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Champix 1mg Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Champix 1mg Tablet is a prescription medicine used to quit smoking by reducing the craving for a cigarette and the irritable feeling that occurs when you stop smoking. It works by blocking nicotine effect on the brain and this suppresses enjoyment while smoking or the urge to smoke.

Champix 1mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, preferably at the same time each day. Take it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment. You should never stop this medicine suddenly without talking to your doctor. It is important that this medication is not stopped suddenly without talking to your doctor.

Some common side effects of using this medication are nausea, headache, insomnia (difficulty sleeping), abnormal dreams and nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages). Initially, it may also cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.

Before taking Champix 1mg Tablet, inform your doctor if you have a history of heart diseases, fits (seizures), or other mental disorders. Remember it will take time, support, willpower and determination to quit the habit of smoking. It should be used as a smoking cessation aid along with programs including education, counseling, and support. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of developing further health related problems such as heart or lung diseases as well as certain types of cancer.

Uses of Champix Tablet

Side effects of Champix Tablet

Common
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Nasopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nasal passages)

How to use Champix Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Champix 1mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Champix Tablet works

Champix 1mg Tablet is a smoking cessation aid. It works by mimicking the effect of nicotine by binding to the nicotine receptors in the brain. This reduces the urge to smoke, relieves withdrawal symptoms, and helps you quit smoking.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Champix 1mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Champix 1mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CAUTION
Champix 1mg Tablet should be used with caution during breastfeeding. Breastfeeding should be held until the treatment of the mother is completed and the drug is eliminated from her body.
Driving
UNSAFE
Champix 1mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Champix 1mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Champix 1mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Champix 1mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with liver disease. No dose adjustment of Champix 1mg Tablet is recommended.

What if you forget to take Champix Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Champix 1mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • Champix 1mg Tablet helps you to quit smoking by reducing the craving for a cigarette and the irritable feeling that occurs when you stop smoking.
  • In addition, counselling should be done to increase the chances of a successful quit attempt.
  • Quitting smoking can lower your chances of having lung disease, heart disease or getting certain types of cancer that are related to smoking.
  • Champix 1mg Tablet can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Stop taking Champix 1mg Tablet and inform your doctor if you notice sudden mood and behavior changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart diseases, fits (seizures), or other mental disorders.

Patient Concerns

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Can I use Champix to get rid of pan masala?
Dr. Ambrish Dharmadhikari
Psychiatry
Yes, can be used. Take advice from psychiatrist for dosage of champix
I want to quit smoking and used Nicogum for three months and little effect. Now my friend told me about a tablet called CHAMPIX. What is the expert opinion about this. please give me an advice
Dr. Sajeela Maini
Smoking
as for champix, please consult your doctor. it is a prescription drug.i personally feel that a combination therapy works the best. we have effective NRT's available. Please do call and fix an appointment. we will make you quit smoking
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FAQs

Q. Is Champix an anti-depressant?

No, Champix is not an anti-depressant medicine. It belongs to a class of medicines known as smoking cessation aids. It does not contain any nicotine. It blocks the action of nicotine in your brain and helps to reduce cravings. It also helps with the withdrawal symptoms associated with giving up smoking. Quitting smoking feels like a loss as people associate smoking with pleasure but Champix is not an antidepressant.

Q. What's the best time of day to take Champix?

You can take Champix at any time of the day. However, it is advised to take the medicine at the same time each day so that you remember taking it. Initially, it is prescribed once daily and then twice, morning and evening. Take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Check with your doctor if you are not sure or if you have any queries.

Q. Does Champix affect sleep?

Yes, Champix may cause sleepiness. It may also cause dizziness, trouble in concentrating, and transient loss of consciousness. You should avoid driving, operating complex machinery, or engaging in any potentially hazardous activity until and unless you know how this medicine affects you.

Q. Can you just stop Champix?

If you really want to quit smoking you should continue taking Champix as advised by your doctor. However, if you experience serious side effects or if you are not sure consult your doctor. Sudden discontinuation of Champix in some cases have resulted in irritability and sleep disturbances. In such cases, gradual tapering of Champix is recommended.

Q. Can I take Champix and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), together?

Yes, you can take both together for better results, as they do not interfere with working of each other. However, taking these medicines together is not recommended since there are increased chances of side effects, which might force you to stop all treatment together. The side effects include nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, upset stomach, and tiredness.

Q. How should I take Champix?

Take it as prescribed by your doctor. Take it after a meal with a full glass of water. Swallow the medicine without breaking or crushing. There are 3 ways which can help you quit with Champix. Firstly, choosing a quit date when you will stop smoking and start taking Champix 1 week prior to that date. Secondly, take Champix for 12 weeks. Pick a date to quit smoking between days 8 and 35 of treatment and take it for 12 weeks. Lastly, if you are sure that you are not able or willing to quit smoking right away, start taking Champix and reduce smoking during the first 12 weeks of treatment. Aim to quit smoking by the end of 12 week. An additional 12 weeks of treatment is recommended for successful quitters to increase the likelihood of complete cessation of smoking.

Q. Can I continue smoking while on Champix?

If you really want to quit smoking, it is best to first decide on a quit date and stick to it. Initially the process to quit smoking may seem very difficult. However, for the first 1-2 weeks you can continue smoking. Continuing to smoke after your ‘quit date’ is not dangerous but will mean that you are less likely to quit successfully. Champix may help you in the process as it reduces the effect of cigarettes if you do smoke when on treatment.

Q. Can I take again if I took it before and did not quit?

Speak to your doctor about whether another course of Champix will be right for you. Another course can only be started if you are motivated to quit smoking and were not able to do so during prior Champix treatment for reasons other than side effects or you returned to smoking after quitting.
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