What is Varenicline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Chantix Chantix Starter Pack Champix

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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 131 33
General health 6 2
Increase effect of another treatment 2 1
Balance problems 1 0
Loss of balance 1 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 12
Moderate 14
Mild 21
None 23

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Varenicline

Side effect Patients Percentage
Vivid dreams 7
Nausea 5
Nightmares 4
Depressed mood 3
Stomach pain 2
Surreal dreams 2

Show all 28 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Varenicline

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mg twice daily 3

Why patients stopped taking Varenicline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 28
Side effects too severe 28
Other 17
Doctor's advice 7
Did not seem to work 6
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Personal research 2
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Duration

Currently taking Varenicline

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 3

Stopped taking Varenicline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 47
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 48
Usually 15
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 44
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 7
$50-99 4
$25-49 6
< $25 30
Not specified 20
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8 patient evaluations for Varenicline

Jul 1, 2019 (Started Mar 09, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tobacco use disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Caused major stomach cramps.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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).

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