What is Champix (Varenicline) used for?
Champix (Varenicline) is used to help smokers quit smoking. This drug is used together with counseling and behavior modification. It works by blocking the effects of nicotine on the brain, which may help to make it easier for smokers to quit.
How should I use Champix (Varenicline)?
When using Champix (Varenicline) tablets to help you quit smoking, the standard dose is 1 to 2 tablets swallowed whole, with a glass of water after meals. If you have been told to take it twice per day, one dose should be taken in the morning and one dose in the evening. Your physician will most likely prescribe a low dose to begin with, and gradually increase it over the first week. You should arrange a date to quit smoking, and begin taking this drug 1 week prior to that date. Or you may start taking this drug and cease smoking 8 to 35 days after taking this drug. This drug is normally taken for 12 weeks. Patients who have successfully quit smoking may be advised to continue taking this drug for another 12 weeks. Consult your physician if you are still smoking after 12 weeks of treatment.
What are the side effects of Champix (Varenicline)?
When taking Champix (Varenicline) to help quit smoking, some patients have noticed side effects, such as:
When taking this drug, you should be aware of the risk of other more serious side effects occurring. Consult your physician immediately if you notice swollen limbs, hoarseness, blisters in the mouth or breathlessness.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Champix (Varenicline). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.