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Champix® (varenicline tartrate) Prescribing Information.  Adverse event reporting information can be found at the bottom of the page.

Champix in Different Patient Types

Champix has been studied in a range of different patient types:1-4

No psychiatric history

With a psychiatric history

Patients with COPD

Patients with CVD

Champix offers greater odds of quitting vs. buproprion, NRT patch (NiQuitin®) and placebo for smokers without a psychiatric history at weeks 9-12 and 9-241†

Champix versus placebo

*CHAMPIX versus placebo, weeks 9-12, 0R=4.00 (95% Cl 3.20-5.00), p<0.0001, weeks 9-24 0R=2.99 (95% Cl 2.33-3.83), p<0.0001; versus NRT patch, weeks 9-12 OR=1.7 4 (95% Cl 1.43-2.10), p<0.0001, weeks 9-24 OR=1.52 (95% Cl 1.23-1.89), p=0.0001; versus bupropion, weeks 9-12 OR=1.77 (95% Cl 1.46-2.14), p<0.0001, weeks 9-24, OR=1.49 (95% Cl 1.20-1.85), p=0.0003. Based on the all-randomised patient population. The primary efficacy endpoint was the CO-confirmed CAR from weeks 9-12. The main secondary endpoint was the CO-confirmed CAR from weeks 9-24. The other secondary endpoint was the 7-day point prevalence of abstinence at each assessment visit, which yielded results consistent with the continuous abstinence rates. 

EAGLES: adverse events:1

Across the cohorts, the most frequent adverse events by treatment group were as follows:

  • CHAMPIX: nausea (25%) 
  • Bupropion: insomnia (12%) 
  • NRT patch (NiQuitin®): abnormal dreams (12%) 
  • Placebo: headache (10%)


Please refer to the summary of product characteristics for further information on the safety profile of Champix


References
  1. Anthenelli RM. Neuropsychiatric safety and efficacy of varenicline, bupropion, and nicotine patch in smokers with and without psychiatric disorders (EAGLES): a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Lancet 2016;387:2507-2520.
  2. Tashkin DP, et al. Effects of varenicline on smoking cessation in patients with mild-moderate COPD. Chest. 2011;139(3):591-599.
  3. Rigotti NA et al. Efficacy and safety of varenicline for smoking cessation in patients with cardiovascular disease. A randomised trial. Circulation. 2010;121: 221-2 29.
  4. Mills EJ, et al. Comparisons of high dose and combination nicotine replacement therapy, varenicline and bupropion for smoking cessation: A systematic review and multiple treatment meta-analysis. Ann Med. 2012;44:588-597.
  5. CHAMPIX Summary of Product Characteristics
PP-CHM-GBR-3358. June 2021

Champix efficacy vs NRT

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Champix efficacy data

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