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I am taking champix

I’m taking
Champix

What is Champix and how does it work?

Three ways to quit smoking with Champix

12 Week Fixed Quit

You can plan a date in the future when you want to stop smoking, then start taking Champix 7 to 14 days before this date. Take Champix for 12 weeks.

12 Week Flexible Quit

You can start Champix right away, and then stop smoking as soon as you’re ready between days 8 and 35. Take Champix for 12 weeks.

24 Week Gradual Quit

You can start Champix, then gradually reduce your smoking with the goal of quitting by week 12. Stop smoking on the last day of the 12 week treatment period. This is your quit date. You will need to continue taking Champix for another 12 weeks (which will be self-funded) for a full 24 weeks of treatment.

Your doctor will recommend the approach that is appropriate for you.

Remember that some withdrawal symptoms can last up to 10 weeks or more. Speak to your doctor for advice on how to improve your chances of staying smokefree.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are you are taking Champix.

Giving up smoking with or without treatment can cause various symptoms. These could include changes of mood, sleeplessness, difficulty concentrating, decreased heart rate, increased appetite or weight gain. This medicine helps many people give up smoking, but it may have unwanted side effects in some people. All medicines can have side effects. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.

Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects.

You may not experience any of them.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Stop taking Champix if...

Stop taking Champix and tell your doctor immediately if you or your family/friends notice agitation, hostility, depression or changes in behaviour, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia or confusion.

Some people have had changes in behaviour, thinking or mood that are not typical for them when they start taking Champix. These may include suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia or confusion.

These symptoms have occurred in people with previous mental health problems, as well as those with no previous history.

Tell your doctor if...

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have nausea (feel sick) while taking Champix and it worries you.

Around 3 in 10 people experience nausea, usually starting in the first week. Most people who have nausea are able to keep taking the medicine. Some people find it helpful to take Champix with food.