Champix is a medication that is used to quit smoking. The medication acts on the brain receptors and decreases the pleasure that smokers get from smoking. This will help them to quit smoking.
Champix is manufactured for the usage of adults only. The drug is available in multiple brand names and in different forms.
Champix can help a person to quit smoking even if they were unsuccessful with nicotine replacement therapy. The medication is taken along with counselling and quit-smoking education.
Champix should be taken after consulting a doctor at instance if you are down with any mental illness, heart problems, brain related problems and any other major life threatening medical condition. Before you take Champirx, it is important to talk to your doctor whether the medication is right for you.
Champix tablets are available in two different dosage strengths such as 0.5 mg and 1 mg. Initial dosage would be to take 0.5 mg once in a day for the first three days. Then, it should be increased by taking the dosage strength of 0.5 mg twice per day for continuous 4 days. Rest of the treatment can be continued by taking 0.5 mg or 1 mg twice in the day. The maximum dosage strength for a day is 1 mg taken two times.
For an effective treatment, Champix has to be taken for a period of twelve weeks. After that your doctor would slowly decrease the dosage strength and would help you to halt the treatment.
Missing a dose and Overdosing
Since a pill of Champix should be popped after a meal, it is less likely that you would forget to take it. But sometimes you might forget and it is not a problem to take a missed dose unless it does not clash with the next dose. Skip the missed dose if it conflicts.
Never go about in overdosing Champix tablets, as it results in serious side effects and the person is bound to be hospitalized at any cost.
Remember to talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or lactating. Thus, keep it away from children.
Never stop the medication without consulting your health care professional. Sharing the medication with another person should not be done even though they have similar symptoms. This drug should be taken only after getting medical advice as it could be harmful.
Check for the expiry date and if it is expired, you should not take this medication. You should take up the responsibility and dispose it in a safe manner.
You should not consume alcohol with Champix as it would increase the risk of getting affected by mood disorders.
If you are a person with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney problems or any other medical ailment then you have to discuss with the doctor about taking Champix.
There are no serious side effect risks with Champix. Risk of side effects is high in people with mental health problems and cardiovascular problems. The drug makes the user sleepy. Thus, if you are someone whose career needs full attention, you might have to avoid using this drug. Certain side effects like constipation, indigestion, dry mouth and others would get reduced within a week or two upon consuming the pill.
- The drug should not be taken if a person is allergic to an active ingredient that is present in Champix.
- If you are already in another treatment to quit smoking like taking nicotine patches, gums or inhalers, you are not supposed to use Champix as it would trigger side effects.