Champix day1 tomorrow

Hi folks,

got my champix today and will have my first one tomorrow..yeah!!!

The doctor only gave me 2weeks worth instead of 4 and no repeat prescription..oh well..

looking forward to finally get cracking and kick this demons ass..:D but having the odd..OH MY GOD moment but keep thinking of the positives..

Will keep you posted to how its going..Lets rock....

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  • good luck bongo,

    would make sure you have an appointment booked with your doc in 10 days time to get some more else your gonna be annoyed like I was about having to stop and then start again.

    Good luck mate and congrats on making the best decision you ever will :)

    bman

  • Good luck

    Hi Bongo,

    Good luck, i am a relative newbie like you, on day 8 of champix today, still smoking, but have only had half a cigarette today and have set my quit day for Sunday. My nurse also only gave me a two week starter pack of champix, and another appointment for when they had finished, but i think they have to do that just in case you suffer from some of the more extreme side effects (i haven't!!) Make sure you take them on a full stomach though, otherwise you may feel a bit queasy!! Other than that it is all going well for me, so hope it does with you too!!

    Wishing you well

    Beccy:)

  • champix is my 'Drug of Choice' and good luck Bongo and BeccyBoo too.

    Very important to make sure you get Champix before you run out.

    I set my quit dat to day 8 of the pack, considered why wait.

    Have you logged on to life rewards? its in the Champix details, between this site, Champix and the life rewards program, plenty of reading.

    Good luck and don't expect side effects - I didn't get any.

    See ya soon :)

  • What is a Champix? :)

  • What is a Champix? :)

    Does this help?

    Champix - The "Quit Smoking" Prescription Drug

    What is Champix?

    Champix, generic name varenicline, is a prescription pill designed to help smokers stop smoking.

    How does it work?

    Champix works primarily in two ways. Firstly, it reduces the smoker's craving for nicotine by binding to nicotine receptors in the brain and reduces the symptoms of withdrawal. Secondly, it reduces the satisfaction a smoker receives when smoking a cigarette.

    How successful was it in clinical trials?

    In trials, 44% of the group treated with Champix had stopped smoking after being treated for 12 weeks, as opposed to 11% of smokers taking the placebo. Over the same duration, it was also shown to be twice as effective as Zyban (bupropion), the other main anti-smoking drug treatment.

    Has Champix been approved by the European Commission and the FDA for use as an aid to quitting smoking?

    The European Commission approved Champix on September 29th, 2006 as a "stop smoking" aid for adults, based on the results from clinical trials. It should be noted that continued abstinence from cigarettes is higher (70% compared with 50%) when patients take the drug for 24 weeks as opposed to 12, so it may be appropriate for patients who have succeeded in quitting smoking at the 12 week point to take the drug for a further 12 weeks.

    The FDA approved the drug in May 2006. See FDA approves novel drug for smoking cessation for further details.

    Is Champix available on the NHS?

    On May 31st, 2007 Nice (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) published draft guidance recommending that this drug should be available on NHS prescription. Further details on the Final Appraisal Determination period can be found on the NICE website.

    It was approved for prescription on the NHS in Scotland on 14th January, 2007.

    How is the drug taken and what is the recommended dose?

    It is taken orally. For the first three days, the dosage is 0.5 mg once daily (the 0.5 mg tablet is white). For days four to seven, the dosage is 0.5 mg twice a day. From day eight until the end of the treatment, the dose is 1 mg twice a day (the 0.5 mg tablet is blue).

    You should set a date to quit smoking, and start taking the drug one week before this date.

    Speak to your doctor or nurse about Champix as there can be side affects. remember there are side effects with many drugs I took it for a week with no problems. This was an advertisement and I left some out.

    Jack x:)

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