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What is Champix Initiation Pack
Containing the active ingredient varenicline, Champix is a prescription medication that is recommended for smoking cessation. It is made from plant extracts and does not contain nicotine. The medicine works by relieving the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that people experience when they give up cigarettes. It also makes smoking less enjoyable.
Why choose Champix Initiation Pack?
Champix is a proven medication in the treatment of nicotine addiction. It decreases both the craving for cigarettes and the pleasure derived from smoking them. Research has found that more patients remain non-smokers after treatment with Champix than with any other stop-smoking method or medication. If you manage to give up cigarettes with the help of these tablets, you stand to live a longer and healthier life, and you should also save yourself money.
What dose should I choose?
Full details on dosages are provided with the treatment. If you would like further information or advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the medical professionals at Click.
How should I take Champix Initiation Pack?
Champix is usually taken for 12 weeks. We recommend that you complete our online consultation, as this will allow our medical team to recommend the most appropriate treatment programme for you. For the best results, you should aim to give up cigarettes one day during the second week of your course of tablets. Set this date at the start of your treatment so that you know what you are aiming for. When you begin taking the medication, have one tablet per day for the first three days and then switch to two tablets for the rest of the programme.
How does Champix Initiation Pack work?
Varenicline works by blocking the pleasure induced by nicotine in your brain receptors. It also helps to decrease your desire to smoke. Figures show that people who take Champix are over three times more likely to stop smoking than people who attempt to quit without help. Bear in mind that for the best possible chance, you need to have a strong motivation to give up the habit.
What are the side effects of Champix Initiation Pack?
The side effects most commonly associated with this smoking cessation medicine include headaches, nausea, difficulty sleeping, tiredness, abnormal dreams, dry mouth, dizziness, increased appetite and altered taste sensation. In rare cases, more serious side effects such as hallucinations and changes in behaviour are possible. If you have any questions about the potential side effects, contact your doctor or consult our specialists, who are available to answer any queries.
Alternatives to Champix
If you're not ready to give up smoking yet, or if you feel like tablets like Champix aren't the right option, other alternatives are available.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is one option that can help you quit smoking. Nicotine patches, for example, deliver controlled doses of nicotine through your skin, and you can gradually reduce the strength of the patches to make it easier to quit smoking. Nicotine gum/lozenges can also be used alone or alongside patches, especially if you're a heavy smoker. Another way to deal with your nicotine cravings is using nicotine inhalators/sprays, which can help reduce your cravings for cigarettes too.
While more research is needed to understand the benefits of electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes), the NHS considers them a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes containing tobacco. To learn more about quitting smoking and explore other options, visit the NHS Quit Smoking site. There, you'll find a list of prescription medicines that can help you quit smoking, as well as other helpful advice.
What is the active ingredient in Champix Tablets Initiation Pack?
The active ingredient in Champix Tablets is varenicline. This ingredient is effective at withdrawing any pleasures and cravings.
Will using Champix Tablets Initiation Pack put me in a bad mood if I quit smoking?
The ingredients in Champix Tablets Initiation 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.
What if I forget to take my dose of Champix Tablets Initiation 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 Initiation 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 Initiation 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.