Generic Champix is a medicinal drug used in therapies for smoking cessation. Counseling is used in combination with this therapy that helps you to stop smoking. Generic Champix helps to reduce craving and pleasure that you get from smoking. In short, this anti-smoking pill help one eradicate the smoking desire.
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The active ingredient in Generic Champix is Varenicline. Varenicline as tartrate salt is a powder, which is highly dissolvable in water. It is chemically denoted as 7,8,9,10-tetrahydro-6,10-methano-6H-pyrazino[2,3- h]benzazepine, (2R,3R)-2,3-dihydroxybutanedioate (1:1). The chemical formula is C13H13N3 • C4H6O6. The molecular mass is 361.35. The medicine is available in two strengths 0.5 mg and 1 mg. The inactive components in the medicine are colloidal silicon dioxide, micro-crystalline cellulose, calcium phosphate, croscarmellose sodium, octadecanoic acid, anhydrous dibasic, Opadry White (0.5 mg), Opadry Blue (for 1 mg), and Opadry Clear.
Varenicline present in generic champix acts on certain receptors that are associated with neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine. In fact, it negates the action of nicotinic receptors. By acting on these receptors, this drug help a person to quit smoking.
Generic Champix should be taken as instructed by your physician.
Do not use in higher or lesser quantities or longer than recommended.
Set a target date on when you will stop smoking and start the medication one week prior to that date. This medicine may be used along with counseling and smoking cessation rehabilitation. You may also start using the drug and slowly reduce your smoking as you take the medicine.
Take generic champix after your meal with a full glass of water.
Dosing starts at 0.5 mg for the first seven days and 1 mg from the eight day till the end of treatment.
Before starting the course of treatment with this medication, let your doctor know about your health issues, such as depression, kidney disease or heart problems.
Safety during pregnancy is not known; talk with your doctor about possible effects of Generic Champix if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby.
Do not double dose the medicine if you miss or skip a dose, talk to the doctor regarding further dosage schedule.
Avoid exceeding the dose, as overdose can lead to seizures and other complications.
Store the medicine at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
Behavioral changes may be felt with the use Generic Champix. Unless you do not know the effects of the medicine and smoking cessation, refrain from activities that require you to be alert and cautious such as driving.
This drug should not to be given to people who have the same problem; it may be harmful to them if it has not being prescribed by the medical professional.
Do not take this medicine if you are using nicotine patches or any other nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs).
Do not stop using the medicine abruptly; strictly follow the doctor’s instructions.
Usually, the duration of the treatment is for 12 weeks. Another 12 weeks dosing regimen may be prescribed after completion of the first if your habit persists. Hence, it is essential to use Generic Champix under the observation of the physician with regular follow-up.
Probable Side Effects
There may be some side effects of Generic Champix, such as –
Lack of strength
Problems with sleeping
Change in taste
Excess gas in stomach
Problems with bowel movement
Dryness of mouth
Generic Champix is believed to alter the efficacy of bronchodilators, blood-thinners and insulin. Hence, if you are under any kind of treatment, inform the healthcare professional before using this anti-smoking pill.
Generic Champix is contraindicated in people who are seriously allergic to Varenicline.