Chantix Concerns Prompt FDA Investiga...

Chantix Concerns Prompt FDA Investigation

There are 33 comments on the PharmaExec.com story from Nov 28, 2007, titled Chantix Concerns Prompt FDA Investigation. In it, PharmaExec.com reports that:

Pfizer's popular smoking-cessation drug Chantix came under a hailstorm of controversy last week as dozens of blogs and online forums lit up with complaints about side effects associated with the medication, ...

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Since: Nov 07

Dothan AL

#1 Nov 28, 2007
I've been on Chantix since 1 Nov 2007 and have had no suicidal urges. I have felt the need for an occasional smoke but a deep breath and the Chantix help me get past it. No smokes since 11 Nov 2007 (my own personal armistice day).
Barbie

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Nov 28, 2007
Hi, good to hear from another non smoker!!!! My quit day was Nov. 27th. I cant believe its been a whole month. I to have had no suicidal urges. I have had slight nausea now and then but most times I dont even think about ciggies. Chantix has been literally a life safer for me. I just pray that after the Chantix is can stay off the ciggies...Good luck to you....
Ken

Powhatan, VA

#3 Dec 3, 2007
I took this drug and now I want to kill it. Pfizer can send out their employees to try and stop this death. You won't know the damage is done until after it's too late. This drug can kill the customer. Die chantix die! Damage Done.
Pam L

Winnipeg, Canada

#4 Dec 3, 2007
One scary drug I am a nurse administrator and well know the anticipated side effects of quitting smoking What I experienced with Champix was not one of them I have never had any emotional problems in my life and I am 52 After only a few days on Champix I attempted suicide and then 10 days later , repeated the attempt I believe there needs to be a lot more data collection before this is deemed a safe drug to ingest

“Quit: October 14th 2007”

Since: Oct 07

Southeast,Texas

#5 Dec 3, 2007
I have been on chantix for 8 weeks..no bad side effects here either but after the 2nd week of going full dose and quitting I had to cut my dose down.The reasons were the lack of sleep.I did however enjoy the dreams..those only come once in awhile now.

If people didn't know to cut down the dose and communicate with their doctors I could see some concern here.Sometimes the full dose doesn't work with people.They are different in weight and chemistry.it affects people differently,even if they are taking any other medicines.

I am smoke free 7 weeks.I can't really chew Pfizer out at all,in fact this pill has saved my life.I could of no way quit without this drug.

Any drug will have it's pros and cons..this is one of them.When I weigh the damage from chantix or the damage from smoking.....uuummmmmmmm...I will take the damgage from Chantix any day!

“Smoking UP by 1% since Chantix”

Since: Oct 07

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#6 Dec 7, 2007
I agree that this drug needs to be looked into further. It does things that you don't know until it is too late. The doctors don't seem to be aware of the side effects or refuse to ignore them. That has cost me dearly but not as bad as the ones that lost their lives. Please FDA do what I assumed your job was and help the ones that are the not so FEW! If this drug "only" affected the nicotine receptors then why are people trying to kill themselves and getting violent or erratic while taking or as in my case coming off the medicine?

“Smoking UP by 1% since Chantix”

Since: Oct 07

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#8 Dec 14, 2007
Here is some interesting information about nerotransmitters. There are over 50 but only 4 have been studied. Pfizer ... what is in the cocktail of CHANTIX???

http://www.enotalone.com/article/4114.html

“Smoking UP by 1% since Chantix”

Since: Oct 07

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#9 Feb 18, 2008
Bumping this article back up to the top to make a point. Yes, I can and will not be quiet any longer about the deadly effects that are being looked into today from chantix. Proof is mounting every day with every new report that this drug is the cause of the side effects listed. It is a no brainer and needs to be looked into further. Oh yeah and Pfizer, keep your reps from posting more lies to back up your wallets before your drug starts WW3.
JimK

AOL

#10 Feb 25, 2008
Hi Virginia

I just noticed this site; I read the article that led to the creation of this site and what I found interesting was the pharmaceutical companies thoughts on what the problem is: The Internet.
It seems, in their opinion, that the internet gives too many people a voice in expressing their concerns about the drug companies products.

JimK
Dan

United States

#11 Feb 25, 2008
I strongly recommend everyone to check this site: www.adverse-drug-reaction.net . You can find adverse reactions to chantix

“Smoking UP by 1% since Chantix”

Since: Oct 07

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#12 Feb 25, 2008
Thanks Jim and Dan! Yes, I thought that was interesting too. So yep count me as one they better worry about because I will not back down or shut up about how this drug hurt me. I hope others will not be hurt by it either but have no other way to do anything. Report, mouth off, post on the internet and hope someone will think twice about whether they want to take the chance chantix will make them think suicide is a solution. It is not solution, it is a brain chemical imbalance induced by the use of CAHNTIX YES CHANTIX!
Floyd

