What is Chantix & Is It Effective?

Monday 15 November 2021
5 minute(s) read

Table of Contents

I. Understanding Smoking Addiction

II. Risk Factors for Nicotine Addiction

III. Do I Need Chantix?

a. How Does Chantix Work?

IV. How Effective is Chantix?

V. Buy Chantix at a Canadian Pharmacy

Understanding a Smoking Addiction

Smoking is not as popular as it once was, but a significant portion of the American population still regularly puffs on a cigarette. As of 2019, 14 out of 100 U.S. adults 18 and over currently smoke cigarettes. That’s over 34 million adults. These staggering numbers are part of the reason why smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control cite that over 16 million people in the country are living with a smoking-related disease. [1]

No one wants to reek of smoke and hack up a lung every time they cough, but smoking is more than an unpleasant hobby; it’s an addiction. Cigarettes contain thousands of harmful substances and an incredibly addictive substance called nicotine. Nicotine is a stimulant that gives the body a kick that cigarette smokers are constantly trying to achieve. Like all substances, overuse creates a tolerance, so more and more cigarettes become necessary to get the desired nicotine high.

a man smoking inside

Nicotine addiction is usually classified as 10 or more cigarettes a day. If you require a cigarette in the first half-hour after waking up, you likely have an addiction. At this point, your brain is filled with nicotine receptors that are constantly awaiting the arrival of nicotine and the subsequent hit of dopamine. Because of this, quitting cigarettes can be incredibly difficult and create symptoms of intense cravings, irritability, poor concentration, and sleeplessness. [2]

If quitting cigarettes is difficult for you, you may want to seek the advice of your doctor. There are several medications to assist in your quitting journey. Chantix (varenicline) can be a successful medication for those who want to quit and improve their overall health. Read on to learn more about Chantix and smoking addiction.

Risk Factors for Nicotine Addiction

Any time you pick up a cigarette you run the risk of developing an addiction. Avoiding tobacco altogether is the best option, but that is not always possible. You may be at a higher risk of developing a nicotine addiction if:

  • You grew up in a household with people who smoked.
  • You have a mental illness like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • You use illegal substances.
  • You began smoking during your childhood or teen years. [3]

Do I Need Chantix?

Everyone reacts to addictive substances like nicotine differently. Abstaining from smoking completely is the best option, but some people can have an occasional cigarette without much issue. If you cannot get through a day without cigarettes, you may be nicotine dependent if you experience the following:

  • You can’t stop smoking. You’ve made attempts to stop but cannot do so successfully.
  • You continue smoking despite health problems.
  • You give up social activities to smoke. You avoid smoke-free restaurants and social situations where you cannot smoke.
  • You have withdrawal symptoms like increased hunger, insomnia, constipation, diarrhea, and anxiety.

a no smoking sign

If you have any of the above symptoms, you may be a good candidate for Chantix. No one wants to cut their life short or inhibit their social activities because of cigarettes. If this is happening to you, Chantix may be the perfect solution to kick this habit. [3]

a. How Does Chantix Work?

Chantix (varenicline tartrate) is a prescription medication used to assist you in the process of quitting smoking. This medication works by activating parts of the brain known as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. This process reduces symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, lessening the urge to pick up another cigarette. The second way Chantix helps smokers is by stopping nicotine from attaching to nicotine receptors if you do smoke while using the medication.

Nicotine and dopamine are tightly connected in the smoking process. Once nicotine is introduced to the body, it binds to nerve cell receptors. Once it’s bound, dopamine is triggered and gives smokers that hit of pleasure. Nicotine does not last long within the system (only a few minutes) so smokers reach for cigarettes frequently throughout the day to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

Chantix changes the whole smoking process, rendering it a dull experience. Once varenicline tartrate docks in your brain receptors, there is no room for nicotine to reach those receptors and dopamine cannot be triggered. This rids the body of the nicotine high, voiding the act of smoking of any positive mental effects. [4]

How Effective is Chantix?

Like all medications, Chantix works best when taken properly. In over six trials of 3,659 cigarette smokers, Chantix proved to be more successful in quitting smoking than a placebo treatment. Other research suggests that the use of Chantix with a nicotine patch proved to be even more effective than Chantix alone.

a cigarette butt on the sidewalk

Chantix may not work for everyone but it is worth trying with your doctor’s guidance if you want to improve your overall health. Studies show that Chantix works for around 25 percent of people who use it to stop smoking. That percentage may not seem high, but it is worth trying, especially if smoking is affecting your health. Once your doctor determines your condition, you may be prescribed Chantix along with nicotine patches to ensure your success. [4]

Cigarettes are bad for you, but nicotine patches and gum can be beneficial to those trying to quit smoking. Nicotine patches are packed full of nicotine that releases nicotine in a steady dose through the skin. Patch strength is reduced over time so you can reduce your reliance on nicotine. [5]

Chantix at a Canadian Pharmacy

In the United States, Chantix can often be an expensive drug to fill at your local pharmacy. At common pharmacies, Chantix can cost upwards of $500 per prescription. At Canada Drug Warehouse, you can save thousands of dollars by filling your prescription through our Canadian pharmacy. Canada Drug Warehouse offers generic varenicline and brand name Chantix in monthly dosages as well as two and four week starter kits. 

The content in this article is intended for informational purposes only. This website does not provide medical advice. In all circumstances, you should always seek the advice of your physician and/or other qualified health professionals(s) for drug, medical condition, or treatment advice. The content provided on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


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