Varenicline tablets don’t make you quit smoking, determination to quit is still the most important part of the process. A combination of varenicline with counseling is likely to increase your chance of successfully quitting smoking. You can’t buy the tablets over the counter, you will need a prescription from our doctor.
Most doctors will only prescribe the tablets to people who really want to stop smoking as part of a stopping smoking program. Start taking varenicline tablets one week before the quit date (the quit date should be decided before). The aim is to get used to the medicine before the quit date.
The usual medical advice is to start with 0.5 mg for the first three days. Then 0.5 mg twice a day on days four to seven. Eventually, 1 mg should be taken twice a day for 11 weeks. Take doses with a full glass of water, preferably after meals. Ideally, it would be after breakfast and after the dinner.