Beware of Chantix Problems if Considering Drug as Part of a New Year’s Resolution
It is that time of year where people resolve to kick bad habits, and deciding to quit smoking often tops the list for those addicted to nicotine. While Pfizer probably hopes that people will look to their prescription medication Chantix to help them quit, smokers should beware of the many serious, and potentially life-threatening, Chantix problems.
>>INFORMATION: Chantix Side Effects
Chantix (varenicline tartrate) is an effective smoking-cessation aid, but it has been found to come at a cost that many consider unacceptable.
Side effects of Chantix have been associated with reports of suicides, suicide attempts, unusual behavior, new on-set diabetes, accidents caused by seizures or black-outs and a possible risk of a severe skin reaction known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
Health Canada, which is the drug regulatory agency in Canada, recently issued a press release for those considering taking the Canadian version of Chantix, marketed as Champix. The government reminded potential users that there are a number of options available to help people quit smoking, both with and without prescriptions.
For those that do decide to use Chantix, Health Canada has made the following recommendations which would also apply to users in the United States:
- Patients, families and friends should be aware of any unusual thoughts, feelings or behaviors, especially those related to depression, agression or self-harm, and the drug should be immediately stopped if there are such concerns.
- Patients should notify their doctor if they have experienced depression or other mental health problems before taking Chantix, as these symptoms may worsen while taking the drug.
- Patients should not drive a car or operate hazardous machinery until they are reasonably certain that Chantix side effects do not adversely affect them
The Chantix attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who committed suicide, attempted suicide, were diagnosed with diabetes for the first time after taking the drug, suffered severe and debilitating injury from an accident or fall caused by a sudden blackout or seizure, and those who have developed a rare skin reaction known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
To review a potential case about Chantix problems experienced by yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.