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Champix is the only stop smoking prescription treatment. It can greatly increase your chances of quitting with a 50% success rate and diminishes nicotine addiction. You can buy Champix online after completing our free consultation that is assessed by our partner doctor. Quit smoking from tomorrow with free next day delivery.

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What is Champix?

This smoking cessation treatment is clinically proven to be the most effective prescription medication at helping you stop smoking for good. It is easy to take and has the highest success rate compared to other smoking cessation treatments. In clinical studies, users were twice as likely to give up than with no help at all, making it the most effective quit smoking treatment above nicotine gum and patches, therapy and e-cigarettes.

Continuous abstinence, % 50 40 30 20 10 0 Weeks 9-12 Weeks 9-24 Weeks 9-52 Varenicline (n = 344) Placebo (n = 341)

Weeks 9-12: last 4 weeks of treatment

Weeks 9-24: 12 weeks of treatment
plus 12 weeks of non-treatment follow-up.

Weeks 9-52:12 weeks of treatment
plus 40 weeks of non-treatment follow-up

In fact, the conclusion from NHS testing showed that around 45% of people had already stopped smoking after just 12 weeks of using Champix compared to 22% of those who used bupropion and 11% who were on a placebo.[1]

As well as the high success rate in comparison to other quitting methods, there are many other advantages that make this particular course of treatment a much better option:

  • Subdues nicotine cravings
  • Reduces feelings of irritability and stress
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Reduces the chance of trouble sleeping/insomnia
  • It can be used with other methods to be even more success
  • It's highly tolerable
  • Gradually eliminate the reliance on nicotine
  • Formulaic and steady progress
  • Can stop you smoking in two weeks
The effect of varenicline

Whilst Champix can help you towards quitting in just 14 days, it is always advised to complete the course of treatment fully. As quitting smoking is important especially for the health benefits it provides, another handy benefit to kicking the habit is the number of free resources that are available to help These include:

  • NHS online resources
  • your local doctors
  • online Champix forums
  • friends and family

The pills come in a 0.5mg and 1mg dosage to be taken as directed in our sections below and each contains the active ingredient varenicline, which replicates the effects of nicotine without containing the highly addictive substance itself.

Compared to bupropion (Zyban)

The main benefit of any smoking cessation treatment is obviously to help you ing for good, and in this retrospect, it does just that; it is proven to be the most successful treatment available with the majority of patients quitting smoking with two courses of the tablets, 50% with one – figures that are completely unheard of when researching quit smoking options. Studies have also shown that Champix works better than its closest competitor Zyban (bupropion).

Whilst most smoking cessation treatments include nicotine, both Champix and Zyban don't, however Champix pills are often preferred over Zyban because the success rate is much higher (Zyban is just 23% from initial studies). Zyban (bupropion) was also formulated as an antidepressant before a smoking cessation treatment and relapse figures over a long period of time tend to be higher.

How does Champix work?

This smoking cessation drug is the only treatment of its kind, working in a couple of unique ways to help you give up smoking for good. Rather than including nicotine without the tobacco, like other methods such as vaping and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), this smoking cessation treatment uses the active ingredient varenicline instead. This works in a few ways:

  • Reduces the level of nicotine reliance your body has grown accustom to
  • Offers the feeling of nicotine without your body absorbing in the harmful substance
  • Helps to eliminate cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping
  • Begins to reduce any pleasant sensations you associate with the habit

Technically speaking, varenicline bonds directly to nicotine receptors in the brain to stop the feelings you get from smoking a cigarette – this means that even if you give in to the temptation, you will not enjoy the habit. These combined effects make giving up smoking much easier.

Effect of Champix on the brain

Although the standard treatment of Champix lasts for at least 12 weeks, you may find out that you actually stop smoking within the first two weeks. However, it is always advised to complete your full course and some people decide to opt for a further 12-week course to further increase their chances of quitting for good from 50% to 70%.

