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CHANTIX (varenicline) helps People who Have Schizophrenia and Who Smoke Cigarettes


#1

"Despite the harmful effects of cigarette smoking, smoking among schizophrenic patients improves cognitive impairments not addressed or worsened by common neuroleptics. Varenicline, a nonselective neuronal nicotinic receptor (NNR) agonist and full agonist of 5-HT3A receptors, helps reduce smoking among schizophrenic patients. "

these results indicate that varenicline at low-to-moderate doses may be beneficial against impaired sensory gating in schizophrenia; however, higher doses may induce anxiogenic effects,

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#2

Went to the pdoc last week and he prescribed Chantix for me. Too bad my insurance won’t cover it.


#3

THat sucks. How much does it cost if you have to pay directly yourself? Any idea?


#4

Ah - its pretty expensive. $250+ per month it looks like if you search on Google’s shopping search engine. Here is a link to that:

http://goo.gl/dv9ndd


#5

I tried Chantix but had to stop it because it gave me nightmares and delusions of reference during the day.

November 30th was 4 months smoke-free for me. I quit cold turkey at the end of July.


#6

Called the clinic, the doc won’t prescribe the gum or lozenges. They say they’ll push for a prior authorization of the Chantix if I try them over the counter and they don’t work. I’ll call them Monday and try to get them to fight for approval.