What is Varenicline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Chantix Champix Chantix Starter Pack

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Varenicline is used to help people stop smoking. It works by blocking the pleasant effects of nicotine (from smoking) on the brain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Tobacco use disorder 40 26
General health 5 1
Increase effect of another treatment 3 4
Nicotine cravings 1 1
Withdrawal effects 1 4

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 14
Mild 21
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Varenicline

Side effect Patients
Nausea 6
Vivid dreams 5
Nightmares 4
Depressed mood 2
Diarrhea 2
Surreal dreams 2

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Varenicline

Dosage Patients
1 mg twice daily 3
0.5 mg daily 1
1 mg daily 1
2 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Varenicline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 27
Side effects too severe 25
Other 16
Doctor's advice 6
Expense 5
Did not seem to work 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Personal research 2
See all 73 patients who've stopped taking Varenicline

Duration

Currently taking Varenicline

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Varenicline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 46
Usually 10
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 38
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 4
$25-49 5
< $25 26
Not specified 17
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7 patient evaluations for Varenicline

Aug 25, 2012 (Started May 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nicotine cravings)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tobacco use disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg-1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 15, 2011 (Started Jul 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tobacco use disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depression with suicidal thoughts)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This was the second time I used this med. Several years before, I took it and was able to quit smoking for about 6 months. This tie I reported a side effect of depression with suicidal tendencies as I ended up in a psych unit and my psychiatrist blames the episode on the Chantix, however, I believe that other factors had more to do with it than the Chantix. I do intend to try it again sometime in the future (4 to 12 months from now).

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2011 (Started May 09, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: helped to slow down smoking
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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