Champix Varenicline is a stop smoking medication developed by Pfizer pharmaceuticals after years of extensive research. The unique medication, Champix boasts the ability to alleviate painful nicotine withdrawal symptoms, a dreaded factor that dissuades many smokers from even thinking of quitting. Furthermore, Champix makes smoking less pleasurable.
What is Champix?
Champix is rated as one of the most effective smoking cessation drugs on the market today. It was approved by the FDA in 2006. In clinical trials, 44 per cent of Champix treatment users were seen to successfully quit at the end of the 12-week regimen. This shows a marked level of success in comparison with 29.5% of those put on Zyban and 18% on a placebo. However, Champix does not guarantee success.
Champix contains the active ingredient Varenicline that works on the nicotine receptors. Champix Varenicline is a unique quit smoking medication as it works in two ways –
3. It reduces the smoker’s craving for nicotine by binding to nicotine receptors in the brain, thus reducing the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
4. Secondly, it reduces the satisfaction of smoking.
Champix is rated better than other quit smoking aids like Nicotine Replacement Therapy that makes use of nicotine patches and gums as it does not contain nicotine and is therefore not addictive. Anybody can benefit from Champix if they have determination to quit. Champix works irrespective of the factors like how many years you have been smoking and how many cigarettes you have been smoking in a day. People who have been smoking over 60 cigarettes a day over several years have been able to quit smoking because of Champix. It has been reported that people who have tried and failed in their attempt to quit smoking with the help of other smoking cessation aids like NRT have been able to quit because of Champix. No wonder, Champix is currently the most prescribed smoking cessation aid today.
Dosages of Champix
• Always take Champix, subject to the doctor’s recommendation.
• Before beginning the Champix treatment your doctor will ask you to set a quit date. You will need to begin your Champix dosage a week before your quit date so that your body gets used to Champix.
• Champix dose comes in 0.5mg (white) and 1.0mg (blue) tablets forms.
• For the first 3 days, your doctor may recommend you the lower (0.5mg) dose once a day.
• For days 4-7 day you will need to take 0.5mg, Champix twice daily.
• After a 7 day period, the dosage of Champix is increased to 1mg twice daily for 12 weeks. This is the recommended dosage of Champix, as approved by the European Commission.
• It is important not to skip a dose. Equally, it is imperative that you do not double your doses.
• In the case you experience any side effects, inform your doctor, who may be able to recommend a new dose. But please do not alter the dosage without first consulting a doctor.
• Your doctor may also recommend a lower dosage of Champix if you are suffering from kidney disorders.
• Champix treatment will ordinarily last for around 12 weeks. Your doctor may recommend further 12 weeks of treatment if desired.
• To minimize nausea, take Champix with a full glass of water after a meal.
Side effects of Champix
As with all prescription medicines, Champix also comes with a number of side effects. However, the majority of side effects are mild to moderate, and may not affect every one who uses the treatments. Common side effects of Champix include nausea, headache, difficulty sleeping (insomnia), and abnormal dreams. Some of the less common side effects of Champix are sleepiness or fatigue, dizziness, change in taste and dry mouth, disturbances of the gut such as diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, indigestion, abdominal discomfort or bloating, flatulence or increased appetite.
Some patients have also reported changes in behavior, agitation, and depression. It is vital that you consult your doctor if you notice any such side effects. Also let your doctor know if any of the Champix treatment becomes bothersome.
In any case Champix treatment is not recommended for use by pregnant women or those under 18 years of age. Epilepsy patients or those who have a history of mental illness, such as depression should also not use Champix treatment. Inform doctor about your medical conditions in detail before using Champix treatment.