Champix, containing the ingredient varenicline works by reducing the need to smoke as well as reducing the effects of withdrawal. Whilst it is not recommended to smoke whilst taking Champix, doing so decreases the enjoyment of having a cigarette.*
*Disclaimer. Individual results may vary
To read the patient information leaflet for this product click here https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.19042.latest.pdf
Please read the patient information leaflet before taking this medicine. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Set a Target Stop Smoking Day, ideally a day during the second week of taking Champix. Swallow these tablets whole, DO NOT chew, crush or split them.
Day 1-3: 500mcg (white tablet) to be taken once daily for 3 days.
Day 4-7: Increase to 500mcg (white tablet) twice a day for 4 days.
Day 8-end of treatment: Take 1mg (blue tablet) twice a day for 11 weeks (reduce to 500mcg twice daily if not tolerated)
If you take more than the stated dose of Champix, then you should consult your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department IMMEDIATELY.
The active ingredient in Champix is varenicline. The other ingredients are Cellulose, Microcrystalline Calcium Hydrogen Phosphate Anhydrous Croscarmellose Sodium Silica, Colloidal Anhydrous Magnesium Stearate, Hypromellose Titanium dioxide (E171) Macrogols, Hypromellose Titanium dioxide (E171) Macrogols Indigo Carmine Aluminium Lake (E132) Triacetin.
Manufacturer advises patients and carers should be cautioned on the effects on driving and performance of skilled tasks—increased risk of dizziness, somnolence, and transient loss of consciousness.
Please read the patient information leaflet before using this medicine.
If you experience any of the side effects listed in the patient information leaflet or not listed please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Please give your doctor a full medical history to ensure the appropriate medication is prescribed.