Quit-smoking drug Champix linked to adverse psychiatric effects: Health Canada

Jun 20, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Cape Breton Post

The Cape Breton Post OTTAWA - Health Canada has issued another warning about adverse neuropsychiatric effects linked to Champix, a drug intended to help smokers butt out for good.

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The makers of Champix knew that when they released it. BUT as they were financing the no-smoke laws, they had to recoup money.

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I tried to hang myself in october 2007 after being on champix for 3 weeks,this drug is a nightmare and has to be taken of the market.

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karen mcghee wrote:
I tried to hang myself in october 2007 after being on champix for 3 weeks,this drug is a nightmare and has to be taken of the market.
Karen, I read somewhere within the last few days that there are over 200 lawsuits against the drug maker. Maybe some research should be done by you.

How are you feeling now? Back to normal?

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I tried to hang myself in october 2007 after being on champix for 3 weeks,this drug is a nightmare and has to be taken of the market.
I'm glad that you were unsuccessful.

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"A number of patients taking Champix (varenicline tartrate) have experienced unusual feelings of agitation, depressed mood, hostility, changes in behaviour or impulsive or disturbing thoughts, such as ideas of self-harm or of harming others, Health Canada said Friday in an advisory."

These feelings from Champix, sound very much like withdrawal from nicotine, especially in those who have been heavy smokers.

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"A number of patients taking Champix (varenicline tartrate) have experienced unusual feelings of agitation, depressed mood, hostility, changes in behaviour or impulsive or disturbing thoughts, such as ideas of self-harm or of harming others, Health Canada said Friday in an advisory."
These feelings from Champix, sound very much like withdrawal from nicotine, especially in those who have been heavy smokers.
I highly doubt that any smoker quitting cold turkey has ever committed suicide.

However, those taking Chantix or Champix are now being warned that it can lead to suicide; as it already has for several hundred people on this mind altering drug.

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QT-pie wrote:
"A number of patients taking Champix (varenicline tartrate) have experienced unusual feelings of agitation, depressed mood, hostility, changes in behaviour or impulsive or disturbing thoughts, such as ideas of self-harm or of harming others, Health Canada said Friday in an advisory."
These feelings from Champix, sound very much like withdrawal from nicotine, especially in those who have been heavy smokers.
Can you say Bullsh!t! That's why airline pilots are forbidden from taking it. You really have to quit drinking that anti-smoking propaganda kool-aid! Not only does it cause physiological problems it the success rate as far as quitting smoking is only 1 in 11 when using the drug!
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I am a 37 year old stay at home mom, who has been struggling with a smoking addiction, and have been trying to quit for the last five years. I can cut down on my own to appx 1/2 doz per day, I decided to try the champix drug tp get over the hurtle. After taking the drug for 3 weeks, I didnt find that I had any suicidal tendencies what so ever, but I did find that my sexual inhibitions were out the window. I find myself boning my husband 2X a day, the milk man, the paperboy and the mail carrier and delivery guy that happens by. I dont know what to do with myself but I have quit smoking.

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Sally Sunshine wrote:
I am a 37 year old stay at home mom, who has been struggling with a smoking addiction, and have been trying to quit for the last five years. I can cut down on my own to appx 1/2 doz per day, I decided to try the champix drug tp get over the hurtle. After taking the drug for 3 weeks, I didnt find that I had any suicidal tendencies what so ever, but I did find that my sexual inhibitions were out the window. I find myself boning my husband 2X a day, the milk man, the paperboy and the mail carrier and delivery guy that happens by. I dont know what to do with myself but I have quit smoking.
Try smoking them also!
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I have been a smoker for 30 years and have tried many times to quit smoking. I have also tried many ways to quit. I am now on my 3rd week of Champix and have experienced Nausea, constipation, Food tastes funny (except ice cream), I am very thirsty, and have some interesting dreams. I recently had some marital stress and had a complete melt down and was out of control.I could not cope at all. Very depressed and flew off the handle at my son. This is totally out of character for me. Be warned . This drug can have some serious psychotic side effects. Haven't had a smoke tho.
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karen mcghee wrote:
I tried to hang myself in october 2007 after being on champix for 3 weeks,this drug is a nightmare and has to be taken of the market.
my wife and I were on champix and three weeks into the treatment my wife attempted suicide, thats why we've set up a site useing facebook (champix class action canada)anyone can join
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I am on day 11 of Champix, and consider it to be the MOST HELPFUL smoking cessation I have ever tried! Between zyban, the patch, and trying cold turkey, this has been the least painful method yet. I planned to smoke for the full 2 weeks, but found myself cutting way back on the first few days. Generaly smoke a pack a day, was down to a couple a day. Now I'm not smoking at all!(And I have to admit, I was kinda choked that I didn't wait a few more days to quit because of how fast acting it is).

