What should young adults know when taking varenicline?

Before taking varenicline (Chantix) as a young adult, talk openly with your doctor about your desire to stop smoking. Make sure your doctor knows about all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements you are taking. Tell your doctor about your history of allergies, as there is a potential risk of an allergic reaction to varenicline.

After you read the varenicline medication guide, ask your doctor any questions you may have. Varenicline works best when used with a smoking cessation program or counseling. It is important to set a specific date to stop smoking. Your doctor will tell you to start taking varenicline one week before your quit date.

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