Champix tablets contain the active ingredient varenicline. It acts as a partial agonist of nicotine receptors, meaning that it activates them to a lesser degree than nicotine itself. This means that it helps to both reduce cravings and decrease the pleasurable effects of smoking.
Champix 1mg tablets are continuation treatment. To take these tablets you should have successfully initaited treatment with the Champix 0.5mg + 1mg Starter Pack.
- Exercise more. Exercise has been shown to reduce cravings, even if it is only a five-minute walk. Many people find that they can put on weight when they first quit smoking so exercise is encouraged to prevent this.
- Get support. You are more likely to be successful if you quit with a family member or friend for support and encouragement.
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.
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.
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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