“Balanced Placebo Design With Varenicline: Pharmacological and Expectancy Effects on Medication Adherence”
The current study will use the double-blind balanced placebo design to examine differences between expectancies versus the pharmacological effects of varenicline medication administered for two weeks to cigarette smokers. The double-blind balanced placebo design includes medication administration (active medication v. placebo) and medication information (told truth v. deception) resulting in four groups of smokers: (1) told therapeutic dose (TD) medication + received TD medication; (2) told TD medication + received placebo; (3) told low dose (LD) medication+ received TD dose medication; (4) told LD medication + received placebo. Ecological momentary assessments (EMA) in the form of Daily Dairies delivered via smartphone will assess real-time side effects, withdrawal symptoms, cigarettes smoked, medication use, and reasons for medication non-adherence.
Drug - Varenicline
Participants will be provided varenicline medication
Participants will be provided placebo medication
Varenicline Pharmacological and Expectancy Effects on Medication Adherence (Balanced Placebo Design With Varenicline: Pharmacological and Expectancy Effects on Medication Adherence)