Chantix History

By: Thomas Geter

The smoker who wants to learn as much as possible about chantix medication could profit from a review of both a chemistry text and a botany text. Insights into the effects of chantix medication might also lie hidden in one or more memoirs penned by a soldier who served in the European theater during World War II.

An online search for information about chantix medication should involve more than just entry into one's computer of instructions to look for articles about chantix. One should also command the computer to search for articles that contain the words "varenicline tartrate". That is the chemical name for the substance used to make chantix tablets.

If a smoker wants to gain knowledge about the history of chantix medication, then he or she should search for articles on a plant called Cystius laburnum. The leaves of that plant satisfied the needs of many World War II soldiers who had run out of cigarettes. Those soldiers found that they could get a nicotine fix by chewing on the leaves of the above-mentioned plant.

After the war some enterprising biochemists in Eastern Europe managed to distill various chemicals from the same plant. Testing demonstrated the ability of one such chemical, cytisine, to satisfy the needs of individuals who wanted to end their dependence on cigarettes. The information acquired by that series of tests leaked out and made its way to a biochemist in Bulgaria.

Although living in a communist country, that biochemist still had the spirit of a true capitalist. He designed a way to carry out a large-scale extraction of cytisine from the Cystius laburnum. Then he developed a way to put that cytisine in a small tablet. He began to make and sell a pill called Tabex.

Now the physicians in Eastern Europe did not remain blind to the ability of Tabex to treat nicotine addiction. The medical journals published in Eastern Europe carried articles about Tabex, and about the cytisine in Tabex. Yet due to the existence of an "Iron Curtain" none of those journals reached the library shelves of western institutions conducting biomedical research.

Fortunately, the Cold War eventually ended. Shortly after that, the world discovered the convenience of going online for information. Since the Internet allowed the sharing of information on a world-wide basis, it hastened the spread of scientific information. Hence, the knowledge once hidden in Eastern Europe became available to researchers in the former "Free World".

Eventually a research scientist named Jonathan Coe felt compelled to examine the information once published in the journals of Eastern Europe. A scientist at Pfizer, Jonathan had long struggled to end his dependence on cigarettes. He wanted to find a drug that could help smokers to gain release from their nicotine addiction.

Dr. Coe led the research that paved the way for development by Pfizer of a new drug. Physicians and smokers alike owe a word of thanks to Jonathan Coe. His personal quest for a way to chemically treat nicotine addiction created the recent flood of online literature concerning chantix medication.

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Chantix in USA / Champix in Europe (also known as Varenicline) is a FDA approved prescription medicine specifically developed to help adults quit smoking.

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