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Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. It is also important to participate in a stop-smoking program while you use this medicine. This will make it easier for you to quit smoking.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
You should set a date to stop smoking. Start using varenicline 1 week before this date.
Your doctor may also tell you to start using this medicine anytime and then to stop smoking between days 8 and 35 of treatment.
You may be told to take this medicine for 12 weeks. Even if you have already stopped smoking by this time, your doctor may tell you to take this medicine for 12 more weeks to help you keep off smoking.
Take this medicine after eating, and with a full glass of water.
If you are motivated to quit smoking and did not succeed treatment with this medicine previously, or if you returned to smoking after using varenicline, talk with your doctor about whether another course of varenicline treatment may be right for you.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For oral dosage form (tablets):
To stop smoking:
Adults and children 17 years of age and older—
Days 1 to 3: 0.5 milligram (mg) once a day.
Days 4 to 7: 0.5 mg 2 times per day.
Days 8 to end of treatment: 1 mg 2 times per day.
Children 16 years of age and younger—Use is not recommended.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Portions of this document last updated: Feb. 01, 2023
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