Non-Nicotine Medication

CHANTIX

CHANTIX is an FDA-approved product that contains no nicotine. It helps you quit tobacco use by cutting the pleasure of smoking and reducing the withdrawal symptoms.

Directions

  • Begin taking CHANTIX while you are still smoking, 1 week before a planned quit date.
  • When you first start taking CHANTIX, you will take a low dose and then gradually increase your dose over time.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions.
  • Your doctor may change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medicine.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If you remember close to your next dose, wait until the next one.
  • NOTE: Serious neuropsychiatric symptoms have occurred in patients being treated with CHANTIX. All patients being treated with CHANTIX should be observed for neuropsychiatric symptoms including changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and suicidal behavior. Patients attempting to quit smoking with CHANTIX and their families and caregivers should be alerted about the need to monitor for these symptoms and to report such symptoms immediately to the patient's healthcare provider. CHANTIX should not be used by personnel operating aircraft (including aircrew and air traffic controllers) and missile crew members.

Side Effects

  • Nausea that lasts up to several months
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Gas
  • Insomnia
  • Strange dreams
  • A change in how things taste

Warnings

Use this medicine exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines. Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children and pets.

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Zyban® Zyban® was approved by the FDA in 1997 to help smokers quit by reducing the craving for nicotine. It is an extended-release tablet of 150 mg.

Directions

  • Begin taking Zyban® while you are still smoking, 1 week before a planned quit date.
  • Then, keep taking Zyban® for 7 to 12 weeks.
  • Talk to your doctor about exactly how long you should use Zyban®.
  • Usually, dosing starts at 150 mg a day for the first 3 days, then increases to 300 mg a day.
  • The maximum recommended dose is 300 mg a day, given as 150 mg twice daily.
  • Wait at least 8 hours between doses. 

Side Effects

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness

Warnings

If you have not made much progress toward quitting by the seventh week, treatment should be stopped by your doctor. Since the medicine is also an antidepressant, be aware that it can cause an increase in thoughts of suicide. Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children and pets.

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