varenicline, Chantix (cont.)

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PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 0.5 and 0.1 mg

STORAGE: Varenicline should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

DOSING: The recommended dose is 0.5 mg daily for 3 days followed by 0.5 mg twice daily for 4 days, then 1 mg twice daily for the remainder of the treatment period. Duration of therapy is 12 weeks. If treatment is successful, an additional 12 weeks is recommended to increase the chance of long-term abstinence. Those who do not respond or return to smoking after treatment should be encouraged to try again.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Administering varenicline with the nicotine patch may lead to additional adverse effects.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether varenicline is excreted in breast milk. Nursing mothers should consider discontinuing varenicline or breastfeeding because of the potential for adverse effects in the infant.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/27/2015

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