Information about Tabex, how to use, dosage and side effects

Tabex is a medicine that contains an active substance called cytosine. It is obtained from one plant and belongs to a group of alkaloids. It is used to treat nicotine dependence. It is very similar to nicotine, but it is much safer to use than nicotine.


It should be avoided in the following conditions:

  • In patients with high blood pressure
  • In patients with angina pectoris
  • Patients who have had a heart attack
  • In patients who have had a stroke
  • In patients with heart failure
  • Patients with irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Patients with atherosclerosis
  • In patients suffering from schizophrenia
  • In patients with pheochromocytoma (adrenal gland tumor)

Tabex increases the level of adrenaline in the blood, and should not be used in the abovementioned conditions, because adrenaline (epinephrine) can exacerbate the condition in such patients!

It should be used with extra precautions in the following conditions:

  • In patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • In patients with diabetes
  • In patients who have an increased level of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism)
  • In patients with liver or kidney damage

The complete cessation is expected on fifth day of the starting the treatment. If there is no improvement, stop using this drug and try again after a few months.

Tabex can cause drowsiness and dizziness, therefore you should avoid driving vehicles if you are experiencing these side effects.

Use during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Tabex should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

How to use

Tabex should be taken as follows:

Day Dose
1-3 day One tablet every 2 hours (6 times per day), with the omission of the night doses
4-12 day One tablet per day every 150 minutes (5 times per day)
13-16 day


One tablet every three hours (4 times per day)
17-20 day


One tablet every five hours (three times per day)
21-25 day


One or two tablets per day


Tabex can be taken with a meal because the food does not affect this medicine.

Avoid alcoholic beverages while using this medicine.

Use with other medicines (Interactions)

It must not be used in combination with the following drugs:

  • Medications used to treat heart disease
  • Medications used to treat tuberculosis
  • Medications used in the treatment of high cholesterol levels, such as: simvastatin (Cholipam, Vasilip), atorvastatin (Atoris), pravastatin, rosuvastatin, lovastatin, and others. Concomitant use of Tabex with these drugs, increases the risk of breakdown muscle tissue (rhabdomyolysis).

Tell your doctor about all medications and herbal products you are taking.

Tabex Side effects

Tabex rarely causes side effects, which are usually mild and transient.

It may cause the following side effects:

  1. nausea,
  2. vomiting,
  3. abdominal pain,
  4. diarrhea,
  5. taste changes,
  6. rapid heartbeat (tachycardia),
  7. high blood pressure,
  8. headache,
  9. dizziness,
  10. drowsiness,
  11. chest pain,
  12. sweating,
  13. allergy and others.

Tell your doctor if you are experiencing any side effects.


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