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Brand name: Champix

Champix is a brand of tablets containing the active ingredient varenicline. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Champix is used to help adults quit smoking. It helps to reduce the craving and nicotine withdrawal symptoms that you might feel when you give up smoking. Champix also makes smoking less enjoyable by blocking some of the chemicals in your brain.

Champix is to be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. It does not matter whether you have eaten or not.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: varenicline

Information for medicine and pack size:
Champix 1 mg film-coated tablet, 56

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What this medicine is for

Champix is indicated as an aid for smoking cessation in adults over the age of 18 years

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Capsular biconvex, light-blue film-coated tablet, debossed "Pfizer" on one side, "CHX 1.0" on the other
Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
56 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 October 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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