I have had next to nothing for cravings (the odd 'pang' that was super easy to get past). One downside was that for about two days, I had horrible migraines. However, I took some Adil liquid gels and that was the end of them. Other than that, no physical symptoms that would ever stop me from taking my daily dose of this drug.

I think it's important to really tune in to your body and emotions while taking this drug. If you feel your mental and emitonal change are unaltered, then this drug may be suitable for you.

I am enjoying being a non smoker this time around mre than any other of the times I trie to quit smoking with different methods. I am sleeping better, fall asleep just fine (I sometimes take my Champix night pill at 11:00pm), and wake up feeling more happy. My fiance ha told me that my moods are better ince I've been on Champix. He's says I'm less moody, more patient, and generally seem happier. I would recommend this to anyone who is contemplating it. Just talk to your doctor to see if you'd be a good candidate. Good luck!
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"my wife and I were on champix and three weeks into the treatment my wife attempted suicide, thats why we've set up a site useing facebook (champix class action canada)anyone can join"

Money grabbing chancers. This drug has halped thousands to quit with a success rate of 60% which is far, far higher than any other method. It is well known that smokers have, shall we say, issues as it is, it's the giving up that makes them go chicken oriental, not the medicine.

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Lynda wrote:
I have been a smoker for 30 years and have tried many times to quit smoking. I have also tried many ways to quit. I am now on my 3rd week of Champix and have experienced Nausea, constipation, Food tastes funny (except ice cream), I am very thirsty, and have some interesting dreams. I recently had some marital stress and had a complete melt down and was out of control.I could not cope at all. Very depressed and flew off the handle at my son. This is totally out of character for me. Be warned . This drug can have some serious psychotic side effects. Haven't had a smoke tho.
Quitting smoking is a HARD thing to go through. I have tried with the patch, gum, and Chantix (yeah, I am American, but seriously was born in Mississauga. I have duel citizenship, so Canadian too). I experianced the same "side effects" on all of them. And yes it was similar to unusual feelings of agitation, depressed mood, hostility, changes in behaviour or impulsive or disturbing thoughts, and crazy vivid deams. I also noticed my sleep pattern was messed up while on all of them (nicotine withdrawl). Crazy when I started smoking again all the "side effects" went away!! Personally I think its more nicotine withdrawl than anyting.

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I am on day 11 of Champix, and consider it to be the MOST HELPFUL smoking cessation I have ever tried! Between zyban, the patch, and trying cold turkey, this has been the least painful method yet. I planned to smoke for the full 2 weeks, but found myself cutting way back on the first few days. Generaly smoke a pack a day, was down to a couple a day. Now I'm not smoking at all!(And I have to admit, I was kinda choked that I didn't wait a few more days to quit because of how fast acting it is).
I have had next to nothing for cravings (the odd 'pang' that was super easy to get past). One downside was that for about two days, I had horrible migraines. However, I took some Adil liquid gels and that was the end of them. Other than that, no physical symptoms that would ever stop me from taking my daily dose of this drug.
I think it's important to really tune in to your body and emotions while taking this drug. If you feel your mental and emitonal change are unaltered, then this drug may be suitable for you.
I am enjoying being a non smoker this time around mre than any other of the times I trie to quit smoking with different methods. I am sleeping better, fall asleep just fine (I sometimes take my Champix night pill at 11:00pm), and wake up feeling more happy. My fiance ha told me that my moods are better ince I've been on Champix. He's says I'm less moody, more patient, and generally seem happier. I would recommend this to anyone who is contemplating it. Just talk to your doctor to see if you'd be a good candidate. Good luck!
Thank you for a positive post. I will agree on the fact that I also was suprise on how quick it worked for me. Unfortnetly I was not able to get my persciption filled in time (I could not drive/walk because I had ankle surgery), and there was a pack of smokes right there for me. I gave in, and am still smoking I will go back on Chantix when I decide to quit again. The only side effect I noticed was with my sleep patterns, but I can't say it was from the drug. Sleep patters can be messed up from nicotine withdrawl. I just took an over the counter sleep aid, and it solved the problem.
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My husband has been taking Champix for three weeks. Initially I was quite supportive. After four days he started becoming quite agitated. Then angry at our children. After two weeks on the drug he told me that he hated me and stopped talking to me. He hasn't spoken to me in 10 days. He is vulnerable to depression but, he has never in our 20 year marriage acted this way before. I have tried to tell him that he has had a serious behaviour change but he won't believe me. He thinks that I am unsupportive. I can't bear to think that he might be on this drug for another 9 weeks...or more. Not sure what to do. He is like a different person and all of us are feeling the strain of his hostility. Any advice?

