Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It's also one of the most difficult. That's why so many people decide that they need a little help putting down the habit. Chantix has been shown to help overcome smoking addiction, but there's a darker side to the drug that is beginning to rear its ugly head. In some studies there seems to be signs that Chantix can trigger serious neuropsychiatric events within users. While it is a miracle drug for some, it can be a nightmare inducing medication for others. This is why lawsuits against Pfizer, the maker of Chantix, are beginning to appear in courtrooms around the country.
Just as Chantix has an impact on the way that your brain acts when you smoke, there is evidence that Chantix can also cause other problems. These include:
The drug has been linked to the shooting death of Carter Albrecht, a musician in Dallas, and many reports have been filed by users of Chantix that stated they began to feel depressed and suicidal after starting to use Chantix. While it's not entirely known just what causes the link between Chantix and these problems, the FDA has released a public health advisory concerning the issues and has stated that there is indeed a link between Chantix and neuropsychiatric symptoms like those listed above. Some suicides and deaths have been linked to its usage and as a result there are now lawsuits being filed against Pfizer, asserting that the drug company knew of the link but failed to report it. Given the recent debacle from Pfizer concerning their drug Paxil and the millions of dollars paid out by the drug company in those cases, this is an issue that could very well explode across the country.
Already a suicide warning has been attached to the drug in the UK, and recent label changes made by the FDA have also indicated the possibility of the connection. The FDA does agree that more evidence is needed to make a definitive connection between the drug and the increased mental problems, but both the FDA and Pfizer have admitted that the connection can't be ruled out. And as more evidence begins to appear, most have agreed that the link exists and needs to be addressed more clearly. If you suffer any of the above symptoms after you start using Chantix it's important to contact your doctor and talk about the problem and see if a different option exists.
Chantix has been used for the past few years as a stop-smoking aid. Combined with counseling and education it has shown to be effective in helping those quit smoking. It works by blocking the positive effects nicotine has on the brain, removing the sense of pleasure that it gives the smoker. Research is being done right now into its effectiveness at overcoming other addictions, notably smoking and gambling addiction. However, recent reports from users and some research is beginning to show that Chantix can cause negative mental side effects along with any positives it may bring. While they may be rare, they're very dangerous and could lead to serious problems.