March 1st, 2016
Willington Quay Pharmacy is now one of only eleven pharmacies in the North Tyneside area authorised to prescribe and supply Champix tablets. Champix contains varenicline tartrate. These tablets are used to aid in the process of quitting smoking.
Our pharmacist is now qualified to prescribe this treatment to our customers, without the need to see your GP. Champix tablets can be a very effective aid in smoking cessation.
Champix is a treatment used to help adults stop smoking, taken in the form of tablets. The tablets contain varenicline tartrate and are taken over the course of 12 weeks.
Champix is not a nicotine replacement therapy.
Champix can help to relieve the craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping smoking. Champix can also reduce the enjoyment of cigarettes. This means that when you smoke while taking the treatment (see below) the enjoyment you associate with smoking will reduce. These are all factors which make it much more likely that your attempt to quit smoking will be successful.
The Champix treatment plan lasts for twelve weeks. The usual dosage is to take a 1mg tablet twice a day, following a gradual 1 week introduction to the treatment. The tablets are swallowed whole with water.
You do not give up smoking before beginning the treatment. At the beginning of your treatment you should decide on a date in the second week of your treatment to give up.
Champix is suitable for adults who are motivated to give up smoking, but have not yet been successful.
Our pharmacist will carry out a detailed consultation with you prior to prescribing the treatment. The pharmacist will check that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients and that you do not have any underlying conditions that could cause adverse effects.
No. Although Champix makes giving up smoking easier, it is no substitute for willpower. Throughout the course of treatment you will need to stay motivated to giving up smoking. At the time of your consultation, our pharmacist will provide advice and tips on other things you can do to help you quit smoking.
To find out more about the full range of services we offer to help you quit smoking, visit our smoking cessation page.