Champix is available on the NHS on prescription.

However, it is not available over-the-counter. Before you use Champix, a doctor will need to make sure it is suitable for you.

On this page, we’ll explain the different ways you can get Champix, as well as some of the other stop smoking treatments available on the NHS, and from pharmacies.

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Getting Champix from an NHS provider

Your NHS GP can issue a prescription for Champix. This can be fulfilled at any UK pharmacy or chemist. If you are trying to quit smoking, you can discuss whether medication might be able to help you by making an appointment with them.

The NHS also provides local stop smoking services up and down the country. Practitioners at these services can provide a prescription for Champix following a consultation. You can find stop smoking services close to you by using this search tool.

When you get Champix on the NHS, it will be offered at the NHS levy rate. Those who are exempt from paying prescription charges will not have to pay for the medicine, and be able to get it free of charge.

Getting Champix on a private prescription

If you have a private GP, they can issue a prescription for Champix. However, private GPs may typically charge for consultation, whereas NHS services are provided for free.

Getting Champix online

It’s possible to buy Champix from some online pharmacies. Again, a prescription will be required for this. If the pharmacy offers an online consultation facility as part of their service, their doctors may be able to issue an e-prescription for Champix.

Some online pharmacies fulfil existing NHS prescriptions, and in such cases, you may only have to pay the levy rate accompanied by a delivery or processing fee.

However, if you buy Champix online privately, you will have to pay the market price for it set by the pharmacy, which is likely to be higher than the NHS levy. provides Champix on a private basis. The price displayed on our site however is inclusive of the cost of the medicine itself, consultation with a doctor, and delivery.

Whenever you buy medicines online, it is crucial to ensure you do so from a genuine, regulated site. Look for the GPhC logo, and follow our other guidelines for staying safe online.

Can I buy Champix over-the-counter?

No. You cannot get Champix unless you have a prescription for it. This is so that a trained health professional can make sure that it is right for you before you take it.

It also needs to be taken as part of a smoking cessation programme also involving motivational support; and a doctor will need to provide guidance on this before you start taking it.

If you buy Champix online, you should therefore not trust any provider who offers to sell it on a ‘no prescription required’ basis. A prescription for Champix is always required, because it is a prescription medicine. If the site doesn’t have the capacity to issue a prescription through a remote consultation with a doctor, it must ask for a prescription to be presented.

Are there other smoking cessation treatments available on the NHS?

Yes. These include:

  • Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This is available in various forms such as patches, gum, lozenges, microtabs, inhalators and nasal sprays. They provide the user with a safer way of receiving nicotine. Many NRT products are available over-the-counter, but if you do take them, it’s better to do so in conjunction with advice and support from stop smoking services (as you would with Champix).
  • Zyban. This is a prescription-only oral tablet containing bupropion, a type of antidepressant. This is also taken in tandem with motivational support. Champix has performed more effectively than Zyban in clinical studies, but Zyban might be issued in cases where Champix cannot be tolerated.

Contact your local stop smoking services or your GP if you would like to find out more about the different options available.

Page last reviewed:  29/09/2021 | Next review due:  10/10/2021