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If you are looking to quit smoking, Chantix (varenicline) can help. Get a new prescription or refill of varenicline today from a board-certified doctor online.*

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Help reduce cigarette cravings

One FDA-approved use for Varenicline

*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor’s discretion. Please note that while Chantix is no longer available due to the nationwide recall, our doctors are still able to prescribe the generic version of the drug, varenicline.

About Chantix (varenicline)

Chantix (varenicline) is considered a partial cholinergic nicotinic agonist, which stimulates nicotine receptors in the brain, reducing cigarette cravings. It also decreases the pleasurable effects of cigarettes.

Like any partial cholinergic nicotinic agonist, you can only use it to quit smoking tobacco. It is ineffective against other types of smoking because it only reduces nicotine cravings.

Some conditions that varenicline is known to treat include nicotine withdrawal and smoking cessation. Although the brand name Chantix is no longer available due to the nationwide recall, the generic, varenicline, is still available, only by prescription.

Varenicline may be prescribed as capsules. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage prescribed.

If prescribed varenicline, complete the partial cholinergic nicotinic agonist course unless your doctor specifically tells you to stop.

The partial cholinergic nicotinic agonist may not fully treat your nicotine withdrawal symptoms if you don't complete your prescription.

Varenicline uses

There is one FDA-approved use for varenicline, but physicians may also use it off-label to treat other conditions. Your online medical professional may prescribe it for the following reasons. 

It’s also possible that your healthcare provider may prescribe it for other reasons not listed here. Ask your online doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about why they prescribed you a medication.

  • Quitting smoking

    Varenicline helps with quitting smoking by reducing the pleasure of smoking. It also helps with nicotine withdrawal.

Chantix (varenicline) side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking varenicline are typically mild. Most side effects of varenicline are associated with gastrointestinal discomfort. Varenicline has some common side effects. Side effects of Chantix may include:

    • Nausea

    • Sleep problems (trouble sleeping or vivid, unusual, or strange dreams)

    • Constipation

    • Gas

    • Vomiting

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • Chest pain, including uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, and fullness.

    • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach

    • Shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, vomiting or feeling lightheaded associated with chest discomfort

    • Worsening cardiovascular events

    You should call your doctor if you notice any of these side effects or develop other new or concerning symptoms.

How to take Chantix (varenicline)

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your varenicline prescription.

Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Then, call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Varenicline can come in different forms and doses, so follow the specific instructions on your prescription. It is typically prescribed twice per day. However, some instructions may include: Taken twice daily, after food, with a full glass of water.

What to avoid while taking Chantix (varenicline)

Varenicline has eight known drug interactions. Don’t change what you take without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications or supplements, as well as over-the-counter drugs.

When taking varenicline, it is essential to tell your doctor if you have ever had depression or mental health issues.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if consuming alcohol while taking varenicline is acceptable.

Varenicline can change the way you react to alcohol. Some patients treated with this medication had experienced decreased tolerance, including increased drunkenness and unusual or aggressive behavior when consumed more than recommended. Therefore, patients taking varenicline should avoid drinking alcohol until they know how varenicline will affect them.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have kidney issues, as they may prescribe a lower dose of varenicline.

Pregnancy and lactation patients should ask their doctor before taking varenicline. You should also notify your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant.

Don't take varenicline if you are allergic to it.

Inform your healthcare provider of all prescription medications before taking varenicline.

Medication alternatives to Chantix (varenicline)

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment, they may suggest another smoking cessation treatment or a partial cholinergic nicotinic agonist in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

Chantix (varenicline) prescription FAQs

  • Can you still buy Chantix?

    Although the brand name Chantix is no longer available due to the nationwide recall, its generic, varenicline, is available by prescription. Book an appointment with one of our top rated doctors online to discuss varenicline to help you stop smoking.

  • Can you buy Chantix online?

    You can book an appointment to request a prescription for varenicline, the generic version of Chantix, online with one of our top-rated doctors. During your appointment, you will speak to a doctor from your smartphone or computer, and they will evaluate your symptoms and medical history. If you qualify, they will send the prescription to your local pharmacy for pickup.

  • How does Chantix work?

    Varenicline is a partial cholinergic nicotinic agonist, which works by stimulating nicotine receptors in the brain, reducing cigarette cravings. It also can decrease the pleasurable effects of smoking.

  • What replaced Chantix?

    Chantix's generic, varenicline, is still available via prescription from a board-certified doctor. Ask one of our board-certified doctors about varenicline to help you quit smoking.

  • How much does Chantix cost?

    The price for a 56-tablet supply of varenicline oral tablet 1 mg is around $150. The 0.5 mg tablet is around the same price. Keep in mind these will vary based on insurance and the refilling pharmacy.

  • How can I refill my Chantix prescription?

    You will need to speak to a board-certified doctor to refill varenicline, as it is only available by prescription. If prescribed, one of our doctors can send the prescription refill to your local pharmacy for pickup.

  • How long does it take for Chantix to kick in?

    Chantix can start to work as soon as a couple of weeks. For example, many people in clinical trials quit smoking by week 12.

  • What happens if you continue to smoke on Chantix?

    Chantix is a medication that helps ease withdrawal symptoms by mimicking nicotine and blocking its binding to receptors to encourage the patient to quit smoking. Smoking while taking Chantix will not have any adverse reactions. However, trying to stop smoking or setting a quit date before taking Chantix is best.

    Smoking is less effective because there's no boost in your body from regular cigarettes; this makes smoking bland at best for those who take them.

  • What is the best time of day to take Chantix?

    The typical schedule for taking varenicline is one pill in the morning and one at night to stop smoking. If varenicline upsets your stomach, take it after a meal or with milk.

  • What meds should you not take with Chantix?

    Varenicline should only be taken with consulting a healthcare provider.

    • Cimetidine

    • Dalfampridine

    • Dolutegravir

    • Lamotrigine

    • Nicotine

    • Ranolazine

    • Vandetanib

  • Who should not take Chantix?

    Do not take varenicline if you have had a severe allergic or skin reaction to varenicline. Symptoms may include:

    • Swelling of the face, mouth (tongue, lips, gums), throat, or neck

    • Trouble breathing

    • Rash, with peeling skin

    • Blisters in your mouth

    • Any other adverse reactions

    • Those taking other smoking cessation aids

    Also, check with your prescribing physician if you have had any of the following issues:

    • Schizophrenia

    • Manic-depression

    • Any psychiatric illness

    • Suicidal thoughts

    • Alcoholism

    • Heart attack

    • Acute coronary syndrome

    • Angina

    • Transient ischemic attack

    • Stroke

    • Peripheral vascular disease

    • Severe renal impairment

    • Seizures

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Chantix?

    If you miss a dose of your Chantix treatment, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take your normal amount.

  • What happens if I take too much Chantix?

    As with any prescription medication, if you take too much Chantix, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical help immediately.

3 simple steps to request a varenicline prescription today 

Step 1

Book a varenicline prescription request appointment.

You can book a same-day appointment from anywhere.

Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding your varenicline prescription.

Visit a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

Step 3

Pick up varenicline.

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

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