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Champix

Champix (Varenicline) is a medicine used to help adults stop smoking. It contains the active ingredient Varenicline. For best results, Champix should be used alongside support and advice on smoking cessation.

See Champix Patient Information Leaflet

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Champix (Varenicline) is a medicine used to help adults stop smoking. It contains the active ingredient Varenicline. For best results, Champix should be used alongside support and advice on smoking cessation.

See Champix Patient Information Leaflet

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What is Champix and what does it do?

Champix is a medicine used to help adults stop smoking. It contains the active ingredient Varenicline. For best results, Champix should be used alongside support and advice on smoking cessation.

Varenicline, the active ingredient in Champix, binds to receptors in the brain in order to send it similar signals as nicotine. This results in less withdrawal symptoms and cravings when you stop smoking.

When is Champix prescribed?

Champix may be prescribed to adults who feel they need additional help to stop smoking. It may be used to help relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings often associated with giving up smoking.

A treatment with Champix should start while you are still smoking. For best results, you are encouraged to seek additional support and motivation, for example through your GP or online resources such as the Action on Smoking and Health website.

Is Champix suitable for my condition?

Yes, Champix is likely to be suitable for most adults who currently smoke and are seeking additional help to quit. There are however certain conditions and medicines that can affect how Champix works. You must consult your GP or pharmacist before using Champix if any of the below applies to you:

  • If you are taking theophylline, warfarin or insulin.
  • If you have severe kidney disease and are taking cimetidine.
  • If you have a history of depression, psychiatric disorder or suicidal behaviour.

Although it is uncommon, there have been reports of Champix affecting the mood and behaviour in people using this treatment. If you experience a change in mood or experience depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or anxiety, stop the treatment and consult your GP or nearest surgery as soon as possible.

What is the recommended dosage of Champix?

It is important that you follow the doctor’s instructions on how to use Champix. The below guide is for your reference only. Consult your GP or pharmacist if you are unsure of how to take Champix.

Before starting the treatment, decide on a day or a date during week 2 when you will stop smoking. Alternatively, if you are not able or willing to stop smoking during your second week, set a date within 5 weeks of starting the treatment.

How long should I take Champix for?

Champix treatment week 1

Day 1 - 3, take one white 0.5mg tablet daily.

Day 4 - 7, take one white 0.5mg tablet twice daily. Take one tablet in the morning and one in the evening.

Champix treatment week 2

Day 8 - 14, take one light blue 1mg tablet twice daily. Take one tablet in the morning and one the the evening.

Champix treatment week 3 - 12

From day 15 until the end of the treatment, take one light blue 1mg tablet twice daily. Take one tablet in the morning and one in the evening.

Does Champix cause any side effects?

Yes, Champix may cause side effects in some users. The same applies to all medicines and is not unique for Champix. It is important that you read through the patient information leaflet before use to familiarise yourself with any potential side effects and symptoms of allergic reactions.

Common side effects associated with taking Champix tablets include but are not limited to:

  • Inflammation of the nose and throat.
  • Abnormal dreams and/or difficulty sleeping.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting.
  • Sleepiness or dizziness.
  • Heartburn.
  • Increased or decreased appetite.

Can I reduce the risk of getting side effects?

Yes, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce the risk of side effects. Most importantly, to reduce the risk of drug interactions, let our doctor know of any other medicines you may take by including this information in the medical questionnaire.

  • If the treatment is causing nausea, try taking the tablets with food.
  • This treatment may cause a dry mouth. To reduce the risk of tooth decay, take extra care of your teeth while taking Champix, for example by using a fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly.

How do I buy Champix online?

To order Champix online, you need a valid prescription. A private prescription can be requested from our online doctor service by filling in a medical questionnaire. Doctor-4-U is a legitimate and fully regulated service that allows you to request a private prescription for selected conditions.

Once you have submitted the medical questionnaire, your information will be assessed by one of our doctors. If deemed suitable for your condition, the doctor will accept your request and a prescription will be issued.

A digital copy of your prescription will be sent to our pharmacy who will dispense and dispatch your medicines, usually within 24 hours of your order being placed.

Dosage instructions
Initially 500 micrograms once daily for 3 days, increased to 500 micrograms twice daily for 4 days, then 1mg twice daily for 11 weeks; reduce, if not tolerated, to 500 micrograms twice a day. Treatment to be started 1–2 weeks before target stop date, but can be started up to a maximum of 5 weeks before target stop date, 12-week course can be repeated in abstinent individuals to reduce risk of relapse.