Varenicline belongs to a class of medication called nicotinic receptor partial agonists. It works by decreasing the effects of withdrawal symptoms and reducing smoking satisfaction. It is indicated as a first-line aid to smoking cessation treatment.
Varenicline is taken orally as tablets.
Patients should first choose a quit date:
Below is the recommended dosing schedule.
The duration of treatment is 12 weeks. For patients who have successfully stopped smoking after the whole treatment, an additional course of 12-week treatment is recommended to further increase the likelihood of long-term abstinence.
Common dosing schedule:
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Varenicline may interact with:
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Varenicline is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Varenicline in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.