As with other treatments focused on habits and addiction, you must be in the right frame of mind to the start medication. If you are determined to quit, the likelihood of doing so will in turn be increased. This also means that combining Champix with other stop smoking treatments can be beneficial to your cause. For example, you can draw on NHS resources to help you along the way, and even NRT methods such as gums and patches if you're finding it particularly difficult.

How to take Champix

This treatment comes in the form of a hard capsule, which is easy to take. As it comes packaged with the correct dosages labelled for each day of the treatment, this makes it easy to know which tablet to take and when. You can take varenicline with or without food, ideally with a full glass of water. In terms of when and how to take the medication, this requires a small level of planning:

Choosing the quit date

  • The most common method is to take Champix (varenicline) 1 week before your planned quit date to allow the medication to have a building block
  • Secondly, you can start taking Champix (varenicline) straight away and choose your quit date between 8-35 days after

You can ask your GP which method will be the best for you, or after filling in our free consultation, our partner doctors may advise you on the best method.

How to take it

Champix tablets are clearly labelled as the mg dose and when to take them differs. You start with one pill per day of the 0.5mg dosage before increasing the number and mg down the line. The correct dosage for the number of days means the medication will have maximum effect.

Week Dose
Day 1 - 3 From day 1 to day 3, you should take one white CHAMPIX 0.5 mg film-coated tablet once a day.
Day 4 - 7 From day 4 to day 7, you should take one white CHAMPIX 0.5 mg film-coated tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.
Day 8 – 14 From day 8 to day 14, you should take one light blue CHAMPIX 1 mg film-coated tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.
Day 15 - end of treatment From day 15 until the end of treatment, you should take one light blue CHAMPIX 1 mg film-coated tablet twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.

The total length of the treatment is 12 weeks after which you may continue for longer if you wish to further increase your chance of quitting completely.

All prescription medication should be taken for the full course before stopping. All of our medication comes complete with the patient leaflet that should be read fully before starting the treatment. You can see the patient leaflet attached at the bottom of this page.

What if I miss a dose?

  • Take the missed pill as soon as you remember
  • If it's near to your next dose, miss it completely and continue as normal
  • Never take two stop smoking pills at once
  • If you happen to overdose, seek medical help immediately

What dosages are available for Champix?

Medication dosages are clinically monitored and tested before being fully approved in the UK meaning they are as effective as possible whilst posing minimal risk of side effects or to your health. In this case, the dosages are so small as the medication is highly concentrated for optimum effectiveness.[2]

Champix is available in both a 0.5mg and 1mg dose that is issued together, rather than depending on the severity of your condition like most other tablets. One 0.5mg pill is typically taken for the first 3 days before increasing to two per day, then finishing with the higher Champix 1mg dosage near the end of your course. Dosages should be taken at the same time for the medication to be most successful and your pill pack is clearly labelled to help you remember.

As mentioned, if you miss a dosage, you should take the pill as soon as you remember, or miss it out completely if it's too near the time of the next tablet. If you do take too much, immediately contact your doctor, as you may need further medical treatment.

Chemical composition of Champix

What are the side effects of Champix?

When looking to buy this stop smoking treatment you should be aware of the possible adverse reactions. Side effects can occur when taking prescription medication, however this is not always the case, due to the nature of smoking though, there is a chance of experiencing certain side effects on the road to quitting smoking.

Side effects of Champix that are considered common include:

  • Nausea, constipation, sleep problems or unusual dreams
  • Dizziness, dry mouth, abdominal pain

Other side effects, that require medical attention quickly, include shortness of breath, numbness, chest pain, skin rash, fever, swelling, sudden strong headache, slurred speech or seizure. If any of these occur or you experience symptoms associated with an allergic reaction, then you should also stop using varenicline immediately and contact your doctor.

Mood changes and psychological effects

Champix has been linked to feelings of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, however there is very limited knowledge on this front, and the effects only happen with a small minority. If you have any concerns whilst taking Champix, whether this is physical or mental, you can voice your concerns to your GP who can access whether you can continue or advise any alternative.

