Chantix Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Highlighted
Less than one month after the FDA warned about the risk of Chantix heart problems, a new study published in a Canadian medical journal finds that side effects of Pfizer’s stop-smoking drug may increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event by 72%, even among smokers who have no prior history of heart disease.
>>MORE INFORMATION: Chantix Heart Attack and Stroke Lawsuits
The Chantix lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits on behalf of users of this prescription medication throughout the United States. For several years, our lawyers have been representing individuals and families who are pursuing Chantix suicide lawsuits over the psychiatric side effects of the medication, which were not adequately disclosed to many users. Evidence is now mounting in support of lawsuits for heart attacks and strokes from Chantix as well.
According to a report published this week by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, smokers who took Chantix face a 72% increased risk of suffering a serious cardiovascular event, including a heart attack or stroke, when compared to smokers who were given a placebo.
These findings come only three weeks after the FDA warned that individuals with pre-existing cardiovascular disease may face an increased risk of heart problems and required Pfizer to update the warnings about the potential Chantix heart side effects. However, this study suggests that even individuals without pre-existing heart disease may face an substantial increased risk of problems.
The study looked at 700 smokers who participated in a number of clinical trials and found much higher rates of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events among smokers who took Chantix, as compared to those who took a placebo. One in 28 Chantix users had serious cardiovascular events, even though they had no history of cardiovascular disease or any other heart problems.
Although consumers turn to Chantix to help them quit smoking and improve their health, it appears that the drug may actually increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other heart problems people are trying to avoid by quitting.
We have been writing on this blog for some time that the side effects of Chantix outweigh the minimal benefits provided in helping people stop smoking. Two of the researchers involved in this new study found the findings troubling enough to agree that the FDA should now seriously consider issuing a Chantix recall.
Chantix is already the drug linked to the most reported adverse events of any drug on the market. Last month, France pulled the plug on the drug due to the risk of violence and suicide from Chantix, revoking government reimbursements for citizens who decided to risk taking it.
CHANTIX HEART ATTACK AND STROKE LAWSUIT
As a result of Pfizer’s failure to adequately study their drug and warn about the findings of this pre-existing clinical data earlier, individuals who have suffered serious heart problems after Chantix use may be entitled to financial compensation through a Chantix lawsuit for a stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular event.
The attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals who suspect that they or a family member may have a claim. All Chantix stroke and heart attack lawsuits are pursued under a contingency fee, which means that there are no attorney fees unless we are successful obtaining compensation for your injury.