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Stop Smoking Starter Pack
Stop Smoking Starter Pack
The medication The Doctor Service provides to help stop smoking is known as Champix or Varenicline

If you are not currently taking Champix, then you are on the right page. If you are looking to continue the medication then you should use the Continuation Pack Page.
  • Champix Starter Pack
Champix Starter Pack - 0.5mg/1mg 
Champix Starter Pack - 0.5mg/1mg
Champix Starter Pack - 0.5mg/1mg
  • £46.85
  • £81.75
  • Key Information
  • Effectiveness
  • Side Effects
  • Full patient info leaflet
  • Key Information
    Champix is the most commonly prescribed tablet medication to help smokers quit, and is the most effective of available treatments. It contains Varenicline which creates a similar effect to nicotine, so you get less withdrawal effects when stopping smoking.
  • How it works
    Champix works by binding to the receptors in the brain which nicotine usually binds to. This prevents the development of craving and withdrawal feelings.
  • When to take Champix Starter Pack
    You should start the pack at least 1 week before your stop smoking due date, and continue for 3-6 months afterwards.
  • How To Take Champix Starter Pack
    The full instructions are contained within the medication information leaflet. Here is a summary: Day 1-3 - one white Champix 0.5mg tablet once daily. Day 4-7 - two white Champix 0.5mg tablets twice daily, AM and PM. Day 8 - two blue Champix 1mg tablets twice daily, AM and PM for one week. Following the starter pack you should continue with a continuation pack for at least 3 months for most effective results.
  • Reducing nausea side effects
    You can reduce the chance of nausea occurring by taking Champix with a full glass of water
  • Why Champix?
    Champix is the most effective option for stopping smoking. It is 2-3 times more effective than attempted to stop smoking in your own, and increases rates of quitting from 8 in 100 to nearly 21 in 100. If combined with stop smoking therapy it has been found to be 4 times as effective when compared to going cold turkey.
  • Effectiveness
    It is a combination of treatment with willpower with occasionally other adjuncts such as nicotine replacement patches to help you quit. It isn't easy but Varenicline (Champix) should help to increase your chances of quitting significantly.
  • Very common side effects (more than 1 in 10)
    Irritation of the nose and throat, vivid or abnormal dreams, sometimes difficulty sleeping, headaches and nausea
  • Common side effects (less than 1 in 10)
    There is an increased risk of chest infections, sinus inflammation, weight and appetite change, sleep disturbance, skin and joint changes, abdominal symptoms including heart burn and nausea, chest pain and tiredness You can reduce the chance of nausea occurring by taking Champix with a full glass of water
  • Uncommon & Rare Side Effects
    Increased risk of viral and fungal infections, changes in vision plus others. The full list of Uncommon and Rare Side Effects is available in the Patient Information Leaflet which we recommend you read.
  • Allergy
    You should stop using this medication if you develop signs of a serious allergy. Symptoms include swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include diarrhoea, cramps, severe burning, peeling of skin or itching. You should seek medical attention from a health professional as soon as possible. This is a precautionary message for people taking any new medicine.
  • Check the Patient Information Leaflet
    Check the Patient Information Leaflet for more information on potential side effects.
  • Reporting Side Effects
    You can report side effects directly to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) via the link
  • Ingredients
    The active ingredient is varenicline (as tartrate). Each tablet also contains: Cellulose, Microcrystalline, Calcium Hydrogen Phosphate Anhydrous, Croscarmellose Sodium, Silica, Colloidal Anhydrous, Magnesium Stearate, Hypromellose, Titanium Dioxide (E171), Macrogols, Triacetin. 1mg tablet also contains Indigo Carmine Aluminium Lake E132 excipient in its film coating.
Stop smoking
19% of adults still smoke in the UK, despite it being widely known as an unhealthy habit, which can lead to significant health consequences. 

Smoking contains nicotine which is addictive, giving reinforcing positive feelings and withdrawal symptoms when the body is without it. These symptoms include low moods, feeling irritable, angry or anxious and also increased appetite and weight gain.
Quit smoking
Smoking is the most important preventable cause of cancer in the World.

Lung cancer is caused by smoking in up to 80% of cases, and is the leading cause of cancer death in the UK. 

Stopping smoking before or very early in pregnancy protects the unborn baby against reduced birth weight and significantly reduces the chance of complications during labour.
Are you addicted?
You are likely to be addicted if you have experienced the symptoms that have been mentioned already. These also include: 
  • Cravings to smoke
  • Irritability
  • Low mood
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Increased appetite within 24 hours of your last cigarette
  • Smoking within 30 minutes of waking
High consumption of cigarettes indicates a higher likelihood and strength of addiction.
Options to stop smoking
There are many different options to stop smoking. You need to be willing and be motivated to stop with a quit attempt, no matter what other treatments you use. 

1. Going Cold Turkey. Most smokers who want to quit will have tried this first. 

2. Nicotine - Gum, patches, lozenges, inhalers or nasal sprays. These help to reduce the nicotine cravings that cigarettes would normally satisfy. These treatment options are available with
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
We recommend using nicotine replacement options the first step to trial. Often a combination works well, for example using a nicotine patch, and then a lozenge or gum to help satisfy cravings (if any) during the day. 

You should reduce your nicotinue use until you do not need the nicotine patches anymore.
Champix (Varenicline)
There are two main tablet options for stopping smoking. These are Varenicline (Champix) and Buproprion (Zyban). 

The Doctor Service provides Champix, which is more effective in helping to stop smoking compared to Zyban or Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Hence why we only prescribe champix. 

The chances of quitting smoking are doubled when using Champix. 

The main ingredient, varenicline, creates a similar effect to nicotine, which significantly reduces any withdrawal symptoms. You can buy a starter pack as a shorter course or longer courses. If you want to continue then you can use the continuation packs. 
Chances of Relapse
After 8-14 days of quitting, you are at the highest risk of relapse. We will follow up your treatment to see how you are progressing. 

We recommend using the NHS stop smoking 28 days pack to help you quit. It provides motivational support and further useful information to give you the best chance of quitting.
Stop Smoking Behavioural Support
The chances of quitting smoking are doubled when using Champix. 

If you access therapy or behavioural support alongside the use of Champix, your chances of quitting are doubled again. 

All customers ordering champix from us will be offered 10% off when using Dr Julian for any therapy sessions, including for stopping smoking. You can access the Dr Julian app here.
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