WARNING: Chantix / Champix + Bipolar ...
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#21 Nov 5, 2008
I too, tried Chantix and believed it to be a miracle drug. I am Bipolar and have been stable on lithium, Prozac and Seroquel for 3 years. Chantix was extremely effective immediately. I not only quit smoking, but did not even have the desire for a cigarette. I was smoking between 2 and 3 packs a day.
I quit the Chantix at day 18 because I began to hallucinate, which is not one of my regular symptoms.
I was really disappointed as the Chantix was the very first smoking cessation aid I've used that actually worked.
njc

Burlington, NJ

#22 Dec 2, 2008
I am familiar with the treatment of bipolar disorder and know that if one is bipolar and takes antidepressants, it exacerbates the problem. Antidepressants are for depression, but what do you suppose they would do when the person experiences the manic phase? Yes, make it much more severe. Most antidepressants effectively increase the amounts of the neurotransmitter serotonin and sometimes norepinephrine; Chantix blocks dopamine release. Although they work in different ways, all can affect your mood, ability to sleep and other behavioral characteristics. Certainly, as a pharmaceutical chemist, I would be very careful when altering so many brain chemicals in opposing directions, and a doctor should know this. I am also concerned that she was taking an antidepressant for bipolar disorder; she should have been taking a different class of medicine to regulate this disorder.
Nicki M

Kaleden, Canada

#23 Jan 7, 2009
When Champix/Chantix first came to Canada I was so excited and immediately began to take them.
I've gone through 2 Starter packs and a few full doses.
I too began to suffer strange thoughts and delusions. Panic attacks as well, which is something totally unheard of for me.
The champix was helping me with my smoking, but each day took on doom and gloom so badly that I reached the point of suicidal thoughts.
The day that a Logging truck drove past me, and me thinking.... If I just turn my steering wheel to the left just a little bit, it will all be over for me, was the last time I took the pill.
Husband left me because he couldn't tolerate my mood swings for almost a year
I now suffer with joint and muscle pain, and panic attacks, something that has NEVER happened before I began taking this little miracle drug.
That stuff needs to be taken OFF the market !
Does anyone know if there is a Class Action suit for Canadians?
jrm

Burlington, Canada

#24 Feb 16, 2009
see www.msmt.ca for class action info against Champix
DRusso

Vancouver, Canada

#25 Feb 16, 2009
I'm really greatful for these posts I saw two doctor's- both in the same clinic.(both said different things) The one giving me the champix only when I asked let me know that there has been "some reports of depression if you are prone" and could feel a little nausious. Well I figured I could deal with that, I did have some expierence with depression when I was a teenager alot of suicide ideation- one unsucsessful (obviously) attempt. So off I went. I filled the champix script a month or so later, after researching the drug. I have now been taking it for 2.5 weeks, not smoking... but not feeling well. Off I went to see the doc again and this one was very concerned and suggested that I stop taking it if it get's worse.. Body aches... ughhh sore boobs, so so so sleepy (good thing I am not working right now) very nausious after taking the pill...only for a little while after the morning one, the eve one ain't so bad. But the depression!!! only started a couple days ago, it was not affecting me the first couple weeks- then it just hit like a ton of bricks! Super rushie (like I did a big wack of speed) very ragie...A big AHole!(ask my partner) like more than usual!! I think about all the things that are or have gone wrong, all the depressing stuff in the last few years and it's all I can think about. I'm seriously considering going off champix...I'm just afraid I'll go right back to square one. I've tried the gum, patches, willpower...can't afford hypnotherapy (that would be my pick) Alan carr twice!! Any ideas, or even suggestions that may help me through this 12 weeks of hell??
griffiths

Heckmondwike, UK

#26 Mar 12, 2009
I today went to my doctor and was prescribed champix to quit smoking. I have never been diagosed with bi polar but did have post natal depression 4 years ago, and a few other bouts of depression since i was about 14 (27 now). I did also have one suicide attempt about 13 years ago. So after reading this im not entirely sure if i should even start this medication!! Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Nick

Dunnsville, VA

#27 Mar 17, 2009
I was simply taking Lithium and had recently tried Welbutrin to quit smoking which sent me into a mania until I figured out what was going on. A year later I gave Chantix a try. Within 2 days I felt funny, like the mania funny. I only assumed my medicine was not working correctly so I increased my dose by 1 pill. I am now into the chatix thing 1 full month and I feel like I might be fired and paranoia is settling in, and sleep is a thing of the past. My alcohol intake has also increased dramatically to where I cannot settle down without it. This month has been a living hell. I have obviously stopped taking the Chantix and tommorrow I will start taking Abilify as highly recomended by a close friend. I guess I can consider myself lucky to have found this article before it went too far.
Nick

