Treatment with Champix has empowered more people to give up smoking than nicotine patches, gum, and therapy combined. By taking this medication daily you can break your nicotine addiction for good in as little as 12 weeks. Champix is a dual action treatment; it works to eliminate withdrawal symptoms, and lessens the pleasure derived from inhaling nicotine so that any existing desire to smoke a cigarette after quitting will be quashed.
Unlike nicotine replacement therapy, Champix is a nicotine-free smoking aid. Champix tablets partly stimulate the receptors in your brain that respond to nicotine. By mimicking its effects, the medicine reduces nicotine cravings and withdrawal effects when you stop smoking. This prevents any pleasurable response from smoking. If you give into temptation and smoke, you won’t be able to enjoy it.
Champix is widely considered to be a safer, more effective and convenient solution than other prescription medicine, which may require to have your blood pressure monitored by a doctor during the entire length of treatment.
Studies show that 44% of people taking Champix managed to quit smoking once and for all, compared to 18% of people taking nicotine replacement therapy (patches and gum) and 21% of people who took Zyban, the only other quit-smoking prescription medication in the market.
Champix is intended for people over the age of 18. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be suitable for this condition.
As a first time user you are recommended to use the two-week Starter pack and then immediately follow on with the ten-week Continuation pack. The Starter pack contains two dosages, a small white 0.5mg tablet and a larger blue 1mg tablet.
Although the usual Champix course of treatment is 12 weeks additional Continuation packs can be prescribed if you relapse or still strongly desire cigarettes after finishing your treatment. The two-week, four-week and ten-week Continuation packs contain only the 1mg dosage.
You should start using Champix before you decide to give up smoking. Set a quitting date anywhere between days 8-14 during treatment. This gives your body chance to adjust while receiving your intake of nicotine. As the Champix dosage begins to take effect you should feel less pleasure from inhaling cigarette smoke.
For the first three days, take the 0.5mg tablet once daily. For days’ four to seven, take one dosage 0.5mg tablet twice a day. From day eight until the end of week 12, take the 1mg tablet twice a day, preferably at the same time each day.
Take each dose with a full glass of water, ideally, after breakfast, and after your evening meal. Tell your doctor if you develop any side-effects, a reduction in dose may be an option.
People who take Champix usually develop only minor or no side-effects. The most commonly reported side-effects are nausea, insomnia, headaches and flatulence. Nausea is thought to be less of a problem if you take the tablets just after a meal with a full glass of water. As Champix is a 12-week treatment, any side effects will usually disappear within a few days as your body adapts to the medication.
You can purchase the Champix Starter and 12-week Continuation pack together on your first attempt at quitting. From then on you should buy only the Continuation packs, which contain only the stronger dosage. After selecting a treatment you will be asked to fill out an online medical consultation, and then enter your billing and delivery address, and finally your payment details. Once you have completed this confidential online order process you will be notified by email, or SMS if you like, of your order confirmation.
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