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Champix 1mg Tablets
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Week 1

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

Day 4 - 7: From day 4 to 7, you should take one white Champix 0.5 mg tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.

Week 2 onwards

Day 8 (Quit date) – end of treatment: From day 8 (Quit date) to the end of treatment, you should take one light blue Champix 1 mg tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.

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

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for side effects and additional information.

Pharmacist Tip: Champix tablets are taken twice daily, normally as a 12-week course. A quit date should be set 8 – 14 after starting the medication to allow the dose to build up using the starter pack before stopping for good.

If you do experience side effects from Champix they may include gastro-intestinal disturbances, appetite changes, dry mouth, taste disturbance, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, sleep disorders, abnormal dreams. Champix has a small risk of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and skin rash as with all medicines. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.

MHRA guidance states: ‘People who are taking Champix who develop suicidal thoughts, agitation, depressed mood, or display any changes in behaviour or thinking that are of concern for the doctor, patient, family, or caregiver should stop Champix and contact their doctor immediately.’

If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0117 971 1603. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

Champix should not cause a harmful interaction with any of your other current medicines. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for further information.

Champix does not guarantee success for those wishing to quit smoking, it still takes willpower to resist temptation and get out of old habits. However, studies have shown you can be up to twice as likely to quit when using Champix as those going ‘cold turkey’.

Champix is normally a 12-week course of treatment, after which you should be a non-smoker. In some cases it may be necessary to continue for another 12 weeks after a discussion with the doctor or to taper down the dose slowly over a week.

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When using Champix you must decide on a ‘Quit date’ where you will give up cigarettes completely. This should normally be between Day 8 and Day 14 of treatment, however it can be up to five weeks after starting treatment if you feel you are not ready to give up at an earlier date.

The usual dose regimen for Champix is:

Week 1 

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

Day 4 - 7: From day 4 to 7, you should take one white Champix 0.5 mg tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.

Week 2 - Week 12

Day 8 until the end of treatment (end of Week 12): From day 8 (Quit date) to the end of treatment, you should take one light blue Champix 1 mg tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.

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. 

Champix tablets are taken twice daily, normally as a 12-week course. A quit date, where you stop smoking cigarettes, should be set 8 – 14 days after starting the medication to allow the dose to build up using the starter pack before stopping smoking for good.

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for side effects and additional information.

The Champix Starter Pack should be used to initate smoking cessation treatment before increasing the dose to Champix 1mg tablets.

If you do experience side effects from Champix they may include gastro-intestinal disturbances, appetite changes, dry mouth, taste disturbance, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, sleep disorders, abnormal dreams. Champix has a small risk of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and skin rash as with all medicines. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.

MHRA guidance states: ‘People who are taking Champix who develop suicidal thoughts, agitation, depressed mood, or display any changes in behaviour or thinking that are of concern for the doctor, patient, family, or caregiver should stop Champix and contact their doctor immediately.’

If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let us or your doctor know immediately. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

Full list of side effects with Champix tablets

Common side effects (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
  • Skin rash, itching
  • Joint ache, muscle ache, back pain
  • Chest pain, tiredness

Uncommon side effects (up to 1 in 100 people):

  • Fungal infection, viral infection
  • Feeling of panic, difficulty thinking, restlessness, mood swings, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, changes in sex drive
  • Seizure, tremor, feeling sluggish, less sensitive to touch
  • Conjunctivitis, eye pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Angina, rapid heart rate, palpitations, increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure, hot flush
  • Inflammation of nose, sinuses and throat, congestion of nose, throat and chest, hoarseness, hay fever, throat irritation, congested sinuses, excess mucous from nose causing cough, runny nose
  • Red blood in stools, irritated stomach, change of bowel habit, belching, mouth ulcers, pain in the gums
  • Reddening of the skin, acne, increased sweating, night sweats o Muscle spasms, chest wall pain
  • Abnormally frequent urination, urination at night
  • Increased menstrual flow,
  • Chest discomfort, flu like illness, fever, feeling weak or unwell

Rare side effects (up to 1 in 1,000 people):

  • Excessive thirst
  • Feeling unwell or unhappy, slow thinking
  • Stroke
  • Increased muscle tension, difficulty with speech, difficulty with coordination, reduced sense of taste, altered sleep pattern
  • Disturbed vision, eyeball discolouration, dilated pupils, sensitivity to light, shortsightedness, watery eyes
  • Irregular heart beat or heart rhythm disturbances
  • Throat pain, snoring
  • Blood in vomit, abnormal stools, coated tongue
  • Stiff joints, rib pain
  • Glucose in urine, increased urine volume and frequency o Vaginal discharge, changes in sexual ability
  • Feeling cold, cyst

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with Champix before you take the medicine.

Champix has been associated with depression and suicidal behaviour, especially in patients with existing depression. If you are taking Champix and experience a depressed mood, agitation or suicidal behaviour you should stop treatment immediately and see your doctor. Depression and agitation is commonly associated with quitting smoking whether you are taking Champix or not. If you experience any of these symptoms you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

You should not take Champix if you suffer with epilepsy, seizures, heart or blood vessel problems unless under the supervision of your doctor.