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My husband has been taking Champix for three weeks. Initially I was quite supportive. After four days he started becoming quite agitated. Then angry at our children. After two weeks on the drug he told me that he hated me and stopped talking to me. He hasn't spoken to me in 10 days. He is vulnerable to depression but, he has never in our 20 year marriage acted this way before. I have tried to tell him that he has had a serious behaviour change but he won't believe me. He thinks that I am unsupportive. I can't bear to think that he might be on this drug for another 9 weeks...or more. Not sure what to do. He is like a different person and all of us are feeling the strain of his hostility. Any advice?
Sure, it sounds like nicotine withdrawl along with another medication that is added to the body. Check out some (and not chantix, yeah from the states but born in Mississauga) websites on the effects of nicotine withdrawl. Chantix sort of blocks the symptoms of wanting nicotine, but may not block all the symptoms of nicotine withdrawl. Check out some USA (or other countries) websites too. The only reason I say that is because they do sometimes have different information (fr exmple the USA's Federal Drug Administration has different regulations than Canada's does). I have been known to check out Canada's websites for information, and when it comes down to it a body is a body no matter where it lives. The fact he has a history of depression may play into it too. Welbutrin -sp?(brand name, there is a generic now, at least there is one in the states) was the stop smoking pill in the USA before Chantix came out, but the results were not as good. It is also an anti-depressant. Maybe this would be a better option for your husband. It could kill 2 birds with one stone, so to say.
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Sure, it sounds like nicotine withdrawl along with another medication that is added to the body. Check out some (and not chantix, yeah from the states but born in Mississauga) websites on the effects of nicotine withdrawl. Chantix sort of blocks the symptoms of wanting nicotine, but may not block all the symptoms of nicotine withdrawl. Check out some USA (or other countries) websites too. The only reason I say that is because they do sometimes have different information (fr exmple the USA's Federal Drug Administration has different regulations than Canada's does). I have been known to check out Canada's websites for information, and when it comes down to it a body is a body no matter where it lives. The fact he has a history of depression may play into it too. Welbutrin -sp?(brand name, there is a generic now, at least there is one in the states) was the stop smoking pill in the USA before Chantix came out, but the results were not as good. It is also an anti-depressant. Maybe this would be a better option for your husband. It could kill 2 birds with one stone, so to say.
Yes, good point but since he doesn't seem to believe that he is acting differently it is impossible to convince him otherwise. He is a little scary actually. Not suicidal but homicidal. I am not a person who likes drama or reacts quickly to it but his behaviour is very unusual. I guess I'll have to ride it through and hope that he will come out of his aggressive, hostile personality change. Everything is black to him at the moment. I know that nicotine withdrawal makes a person act differently as well. In a negative way I mean, but that usually doesn't last this long. Thanks for the note.

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It could kill 2 birds with one stone, so to say.
I hope this comment isn't prophetic.

Champix (Chantix) has been banned by the FAA for use by flight crews and by the NHTSA for CDL drivers.
It's side effects were 1st denied and then downplayed by Pfizer. They have spent billions of dollars to hide the truth. If it wasn't for the general anti-smoking nature of todays medical community it would NEVER have been approved.
Just goes to show how unrestrained the power of the legal drug pushers has gotten.

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Yes, good point but since he doesn't seem to believe that he is acting differently it is impossible to convince him otherwise. He is a little scary actually. Not suicidal but homicidal. I am not a person who likes drama or reacts quickly to it but his behaviour is very unusual. I guess I'll have to ride it through and hope that he will come out of his aggressive, hostile personality change. Everything is black to him at the moment. I know that nicotine withdrawal makes a person act differently as well. In a negative way I mean, but that usually doesn't last this long. Thanks for the note.
Well, good luck (to both of you). My sleep patters were messed up for months after I quit somking, but luckily that was pretty much it. Unfortunetly I turned 21 shortly after, and could go to bars in the states. PA did't pass the clean indoor air act until last year, and some bars are still smoking near my house. That did me in, and I am a smoker again.

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