Champix® (varenicline tartrate) Prescribing Information. Adverse event reporting information can be found at the bottom of the page.
Patients should be treated with Champix for 12 weeks. We understand that the first few weeks are the hardest when trying to quit smoking.1-3 That's why we have a 4-week initiation pack, to help get your patients through this challenging time.
The first month is the hardest when trying to quit smoking. Below is an example time course of withdrawal symptoms and cravings:
Cravings and withdrawal symptoms often peak in the first week but can continue for some time.1-3 The 4-week initiation pack ensures that your patients have treatment available to take them through the first 2 weeks of their quit attempt.4
2-week Initiation Pack: Covers patients for at most the first 6 days of their quit attempt, depending on their start date (8-14 days before their quit date)1
4-week Initiation Pack: Can help them to get through the first few weeks when they are most vulnerable, to help make quitting less challenging.
Completing a 12-week course results in an 11-fold increase in the chance of a successful quit attempt compared to those who receive up to 2 weeks of treatment.
*Key reasons for non-adherence for general medicines from a patient survey 20027
Together with appropriate behavioural support, the Champix 4-week pack can help get patients through those challenging first few weeks and stay on treatment for longer.6
2-Week and 4-Week Schedule Example:
Read about how Champix compares to nicotine replacement therapies.
Learn more about how using Very Brief Advice (VBA) and Brief Support and Treatment (BST) can help a smoker gain the motivation and support needed, to quit successfully.
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PP-PFE-GBR-2688. December 2020