New Champix warnings

Safety advice for Varenicline (Champix) has been updated to warn of the risk of psychiatric symptoms and potential interaction with alcohol.

The TGA says its new product information aims to:

  • increase awareness that serious psychiatric symptoms have been reported in patients taking varenicline
  • stress the importance of stopping treatment with Varenicline and immediately contacting a health professional if these symptoms are experienced or observed.

Observed symptoms include changes in behaviour, thinking or mood and may include depression,