How old do you have to be to take Champix?

How old do you have to be to take Champix?

Champix can only be taken by adults aged 18 years and over. Tell your doctor before starting Champix if you: have ever had an allergic reaction to Champix or any other medicine. have kidney problems.

What does Champix do to the brain?

The champix mimics the production of dopamine in the brain, as well as helping with the withdrawal symptoms, this helps break the reward cycle. The brain learns that there is no reward now when smoking, so we can begin to investigate new ways of dealing with our triggers.

Does Champix affect mood?

Some people have reported changes in behaviour, thinking or mood when they start taking Champix. These may include depression, anxiety, agitation, feelings of aggression, mood swings, seeing, hearing or sensing things that are not there, thoughts of self-harm or self-harm.

Can you get Champix for free?

THE FACTS: You should be able to get NRT or Champix either for free, or for the cost of a prescription, from your local NHS Stop Smoking Service or your GP.

Who should not take Champix?

Who should not take Champix?

  • Those who are under the age of 18.
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • People with severe kidney failure.
  • People with certain mental health problems.

Is depression a side effect of Champix?

Depressed moods may appear during smoking cessation with or without treatment. Depression, rarely including suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts, has been reported in patients undergoing a smoking cessation, including those using Champix.

What was Champix originally used for?

Varenicline (Champix®) is a medicine that was first licensed in the UK in December 2006. It was developed to help smokers to stop smoking. Varenicline mimics the effect of nicotine on the body.

Do side effects of Champix go away?

Some side effects of varenicline may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.