Can I become addicted to Chantix?

Nina Evans
You cannot become addicted to Chantix (varenicline). Instead, it blocks your brain's receptors for nicotine, the highly addictive compound in tobacco products. That helps you lose your craving for cigarettes, and reduces withdrawal symptoms you might otherwise experience when quitting. But once you stop taking Chantix, you'll be susceptible to the effects of nicotine again. You may have quit, but if you start smoking again, you can become addicted again.
Findings suggest that Chantix (varenicline) may be associated with a physical dependency. Studies show that stopping Chantix abruptly may result in mood swings, irritability and sleep problems in some people. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

In clinical trials, fewer than 1 out of 1,,000 people taking Chantix claimed having feelings of euphoria. When used in high doses (more than 2 mg per dose), a small percentage of people taking Chantix reported gastrointestinal problems, including vomiting and nausea.

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