Champix does not guarantee success for those wishing to quit smoking, it still takes willpower to resist temptation and get out of old habits. However, studies have shown you can be up to twice as likely to quit when using Champix as those going ‘cold turkey’.

Champix is normally a 12-week course of treatment, after which you should be a non-smoker. In some cases it may be necessary to continue for another 12 weeks after a discussion with the doctor or to taper down the dose slowly over a week.

Stopping smoking can alter levels of different chemicals in your body, which can in turn alter how your medicines work. Eaxmples of medicines that will need to be closely monitored by your doctor whilst you quit smoking are theophylline (to treat breathing problems), warfarin (to reduce blood clotting), and insulin (to treat diabetes).

Champix should not be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Champix can cause side effects of drowsiness and dizziness. If affected you should not drive or operate machinery.

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Stop Smoking Background

The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service allows smokers who are considering quitting smoking to have a private consultation with a doctor and have access to the treatment they need in a safe and discreet manner.

Stop Smoking Information

It is widely known that smoking leads to many health complications including cancer, heart disease, and bronchitis. Deciding to quit smoking presents a big challenge as smokers are not only physically addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes, but also psychologically to the need to smoke and action of doing it.

Whatever method you choose to help you quit smoking, will power will be a powerful factor in determining whether you succeed. By setting targets, focusing on the benefits and involving friends and family you can give yourself the greatest chance to succeed and live a smoke-free life.

For those that do smoke, quitting is likely to be the biggest single change you can make to improve your current state of health and reduce the chances of developing serious medical conditions and complications. It is estimated that around 50% of smokers will die prematurely and that 20% of deaths over the age of 35 can be attributed to smoking.

Health Benefits From Quitting Smoking

It is estimated that over 10 million people in the UK alone have now successfully quit smoking and are enjoying healthier lifestyles. According to NHS choices the health benefits of stopping smoking include:

  • Easier breathing
  • Whiter teeth
  • Better breath
  • Improved smell and taste
  • More energy
  • Younger looking skin
  • Less stress
  • Better sex

If these aren’t reason enough to quit today, the average smoker on 20 cigarettes daily could save over £2,500 in the first year alone!

 

Common Excuses To Avoid Quitting Smoking

1. The damage is done: Many people feel that if they have smoked for a long period, they have already subjected themselves to the negative risks of smoking and have increased their chances of cancer and heart disease permanently.

This simply isn’t true! As soon as you quit smoking, your body starts to repair and regenerate. Your blood pressure will return to normal, your lungs will clear and sense of taste and smell will improve, all within the first 48 hours. After 1 year your heart attack risk will be half that of a smoker and after 10 years your risk of lung caner will be half that of a smoker. In addition, you will stop exposing your friends and family to passive smoke.

2.  I will gain weight: Most people believe that they will gain weight when they quit smoking, however this is not supported by medical evidence.

Although nicotine does make you burn calories faster, it is not a certainty that quitting smoking will cause you to gain weight. Lower levels of nicotine mean that your calorie requirements will be lower. You can therefore anticipate this and lower the calories you consume by starting a healthier diet or taking up a new sport or activity.

3. I will get stressed: It is commonly thought that cigarettes (or nicotine) helps to calm you down or relieve stress.

When you are addicted to nicotine, the cravings in between cigarettes create anxiety and stress. Although having a cigarette does help to ease this anxiety, when you quit you will not experience this anxiety or stress in the first place and be calmer as a result.

4. It’s not the right time: Many people put off quitting due to external factors and stresses in their lives thinking that this will make them less likely to succeed.

Although there are a few times where quitting smoking is less likely to succeed, in general no time is going to be the perfect time to quit. By taking the first step you are massively increasing your chances of quitting – if you change nothing, nothingchanges! 

 

Stop Smoking Symptoms

Once you become addicted to nicotine from long-term smoking, your body is used to receiving regular doses of nicotine. When it doesn’t receive this after you stop smoking, it creates withdrawal symptoms. These can include:

  • Bad moods
  • Stress, anxiety & irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Cigarette cravings
  • Sweating
  • Cold symptoms
  • Intestinal problems such as cramps & nausea
  • Insomnia

Withdrawal symptoms from nicotine will be worst in the first 3 – 5 days. They normally ease after around 2 weeks. It normally takes around 12 weeks for cravings to completely pass after which you can confidently say you are a non-smoker.

Stop Smoking Treatment

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

NRT works by releasing nicotine into your system at lower, more constant levels than a cigarette. It also means you don’t receive all the toxic chemicals such as tar and carbon monoxide present in cigarettes. NRT is used to replace the nicotine normally gained through cigarettes and thereby reducing the cravings to smoke. You can then slowly lower the dose of your NRT to wean yourself off nicotine for good. Normal courses of NRT last for 8 – 12 weeks.

