Champix (Varenicline) Tablets

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  • Greatly Increases Your Chances Of Quitting Smoking
  • Active Ingredient: Varenicline
  • Blocks Nicotine Receptors
  • Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
  • Includes Free Prescription

Both physical habits and the additive substance Nicotine make quitting smoking a real challenge. Champix is a prescription-only medicine that works by blocking the Nicotine receptors which helps to relieve cravings. Unlike most stop-smoking aids, Champix tablets do not contain any Nicotine, making this a popular and effective treatment for people who want to stop smoking. Complete the full 12-week course of Champix for the very best chance of quitting smoking for good, leaving you looking and feeling healthier.

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Effects and Treatments

Circulation

When you smoke, the poisons from the tar in your cigarettes enter your blood. Making your blood thicker, and increase chances of clot formation, Increasing your blood pressure and heart rate.
Narrowing your arteries, reducing the amount of oxygen rich blood circulating to your organs.
Together, these changes can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Heart

Smoking damages your heart and your blood circulation, increasing the risk of conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease (damaged blood vessels) and cerebrovascular disease (damaged arteries that supply blood to your brain).

Stomach

Smokers have an increased chance of getting stomach cancer or ulcers. Smoking can weaken the muscle in the stomach and cause acid reflux.
Smoking is a significant risk factor for developing kidney cancer, and the more you smoke the greater the risk.

Skin

Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that gets to your skin. This means that if you smoke, your skin ages more quickly and looks grey and dull.
The good news is that once you stop smoking, you will prevent further deterioration to your skin caused by smoking.

Bones

Smoking can cause your bones to become weak and brittle. Women need to be especially careful as they are more likely to suffer from brittle bones (osteoporosis) than non-smokers.

Brain

If you smoke, you are more likely to have a stroke than someone who doesn’t smoke.

In fact, smoking increases your risk of having a stroke by at least 50%, which can cause brain damage and death. And, by smoking, you double your risk of dying from a stroke.
The good news is that within two years of stopping smoking, your risk of stroke is reduced to half that of a non-smoker and within five years it will be the same as a non-smoker.

Lungs

Your lungs can be very badly affected by smoking. Coughs, colds, wheezing and asthma are just the start. Smoking can cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer. Smoking causes 84% of deaths from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Mouth and throat

Smoking causes unattractive problems such as bad breath and stained teeth, and can also cause gum disease and damage your sense of taste.

The most serious damage smoking causes in your mouth and throat is an increased risk of cancer in your lips, tongue, throat, voice box and gullet (oesophagus). More than 93% of oropharyngeal cancers (cancer in part of the throat) are caused by smoking.

Reproduction and fertility

Smoking can cause male impotence, as it damages the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis. It can also damage sperm, reduce sperm count and cause testicular cancer. Up to 120,000 men from the UK in their 20s and 30s are impotent as a direct result of smoking, and men who smoke have a lower sperm count than those who are non-smokers.

For women, smoking can reduce fertility. One study found that smokers were over three times more likely than non-smokers to have taken more than one year to conceive. The study estimated that the fertility of smoking women was 72% that of non-smokers.

Smoking also increases your risk of cervical cancer. People who smoke are less able to get rid of the HPV infection from the body, which can develop into cancer.

Smoking while you are pregnant can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and illness, and it increases the risk of cot death by at least 25%.

The good news is that once you stop smoking, your health improves and your body will begin to recover.

Treatment

If you want to stop smoking, several different treatments are available.

The best treatment for you will depend on your personal preference, your age, whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and any medical conditions you have. Speak to your GP or an NHS stop smoking adviser for advice.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

NRT provides you with a low level of nicotine, without the tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke. It can help reduce unpleasant withdrawal effects, such as bad moods and cravings, which may occur when you stop smoking.

It’s available as: skin patches, chewing gum, inhalators, tablets, oral strips and lozenges,nasal and mouth spray

Treatment with NRT usually lasts 8-12 weeks, before you gradually reduce the dose and eventually stop.

Varenicline (Champix)

Varenicline (brand name Champix) works in two ways, reducing cravings and also blocks the rewarding and reinforcing effects of smoking.

Evidence suggests it’s the most effective medication for helping people stop smoking.

A course of treatment usually lasts around 12 weeks, but it can be continued for longer if necessary.

Bupropion (Zyban)

Bupropion (brand name Zyban) is a medication originally used to treat depression, but it has since been found to help people quit smoking.

A course of treatment usually lasts around seven to nine weeks.

E-cigarettes

An e-cigarette is an electronic device that delivers nicotine in a vapour. This allows you to inhale nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking, as the vapour contains no tar or carbon monoxide.

Medication

Product Description

What Is Champix?

CHAMPIX contains the active substance varenicline, which is used in adults to help them stop smoking.
Varenicline can help to relieve the craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping smoking as well as reducing the enjoyment of cigarettes if you do smoke when on treatment.

Evidence suggests it’s the most effective medication for helping people stop smoking and has the highest success rate.

Click here for more information on various stop smoking services.

How to take CHAMPIX

You are more likely to stop smoking if you are motivated to stop.
Before starting your course of varenicline you should usually decide on a date in the second week of
treatment (between day 8 and day 14) when you will stop smoking. If you are not willing or able to set
a target quit date within 2 weeks, you may choose your own target quit date within 5 weeks after
starting treatment. You should write this date on the pack as a reminder.

CHAMPIX comes as a white tablet (0.5 mg) and a light blue tablet (1 mg). You start with the white
tablet and then usually go to the light blue tablet. See the chart below for the usual dosing instructions
which you should follow from Day 1.

Week 1 Dose

Day 1 – 3 From day 1 to day 3, you should take one white CHAMPIX 0.5 mg film-coated tablet once
a day.

Day 4 – 7 From day 4 to day 7, you should take one white CHAMPIX 0.5 mg film-coated tablet twice
daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.
Week 2

Day 8 – 14 From day 8 to day 14, you should take one light blue CHAMPIX 1 mg film-coated tablet
twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.

Weeks 3 – 12 From day 15 until the end of treatment, you should take one light blue CHAMPIX 1 mg
film-coated tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the
same time each day.

If you are not able or willing to quit smoking straight away, you should reduce smoking during the
first 12 weeks of treatment and quit by the end of that treatment period. You should then continue to
take CHAMPIX 1 mg film-coated tablets twice daily for a further 12 weeks resulting in a total of 24
weeks of treatment.

The tablets should be swallowed whole with water and can be taken with or without food

If you miss your dose of Champix, simply take the missed pill as soon as you remember. If it’s close to your next dose, however, simply miss the dose completely and continue your regime as normal. You should never take two Champix pills together.

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Side Effects

Precautions

This is a medicine; Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have an underlying medical condition, are taking any other medication or complementary therapy, or if symptoms persist.

Seek advice before using if you are breast feeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from allergies.

Further Information

Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.