With the link to mental health, if you suffer from, or have suffered from, mental illness in the past, it is recommended to use with caution. For more information on Champix and mental illness, see our precautions section just below.

What precautions to take when using Champix

When considering a smoking cessation treatment such as Champix, it's important to have the right frame of mind to do so. Similar to weight loss needing to be combined with willpower, if you are not keen on quitting for good, it will not be as effective as it should be.

If you are pregnant, or think you are pregnant, smoking cessation tablets are not advised and will not be offered to you. If you are trying to fall pregnant, it is sensible to quit smoking to avoid the harmful effects for your baby and other options are available to you from the NHS services such as patient support, NRT options and herbal remedies. The same goes with new mothers and breastfeeding as research has shown a possibility of varenicline passing through breast milk.[2]

For alcohol consumption, caution is highly advised and excessive intake is not recommended as the active ingredient, varenicline, can enhance the effects of alcohol. Smoking cessation tablets are not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years as they have not been proven effective on children.

As mentioned under side effects, there have been occasional claims linked to mental illness including depressive thoughts. Because of this, people with a history of psychological illness, in particular depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, should use with caution.

As with all prescription medication, you should always disclose your current medicines and medical history just in case the tablets will affect any ingredients and induce side effects from your other medications. For varenicline, insulin, warfarin and certain asthma medicines can all negatively affect the medication. For the full list of drug interactions please check our patient leaflet below and mention these in your consultation.

How can I buy Champix online?

You can order your course of Champix online. All prescription medication in the UK requires a consultation before obtaining the treatment and Champix is no different. This will take a couple of minutes and our partner doctor will confirm it is safe for you to use before sending to the pharmacy to dispatch for next day delivery.

Can I buy Champix without a prescription?

Champix is a prescription only medication, and the only of its kind for quitting smoking as it doesn't contain nicotine. Bearing this in mind, it must be approved for you to ensure your health isn't jeopardized. This includes buying Champix online or in-person, and involves a consultation that is approved by a doctor. Once approved, you will receive a prescription confirming that Champix is safe for you to use.

Is it safe to buy Champix online?

All online healthcare companies supplying prescription medications such as Champix should have the relevant certificates to ensure they can advise and distribute safely. HealthExpress has all the relevant and mandatory safety certificates including the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), General Medical Council (GMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC).

Our partner doctor individually reviews every consultation to ensure the medication, quantity, and dosage is safe for you to use. Champix is prepared by our UK based pharmacy where it is checked again before being securely dispatched.

Getting Champix delivered in the UK

Champix will be delivered by Royal Mail across the UK or private courier for same day London deliveries. Our next-day delivery is free and will arrive at your chosen address the next day by 1pm. This is on all orders completed and approved by our partner doctor by 4.30pm Monday through to Friday meaning we deliver on Saturdays.

For those living or working within a London postcode, you may be eligible for free same-day delivery. We also offer a nominated day delivery meaning you're in control of when and where your medication is sent, and UPS pick-up points if you'd prefer collecting from a local shop in-person.

How do you pay for Champix?

At HealthExpress, you can pay using any major credit cards including VISA and MasterCard. You can also pay via bank transfer. When selecting this in the checkout, we will send our details.

At this time, we do not offer the options of payment via cash on delivery or American Express.

How do I know if it's authentic Champix?

When buying Champix online, you will need to complete a consultation verified by a medical professional then dispatched by a pharmacy. Champix will also come complete with the patient leaflet, which must be thoroughly read before use. If you are unsure in any way, you can contact our Customer Service for further validation, or check our safety certificate present on the home page on this website.

Is my personal and medical information safe online?

Providing your complete medical history and personal details in an online consultation is a quick and easy option to get medication delivered to you but you want to ensure that this information is secure. All data on HealthExpress is encrypted and will not be shared with third parties.

Do you have any other queries or observations?

If you have any further questions regarding Champix that we haven't answered here, you can always contact our Customer Service Team via email, phone or Live Chat available Monday to Friday 8am-5.30pm.

LAST UPDATED: 29.05.2018
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