Chantix, also known as varenicline, is a medication to help patients quit smoking by blocking the urge to smoke. A side effect of Chantix is nausea. Since quitting smoking is important to lower the risk of disease, it would be helpful to reduce the side effect of nausea so the medicine can be used.
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Take the medication after eating, not before.
Drink a full 8 oz. glass of water when taking the medication. Avoid carbonated beverages.
Use easy to digest foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast or crackers.These foods contain simple carbohydrates that are easy to digest and absorbed quickly.
Avoid high fat which take longer to digest and spicy foods which may irritate digestion. High fat foods include fried foods, fatty meats, high fat dairy and some baked goods.
Let foods cool to room temperature. The aroma of hot foods can sometimes make nausea worse.
Wait at least an hour before down after eating and taking medication to help minimize reflux and nausea.
Try using peppermints or ginger to help calm nausea. Can use peppermint or ginger flavored tea. Peppermint oil and ginger have been reported to help with nausea.
Talk to the doctor to see if there are any medications for the nausea or if there are alternative treatments available to quit smoking.