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 27
General health 5 1
Increase effect of another treatment 3 4
Craving nicotine 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
10
Moderate
14
Mild
20
None
18

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Varenicline

Side effect Patients
Nausea 5
Nightmares 4
Vivid dreams 4
Depressed mood 2
Emotional changes 2
Nausea and vomiting 2

Show all 29 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Varenicline

Dosage Patients
1 mg twice daily 6
0.5 mg daily 1
0.5 mg twice daily 1
1 mg daily 1
2 mg daily 1
2 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Varenicline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 26
Side effects too severe 26
Other 15
Doctor's advice 6
Expense 5
Did not seem to work 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Personal research 2
See all 72 patients who've stopped taking Varenicline

Duration

Currently taking Varenicline

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

Stopped taking Varenicline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 45
Usually 9
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 36
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 4
$25-49 5
< $25 23
Not specified 19
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7 patient evaluations for Varenicline

Aug 25, 2012 (Started May 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for craving nicotine)
  • 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).

  • 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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