If you are not successful at quitting smoking with Chantix, alternatives are available. Nicotine replacement medications and other medications are common alternatives. Many forms of counseling are also available that can help people stop smoking (even those who are taking a smoking cessation medicine). Chantix alternatives are often considered if bothersome side effects occur or if the medication is not working as well as intended.
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Chantix™ (varenicline tartrate) is a prescription medicine used to help people stop smoking (this is known as smoking cessation). The medication is often safe and effective. However, quitting smoking is difficult, and many people need several attempts in order to be successful, regardless of whether any medications are used. Fortunately, several alternatives to Chantix for smoking cessation are available, including:
- Nicotine replacement medications
- Other medications
Numerous forms of nicotine replacement medications are available, both over-the-counter and with a prescription. These options include:
- Nicotine patches, such as NicoDerm CQ® or Nicotrol®
- Nicotine gum, including Nicorelief® or Nicorette®
- Nicotine lozenges (Commit®)
- Nicotine inhaler (Nicotrol Inhaler®), available with a prescription only
- Nicotine nasal spray (Nicotrol NS®), available with a prescription only.
Nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges are available over-the-counter (without a prescription) to people over the age of 18. Nicotine replacement therapy can be effective, but can be dangerous for people with heart problems. Talk to your healthcare provider before using a nicotine replacement product. You should not use these products while you are still smoking.