What is Champix?
Champix is a prescription only medicine that will greatly increase your chances of quitting smoking.
How does Champix work?
This medication works by relieving withdrawal and craving symptoms when attempting to quit smoking. Furthermore, because varenicline bonds directly to nicotine receptors, it also stops the feeling you get from smoking a cigarette causing you to no longer enjoy the sensation. Altogether, these effects make giving up smoking far easier for you, and explain why Champix has helped up to a quarter of all people in studies (more than any other method) to give up smoking.
The below diagram shows how Champix works to alleviate the worst of the quit smoking side effects, and will also condition your brain to not enjoy the taste or process of smoking.
Champix is helpful as a quit smoking aid because it works in two ways to help you quit smoking. Firstly, it acts like nicotine in the brain to help ease withdrawal symptoms. Secondly, it stops the effects of nicotine on the brain if you do smoke, reducing the pleasure that can be derived.
This medication does not contain nicotine.
What are the benefits of Champix?
The health risks associated with smoking are numerous and by quitting, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing serious conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. This prescription treatment provides the assistance; you need to make quitting easier. You are:
- Four times more likely to quit if you use this prescription treatment than you are if you quit cold turkey
- And it is twice as effective as its only competitor, the prescription treatment Zyban
- More effective then nicotine replacement therapy
Why is Champix more effective than nicotine replacement therapy?
When you use nicotine replacement therapy to quit, you are still supplying your body with nicotine. Although you may not be ingesting harmful smoke anymore, you are still supplying your body with a nicotine fix. This means that you may still have to deal with withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the nicotine replacement treatments.
How do Champix tablets work?
The below diagram shows how Champix works to alleviate the worst of the side effects, and will also condition your brain to not enjoy the taste or process of smoking.
Champix is helpful as a quit smoking aid because it works in two ways:
- Firstly, it acts like nicotine in the brain to help ease withdrawal symptoms
- Secondly, it stops the effects of nicotine on the brain if you do smoke, reducing the pleasure that can be derived
Champix has an active ingredient called varenicline. Varenicline is a nicotine receptor and partial agonist. When you take Champix, the varenicline goes to work on the very same receptors in the brain that nicotine effects when you smoke. In the process, it erases the pleasurable, satisfying feelings you get when you smoke.
When the ingredients in Champix act on the nicotine receptors, they stimulate them to create an effect that relieves the withdrawal and cravings people experience when they quit smoking. In fact, the Champix treatment is started seven days before you actually quit. So when you do finally stop, the immediate symptoms are much less likely to become overpowering.
Ways to increase chances of success when using Champix
Smoking is an addiction, and like other addictions, giving up isn't easy. The only other thing that can help in kick the habit is your attitude and your support network:
- Mentally prepare yourself before you give up
- Consider all the health risks associated with smoking
- Consider the health benefits that you are going to be able to enjoy when you've quit
- Once you've set a date to quit and started your treatment, continue to remind yourself why you want to quit, and what harm can come from it if you don't
- Create a support network, or at the very least let the people that you come into contact with everyday know that you are quitting. That way they can offer their support by not offering you cigarettes, including you in smoking breaks or smoking around you
Who can buy Champix online?
Champix can provide much-needed help to both men and women who are 18 or older and looking for an effective way to quit smoking for good.
Who shouldn't buy Champix online?
It is not recommended for you to use Champix if you have a history of psychological issues, such as depression, have impaired kidney function, epilepsy or if you are pregnant.
- If you are pregnant
- If you have impaired functions
- Suffer from epilepsy
- Suffer from psychological issues such as depression
You should mention any existing and past medical conditions or medications you may be using in your consultation, as a doctor may be able to offer you an alternative smoking cessation treatment.
How do I take Champix tablets?
Ideally you want to be taking Champix one week before you decide to quit smoking. This is so that the treatment has a chance to reach an adequate concentration within your system to work effectively.
If you want to quit smoking successfully using Champix, you will need to complete a 12-week treatment plan.
You should start off the treatment by taking a single 0.5mg pill for the first three days. After this period, the dosage should be increased to two 0.5mg tablets for four days. The 1mg pills can then be taken twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, for the next 11 weeks.
People who still find it difficult to quit after 12 weeks of treatment have found that starting another course helped them quit completely. While taking the treatment you should also seek help and support as much as possible, because this will improve your chances of success.
Your doctor, practice nurse or local pharmacist can all provide this support.
What are the side effects?
People who take this treatment experience very few side effects, however some may suffer from effects such as:
This prescription treatment can cause, in very rare cases, behavioural changes like depression. Therefore it is important to inform a partner or a family member when you start taking the treatment so they can monitor your behaviour.
How can I buy Champix online?
If you are motivated to quit and you would like to start this treatment as soon as possible, one option is to buy Champix online. All you will have to do is complete an online consultation, as this medication is only available on prescription. Your consultation will be considered by one of our EU registered doctors and if you are eligible to use the medication you have chosen, a prescription will be sent to our EU pharmacy to be processed and shipped.