I have been smoke free now for 2weeks. Still taking Chantix. It makes me really feel sick to my stomach. I have lower to taking 1 pill a day instead of 2. Still sick. Could I actually stop taking Chantix, ?
In a word? YES. If you've been abstinent from smoking for the last 2-weeks but still using the Chantix AND don't have significant withdrawal symptoms, you're good to go. Technically, the course of treatment with Chantix (aka, varenicline) is 12-weeks and whereby smoking should cease after a total of 2-weeks--the first being 1-week prior to starting the med and then for another week with the med. In all honesty, I myself would have you take the Chantix longer (see below) but because the med gives you GI side effects, so less is better in your case. Here is the manufacturers suggested directions. Dosage & Indications; Set a patient quit date to stop smoking. Initiate varenicline 1 week before the quit date, or, the patient can begin treatment and then quit smoking between Days 8 and 35 of varenicline treatment. Titrate the dose over a 1 week period starting with 0.5 mg PO once daily on Days 1 through 3, then 0.5 mg PO twice daily on Days 4 through 7, and finally 1 mg PO twice daily on day 8 until the end of treatment. Duration of therapy should be 12 weeks.
I hope this helps.
- Chantix Information for Consumers
- Chantix Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Chantix (detailed)
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