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What is Champix Maintenance Pack
Champix is a nicotine-free stop smoking treatment made from plant extracts. The active ingredient within it is varenicline and this works by making smoking less pleasurable. It also helps to relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Why choose Champix Continuation Pack?
Champix can significantly increase your chances of giving up smoking. Research suggests that people who take this treatment are over three times more likely to be successful than individuals who attempt to quit without assistance. This medication can also make the process of giving up cigarettes less stressful. If you succeed in quitting the habit, you can experience a wide range of health benefits.
What dose should I choose?
If you complete an online consultation on our website, our medical professionals will be able to recommend the most suitable dosage for you. Detailed instructions are also provided with the treatment, and you can ask your doctor for further guidance.
How should I take Champix Continuation Pack?
Treatment courses for Champix generally last for three months (12 weeks), and after finishing an initiation pack, you can move to a continuation pack. Carrying on with treatment in this way can reduce the risk that you will start smoking again. Bear in mind that while taking these tablets, you may still feel an urge to smoke. This means you will need to make an effort to stay away from cigarettes. However, if you do find that your will power fails and you have a ‘slip’, smoking should feel less pleasurable.
How does Champix Continuation Pack work?
Champix prevents nicotine from binding to the receptors in your brain that provide a pleasurable response when you smoke. This makes nicotine less rewarding. The medicine also stimulates these brain receptors in a similar way to nicotine, helping to reduce your cravings and limiting the irritability and bad moods you may get when you quit smoking.
What are the side effects of Champix Continuation Pack?
As with most medicines, there are a number of potential side effects to be aware of if you start taking this treatment. The most common include nausea, headaches, changes in dreams, problems sleeping, tiredness, an increased appetite, altered taste sensation and dizziness. In rare cases, more serious side effects may be experienced, including changes in behaviour and hallucinations. To find out more about these issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts. We are on hand to give you any extra information and advice that you may require.
How long should I use Champix Tablets Maintenance Pack for?
After having successfully completed the Champix Initiation Pack you move onto the maintenance pack. You are usually required to take these maintenance tablets for about 12 week (3 months) in order to fully withdraw from any cravings.
Is it compulsory to complete a maintenance pack after completing an initiation pack?
In order to reduce the risk of one beginning to smoke again, it is recommended to complete the maintenance pack course. Taking the maintenance pack will ensure the urge to smoke does not feel pleasurable, therefore reducing the chances of one feeling the pleasure to smoke.
Will using Champix Tablets Maintenance Pack put me in a bad mood if I quit smoking?
The ingredients in Champix Tablets Maintenance Pack are formulated in a way to prevent the receptors in the brain from getting into a bad mood while quitting smoking. This is because the receptors are stimulated to no longer find the act of smoking pleasurable, reducing the cravings and preventing bad moods.
How long does it take to notice a difference?
After 9 days of taking Champix Tablets you will notice you crave fewer cigarettes each day.
What if I forget to take my dose of Champix Tablets Maintenance Pack?
If you forget to take your dose of Champix Tablets you should take them as soon as you remember unless there is less than 3 hours till it is time for your next dose. You should never take two doses at once, even if you are making up for the forgotten dose.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Champix Tablets Maintenance Pack?
Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol while taking Champix Tablets. However it is advised to decrease your intake of alcohol as studies suggest taking Champix increases the side effects of consuming alcohol.
Will taking Champix Tablets Maintenance Pack affect my fertility?
There is no evidence to suggest that taking Champix Tablets affects one's fertility in any way.
While using Champix Tablets you may experience a few side effects, however these are often mild and disappear within a few days. Common side effects and how to cope with them include:
- Sore nose or throat: it is advised to take an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen.
- Nausea: take Champix Tablets after a healthy meal and avoid consuming rich spicy meals.
- Headaches: avoid drinking alcohol, ensure you are drinking plenty of water to remain hydrated.