Champix starter pack contains Varenicline. It is a medication used to help people stop smoking. The medicine does not contain nicotine but is beneficial for reducing withdrawal symptoms to help people to get rid of tobacco use. It works best when used with a supporting program that allows you to teach habits so that you can live without nicotine. Its regular intake helps to relieve the craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping smoking. People who work towards quitting smoking are often affected by nicotine withdrawal.
A serial smoker while quitting can experience nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as sleep problems, difficulty concentrating decreased heart rate, increased appetite, feeling angry, cravings for tobacco, depressed mood, feeling anxious, restlessness, frustrations, weight gain, or increased thirst. Not everybody who is giving up smoking is affected by symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Varenicline is for reducing the urge to help you put down your cigarettes. It is most popularly prescribed quit-smoking aid. The prescription medication has been used to more than twelve million people.
How does Varenicline work?
Varenicline reduces the desire to smoke by releasing the pleasure chemical (dopamine) in a smoker’s brain to decrease the signs of withdrawal. The medicine has the potential to reduce the pleasure that a smoker’s feel while smoking cigarette.
Quitting smoking your way
Stopping is entirely a personal thought when it comes to how and when you might be willing to put down the cigarettes. There are three ways that you can use Champix to help you stop smoking. Work with your healthcare specialist to find the suitable way for you. The consultation of a physician is essential to start the Champix treatment.
Here are three approaches to quit smoking fast:
- 1st approach to stop- Decide a quit date when you will quit smoking. Initiate the treatment with Champix seven days before your decided quit date.
- 2nd approach to discontinue – Start Champix treatment before choosing a quit date. Once you start taking it, pick a time to stop smoking that is between days 8 and 35 of the procedure. Take the anti-smoking cessation drug for 12 weeks.
- 3rd approach to quit – If you don’t want to stop smoking and not sure about fixing the date, start taking Champix and reduce smoking cigarettes during the first 12 weeks of treatment. The treatment is as follows:
- From week 1 to 4- Reduce to half your daily number of smoking cigarettes. For example, if you smoke 20 cigarettes daily, try reducing smoking to 10 cigarettes daily from 1st to 4th week.
- From 5 to 8th week- Gradually reduce the number of smoking cigarettes to reach one-quarter of your daily smoking. For example, if you smoke 20 cigarettes daily, reduce the number of smoking to 5 cigarettes daily during week 5 to 8.
- From 9 to 12 weeks- Continue reducing smoking your number of cigarettes until you quit smoking, or you reach smoking zero cigarettes daily.
One should aim to quit by the end of the 12th week of initiating the treatment or before whenever you feel quitting. Keep on taking the anti-smoking drug for a total of twelve weeks of treatment.
Initiating the Champix treatment before your decided quit date gives the medicine some time to build up in the smoker’s body. The smoker can continue smoking during this period. It is necessary to take the Champix tablets as directed by the healthcare professional.
Dosage information for Chantix
The usual dose for Varenicline is one pill per day for three days, then the dose may increase to one pill twice daily for days before your quit date. From quit date, start taking the stronger dose of Champix that is 1 mg twice daily for as long as your healthcare professional recommends for 12 weeks. Once you quit smoking, continue taking the pills for more than 12 weeks to stay away from cigarette smoking or tobacco use.
Varenicline may cause nausea therefore in order to avoid nausea while taking Chantix, prefer taking it with breakfast or food in the morning. Drink two glasses of water with the pill. Take the second dose with dinner in the evening.
Important information about Champix
- Some smokers have mental health issues such as agitation, suicidal thoughts, depressed mood, changes in behaviour or thinking, or aggression during the treatment.
- One may have seizures while taking the anti-smoking drug. Inform your healthcare provider about the history of seizures.
- Heart blood vessel issues may develop during the treatment. Get an immediate medical attention if you have symptoms of heart problems.
The most common side effects associated with the use of Champix are constipation, vomiting, acidity, sleep problems, nausea, and strange dreams.