• Varenicline (Champix™) is a medication to help you quit tobacco by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Champix™ TRIPLES your chances of quitting tobacco.
  • A Doctor or Nurse Practitioner can prescribe it for you.
  • This medication is usually taken once a day for the first three days, then two times a day for 12 weeks.
  • Take this medicine with food and lots of water.  It can help reduce an upset stomach.
  • You should start this medicine one to two weeks before your quit date.
  • Nicotine replacement products, like the patch and gum, can be used with Champix™ if you are still craving nicotine during treatment.

Champix™ may not be the best medicine for you if you:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding; or
  • Have kidney problems.

Side effects of Champix™ include:

  • Nausea;
  • Trouble sleeping;
  • Strange dreams; and
  • Headache.