NRT comes in a number of different forms including:

  • Patches
  • Chewing Gum
  • Nasal Sprays
  • Mouth Sprays
  • Inhilators
  • Lozenges

There is no form of NRT that has been shown to be better than any other at reducing nicotine cravings, the best choice depends on the individual. IT will depend on the type of withdrawal symptoms and cravings you get, how heavily you smoked, and how quickly the nicotine gets into your system. Most people will start using patches for a baseline cover of nicotine that can then be supported by a spray or gum for relief of sudden cravings.

Champix

Champix tablets contain the active ingredient varenicline. It binds to nicotine receptors in your brain meaning that cravings are reduced and smoking becomes less pleasurable as the reward system is blocked. At the same time, it also produces slight stimulation of the nicotine receptors which helps to ease cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Champix has been shown to more than double your chances of quitting for good. When starting on a course of Champix, you should always begin with the Starter Pack (0.5mg + 1mg) to allow you to slowly and safely increase the dose to an effective level. When starting Champix, it is very important to set yourself a quit date that should be 7 – 14 days after starting your Champix starter pack. Champix is normally a 12 week course of treatment after which you should be cigarette and nicotine free.

 

Self-Help Tips To Stop Smoking

Changing your habits and behaviours are just as important as using the right treatment if you are going to successfully give up smoking. Try to adopt the following advice to massively increase your chances of stopping smoking for good: 

  1. Be positive: You are far more likely to quit if you make up your mind, take action and be positive.
  2. Stick to a plan: Set a date in a few weeks time and make a plan for how you will quit and overcome some of the possible obstacles or stumbling blocks.
  3. Start a healthy diet: By changing your diet (including alcoholic drinks) you can not only decrease the enjoyment you would get from cigarettes but also can help to break the habit of wanting a cigarette after certain foods or drinks you used to have.
  4. Get active: Studies have shown that exercise help to reduce cravings by producing ‘anti-craving’ chemicals. It also helps to give you another activity to replace smoking and to help prevent any possible weight gain as you quit.
  5. Get support: Try to quit with someone else so you have someone to share your experiences with and to help keep each other on track. You can always call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0300 123 1044 if you need support or advice.
  6. Identify your cravings: Try to avoid the things that used to make you crave cigarettes the most to reduce temptation. In social situations, stick with the non-smokers so you don’t think about cigarettes.
  7. List your reasons for quitting: Make a list of all your reasons to quit. If you are tempted or stressed and want to smoke again, read through the list first and weight up whether it’s worth it.

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Top Tips To Help You Stop Smoking

Many people approach us for help with stopping smoking. It is the perennial New Year’s resolution and with good reason – no smoker actually wants to be one of the 100,000 people who die from smoking-related diseases in the UK each year. So if you smoke and are ready to give up, firstly a huge well done. At The Independent Pharmacy we are here to help you succeed and can support you all the way. So, for starters, take a look at our top 5 Top Tips for Success when giving up smoking: 

  1. Don’t be afraid – The No.1 thing to remember when trying to quit is that you have nothing to fear (and a lot to gain). Many smokers worry that quitting is too hard, or that they will not be able to cope without their daily nicotine fixes. Not so! Over 50% of all smokers manage to give up, so read on to maximise your chances…
  2. Get tailor-made help – Everyone is different, so speak to us about your particular needs with regard to giving up smoking. The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service allows instant access to Online Consultations with our highly experienced team of private GPs and pharmacist prescribers. We’re here to help.
  3. Stay motivated – A lot of the quitting battle is in the mind. Get into the right mindset by writing down all the reasons that you are giving up smoking. It could be fear of serious illness, or all that money going up in smoke every day, or feeling unfit and wheezy… whatever motivates you most write it down and keep the list to hand.
  4. Take care of cravings properly – Once you are determined, it is important to remember that smoking is not just a habit, it is a chemical addiction. Nicotine affects the receptors in your brain so that each time you puff your brain is flooded with feel-good dopamine. Smokers become addicted to this hit and can feel edgy and unhappy without it. Don’t let cravings sabotage your willpower. We can help by prescribing a medicine such as Champix, which helps to relieve cravings and softens withdrawal symptoms (but it contains no nicotine, so you break the addiction). Get in touch with our Online Doctor and we will be happy to help. Alternatively Nicotine Replacement Therapy, such as patches, chewing gum, sprays and more, is available in the Pharmacy in our ‘Stop Smoking’ section.
  5. Look after yourself well – When you are quitting smoking, it is also the perfect time to really eat healthily and take regular exercise. This has been proven to help as your body will thrive on the nourishment and enjoy the natural buzz of the endorphins that are released into after a period of walking, running, or even dancing. You may even want to supplement your diet with extra vitamins for a further natural boost. If you feel great all round it is easier to stay positive.

Let The Independent Pharmacy support you on your admirable quest to stop smoking. We understand just what it takes and can help you every step of the way. Follow our tips and most of all, get genuinely excited – embrace the fact that you are about to embark on a healthier, therefore happier, phase of life, free of the chains of nicotine. Get in touch with us to see how we can help you… and good luck!

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