Champix, the most trusted name when it comes to quitting smoking, is a prescription pill manufactured by the pharmaceutical major Pfizer that has launched many path-breaking drugs over the years. Champix's generic name is Varenicline.
Champix is not a nicotine replacement drug; rather it targets and partially activates the nicotinic receptors in the brain and reduces a smoker's urges and withdrawal symptoms.
Champix got European Commission’s approval in September 2006 while it was approved by the FDA as Chantix for sale in the US on May 2006.
A testimony of its efficacy and popularity is the fact that, slowly but surely, countries are allowing sale of Champix. US, European Commission and now even Scotland has given green signal for the sale of Champix on January 14, 2007.
Champix is not for people below 18 years of age, pregnant women, breast feeding mothers and for people who are allergic to the ingredients used in Champix.
Champix, which is taken orally, had great results during its trials. And it was found that Champix had worked wonder for 44 percent of the participants who had ceased smoking. While the effect of placebo was only on 11 percent of the participants.
For longer and lasting effect, it’s advised that a patient should continue taking Champix for 24 weeks.
One should start the Champix course with a dose of 0.5 mg once daily. It should be continued for three days thereafter from 4th to 7th day one should increase the frequency of tablets to two tablets a day of 0.5 mg and from 8th day, the patient should pop 1 mg tablet twice a day till he continues the treatment.
Cigarette smoking is causing innumerable loss to the world. Every year millions of people across the globe succumb to various smoking related diseases and many are diagnosed with curable to life-threatening disease. Almost all the nations are trying their best to rein in this habit by introducing various new laws.