Dunnsville, VA

#28 Mar 17, 2009
DRusso wrote:
I'm really greatful for these posts I saw two doctor's- both in the same clinic.(both said different things) The one giving me the champix only when I asked let me know that there has been "some reports of depression if you are prone" and could feel a little nausious. Well I figured I could deal with that, I did have some expierence with depression when I was a teenager alot of suicide ideation- one unsucsessful (obviously) attempt. So off I went. I filled the champix script a month or so later, after researching the drug. I have now been taking it for 2.5 weeks, not smoking... but not feeling well. Off I went to see the doc again and this one was very concerned and suggested that I stop taking it if it get's worse.. Body aches... ughhh sore boobs, so so so sleepy (good thing I am not working right now) very nausious after taking the pill...only for a little while after the morning one, the eve one ain't so bad. But the depression!!! only started a couple days ago, it was not affecting me the first couple weeks- then it just hit like a ton of bricks! Super rushie (like I did a big wack of speed) very ragie...A big AHole!(ask my partner) like more than usual!! I think about all the things that are or have gone wrong, all the depressing stuff in the last few years and it's all I can think about. I'm seriously considering going off champix...I'm just afraid I'll go right back to square one. I've tried the gum, patches, willpower...can't afford hypnotherapy (that would be my pick) Alan carr twice!! Any ideas, or even suggestions that may help me through this 12 weeks of hell??
I'll let you know, I have been putting up with the pains and bad feelings for a month now and its not worth it to quit smoking. Just think of it this way. If you want to quit, you will some day, but not if you kill yourself trying.
Diane

Memphis, TN

#29 Mar 24, 2009
My husband is on Paxil (not bi-polar) and hasn't been on Chantix a week yet. He told me tonight that he woke up at 3:00 in the morning feeling weird and today while at work had a feeling of depression come over him for a very short time. I've told him to continue and if it gets worse, talk to the doctor before quitting. He needs to quit. He was smoking a carton every 3 days.
Brian

Fort Wayne, IN

#30 Apr 7, 2009
I recently quit smoking on chantix. I did have some side effects on the drug. Strange dreams, irritable. I often said chantix never wanted to make me kill myself, just everyone around me.
I'm sorry for those of you that had problems but a class action lawsuit? Really? Health care has enough obstacles without sue happy folks making it worse. You can't expect companies to test drugs under every known medical and mental condition in the real world. Perhaps you'd rather have no medicine?
Take all drugs with caution and read and research for yourselves. If you have a bad reaction to something stop taking it. Your doctor will never have as much at stake in the relationship as you do so don't trust him to hold your hand.
robert

Clayfield, Australia

#31 May 11, 2009
luv4artichokes wrote:
I am bi-polar, and have successfully quit on Chantix. Did experience the nausea and vivid dreams associated with Chantix, but no other psychological problems.
You have the right attitude. I have bipolar ( I am 32 yrs old) as well and am in my third week of champix. I have cut down from 50 cigarettes a day to 20 I I expeact that to improve to zero cigarettes. What people foret is that the mind is a very powerful tool. If you Psychologically set yourself up for setbacks and pessimism you can be sure the outcome will not only be probable but will eventuate. It is a state of mind. Bipolar or no bipolar CHAMPIX works! Onbe thing I will say is that i am under 2 weekly supervision of my psychiatrist to ensure thee are no advere symptoms related to lows or highs. It also depends on the MEDS one is taking for bipolar disorder. some interact differently to others. Personally I am on 1500 mG Epilim (sodium valporate), 8mg Edronax (SNRI) and 200Mg Solian (antiPsychotic) and have had no advrse effects with the inclusion of champix accept vomitting one morning after taking it on an empty stomach.

Think about it Guys.... A disability can be turned into a challenge. There are people with no arms, no legs, no limbs and other bodily parts that compete in para olympics, play basketball, fly planes and do all sorts of amazing things thta not even people without such disabilities can do. I say, be positive, be prudent and sensible, do your own research, consult with your GP and or Psychiatrist if you have one and make a valued informed decision.

It is working for me and will continue to do so. I do not crave every hour of the day for a cigarette anymore. I sometimes only have a quarter of one and throw it out.

Keep well all of you and remember, you may have a condition known as Bipolar disorder but you are not bipolar. The bipolar is the illness it is not you and does not define you. People that play out the victim go through there whole lives blaming everything on someone else. Take charge, take control and make it happen for you!

Good luck to you all.

I inherited Bipolar from my Grandfather and was diagnosed in 2000. I have had many years to research and it has taken time to find thr right medical regime on minimalistic medication. I am a firm believer that 2 much medication plays havoc with anyones biochemistry and 2 many drugs in the system makes it 2 difficult to work out what is causing what and what is creating what side effects.

I work full time but am always happy to give some quick thoughts to you, not advise, just suggestions if you feel you need a talking partner.

my email address is: [email protected]

REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT YOUR ILLNESS!!! YOU ARE YOU. THE ILLNESS DOES OPRESENT CHALLENGES, IT IS OUR DUTY AND GOALS TO OVERCOME THOSE CHALLENGES AND SUCEED IN WHATEVER WE DECIDE TO SUCEED IN.

