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What is Champix?
Champix, which contains the active ingredient varenicline is a member of a group of medications known as smoking cessation therapies. It helps people quit smoking when nicotine replacement therapy proved to be ineffective or is found to be inappropriate. Champix is intended to be used by adults in combination with counselling and quit-smoking education.
How does Champix work?
Champix works in the brain to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The medication also decreases the pleasure that people get from smoking. It blocks the nicotine’s effects in your body. The brain has receptors for nicotine. When cigarette smoke is inhaled, the nicotine binds with the receptors to trigger a release of a feel-good chemical called dopamine.
Shortly after your smoking is done, the levels of nicotine and dopamine begin to drop, setting your craving and feelings of withdrawal, making you crave for another cigarette. Champix is believed to work at the receptors that are affected by the nicotine from cigarettes. It is not clear how Champix exactly works.
What are the benefits of using Champix?
The main benefit of Champix is the help it provides in quitting smoking when nicotine replacement therapy proved to be ineffective or is found to be inappropriate.
How do I use Champix?
Champix is typically used once a day at 0.5 mg for the first three days, then increased to 0.5 mg two times a day for the following four days, then continue on 0.5 mg two times a day or increase to 1 mg two times a day until the end of the therapy. An individual is allowed only a maximum dose of 1 mg twice daily.
Champix should be taken with a full glass of water, usually after eating.
The medication is intended to be used in combination with counselling and quit-smoking education. There are three different approaches to setting a date to quit smoking or the so-called quit date. Talk to your doctor about the method that could be best for you.
The fixed quit approach – This method will start the treatment with Champix 1 to 2 weeks before the exact date you intend to quit smoking. The treatment shall continue for 12 weeks.
The flexible quit approach – This method starts the treatment with Champix, then you set the date when to quit smoking between weeks 2 and 5 after the first day of treatment. The treatment should continue for 12 weeks. For individuals to succeed in quitting smoking during this period, it is recommended that another 12 weeks of Champix treatment be continued in order to reduce the reduce of starting smoking again.
The gradual quit approach – This method involves taking Champix and gradually decreasing smoking with the goal to quit by the end of 12 weeks. If able to do so, you may quit smoking at any time before the end of 12 weeks. Continue to take Champix for an additional 12 weeks to complete a total of 24 weeks of treatment.
Your doctor may gradually decrease the dose of Champix as you stop the medication in order to reduce the risk of you starting to smoke again.
The individuals who failed to quit smoking during the 12-week treatment should not lose hope. They should try the treatment again once they have identified the reasons that contributed to their failure to quit.
It is important that Champix be taken exactly as recommended by your doctor. In the event that you miss a dose, take as soon as you remember, then continue with your regular schedule. If your next regular schedule is too close to the time when you remembered that you missed a dose, just skipped the missed dose. Do not double the dose as a makeup for the one you missed.
The usual dose of Champix is 0.5 mg once daily for the first three days, then increased to 0.5 mg twice daily for the next four days, then continue on 0.5 twice daily or increase to 1 mg twice daily thereafter. The maximum dose of Champix is 1 mg twice daily.
Many factors affect the dose of medication a doctor can prescribe to an individual, including body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. Do not change the dosage of Champix as prescribed by your doctor if it is different from the medication’s usual dosage.
Side effects & precautions
Many medications can cause unwanted side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in the normal dosages. Side effects of medications can mild, severe, temporary or permanent. Not everyone who uses Champix will experience the side effects.
Immediately contact your doctor if you experience the following side effects and they are severe or bothersome:
- Difficulty concentrating
- A headache
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Difficulty sleeping
Immediately stop taking Champix and seek immediate medical attention if you experience the following:
- Signs of heart attack
- Signs of severe skin reaction
- Signs of stroke
- Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction
Contact your doctor if you experience any other side effects which you believe to be associated with your use of Champix.
Do not take Champix if you are allergic to varenicline or any other ingredients of the medication.
Do not take Champix is you are already using nicotine replacement therapy such as a nicotine inhaler or patches. Combining Champix and nicotine replacement therapy may cause more side effects than normally associated with Champix.
Inform your doctor of any medical condition or allergies you have before you start taking Champix
Alcohol consumption while taking Champix may increase your risk of developing mood disorders or behavioural changes.
Champix should not be used during pregnancy unless your doctor has determined that the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while taking Champix.
It is not known if Champix passes into breast milk. Using Champix while breastfeeding may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor on whether you should continue breastfeeding your baby while taking Champix.
Champix can possibly interact with the following:
- Nicotine replacement therapy
- Quinolone antibiotics
Share with your doctor a list of all medications you are currently using before you start taking Champix. Your doctor can advise you on which medication will possibly interact with Champix.
How do I buy Champix online?
You can buy Champix online at UK Meds. You will need first to have an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order is supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Champix is the right medication for your medical condition.