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Champix Maintenance Pack Pfizer - 1 mg  

Champix Maintenance Pack Pfizer - 1 mg



Champix is a prescription medication that is used to aid adults 18 and older who want to quit smoking to finally kick their nicotine addiction. Used in conjunction with counseling and changes in behavior Champix increases the chance of quitting by reducing the desire to smoke.
Champix is manufactured by Pfizer, Germany. It is available in starter or maintenance packs. The brand name in the US is Chantix.


Champix contains the active ingredient varenicline a medication that helps adults who have an addiction to nicotine to quit smoking without suffering nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Varenicline works by blocking the pleasure sensory part of the brain reducing cigarette cravings.
Your doctor will help you to decide the best method for you to use Champix to quit smoking. Picking a date to quit will increase your chance of being successful.

Warnings and Precautions

When using Champix it is important that you follow all of your doctor's instruction. Do not exceed the dosage prescribed and take the medication for the entire time prescribed by your doctor. You may experience symptom relief before the prescription is complete, continue taking the medication anyway.

Read the enclosed patient medication leaflet for safety information.
Do not use Champix if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. You should not use other smoking cessation medications with Champix.

Champix should not be used without your doctor's approval if you have heart disease, kidney disease, depression, mental illness, or a circulatory disorder. You should also tell your doctor if you take medications for diabetes, asthma, or blood thinners.

Until you know how Champix affects you, you should be cautious when driving, operating machinery, or participating in any activity that requires being alert. Stop using Champix and tell your doctor immediately if you experience hyperactivity, confusion, panic attacks, anxiety, hallucinations, changes in mood or behavior, aggression, restlessness, depression, or thoughts of suicide.

Classified as an FDA category C pregnancy drug, it is not known if varenicline will cause harm or birth defects in unborn babies. Before using Champix you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. Tell your doctor if you are a breast feeding mother as it is not known if varenicline can pass through breast milk to a nursing baby.

If you forget or miss a dose of Champix take it as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for the next dose. In that case skip the missed dose and take the next one as scheduled. Never take a second dose to make up for a missed one.
Get immediate medical attention if you accidentally take an overdose of Champix.

Drug Interactions

As with most medications, there is a chance of experiencing a drug interaction when taking varenicline. Discuss with your doctor what medications you are taking to avoid a drug interaction; this includes prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Never start a new medication without approval from your doctor.

Do not take Champix with any other medication that contains varenicline or any other medications intended for smoking cessation.
The following medications may have a drug interaction with varenicline:

  • Tagamet HB
  • Tagamet
  • Lanotrigine
  • Lamictal
  • Lamictal CD
  • Lamictal ODT
  • Lamictal XR
  • Equaline Acid Reducer
  • Cimetidine

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide a complete list of drugs and medications that should be avoided while using Champix.

How to use

Take Champix as prescribed by your doctor. You should not stop taking it or change the dosage without your doctor's approval. Take for the entire time prescribed by your doctor even if your symptoms have subsided or have disappeared.

Champix should always be taken with a full glass of water with food.
Once you begin taking your prescription of Champix, you will start by taking a low dose.  You will slowly increase the dose for the first seven days. It is generally recommended that treatment with Champix be taken for 3 months (12 weeks).

Your dosage will be based on factors that are unique to you but the usually dosage schedule is as follows: one 0.5 mg white tablet in the morning for the first three days; then one 0.5 mg white tablet in the morning and evening for the next four days. Beginning on the eighth day one 1 mg blue tablet is taken in the morning and in the evening until the end of treatment, usually 12 weeks after beginning treatment.

Possible Side Effects

Some users may experience side effects when Champix is used. It is important that you are aware of possible side effects and what to do if you experience any of them. Not all users will experience a side effect.

Possible common side effects include:

  • Abnormal weakness
  • Bloated or full feeling
  • Change in or loss of taste
  • Difficult bowel movements
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive gas or passing gas
  • General ill feeling
  • Headache
  • Loss of strength
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Unusual dreams
  • Unusual fatigue

Possible side effects that are more serious and may require medical attention include:

  • Body aches
  • Burping
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Ear blockage
  • Fever
  • Heartburn
  • Hoarseness
  • Increased appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Itching skin
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nightmares
  • Rash
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing 
  • Sore throat
  • Sour stomach
  • Stuffy nose
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting

Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any side effects or seek immediate medical attention if the symptoms persist or get worse. If you experience any other unusual reaction after using varenicline contact your doctor immediately.

This is only a partial list of possible side effects associated with varenicline. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list.

Additional Information

SKU 1178
US Brand Name Chantix Maintenance Pack (Pfizer) 1mg
Strength 1 mg
Generic Name Varenicline
Manufacturer Pfizer
PharmaceuticalForm Tablet/s
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