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husband stopped Champix and has sleep problems!

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My husband has been off champix for just over 2 weeks and he keeps getting up through the night about 4 times he walks out to the kitchen comes back to bed and goes back to sleep he knows he is doing it he just cant stop it and wonders what he can take so he can get a full nights sleep without getting up and down all night


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replied March 26th, 2011
husband stopped Champix and has sleep problems!
Hello.

Based on the description that your husband has stopped Champix just over 2 weeks back, there are two possible explanations for his sleep disturbance (related to Champix). Sleep disturbance can occur as a side effect of Champix, and it takes time for these side effects to go away even after stopping the drug. If he had similar sleep problems even while he was on Champix, this might be a possibility.

If he is having the sleep disturbances only after stopping Champix, they could be withdrawal effects of Champix itself.

He may consider a sedative-hypnotic medication, with low addiction potential. Two such drugs are Zolpidem and Zopiclone. He can also try Clonazepam, basically a benzodiazepine, but known to be good for sleep induction and with low addiction potential.

Hope this helps.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD


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