▼Varenicline (pronounced va-re-nik-leen) (Champix – Pfizer), a nicotinic receptor partial agonist, is the first medicine of this type licensed for smoking cessation in adults. Launched in the UK in December 2006, the drug accounted for 14% of all prescription items and 22% of total expenditure, for smoking cessation products dispensed in the community in 2007*.1–4 Marketing materials claim that it has a “unique dual action”, a “significantly higher quit rate” than bupropion, and a “favourable safety and tolerability profile”. Here we discuss the evidence for varenicline and consider its role in smoking cessation.
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