Champix is a medication that is used to assist people trying to overcome nicotine addiction when they quit smoking.
Champix, otherwise known as Varenicline Tartrate, is formulated from plant extracts and contains no nicotine so is not addictive or habit forming. It is a prescription-only medication.
It is designed to minimise cravings that are generally experienced when smokers withdraw from nicotine and it reduce the addictive effects. The smoker will feel less satisfaction from smoking, assisting them to quit.
How Champix works:
Most medication available to assist with stopping smoking contains nicotine. Champix has no nicotine.
Nicotine works on receptors in the brain and attaches to them. These receptors send a message and dopamine is released. Dopamine is a feel good chemical, causing feeling of pleasure and relaxation and it is this release that leads to the addiction. The effect of Dopamine is short lived so the body soon craves another cigarette in order to get more dopamine.
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