Varenicline is a medicine that works to reduce nicotine cravings and block the rewarding effects of smoking. The brand name for this medicine is called Champix and it is only available on prescription from your GP or NHS stop smoking service.
Once you have received your prescription, Varenicline is taken as 1 to 2 tablets per day and you should start your course a week or 2 before you start your quit programme. One course of treatment lasts around 12 weeks but this can be extended if necessary.
The medication can be used by most but there are some who should avoid it:
You should also bear in mind that there may be some side effects such as:
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