Champix Tablets

Champix (varenicline) is a 12-week treatment that is administered orally in the form of tablets. It is the only medication ...
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About Champix Tablets

Champix tablets contain the active ingredient varenicline. Champix binds to nicotine receptors in the brain, meaning that cravings are reduced and smoking becomes less pleasurable due to the reward system being blocked. Champix has been shown to more than double your chances of quitting smoking for good.

The Champix Starter Pack (0.5mg & 1mg) should be used to initiate smoking cessation treatment before increasing the dose and switching to a course of Champix 1mg Tablets. Starting with the 0.5mg tablets and working up to the 1mg tablets reduces the chances of side effects and increases your chances of stopping smoking.

Consuming alcohol while taking varenicline is thought to increase the risk of developing mood disorders or experiencing behavioural changes, therefore we would not recommend drinking while taking Champix.

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What is Champix?

Champix are medicinal tablets that promote deterrence from tobacco by acting on the brain by means of nicotinic receptors. It is a 12-week Quit smoking treatment that is administered orally. The effectiveness of this treatment to quit smoking has been demonstrated, although often to permanently quit it is good to accompany taking the drug with other measures.

How does it work?

Smokers become addicted to nicotine, a chemical found in tobacco. Nicotine acts on the nervous system, where it’s binding to a series of receptors causes the release of a chemical messenger, dopamine, responsible for the pleasant sensation produced by smoking. The active substance in Champix, varenicline, can bind to some of these receptors, the nicotinic α4β2 acetylcholine receptors. When bound to these receptors, varenicline acts as two ways: same as nicotine (partial agonist), helping to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, or against nicotine (antagonist), taking its place, and helping to reduce the pleasant effects of tobacco.

What are the benefits of taking it?

Champix contains the active substance varenicline. Champix uses include assisting adults to help them quit smoking as it is a stop smoking medication, it also helps alleviate the anxiety and withdrawal syndrome associated with quitting smoking. Champix can also reduce the pleasure of cigarettes if you smoke during treatment.

How do I use it and its dosage?

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. If in doubt about the Champix dosage, consult your doctor or pharmacist again if you

You are more likely to quit smoking if you are motivated to do so. Your doctor or pharmacist can provide you with additional advice, support, and information to help you ensure that your attempt to quit smoking is successful. Normally before you start your treatment with Champix you must decide a date during the second week of treatment (between the 8th and the 14th day) when you will stop smoking. If you do not want or cannot set a date to quit smoking in those 2 weeks, you can choose your date to quit smoking within 5 weeks after starting treatment. You should write this date on the packaging as a reminder.

Week 1 (Dosage)

Day 1 - 3.

From day 1 to day 3, you should take one white Champix 0.5 mg film-coated tablet once a day.

Day 4 - 7.

From day 4 to day 7, you should take one white film-coated tablet of Champix 0.5 mg twice daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, at approximately the same time each day.

Week 2

Day 8 - 14.

From day 8 to day 14, you should take one light blue Champix 1 mg film-coated tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, at approximately the same time each day.

Weeks 3 - 12

End of treatment.

From day 15 to the end of treatment, you should take one light blue Champix 1 mg film-coated tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, at approximately the same time each day.

If you have quit smoking after 12 weeks of treatment, your doctor may recommend 12 weeks of additional treatment with Champix 1 mg film-coated tablets twice a day to help you avoid smoking again.

If you are unable or unwilling to quit smoking immediately, you should reduce tobacco use during the first 12 weeks of treatment and quit at the end of that treatment period. You will then need to continue to take Champix 1 mg film-coated tablets twice daily for another 12 weeks, for a total of 24 weeks of treatment.

Side effects & precautions

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

When it comes to Champix precautions, Quitting smoking with or without treatment can produce a variety of symptoms, which can include mood swings, decreased heart rate, and increased appetite or weight gain. Champix side effects are the following:

Very common side effects: which can affect more than 1 in 10 people:

  • Swelling of the nose and throat, abnormal dreams, trouble sleeping, headache
  • Sickness

Common side effects: which can affect up to 1 in 10 people:

  • Chest infection, inflammation of the sinuses
  • Weight gain, decreased appetite, increased appetite
  • Sleep, dizziness, changes in the sense of taste
  • Difficult breathing, cough
  • Heartburn, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, bloated feeling, abdominal pain, dental pain, indigestion, flatulence, dry mouth
  • Skin rash, itching
  • Joint pain, myalgia, back pain
  • Chest pain, tiredness

Uncommon side effects: which can affect up to 1 in 100 people:

  • Yeast infection, virus infection
  • Panic, difficulty thinking, restlessness, mood swings, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, changes in sex drive
  • Convulsions, tremor, reluctance, less touch sensitivity
  • Conjunctivitis, eye pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Angina, rapid heart rate, palpitations, increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure, heat
  • Swelling of the nose, sinuses, and throat, stuffy nose, throat and chest, hoarseness, hay fever, sore throat, stuffy sinuses, excess nasal mucus with coughing, runny nose
  • Red blood in the stool, irritated stomach, change of bowel habit, belching, mouth ulcers, gum pain
  • Redness of the skin, acne, increased sweating, night sweats
  • Muscle spasms, chest wall pain
  • Abnormally frequent urination, nighttime urination
  • Increased menstrual flow
  • Chest discomfort, flu-like illness, fever, feeling weak or upset
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Heart attack
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Changes in thinking or behavior

Rare side effects: which can affect up to 1 in 1,000 people:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Indisposition or feeling of unhappiness, slow thinking
  • Ictus
  • Increased muscle tension, speech difficulties, coordination difficulties, decreased sense of taste, altered sleep pattern
  • Vision disturbances, discoloration of the eyeball, dilated pupils, sensitivity to light, myopia, watery eyes
  • Irregular heartbeat or heart rhythm disturbances
  • Sore throat, snoring
  • Blood in vomit, abnormal stool, tongue tongue
  • Numb joints, rib pain
  • Glucose in the urine, increased volume and frequency of urine
  • Vaginal discharge, changes in sexual ability
  • Cold feeling, cyst
  • Diabetes
  • Somnambulism
  • Loss of contact with reality and inability to think or judge clearly
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Serious skin reactions including erythema multiforme and Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Serious allergic reactions including angioedema

 

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