Stop smoking treatments
How does Champix work?
Champix is a prescription treatment containing the active ingredient varenicline. This reduces the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that occur when you stop smoking. For best effect, a 12-week course should be completed.
What are the side effects of Champix?
There are side effects associated with Champix. These can include headaches, feeling sick and digestive problems. In severe cases, it can cause changes in your behaviour and depression. Full details about side effects are in the patient information leaflet.
We will assess your suitability for Champix when you request the treatment. If you have any concerns, contact us via your Patient Record or speak to your GP.
What happens when you stop smoking
Quitting can be challenging, but the benefits to your body and health are significant. Smoking is the cause of 20% of all adult deaths in England. It's also proven to contribute to heart disease, lung cancer and stroke. Once you stop smoking, your risk of developing long-term illness decreases, your breathing can improve and you may find you have more energy. You'll also protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke.
Our stop smoking clinic
Request your starter pack and complete your consultation questionnaire. We will use this information to assess whether Champix is safe and suitable for you to take. If approved, we will make packs available to start your 12-week course.
Doctor's stop smoking advice
Champix can help you quit smoking by reducing cravings, but the most successful quitters are motivated to stop. Willpower is particularly important in social situations, like when you're out for drinks. You may want to improve your health, improve your chances of having a family, or save money. Taking up a new hobby or making plans for when your 12-week course is over could help you stay focused.
Stop smoking support
Telling your friends, colleagues and family that you're trying to quit can significantly support you. Ask them not to smoke around you, and find other ways to take breaks at work or socialise, like going to the cinema or going on a walk.
Hypnotherapy, acupuncture, or counselling are common non-medicinal alternatives to quitting smoking that work for many people.