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Champix is a withdrawal medication which can help you to stop smoking. Its active ingredient is varenicline which reduces the brain’s sensitivity to nicotine. This reduces the craving for nicotine as well as possible withdrawal symptoms. Champix is prescribed by doctors as a 12-week course.
Medically reviewed by A.H. Kevenaar on December 17, 2018
Champix is a medication prescribed to smokers who want to stop.
Its active ingredient is called varenicline, and this medication is taken in tablet form. Champix reduces nicotine cravings and helps to reduce any possible withdrawal symptoms.
This medication is usually prescribed as a 12-week course.
Varenicline, the active ingredient in Champix, ensures that nicotine has less effect on the brain. As a result, nicotine cravings are potentially reduced.
Moreover, varenicline more or less simulates the effect of nicotine, which can mean people have fewer withdrawal symptoms once they have stopped smoking.
Approximately 4 in every 10 smokers who try to stop using this method are successful.
Champix tablets should be swallowed whole with half a glass of water. Any intake of champix must be gradually built up, so follow the leaflet or the instructions from your doctor or pharmacy.
The medication works best if you start taking it 1-5 weeks before you attempt to stop.
Champix should usually be continued for 12 consecutive weeks, even after you have stopped smoking.
You need a doctor's prescription to order Champix. It’s possible to buy Champix online, but not without a doctor's prescription.