regarding Chantix will help anybody taking this medicine avoid its adverse effects while undergoing smoking cessation medication.



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