Quitting smoking can lower your chances of having lung disease, heart disease or getting certain types of cancer that are related to smoking
What is not known
Not tested in children younger than age 18
Not tested in combination with other medicines to quit smoking
Not tested in people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression at time of approval
Since approval there is limited safety data about use of Chantix in patients with major depressive disorder and stable schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder - but available data not sufficient to draw conclusions about safety
Not tested in people with unstable heart disease or a recent heart attack
Medium track record means that new‚ unexpected side effects are possible
Chantix was approved by FDA in 2006 for smoking cessation. Important side effects may emerge after Chantix is on the market when larger numbers of people - with other conditions and on other medications - have used the drug.
FDA-required studies at approval to answer questions about benefit and harms
The drug company was required to conduct additional studies about the benefit and possible side effects in adolescents 12 to 16 years old
Do not take if you...
Are allergic to Chantix or its ingredients
Not recommended if you...
Are younger than age 18
Take other medicines to quit smoking
Safe if pregnant or breastfeeding?
Only take if potential benefits outweigh potential harm to baby (FDA Category C)
Do not breastfeed while taking Chantix - either stop breastfeeding or stop Chantix
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