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Varenicline (Chantix®)

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For more complete information, please refer to the FDA package insert.

Varenicline is a quit-smoking medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It does not contain any nicotine. It is available as Chantix® and only by prescription. You can use it for up to 12 weeks. An additional 12 weeks may be recommended by your provider after successful cessation to help maintain abstinence.

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Medicine Basics for Smokers

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Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs), when used with the behavior-related information on the other pages of this website, can help you increase your changes of quitting smoking permanently.

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What Kinds of Medicines or Other Treatments Will Help Me Remain Smoke-Free?

Nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs), when used with the behavior-related information on the other pages of this website, can help you increase your chances of quitting smoking permanently.

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Patient Handout: Withdrawal Symptoms

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Printable handout about tobacco withdrawal.

What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?

Nicotine is very addictive. As with drugs, when you quit smoking, withdrawal symptoms may occur. These symptoms alone show that smoking cigarettes is just as difficult to conquer as drug use. In fact, the US Surgeon General has reported that nicotine is just as addictive as heroin and cocaine.

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This is the American Society of Addiction Medicine's member directory which allows users to search by physician first name, last name, city, state, and specialty to find ASAM certified providers.
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American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
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SOS is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of widely available 12-Step programs. SOS takes a reasonable, secular approach to recovery and maintains that sobriety is a separate issue from religion or spirituality (From their Website).
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Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
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Women For Sobriety, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions (From their Website).
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Women For Sobriety, Inc
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The National Board for Certified Counselors is the world's leader in counselor certification and advocacy (From their Website). They also provide CounselorFind, a resource to find a local addiction counselor.
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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
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This document explains the science behind drug abuse and addiction and provides information on effective approaches to treatment and recovery.
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National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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Genes Associated with Alcohol Dependence

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Table describing genes and alleles which have a marked effect alcohol dependence.

Recent advances in genomics have identified a number of genes that either increase or decrease a person's susceptibility to alcohol dependence. Some of the genes in the tables below represent either genes or alleles that have a profound effect on alcohol dependence.

Genes associated with increased risk of alcohol dependence

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This manual has been prepared by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control, to assist practitioners (physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and other registrants authorized to prescribe, dispense, and administer controlled substances) in their understanding of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and its implementing regulations as they pertain to the practitioner’s profession.
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U.S. Department of Justice
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