Experiences with Champix

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Level of Satisfaction 78%

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Effectiveness 84%
Quantity of side effects 40%
Severity of side effects 33%
Ease of use 91%

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Champix

17/08/2017 | | 22moderated by Charlotte
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

For me this is a great drug! Works really well, stopped 3 weeks ago and have had little desire. Had a few acceptable side effects but they are nothing compared to withdrawal symptoms! Oh and after 2 weeks I halved the dose because it was going so well and it was making me so overtired with all the bad sleep. Went great.
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Champix

16/08/2017 | | 40moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

Hello, After years of smoking I had had enough, but what I was doing on my own just wasn't working. Then my husband said, c'mon we'll stop together. So we went to the GP together and we got champix, because my skin rejects the plasters. And I can say we have quit ;) And the joy of not smoking means there is no way I will fall back down that slippery road again.
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Champix

01/08/2017 | | 66moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

After 50 years of it, I wanted to stop smoking. Most recently I was smoking 3-4 mild packs a week. Just stopped with Champix, not a single problem. Haven't used Champix for 10 days now and I still have no desire to smoke!!
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Champix

29/07/2017 | | 77moderated by Charlotte
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

After 60 (!!!) years of heavy smoking, about 1 pack of 25 a day, and loads of attempts to stop, all of a sudden there was Champix. Without any difficulty I was able to leave my last, unopened packet of cigarettes sitting on the side and after a few months, I even threw it away. I now haven't smoked for about 6 years, my lung capacity has more than doubled.
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Champix

28/07/2017 | | 53moderated by Henry
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

After just 1 week unfortunately I had to stop taking Champix. Had definitely smoked less and decided on my 'stop day' it was all ready to go. But I had terrible toothache and I was really depressed (I didn't feel like myself any more) so I had to stop. Probably has something to do with the 2 antidepressants I've been taking for years and they had a bad effect. Despite this I'm not put off using...
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Champix

17/07/2017 | | 53moderated by Henry
varenicline tartrate (0,5mg) for Stop smoking

After being a 40-a-day smoker, just started taking Champix...I'm starting to think that I can't do this to stop smoking... Got through days 1, 2 and 3 ; started on 0.5 mg; little bit nauseous after taking it but bearable - carried on smoking normally, totally lost my sense of taste, and still smoking normally, Day 4 = in the morning I had to take 2 x 0.5 mg...not sure why...doubt that Champix w...
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Champix

08/07/2017 | | 55moderated by Susan
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Breathing problems

After smoking for 43 years I haven’t had a single cigarette for 5 days now, after taking champix for 11 days. My GP sent me to a lung specialist because I couldn’t stop coughing. A scan showed two dark spots on the lungs, nothing serious jet but this could change if I kept smoking. Now I’m smoke free for over 5 days thanks to champix and I feel better already, no more wheezing when lying down.
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Champix

27/05/2017 | | 46moderated by Susan
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Breathing problems

After smoking for over 31 years I got a lung infection after having the flu and was told my lungs are damaged.......okay...fair enough. Got Champix from the GP. Works PERFECTLY for me! Mild nausea for a few days, regular bowel problems. Stopped on day 9 and had no "I need a fag" feeling. Spend time with colleagues who still smoke and it doesn't bother me. Really happy....
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Champix

23/04/2017 | | 55moderated by Henry
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

There is no doubt that smoking is foul, but that also goes for anything that I eat or drink. In the first week and a half I had no appetite whatsoever. Despite not having any pleasure in it any more, I still smoked once or twice. But this is mostly because of the psychological addiction. You need to approach that somewhat differently. The medicine definitely has an effect on my mood. I am a bit...
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Champix

14/04/2017 | | 61moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

You still smoke at the start. A nasty taste and nausea were my first side effects (when still smoking). The first 8 weeks I had very nice dreams, later this diminished.
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Champix

31/03/2017 | | 34moderated by Henry
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

Stopped on 8 March… Now on day 25. Now and then certainly a few thoughts but they disappear quickly. When I started there were some really bad side-effects… Dizziness in my head but not as bad as the side effects of smoking itself. Each day I take 3× 0.5 mg instead of the prescribed 2×1 mg. This means that side effects are minimal and I am comfortably under the prescribed dose which means I sho...
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Champix

22/03/2017 | | 35moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

Since the first tablet I’ve been plagued by pimples. My whole face is covered. Very annoying but I definitely think it’s worth it! In the nearby future I’ll be rewarded with a clear, healthy and smoke free skin!
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Champix

13/03/2017 | | 40moderated by Henry
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

Smoking stopped being enjoyable since using Champix. In the second week I quit smoking I did smoke one cigarette in a weak moment but extinguished it after two draws because it tasted so disgusting. It works super! I had no side effects such as dreams or feeling down, but it did stop my period during treatment. After the treatment ended I’ve had no need to smoke at all.
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Champix

24/01/2017 | | 33moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

I noticed it worked the first few days. The urge to smoke was gone and I made a deal with myself to stop smoking altogether as soon as I had to take the higher dosage. These made me really sick after every pill. Everything I ate 10 minutes after taking one caused me to throw up. 20 minutes after the nausea was gone, but I’d still feel off the rest of the day. (hung-over). Broken sleep. I stoppe...
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Champix

20/12/2016 | | 30moderated by Charlotte
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

I quit smoking four days ago and with Champix I find it very easy. The thought is still there, but the urge is gone….I still have a full pack, but it takes no effort at all to let it be. Quite bizarre as I used to smoke at least 30 cigarettes a day!
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Champix

