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Champix 0.5mg AND 1mg Tablet
Salt Composition : Varenicline
Manufacturer : PFIZER LTD
Origin of Medicine : United States of America
1 Tablet(s) In A Packet
Introduction to Champix 0.5mg And 1mg Tablet
Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet contains the active ingredient Varenicline. It belongs to the class of medications called smoking cessation aids. It is used in adults to help them stop smoking. It can help relieve the craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation. It works by blocking the pleasant effects of nicotine from smoking on the brain. The common side effects of varenicline are nausea, abnormal dreams, constipation, flatulence, and vomiting.
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet or any ingredients. Inform your physician if you are facing depression, suicidal ideation, behavior, and suicidal attempts while taking the medicine. Inform your physician if you have heart, liver, seizures, skin diseases, and mental disorders. This medicine is not recommended for children. Avoid getting pregnant and breastfeeding during the treatment. Use effective contraception to avoid pregnancy. Do not consume alcohol while taking this medicine.
Uses of Champix 0.5mg And 1mg Tablet
- Helps adult smokers to stop smoking
- Alleviates craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation
- Reduces the ability to enjoy cigarettes
Therapeutic Effects of Champix 0.5mg And 1mg Tablet
Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet partially enhances the action of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor to produce an effect sufficient to alleviate symptoms of craving and withdrawal. It blocks the ability of nicotine to bind with the receptors, inducing dopamine release, which produces feelings of satisfaction.
Interaction of Champix 0.5mg And 1mg Tablet with other drugs
Inform your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vaccinations, nutritional and vitamin supplements, and herbal products. Certain medications interact with Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet and reduce its effectiveness by causing undesirable side effects. Inform your physician if you are using insulin, theophylline, or blood thinner (warfarin) medications.
More Information about Champix 0.5mg And 1mg Tablet
- Store the tablets below 30°C
- Protect the medicine from light and excessive moisture.
- Keep the medicine out of reach of children and pets
- If you forgot to take the tablet, take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
How to consume Champix 0.5mg And 1mg Tablet
It is an orally available prescription drug. Your doctor will decide the dose and duration of Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet based on your condition and other factors. Always take this medicine as prescribed by your doctor. Take the tablet with or without food. Do not break, chew, crush, or break the tablet. Swallow the whole tablet with water. Stop or reduce smoking when you are consuming this tablet.
Safety Advices for Champix 0.5mg And 1mg Tablet
Do not take Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet if you are pregnant because this may harm the unborn baby. Inform your physician if you are pregnant, suspecting, or planning to get pregnant during the treatment.
Breastfeeding is not recommended in patients taking Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet because the medicine passes into the breast milk in small amounts and may harm your baby. Do not breastfeed during the treatment.
It is unknown whether Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet is safe when administered in patients with lung problems. Inform your physician if you have any lung diseases before initiating the therapy.
Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet is safe when administered in patients with hepatic impairment. No dose adjustments are necessary. However, Inform your physician if you have any liver diseases before initiating the therapy.
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet because it causes toxic effects. Avoid drinking alcohol during the treatment.
Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet may cause dizziness, sleepiness, and loss of consciousness. Avoid driving. And operating heavy machinery during the treatment.
Side Effects of Champix 0.5mg And 1mg Tablet
Side effects are unwanted symptoms caused by medicines. Even though all drugs cause side effects, not everyone gets them.
- Dream disorder, nightmares
- Nasal and throat irritation
- Heart problems
- Sleepwalking disorder
- Night blindness
- Blurred vision
- Abnormal behavior, depression
- Mood disorder, suicidal ideation
Word of Advice
This medicine should be administered cautiously in patients with kidney diseases. Dose adjustments are necessary. Inform your physician if you have kidney problems. This medicine may cause an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, serious skin reactions, and sleepwalking. Inform your physician immediately if you face any of these symptoms. Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
Q 1. What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet?
Inform your physician about all your medical and medication history, including over-the-counter medicines and nutritional or vitamin supplements you are taking. Especially, inform if you are taking, insulin, theophylline, and blood thinning medication (warfarin).
Q 2. How many days Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet should be taken?
Generally, the medicine should be taken for 12 weeks. The duration of your treatment depends on the successful cessation of smoking. Your doctor will decide the dose and duration of your treatment.
Q 3. Can older patients take Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet?
Elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be given because dose adjustments are necessary for patients with renal failure. Inform your physician if you have any kidney diseases before initiating the treatment.
Q 4. What if I overdose on Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet?
If you overdose on the medicine unintentionally or accidentally, seek medical advice immediately. Do not overdose on the medicine.
Q 5. Why take Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet with food?
It is best if you take the medicine immediately after food. Take the tablets with a glass full of water to minimize potential side effects like nausea from the medicine.
Q 6. What are the precautions for Champix 0.5mg and 1mg tablet?
This medicine may cause an increased risk of heart attack or heart disease, depression, mental disorders, abnormal behavior, and suicidal ideation. Inform your doctor right away if you face any of these symptoms.
Fact Box of Champix 0.5mg And 1mg Tablet
Molecule name: Varenicline
Therapeutic class: Smoking cessation
Pharmacological class: Smoking cessation Aids
1. Helps in quitting smoking
2. Relieves craving and withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking
3. Reduces the ability to enjoy smoking
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