KEEP WELL

WARM REGARDS,

Robert Levy
Sydney Australia
Lynne

Calgary, Canada

#32 Jul 3, 2009
I am lucky in that I have no history of bi-polar
or depression. But after being on champix and becoming more and more depressed, my feet hit the floor one morning and I cried because I didn't want to live the rest of the day. I don't believe my doctor is to blame. Doctors can only relay to patients what the government, drug companies and labs tell them. They rely on those tests. My doctor has the highest integrity of any doctor I have met in my 50 years. But this drug is garbage and it needs to be taken off the market
Lynne

Calgary, Canada

#33 Jul 3, 2009
My niece has done the laser treatment for smoking cessation and it works. In canada, the cost to smoke a pack a day works out to around 360.00 per month and the cost for laser therapy is about 300.00 and it works with no side effects. Google 'stop smoking laser treatment'. But stay off the Champix!!!!!!
dean

Brisbane, Australia

#34 Sep 23, 2009
Im on 600mg seroquel and have been on champix for 3 weeks, im feeling really tripped out , im getting cramps in my back, i get the shakes , jittery, and recovering from a virus , which im am starting to think was champix indused. anyone?
Susan

United States

#35 Feb 22, 2010
I was diagnosed with BPII recently and take lithium and pristiq. I'm doing great but want to quit smoking again. I quit once before with chantix with no problems but I'm concerned about this with my BPII medications. I'm just now back to "NORMAL" whatever that means after a tough 7 months. I'm glad I read everyone's posts. Thanks
Kim

Whittier, CA

#36 Feb 23, 2010
I had a very bad experience on the drug Chantix. I had been taking chantix for about a month, I had been having really bizarre thoughts but realized it was the drug. Then I mixed it with alcohol at a concert, two glasses of wine. I ended up in jail with a broken jaw and stitches in my chin. I had tried to fight three police officers!
This happened last Spring before the warning came out. Then a couple of months after that,(yes, still taking Chantix) I thought my B-friend was out to hurt me. I got a huge butcher knife and told I would kill him if he came near me. I ended up in jail on a felony.
Prior to these incidences I had no criminal record, no domestic violence issues, no alcohol issues. Nothing. Now I'm fighting in court over it all. My psyche is sensative and I could be prown to depression maybe, but I always had done yoga to stay mentally healthy. Be really careful. I would not take it again for anything.
Julie XOXO

United States

#37 Mar 3, 2010
My fiance is bipolar (diagnosed 21 years) and is on Depakote and Saphris. He has taken Chantix twice and both times he became irritated and violent. He was convicted of domestic violence against me twice (1 misdemeanor, 1 felony) right at the time he began his maintenance pack. It took us two rounds to figure out the Chantix was causing the reaction.
Pat

Colorado Springs, CO

#38 Mar 3, 2010
I just got done with 12 weeks of Chantix and I am bipolar 1 with psychotic features. I am done smoking. Chantix was great. My new endo gave it to me. She gives it to all her smoking patients. I was fearful at first but I gave it a go. I am glad I did. My best friend also tried it and she quit too. Three weeks after I started my husband went on Chantix and he quit too. I cannot say enough good things about Chantix as it has changed my life and the people around me. My husband and my g/f are bipolar 2 the depressive ones. None of us quit on the first week. It took about 6 weeks to put the cigarettes down and stop for good. In the meantime we all supported each other and got through. Don't do Chantix without a support system in place. Chantix was great. I could stand next to a smoker smoking and I did not want a smoke when I convinced myself I was done smoking. Chantix gave me & my loved ones the ability to stop craving and wanting to have a cigarette. I was able to get away from OCD'ing about wanting and needing a cigarette. I hope you don't let the stories about this drug scare you. Try it. Get a good support team in place and you will be glad you did quit.
Tanya

Greensburg, PA

#39 Mar 12, 2010
I am so glad to have come across this site. Doctors should have a portfolio on what BB11 should not use. I was taking lithium, norontin, and tegratol at the time when I went into a deep sleep. I slept continually for two weeks when I couldn't take the sleepiness and stopped the chantix. That very week going off it I slit my wrist. The most horrible thing other than this is that my son walked in after I had done it and thought someone had tried to kill me. I am better and my son is after therapy but it still seams like it has altered my personality 4 years later. My bipolar symptoms seem worse and my agitation level is higher. I don't believe this is a safe drug.
edward

Charleston, WV

#41 Mar 16, 2010
i am diagnosed bipolar and am on lithium 900mg. and lamictal 200mg. i was on chantix for about 3 weeks and had to stop taking it not only did i have dreams that were more like acid trips i also started sleep walking and doing things that i wouldn't normally do for instance and i dont mean this to be funny in any way, i woke up one morning and found my cell phone in the freezer and i had put my underwear in my freezer. i also woke up outside wearing my boxers and a t-shirt. obviously i stopped taking it. my family doctor told me that ANYONE that was bipolar and was taking any medications SHOULD NOT take chantix.

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