Varenicline (brand name Champix) is a medicine that works in 2 ways. It reduces cravings for nicotine like NRT, but it also blocks the rewarding and reinforcing effects of smoking.
Evidence suggests it's the most effective medicine for helping people stop smoking.
Varenicline is only available on prescription, so you’ll usually need to see your GP or contact an NHS stop smoking service to get it.
It’s taken as 1 to 2 tablets a day. You should start taking it a week or 2 before you try to quit.
A course of treatment usually lasts around 12 weeks, but it can be continued for longer if necessary.
Varenicline is safe for most people to take, although there are some situations when it’s not recommended.
For example, it’s not suitable for:
Side effects of varenicline can include:
Speak to your GP or stop smoking advisor if you experience any troublesome side effects.
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