Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Chantix if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any mental illness
- Heart disease
- A history of suicidal behavior
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Chantix and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Chantix and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Chantix Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
For many people, Chantix is effective at helping with smoking cessation. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative. Some examples of other medications used for smoking cessation include:
- Nicotine products, including patches, inhalers, gum, or lozenges
- Zyban (bupropion SR), an antidepressant that is approved for smoking cessation.
Various forms of counseling are also used to help people stop smoking. In fact, counseling can be beneficial for anyone who is trying to quit smoking, even if they are receiving other treatments.
(Click Chantix Alternatives to learn more.)