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March 29, 2021 Read Time - 6 minutes

Chantix Reviews: Is Chantix Right For Me?

If you are ready to quit smoking, Chantix may be able to help. However, it is not the right choice for everybody. Reading Chantix reviews is one way to decide whether you should give it a try.

Let’s take a look at some Chantix reviews along with other important information you need to know before you start taking Chantix.

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What Is Chantix?

Chantix is the brand name for varenicline, a smoking cessation aid. It works by blocking nicotine’s effects in the brain that make you want to smoke. Chantix is a pill that you take twice a day after eating, with a full glass of water.

What Is the Success Rate of Quitting Smoking With Chantix?

Results vary from study to study. However, after 12 weeks and 1 year treatment, success rates varied from 21.9% to 44%.

What Medications Should Not Be Taken With Chantix?

Tell your doctor about any medicine you take. While Chantix does not commonly cause negative interactions with other medications, it is always a good idea to check.

Chantix Reviews for Quitting Smoking

Here are some real Chantix user reviews to help you get a better idea of what it may be like to take Chantix.

“I have nightmares and feel pressure in [the] back of my head sometimes. It helps you to stop but has side effects. Wish I never used it. I stopped taking it and returned to smoking.”

“It’s been 9 weeks since I started using Chantix and my 8th week without a cigarette. I smoked a little more than a pack a day for 15 years and I have not had one serious craving. However, I do have crazy dreams and it’ll make you sick if you haven’t eaten.”

“I took it for 3 months before I quit. I had been smoking for 35 years. And it’s the most amazing drug in the world. I didn’t suffer withdraw[al]s, never had a need or desire to smoke. If you are ready to quit Chantix will get you through. Thanks Pfizer you have increased the quality of my life!!! :)”

“I might as well have been taking sugar cubes from the office kitchen for my coffee. This extremely expensive medication was like taking a placebo. Just another waste of money.”

“Been using Chantix for 3 weeks, hasn’t helped a bit, still smoking like a freight train.”

“I smoked for the better part of 40 years. Not a ton and was able to get down to between 5 and 10 cigarettes daily on my own. I’ve been taking Chantix for three weeks and haven’t had a cigarette, or NRT, in 10 days!! It does cause me some nausea but that is lessened by taking immediately after my last bite of breakfast and supper along with 8 or so ounces of water. I went in to it knowing it could cause nausea and just decided to deal with it if it helps me to stop smoking. Over the past 10 days, I’ve had 2 or 3 bad cravings and got through them successfully. Not sure I could have without Chantix and my supportive husband. I realize it’s early days yet and the bottom line is that I was ready to quit and Chantix is helping!”


Read: Smoking Cessation Medications


Frequently Asked Questions

Will Chantix Make Me Not Want to Smoke?

Chantix does not necessarily remove your urge to smoke. Here’s what it does do:

  • Provides mild nicotine-like effects
  • Eases nicotine withdrawal symptoms
  • Prevents your brain from feeling the usual “boost” you get when you do smoke 

If you do not get the same rush from smoking that you used to, and you do not have as many nicotine withdrawal symptoms, you may find it easier to resist the urge to smoke.

How Does Chantix Make You Feel?

Everybody reacts to Chantix differently. You may not feel much different. You may experience less enjoyment from smoking. Or, you could experience side effects like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Unusual dreams
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Mental health problems
  • Thoughts about hurting or killing yourself

How Long Does it Take for Chantix to Start Working?

Usually, you will take Chantix for at least a week before you start to quit smoking. The goal is to quit smoking within 12 weeks of starting to take Chantix. Your doctor may suggest that you continue to take Chantix for another 12 weeks after you stop smoking.

How Long Should I Take Chantix After I Quit Smoking?

Doctors usually recommend that you take Chantix for at least 12 weeks after you quit smoking for the best chances at continuing to not smoke.

Does Chantix Cause Weight Gain?

Unfortunately, many people who quit smoking do gain weight, regardless of the method they use to quit smoking. Weight gain rates are similar for people who quit cold turkey, use Chantix, or use nicotine replacement therapy. The average weight gain is about 10 pounds.


Read: Nutrition for Weight Management


Does Chantix Help With Anxiety?

No, Chantix is not a treatment for anxiety.

What Is Chantix Used for Other Than Smoking?

Chantix is only used to help people stop smoking.

Can You Get Chantix Online?

While you cannot just click a button and have Chanitx shipped to your door, you can get Chantix online by having a video or phone appointment with a licensed doctor. If they think you would benefit from Chantix, they can electronically send a prescription to your local pharmacy.

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Talk to a Doctor About Getting Chantix Online

Are you ready to talk to a doctor about using Chantix to quit smoking? PlushCare is here to help! Simply make an appointment for a video or phone chat with one of our trusted doctors. You’ll talk about your medical history and medications, then come up with a plan to help you stop smoking. 

If the doctor thinks Chantix should be part of that plan, they can send an electronic prescription to your pharmacy for you to pick up at your convenience.

Schedule an appointment any time by clicking here or downloading the PlushCare App. You could be on your way to quitting smoking for good after an appointment as soon as today!


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Drugs.com. User Reviews for Chantix (Page 2). Accessed on March 18, 2021 at
https://www.drugs.com/comments/varenicline/chantix.html?page=2

Mayo Clinic. Varenicline (Oral Route). Accessed on March 18, 2021 at
https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/varenicline-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20068324?p=1

U.S. National Library of Medicine. DailyMed. CHANTIX. Accessed on March 16, 2021 at https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=f0ff4f27-5185-4881-a749-c6b7a0ca5696 

U.S. National Library of Medicine. Patient Preference and Adherence. Varenicline for smoking cessation: efficacy, safety, and treatment recommendations. Accessed on March 16, 2021 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2962400/ 

U.S. National Library of Medicine. Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE): Quality-assessed Reviews. Weight gain in smokers after quitting cigarettes: meta-analysis. Accessed on March 16, 2021 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK98952/  

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