What happens when you stop taking Champix?
You should take the full course of Champix as prescribed in order for it to be fully effective. Even if you think you’re beating smoking, try to finish the full 12 week treatment unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
Some people will experience withdrawal symptoms, especially if the treatment stops suddenly. These could include irritability or strong cravings. If this happens, your doctor can reduce your dose gradually or extend the treatment.
Taking Champix for a second time
When you finish the 12 week treatment, if you still have the urge to smoke your doctor might recommend a further 12 weeks. You can also ask your doctor for information on more treatments, such as counselling courses for stopping smoking. If you start smoking again, then it’s recommended to wait for a few weeks before taking Champix for a second time.
But it’s important to understand that Champix by itself won’t stop you from smoking, you need to have the willpower and determination to stop. You can consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information on how to quit smoking.