Quitting Smoking and Side Effects
Champix is recognised as an effective aid to stopping smoking. It is not a replacement therapy, as it mimics some of the effects of nicotine, thus easing the classic withdrawal symptoms. Of course, as with any smoking cessation activity it is essential that you actually stop smoking. So when using Champix, quit smoking as soon as you start taking the drug.
As with many drug therapies there are reported side effects, but they are minor and many users do not suffer from them. The most minor effects are sleep related. Sometimes a person experiences insomnia, where sleep is interrupted or there difficulty in actually getting to sleep. Allied to this is an increase in remembered dream activity, or an increase in the vividness of dreams.
Sometimes people report an increase in headaches, or flatulence, but the most common side-effect seems to be nausea. Of the nausea sufferers the effects are mild and can be easily tolerated. One way to tackle this issue is to take the drug after a proper meal, and follow with a glass of water. The sleep-related side effects can be reduced by taking the evening dose after an evening meal, rather than just prior to bedtime.
When taking Champix, smoking is the problem being tackled. Any side effects are insignificant compared with the long-term health benefits. It is a relatively new medicine, so it as advisable to notify your doctor if you experience any other side-effects that are not covered in the leaflet accompanying your medication.