Champix 1mg Tablets

Champix 1mg Tablets (28 tablets)

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Description for Champix 1mg Tablets

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. 

Product Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

UK ORDERS

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The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2/3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1/2 day delivery - £4.45
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Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Champix?

    Champix is a medicine containing varenicline and it is used to stop smoking and help with withdrawal cravings.

    It is available as a starter pack which contains 0.5mg and 1mg tablets and as 1mg tablets (continuation pack).

    Champix has been shown in clinical trials to increase the chances of smoking two to three fold versus going 'cold turkey'.

  • How does Champix work?

    Champix helps to reduce cravings or withdrawals as you quit smoking.

    Nicotine from smoking attaches itself to receptors in the brain. This releases dopamine and gives the euphoric feeling associated with smoking.

    Champix attaches to the same receptors and releases dopamine too. This stops any 'cold turkey' feeling or withdrawal associated when you stop smoking. Nicotine in the system is blocked from attaching to the receptors when the Champix is in place which reduces the large increases in dopamine usually released after a cigarette, hence reducing the reward.

  • How do I take Champix?

    If you have not taken Champix before, you need to use the starter pack first. This will help you gradually increase the dose to the recommended daily amount of 1mg twice a day. The starter pack contains enough tablets for the first 4 weeks of treatment.

    A usual course of treatment of Champix is 12 weeks. This can be extended for another 12 weeks if you have been successful in the first 12 weeks. Chapmix has been shown to help 44% of people quit smoking after a full 12 week course.

    The starter pack tablets are laid out exactly how you need to take them:

    Day 1 to 3 - Take one 0.5mg white Champix tablet.

    Day 4 to 7 - Take one 0.5mg white Champix tablet twice a day (morning and night)

    Day 8 onwards -  Take one 1mg blue Champix tablet twice daily (morning and night) 

    Up to day 8 you can continue to smoke when you want to, however after day 8 you need to decide on a day to stop smoking. This can be up to 5 weeks after day 8 if need be.

    At the end of treatment when you have successfully stopped smoking, to reduce the chance of starting again it may be necessary to reduce or taper down the treatment to ensure you stay cigarette free.

  • What’s the difference between Champix and other stop smoking treatments?

    There are lots of different methods to help you stop smoking for good.

    Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available in different forms and these include gum, patches, nasal spray, sublingual tablets and sprays. It provides an alternative source of nicotine to help ease the withdrawal symptoms when you stop smoking. The frequency of use and dose is gradually reduced over time until it is not needed at all. NRT provides a source of nicotine without the other harmful chemicals and tar that is found in cigarettes.

    Often with NRT the nicotine takes longer to reach the brain compared with smoking and patients can find this difficult and discontinue treatment. The symptoms associated with withdrawal may be reduced with NRT but may not go away completely.

    There is always a temptation to start smoking again with NRT, however with Champix the receptors in the brain are blocked. This makes you more likely to succeed as even if you have a cigarette, the nicotine will not have an effect.

    Zyban (Bupropion) is another stop smoking treatment. It is an antidepressant that has also been shown to stop cravings and withdrawal associated when you stop smoking tobbacco. It doesn’t replace nicotine or block the receptors like NRT or Champix. Its mode of action is unknown but it is thought it affects chemicals in the brain. Bupropion has been shown to be less effective than Champix and is no longer recommended.

  • Is it safe to use Champix continuously?

    The normal course of treatment for Champix is 12 weeks. This can be extended by another 12 weeks if necessary. We would not recommend using it continuously for longer than 24 weeks.

  • What are the side effects of Champix?

    The most common side effects of Champix include headache, nausea, difficulty in sleeping, abnormal dreams, and a sore throat or mouth. They affect approximately up to 10% of patients.

    Rarely, Champix has been associated with reports of suicidal thoughts or behaviour. After thorough clinical reviews of Champix in use it has been adivsed that Champix can worsen psychiatric symptoms in people with depression. If you experience any worsening of depression or suicidal thought or behaviour, stop using Champix immediately and see your doctor.

  • How long will it take for Champix work?

    Champix takes approximately one week to build up and it take at least five weeks to see the full benefits.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose?

    Take the missed Champix when you remember. If it is nearly time for the next dose, omit the missed tablet. Do not take two tablets together to make up for the missed one.

  • Can I take Champix and drive?

    Champix does should not make you drowsy and should not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. If you do feel drowsy after taking Champix you should not drive or operate machinery until it has passed.

  • Can I take Champix during pregnancy and breast-feeding?

    Whilst it is important to stop smoking when you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it is not recommended to use Champix and you should consult your doctor to decide upon the most effective treatment plan for your condition.

  • Can you smoke whilst taking Champix?

    Before you start Champix you need to decide a day to stop smoking. This is usually occurs at some point after eight days of taking the tablets. You can still smoke whilst taking the tablets until you decide you are ready to stop smoking. It is not unusual for the number of cigarettes you smoke to reduce daily as the tablet takes effect. You should not continue to smoke after five weeks of using Champix.

  • Will Champix make me feel depressed?

    Some patients that have used Champix to stop smoking have reported that they have feel depressed. Whether this is from the tablets or from stopping smoking is still unclear. If you feel depressed then we recommend you speak to us or your doctor to reassess your treatment. If necessary the tablets can be reduced from 1mg twice a day to 0.5mg a day if you are experiencing unwanted effects. Always ensure you stop taking Champix immediately if you experience worsening depression or suicidal thoughts or behaviour.

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