Champix tablets are a prescription medication to aid in trying to quit smoking. We have long known smoking can cause horrendous disease, from lung cancer to other sever respiratory disorders. As the understanding of these effects has increase, thankfully more and more people are looking to stop smoking. Champix works on nicotine receptors in your brain and in doing so it lessens your cravings for cigarettes, whilst also reducing the pleasure derived from smoking and relieving withdrawals associated with stopping smoking. This can help you break the habit long enough to halt your dependence on nicotine. While taking Champix makes stopping smoking easier, you still require will power in avoiding using cigarettes.
How Do I Take Champix?
Firstly you should decide on a date in the second week of treatment, to stop smoking. You will then take one Champix tablet daily for three days, before increasing your dose to two tablets.
Instructions will also be printed on the pack you receive from our pharmacy.
How Does Champix Work?
Champix (Varenicline) helps relieve cravings and withdrawals which often occur when you stop smoking. It does this by blocking Nicotine receptor sites, that Nicotine in cigarettes would usually act on. Champix does not contain nicotine, it only act’s on the same receptors as it.
Trials have shown that Varenicline helps people to be three times more likely to quit, then people who try to quit without any assistance.
Common side effects of Champix include
-nausea + vomiting
-abnormal dreams and / or difficulty sleeping
-altered taste sensation and / or dry mouth
-tiredness and sleepiness
-constipation and / or diarrhoea
-feeling bloated, indigestion and flatulence.
You should not drive if you ate affected by dizziness or drowsiness when taking Champix. Although these are the most common effects, more rare side effects of treatment include
-hallucinations / changes in behaviour and / or thoughts
-depression and suicidal thoughts.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, please stop taking the medication immediately, and contact your GP, or give us a call.