The 'Quit Smoking' Campaign may have just been at the back of your mind, if you are a smoking addict but now with the advent of Chantix, you can feel confident than ever that you can kick the butt for good. There has been a sea change in the lives of smokers who have used Chantix, under medical prescription. Chantix, the wonder drug blocks the receptors in the brain that trigger the cravings. It has changed the lives of millions of people in short span of time.
Improving the quality of lives of people and even being a life saving grace to many smoking addicts, this prescription medication has not only done a tremendous lot for families who bear the brunt of passive smoking but also saved the environment from man-made pollution.
As Chantix is a prescription drug, it can prove to be counterproductive if you do not take it without consulting a doctor. The correct usage of Chantix is equally important in order to derive the best benefits from the medicine in line with your own health condition. If you do not adhere to the prescription, the results may turn out to be negative. So it is very important that you listen to the doctor's advice and prescription about Chantix.
To start with, you must bear in mind that Chantix, being a prescription drug, will be recommended by a physician only after examining your condition and the extent of damage done to your body by the smoking. Any unscrupulous use of Chantix is not advisable.
Chantix comes in the doses of 0.5 mg (white) and 1 mg (blue) tablets. The dosage depends on the prescription by the doctor. However, Pfizer, the manufacturer of this anti-smoking drug, recommends you take Chantix dose of 0.5 mg once a day for the first 3 days. Increase the dosage to 0.5 mg twice daily for the next 4 days. Increase the dosage to 1 mg twice daily for the rest of the treatment. Normally, the treatment lasts for 12 weeks. Depending on your body response, you may have to continue treatment for another 12 weeks. But rest assured! You will be completely cured of your nicotine addiction if you persevere with the treatment.
Do not take Chantix with alcohol, milk or juice. Take the medicine with a glass of water after you have dinner. Do not deviate from the schedule. If you miss a dosage, do not take double dosage the next time; that would be going against the doctor's prescription. Forget about the fact that you skipped it and take the next dose at the appointed time. In case of over dosage, seek medical attention promptly.