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Chantix-Wonder Drug Has Downside

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Chantix, manufactured by Pfizer, was looked to by smokers as the answer to kicking a tough habit. It was approved by the FDA in 2006 as a drug to help people quit smoking. It acts in the parts of the brain affected by nicotine. Unfortunately, it appears that the dangers of the drug can’t outweigh the positive chance to quit smoking.

Investigators for the federal government are now researching Chantix because of reports that the drug increases thoughts of suicide and violent behavior. Other side effects, classified as neuropsychiatric behaviors, such as depression, agitation, and vicious nightmares have also been documented. Of course, the most distressing of these side effects would be suicide. 491 cases of suicidal behavior associated with Chantix have been noted by the FDA’s team of doctors. Of these 491, 420 are in the U.S. There have been 34 reported suicides in the U.S. alone.
In most cases these adverse effects resulted while actively taking Chantix. However, they can also occur after a patient has stopped taking the drug. If you, or a loved one is taking or has taken this drug, contact a physician immediately to report any changes in behavior or thoughts that include anxiety, depression, or suicide.