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

Different Ways to Quit with Champix

Allow your patients to quit smoking on their terms with CHAMPIX, with 3 proven methods to quit1​​​​​​​:

1. ABRUPT QUIT1

For patients who want to put down their cigarettes in a week1.
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Day 0: Start taking Champix. Set a quit date at day 8.

2. FLEXIBLE QUIT1

For patients who want more time to put down their cigarettes. *

​​​​​​​A flexible quit date between days 8-35 is as effective as quitting abruptly1,2

Day 0: Start taking Champix. Set a quit date between days 8 and 35.

3. REDUCE TO QUIT1

Champix also allows patients to quit gradually, reducing smoking over the first 12 weeks and quitting by the end of that period, followed by an additional 12 weeks of treatment.​​​​​​​1,4.

Timeline

Dosage

Day 0

Start taking Champix

Week 4

Reduce smoking by baseline 50% during weeks 1-4

Week 8

Reduce smoking by an additional 50% during weeks 5-8

Week 12

Continue reducing with the goal of reaching complete abstinence by week 12

Continue taking Champix for an additional 12 weeks

Week 24

Stop taking Champix

*For patients who have successfully stopped smoking at the end of 12 weeks, an additional course of 12 weeks' treatment with CHAMPIX is recommended to further increase the likelihood of long term abstinence. ​​​​Patients that adhere to the 12-week course of CHAMPIX have a significantly higher rate of abstinence.3​​​​​​​


References
  1. Champix Summary of Product Characteristics.
  2. Rennard S, et al. A randomised placebo-controlled trial of varenicline for smoking cessation, allowing flexible quit dates. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012;14:343-350
    3. Hays JT, et al. Adherance to treatment for tobacco dependence. Association with smoking abstinence and predictors of adherence. Nicotine Tob Res. 2010;12:574-581.
    4. Ebbert JO, et al. Effect of varenicline on smoking cessation through smoking reduction. A randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2015;313:687-694
PP-CHM-GBR-3359. June 2021

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