Help to stop smoking (Asthma)

9) Varenicline (Champix®) and Bupropion (Zyban®)

Nicotine patches, gum and tablets

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Champix® is a non nicotine based medicine that reduces cravings and reduces withdrawal symptoms and can be four times more effective in helping you to quit than on your own.

To work it has to be started about two weeks before your “Quit date”.

  • Is not used in combination with Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
  • Is not suitable for some people so discuss with your GP, practice nurse or smoking cessation group leader.
  • Can be used for adults over 18 years.
  • Can be issued from selected community pharmacies.


  • Reduces craving and can double your chance of succeeding.
  • Changes your brain’s response to nicotine.
  • Is available on prescription from your doctor.
  • Is not suitable for everyone so it is best to discuss with your doctor your options.