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 Addiction 39 28
Smoking Cessation 33 26
Smoking 18 11
General health 5 1
Increase effect of another treatment 3 4
Craving nicotine 1 1

Show all 8 reasons taken


  • 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 17
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Varenicline

Side effect Patients
Nightmares 4
Vivid dreams 4
Nausea 3
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 3
0.5 mg twice daily 1
1 mcg 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 16
Doctor's advice 6
Expense 5
Did not seem to work 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Personal research 2
See all 71 patients who’ve stopped taking Varenicline

Duration

Currently taking Varenicline

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

Stopped taking Varenicline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 43
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 14
Not at all hard to take 33
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 8
$50-99 4
$25-49 5
< $25 21
Not specified 19
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9 patient evaluations for Varenicline

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Irvingc
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I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Irvingc's full Varenicline history

Aug 25, 2016 (Started Jan 22, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Tobacco Addiction)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Smoking)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: It is not for everyone, you have to really want and need to stop. If not it will not work!

  • 0 helpful marks
Tamcats2
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Tamcats2
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Some
function: Most
external_stress: Little
Stickman: some
Description:F49y
CFS:17y Dx
FM:17y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Tamcats2's full Varenicline history

Aug 25, 2012 (Started May 10, 2012)

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

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The-Gig
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The-Gig
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:M59y
FM:20y Dx
CFS:12y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See The-Gig's full Varenicline history

Aug 15, 2011 (Started Jul 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Tobacco Addiction)
  • 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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