CHAMPIX is a a non-nicotine medicine which is used to help you stop smoking.
CHAMPIX can help to relieve the craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping smoking.
Although you are not recommended to smoke after your quit date, CHAMPIX can also reduce the enjoyment of cigarettes if you do smoke when on treatment. (The quit date is the day in the second week of treatment when you will stop smoking
Do not take CHAMPIX
If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to varenicline tartrate or any of the other ingredients of CHAMPIX
Take special care with CHAMPIX
There have been reports of depression, suicidal ideation and behaviour and suicide attempts in patients taking CHAMPIX. If you are taking CHAMPIX and develop agitation, depressed mood, changes in behaviour that are of concern to you, your family or doctor or if you develop suicidal thoughts or behaviours you should stop your treatment and contact your doctor immediately.
The effects of stopping smoking
The effects of changes in your body resulting from stopping smoking, with or without treatment with CHAMPIX, may alter the way other drugs work. Therefore, in some cases an adjustment of the dose may be necessary. Examples include theophylline (a medicine to treat breathing problems), warfarin (a medicine to reduce blood clotting), and insulin (a medicine to treat diabetes). If in doubt, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist.
For some people, stopping smoking with or without treatment has been associated with an increased risk of experiencing changes in thinking or behaviour, feelings of depression and anxiety and can be associated with a worsening of psychiatric illness. If you have a history of psychiatric illness you should discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist.