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Quit rate doubled with Champix

Champix, taken for twelve weeks, is more effective than nicotine replacement or the alternative prescription medication, bupropion to help stop smoking permanently.

Studies show taking Champix more than doubles the rate of success in stopping smoking compared with dummy (placebo) tablets. About 21 in 100 people who took Champix stopped smoking permanently compared to about 8 in 100 who took the dummy (placebo) tablets.

How Champix works

Champix mimics the action of nicotine in the body and blocks its effects. This means whilst a person takes Champix there is less craving for cigarettes and smoking is less pleasurable.

Champix dose

Champix tablets are taken twice-daily usually for 12 or 24 weeks.

Start with a Champix Starter Pack to build the dose up slowly over the first 2 weeks.

Start 1 to 2 weeks before target stop smoking date, initially one 0.5mg once daily for 3 days, increased to one 0.5mg tab twice daily for 4 days, then one 1mg tab twice daily for 11 weeks (reduce to one 0.5mg twice daily if not tolerated). 12 week course, can be repeated for a further 12 weeks.

Side effects of Champix

Not everyone experiences side effects. The most common side effects are gastro-intestinal disturbances, appetite changes, dry mouth, taste disturbance, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, sleep disorders, abnormal dreams. Some people experience depression and even suicidal thoughts whilst taking Champix, in which case treatment should be stopped and a doctor consulted. For full details about Champix see the patient information leaflet.

Cautions

People with history of psychiatric disorders or active depression should not take Champix.

Some people relapse or experience insomnia and depression for a few days when they stop taking Champix (this can be avoided by tapering the dose down before stopping all together). Some people even feel suicidal after stopping Champix and, although there is conflicting evidence about whether this happens more when Champix is stopped than otherwise, it is best to be forewarned in case there is a need to seek help should this happen.

Support services

As with all medication taken to help stop smoking Champix works best if support is given at the same time. Free NHS stop smoking advisers can offer support and can be contacted via NHS Choices.

Champix Starter Pack

Start the tablets one week before the quit date. People not already taking Champix should order the 2 week starter pack first to build up the dose.

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Dr Fox supplies Champix tablets on prescription – you are required to answer a short medical questionnaire before your order can be completed.


Authored 18 June 2010
by Dr Tony Steele

Reviewed 04 September 2017 by Dr B. Babor, Dr A. Wood, Dr P. Hunt

Last updated 8 November 2018


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Prices of Champix tablets (varenicline) from Dr Fox
Champix dosage Quantity Cost
Champix Starter Pack (varenicline) 2 week pack 11 x 0.5mg plus 14 x 1mg tablets £35.00
Champix 0.5mg tablets (varenicline) 56 tablets (4 week supply) £68.90
Champix 1mg tablets (varenicline) 28 tablets (2 week supply) £35.00
Champix 1mg tablets (varenicline) 56 tablets (4 week supply) £68.90
Champix 1mg tablets (varenicline) 112 tablets (8 week supply) £128.00
Champix 1mg tablets (varenicline) 168 tablets (full 12 week course) £192.00

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Compare prices: Dr Fox prices are 25%-50% lower cost than other online clinics.

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

If you have your own private or NHS paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order value Prescription fee
up to £10 £1.00
up to £20 £2.00
up to £40 £3.00
over £40 £4.00
Prices of Champix tablets from UK online clinics (07 November 2018) - qualifying notes
*Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in table above.
  1. The prices shown are listed by the online clinics named after a customer first enters consultation information and is offered prescriptions. It is possible these clinics may have special offers or lower prices for repeat supplies.
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  3. Dr Fox does NOT claim to provide a superior service to any of the online clinics listed. All the clinics listed, as far as we can tell, comply with all regulation and, as far as we can tell, operate to high ethical standards.
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  6. The prices listed in the table do not identify the cost of prescription medicine as online clinics charge a single fee to cover services which includes advice, consultations, prescriptions and dispensing and supply of treatments.
  7. Where services include free delivery this is using the slowest delivery option available. Dr Fox uses Royal Mail Tracked 24.
Qty/strength Dr Fox* Boots Med Express Superdrug Lloyds Co-op Simple
2 week Starter Pack £35.00 £48.45 £49.99 £49.00 £52.00 £45.99 £39.50
56 x 0.5mg (4 weeks) £68.90 £99.99 n/a n/a £81.00 n/a £73.25
28 x 1mg (2 weeks) £35.00 n/a n/a n/a £70.00 £45.99 n/a
56 x 1mg (4 weeks) £68.90 £89.40 £79.99 £79.00 £139.00 £75.99 £73.25
112 x 1mg (8 weeks) £128.00 £171.30 £169.99 £159.00 £229.00 £145.99 £138.25
168 x 1mg (12 weeks) £192.00 n/a £259.99 n/a n/a n/a n/a
UK delivery £2.90 Free/£2.90 £2.90 included included £2.00 £3.20/free

Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

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Have you read the medical information section?

See medical information section.

Have you been diagnosed with renal (kidney) disease?

Not including occasional urine infection.

Are you pregnant or breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant whilst taking Champix?

Have you been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder or suffer from depression?

Minor brief episodes of depression not included.

Are you aware Champix should be stopped if agitation, depressed mood or changes in behaviour are causing concern?

A small number of people experience agitation, depressed mood or changes in behaviour as a side effect of Champix. If these occur Champix should be stopped.

Are you aware people not already taking Champix, should order a 2 week starter pack first (to build up dose)?

People not already taking Champix should order a 2 week starter pack first (to build up dose).

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Why you should stop smoking

Smoking is bad for you, but why does quitting make life better?

Lifestyle

When a person stops smoking they have more cash, £2,000 extra every year for a person smoking 20 a day. They are more appealing to the opposite sex. Men are less likely to have problems with erections. Women tend to be more fertile. Skin will age more slowly and teeth will be whiter.

Breathe easier

People breathe more easily and cough less when they stop smoking. It is unusual for non-smokers to get short of breath doing simple tasks at any age. Life-long smokers are often breathless. Within 9 months of stopping smoking the lungs work better. Stopping smoking may make the difference between a healthy active old age and one dogged by breathing problems.

Live longer

It's common knowledge that smokers die younger. A man of 30 who gives up smoking will live on average 10 years longer. It does not matter at what age smoking is stopped it will always improve the chances of a longer life.

Health risks of smoking

Smoking causes about 90% of all lung cancers. Smoking can also cause cancer in the mouth, lips, throat, voice box (larynx), oesophagus, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach, and pancreas. Smoking also damages your heart and your blood circulation increasing the risk of coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Lungs can also be damaged causing bronchitis, emphysema, and pneumonia. The risks are increased in people who have chronic diseases such as diabetes. Children are adversely affected by exposure to cigarette smoke.

Be more relaxed

Studies show that smokers are more stressed. They spend much of their time craving cigarettes and the relief they get from smoking is only short lived.

Do it for yourself

Stopping smoking produces a sense of achievement and well-being. People who give up often say food tastes better and that they have more energy.

So, if you want to be richer, healthier, live longer, be more relaxed, and have a better quality of life, you should stop smoking as soon as you can.

If you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health. Do it now!


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