Champix tablets

Champix is a proven treatment and one of the most effective ways to quit smoking.
  • 12 week course to quit smoking
  • Effects seen in as little as 2 weeks
  • Works against symptoms of nicotine withdrawal

This is a prescription only medication. In order to purchase this medication, please complete our short medical questionnaire for one of our prescribers. The prescriber will review your medical history to issue your prescription. Once approved, your medication will be delivered in discreet packaging directly to your door.
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What is Champix?

Champix is an effective treatment to help quit smoking. It contains the active ingredient Varenicline. It is a proven to be one of the most effective ways to quit smoking. Effects can be seen as little as 2 weeks. Completing the 12 week programme can help to sustain the quit attempt even after the course has ended.

How does Champix work?

Champix has a dual mechanism of action. It blocks nicotine receptors in the brain so cigarettes have less effect. This makes the action of smoking less enjoyable. It also attaches itself to the same receptors imitating the action of nicotine on the brain and reducing withdrawal symptoms.
Champix is started with a starter pack, followed by maintenance packs.

The starter pack contains an increasing dose of champix over 2 weeks to allow your body to get used to taking champix. Following the initial course, champix is taken twice a day for the remainder of the 12 week course.

Champix should be taken with or after food to reduce side-effects such as upset stomach and nausea.
There have been reports of depression, suicidal ideation and behaviour and suicide attempts in patients taking CHAMPIX.

Stopping smoking with or without treatment cause changes in thinking or behaviour, feelings of depression and anxiety and can be associated with a worsening of psychiatric disorder.

Champix may increase risk of certain conditions such as:
  • New or worse heart or blood vessel (cardiovascular) problems such as heart attacks or strokes
  • Seizures
  • Potentially life-threatening skin rashes such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Erythema Multiforme have been reported with the use of CHAMPIX.
Avoid Champix if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

CHAMPIX may be linked with dizziness, sleepiness and transient loss of consciousness. You should not drive, operate complex machinery if affected
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people
  • Inflammation of the nose and throat
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headache
  • Nausea

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
  • Chest infection, inflammation of the sinuses
  • Increased weight
  • decreased appetite, increased appetite
  • Sleepiness, dizziness,
  • Changes in the way things taste
  • Shortness of breath, cough
  • Heartburn, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, feeling bloated, abdominal pain, toothache, indigestion, flatulence, dry mouth
  • Joint ache, muscle ache, back pain

For information on other side-effects, please refer to the patient information leaflet.
Stopping smoking may change the way some other tablets work. It is important to inform your doctor that you are trying to stop smoking as doses of certain drugs may need adjusting, such as theophylline , warfarin and insulin

Speak to your doctor or prescriber if you are taking other tablets.
The active substance is varenicline.

The other ingredients are:
Cellulose, Microcrystalline Calcium Hydrogen Phosphate Anhydrous Croscarmellose Sodium, Silica, Colloidal Anhydrous Magnesium Stearate, hypromellose Titanium dioxide (E171) Macrogol 400 Indigo Carmine Aluminium Lake (E132) Triacetin
Alternatives to CHAMPIX include
  • Zyban (Bupropion)
  • Nicotine replacement therapy such as lozenges, patches, gums, nasal spray, etc
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Will power
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