Champix is a medication for patients who have a strong intention to quit smoking. It helps to reduce the smoker's desire for nicotine and helps to cope with the discomfort experienced by people who have just begun to quit smoking.
The drug is available in a tablet form. Champix is not available without a doctor's prescription.
It should be understood that just taking this drug will not save you from smoking. It is important to have a persistent and conscious desire that you want to get rid of this bad habit.
During taking Champix, patients usually begin to feel less desire to smoke and the number of cigarettes per day gradually decreases.
The drug is not allowed to people under 18 years old. Before using it, you should consult with your doctor and tell the doctor about your illnesses, if there are any, as well as about all the drugs that you are taking during this period or have recently taken.
Let your doctor know if you are allergic to any substance or medicine, or if you suffer from heart diseases, kidney disorders, or if you have any mental disorder.
The drug is used regardless of meals with some amount of water, according to the instructions or the doctor's recommendations. If nausea occurs, it is recommended to take the drug after a meal. If after taking the drug you begin to feel unpleasant symptoms that disturb you, then you should immediately consult your doctor.
You should start using Champix tablets 7 days before the date you choose to quit smoking. During this week, the patient's body will be able to adapt to the drug and it will continue to work in order to reduce the number of cigarettes smoked per day and at the end of the course reduce this number to zero.
Champix is available in the form of tablets at a dosage of 1 mg or 0.5 mg. The exact dose you need is determined by your doctor. Typically, Champix treatment lasts 12 weeks. The patient receives his or her own drug dosing plan and follows it till the end of the course. On the first treatment days the medication usually should be taken at a dosage of 0.5 mg. Then the dosage and the number of tablets per day are increased, according to the application plan.
If necessary, your doctor may prescribe you an additional treatment course in some time after the first course of using Champix.
The side effects that may occur after Champix's use are usually mild and not continuous. They pass by themselves. They may include: nausea, headache, dizziness, insomnia, sore throat and nose. If they persist and bother you, then contact your doctor.
More serious reactions are unlikely. However, if your health state has deteriorated significantly, or you notice any signs of allergy, then you should seek medical help immediately.
The leaflet-instructions for the use of the drug contain a full list of possible side reactions.
Pregnancy and Lactation
Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Not enough data has been identified about whether Champix can harm a child. Therefore, its use within pregnant women or nursing mothers is not recommended.
Women should remember that smoking cigarettes during pregnancy can be dangerous for the future baby.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your doctor may prescribe another medication that is more appropriate for you.
This drug usually does not have a bad interaction with other drugs. But you should inform your doctor about any medications you are taking or have recently taken.