24/11/2016 | | 62moderated by Charlotte
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

Great support device. I still think about smoking but I don't feel the need to any more. When I started I even took a dislike to it. This time round the side effects are considerable. Sleeping badly, listlessness, fatigue, dejected. Going to halve it after speaking to the GP.
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Champix

08/11/2016 | | 47moderated by Susan
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

With the help of my doctor and Champix I quit smoking nearly 2 months ago. I had expected it to be much harder, the only side effects were weird dreams (no nightmares)! I was a bit scared of side effects because you hear the strangest things. My advice is to just try it and see for yourself. The need to smoke disappeared very quickly. First you stop smoking and then the addiction disappears. I ...
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Champix

30/09/2016 | | 58moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

Prescribed this medicine for myself to stop smoking after nearly 40 years. Then I realised that I started smoking without the help of medication and I thought: You can surely stop without using medication, you just have to grit your teeth and get through it. 9 months on and it's still going well. But not without the help of the placebo effect.
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Champix

10/09/2016 | | 56moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

After smoking for more than 40 years I have stopped since taking this. Definitely a drug that affects your mood. Don't feel happy but you get the outcome you're after. I started taking this because of my cough which soon went. So, the effect was brilliant.
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Champix

01/09/2016 | | 64moderated by Charlotte
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

This drug enhances feelings. If you're happy, then you're extra happy. If you're ill then you feel even worse. If you use hash or weed, this drug also increases the kick. So be careful if you're depressed because this will make it worse. I am very grateful to Mr Pfizer for this drug. Smoked for 45 years, 40 cigarettes a day and I've been smoke-free for 5 years now. I couldn't have stopped witho...
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Champix

29/08/2016 | | 42moderated by Henry
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

Stopped smoking in 2012 on Champix and didn't smoke for 2 years. Trying again now. Despite the fact that I knew what the side effects were, 4 years later still suffering, if anything they are worse now. Not even taking it with a bit of food seems to help the nausea. But given that I know I can stop smoking with this I'm carrying on, the side effects will stop again once I stop taking Champix.
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Champix

08/08/2016 | | 65moderated by Henry
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The doctor said that if I carried on smoking, I'd get COPD, I do cough really badly, especially in the evening and at night. I've been taking champix since 6 June and my cough is completely gone which I'm really happy with. I don't smoke any more, wonderful!
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Champix

07/08/2016 | | 61moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

helps stopping smoking but there are too many big side effects: depression, irritated, angry, suspicious, sleeping too much, no appetite, no desire to do anything, irritable.
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Champix

24/07/2016 | | 40moderated by Susan
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

On 20 June 2016 stopped smoking after 28 years of about 1 pack a day. I only take 1 x 1 mg per day. Because of the side effects. So I've stopped for about a month now. Keeping going until 30 September. Then I'm going to stop Champix. I am really happy with it. And I'm happy to cope with the side effects. They will pass. Good luck everyone.
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Champix

11/07/2016 | | 45moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

Started taking Champix on 30.12.2015. Smoked my last cigarette on 07.01.2016. I smoked 1 pack of 19 cigarettes a day. For 30 years. After going up to 2 tablets I halved that within a week. I was a different person. No desire to smoke. After 7 weeks I had a breakdown. It was irreversible. The signs were missed because of Champix. Now the GP has put me on anti-depressants. According to the GP, Ch...
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Champix

26/06/2016 | | 50moderated by Henry
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

Excellent drug Been using it now for 3 weeks and I feel like I've never smoked in my life . No strange side effects .
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Champix

22/06/2016 | | 50moderated by Susan
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

I've had a very bad experience with Champix. The 1st week went well and I stopped smoking on my stop date (24 May 2016). From that moment on I switched to 2×1 mg per day and everything went wrong! Low, depressed, headache, horrible dreams, cramps, maddening itchiness over my whole body and the absolute worst: palpitations! Totally not normal, it made me really scared! I went to the GP, had an E...
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Champix

04/06/2016 | | 32moderated by Henry
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

Haven't smoked for 2 years! I'm still really proud of myself and I genuinely believe that Champix is what has helped me achieve this. I'd recommend it to everyone. I used it for 8 weeks so I stopped earlier because towards the end my emotions were quite flat. We went to Disneyland and I couldn't enjoy it… I stopped taking the pills and I haven't slipped back.
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Champix

03/05/2016 | | 55moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for Stop smoking

I had been a smoker for 40 years. I stopped 8 weeks ago! Never saw myself as a non-smoker. It surprises me every day that this has worked for me.
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Champix

14/04/2016 | | 59moderated by Susan
varenicline tartrate (1mg) for bronchitis

after speaking to specialist I went to a tobaccologist and over the course of a few weeks I was given some really good advice, and I am gradually reducing my smoking. On 21 March 2016 I decided to completely stop smoking. From then on I haven't had one single problem and thanks to Champix I don't even want to have a cigarette. If I had known this earlier I would have stopped smoking a lot soone...
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Champix

03/02/2016 | | 51moderated by Susan
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

I've smoked since I was 16. Now, thanks to Champix, I've stopped. No problems with any side-effects or other people smoking around me. I'm surprised at how incredibly easy it was for me stop smoking.
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Champix

26/01/2016 | | 40moderated by Philip
varenicline tartrate (0,5+1mg) for Stop smoking

Champix has totally help me stop smoking. Whatever it does, it's a miracle drug. I did have to stop after eight weeks because of increasingly worsening rashes. Since then smoke-free for two months, but still suffering with the rashes. Shame.
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