What is Chantix?
Chantix is a medication developed by Pfizer and released in 2006. It has been approved by the FDA in the United States as a smoking cessation aid after trials. These trials showed that one in five people using Chantix over the twelve week course were able to give up smoking. Those who fail will then use a second twelve week course. The medication is prescription only in the US. This means only only licensed prescribers like KwikMed can dispense the drug and it cannot be bought without prescription. A consultation is required for two reasons; firstly to ensure Chantix is required by the patient and secondly to minimize the risk of side effects. KwikMed carry this consultation out online.
What is Chantix Made Of?
Chantix is made of Varenicline tartrate by Pfizer. The base medicine is mixed with a hydrochloride salt, which allows the tablet to dissolve in water. This makes it easier to administer the tablet by swallowing it with a simple liquid. Water is best, but most fruit juices are fine too. It is probably best not taken with alcohol or grapefruit juice. Varenicline itself is 7,8,9,10-tetrahydro-6,10-methano-6H-pyrazino(2,3-h)(3)benzazepine and is an extant chemical formula in itself. It is a safe medication to take but only supervised by a doctor.
What is Chantix For?
Chantix is designed to reduce a person’s dependency on nicotine. It works in a similar fashion to opioid suppressors. Varenicline, another name for Chantix, is a partial agonist that stimulates and blocks up the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor found in some neurons. This is the receptor that is stimulated by the nicotine found in cigarettes and which produces the pleasure chemical dopamine. By blocking it, what is Chantix stops the production of new dopamine and prevents nicotine from stimulating the receptor. The end result of this is a reduction in the cravings for more cigarettes and in theory, the end of an addiction.