Fairmont, WV

#13 Feb 25, 2008
I agree fully with anyone who has experienced any problems with CHANTIX. I understand meds affect people differently but to me I feel there was plenty of time to test it to prompt the warning that came out in "FEBRUARY 08" instead of when it first hit the market in '06. I spent 9 miserable months knowing I wasnt myself acting in ways that in 29 years I had never saw and didn't have a clue what was going on. Missing out on the once in a lifetime chance at creating life (my girlfriend is due to deliver a baby boy in a week) and I am not there to share that joy of a pregnancy because of the monster that CHANTIX created within me. I read the link that virginia posted http://www.enotalone.com/article/4114.html
and it made more sense and described how any why my mind was acting the whole time. CHANTIX does more than ease the cravings for nicotine for it turned me into someone I never dreamed I could be at a time that was suppose to be so wonderful but was so miserable for the both of us due to what CHANTIX created. I missed out on so much because my mind was so messed up from the after effects of this so called "miracle pill" for smokers. Severe anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, mood swings that you wouldnt believe. A priceless time pretty much ruined by what the creator of CHANTIX wants to pass off as nicotine withdrawals. PLEASE. Just wait till some of the millions using it have quit for months from nicotine and see the after effects in full swing. It may not affect all who takes it like it has some, but i feel the negatives will outnumber the positives in the end. I had mild suicidal thoughts after taking it but I am lucky that I have somewhat of a strong mind and with a baby on the way and a loving girlfriend that amazingly still talks to me although we are apart from each other I might have ended up the way almost 40 or so other people have. I thank God that I sought help when I did when I realized I was completely out of control with what my mind was thinking and am getting my life back on track at a time that I need to be. I have to take another pill just to get to that point (LEXAPRO) and for the last 2 weeks I have been able to regain control and feel quite normal almost to the point of before I took CHANTIX. I just feel due to the neglegence of some I missed out on a priceless time of my life that can never be replaced. Thanks CHANTIX.

“Smoking UP by 1% since Chantix”

Since: Oct 07

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#14 Mar 4, 2008
Who are the Pfizer supported professionals that are here suggesting people try this drug? There have been all sorts of assumptions that anyone who had side effects works for a tobacco company. Most of these false accusations do come from posters that currently or previously worked in healthcare. How long will it take for healthcare professionals to see the light - chantix/champix (varenicline) usage has plenty of posters supporting the listed side effects from Pfizer. At least some of the more serious mental health issues have gotten stiffer warnings but what about the medical severe and deadly side effects? Oh well if it helps more then it kills it must be just as good as penicillin. Sorry for you if it kills you or injures you.
pillsnsmokefree

Bybee, TN

#15 Mar 4, 2008
At least Lisa Flaiz is honest in this article when she states that Pharma has reps that blog about their drugs. Honesty is something Pfizer and their reps will not be held accountable too. Pfizer and their reps continue to lie and spread the lies about Chantix thinking they are in the comforts of their own homes. It is going to be a glorious day to see them all pay for the misuse of "rule and regulations".

By the way, has anyone see Zac, the pot smoker? Everyone was his "buddy", What happened?
Sarah

Calgary, Canada

#16 Jun 3, 2008
Unreal experience...
Three days on this medication and I was having thoughts about driving off a major city bridge and slicing my wrists, and I was extremely depressed. I am an RN, and for patients and myself, I usually advocate/take the 'non-pharmacuetical' approach, however with quitting smoking I wanted a kick start and spoke to my GP about Chantix. Ashamed to say I neglected to do my homework prior to taking this drug and paid a price for that. I could not believe the experience - I can handle wierd freaky dreams, but when I am having suicide ideation - well, I KNOW it was the drug. I don't need a new study to tell me this medication caused these side effects. What I did get was a very defensive pharmacist who went off on how maybe I have an 'underlying psychiatric disorder' or wasn't really 'wanting' to quit. Yes I see, it was all 'me' and had nothing to do with yet ANOTHER drug being released that causes more harm than good for patients. I consider that a pretty bold position to take given that the drug is actually under investigation now.

On a side note - The medical system itself is actually becoming one of the leading causes of death, injury, and illness - I am certain that the pharmacuetical companies are playing a large role in this.

Since: Feb 08

Estonia

#17 Jun 3, 2008
Sarah, no dreams, no slice anything, just some dilemm.
I am not clear, but tink I understand yours.
texan

AOL

#18 Jun 3, 2008
Nurse Sarah,

Were you going to slice your wrists as the car went off the bridge? That would be some fast slicing or slow falling.

“Smoke-free since Oct 20 2007”

Since: Nov 07

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#19 Jun 3, 2008
Sarah wrote:
Unreal experience...
Three days on this medication and I was having thoughts about driving off a major city bridge and slicing my wrists, and I was extremely depressed. I am an RN, and for patients and myself, I usually advocate/take the 'non-pharmacuetical' approach, however with quitting smoking I wanted a kick start and spoke to my GP about Chantix. Ashamed to say I neglected to do my homework prior to taking this drug and paid a price for that. I could not believe the experience - I can handle wierd freaky dreams, but when I am having suicide ideation - well, I KNOW it was the drug. I don't need a new study to tell me this medication caused these side effects. What I did get was a very defensive pharmacist who went off on how maybe I have an 'underlying psychiatric disorder' or wasn't really 'wanting' to quit. Yes I see, it was all 'me' and had nothing to do with yet ANOTHER drug being released that causes more harm than good for patients. I consider that a pretty bold position to take given that the drug is actually under investigation now.
On a side note - The medical system itself is actually becoming one of the leading causes of death, injury, and illness - I am certain that the pharmacuetical companies are playing a large role in this.
I am sorry you had such problems with chantix. As a nurse you would be aware of the problems almost every new drug has and the fact that some people will have problems with any drug. The pharm co's are big business and I don't defend some of their actions. On the other hand, as a nurse you must be aware of the enormous advances in medications and variour therapies using pharm products - for example the turn around of childhood leukemia, where 80% used to die now 80% survive - I would call that enoumously successful. Also - you are right the medical community is causing a huge number of deaths through their errors (not the pharms). Here is an article that will give you some interesting statistics
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/errback.htm
DRILLSSG

Phenix City, AL

#20 Jul 2, 2008
I have been taking chantix for one week now, I have had no vivid dreams, nausea, nor any suicidal thoughts and I have had two tours in Iraq. The only thing I have felt different is that when I do smoke I've noticed a terrible taste in my mouth which obviously makes the ciggs taste bad hopely I will have that terrible taste all the time and eventally I will quit smoking. I will monitor this drug as I take it and I have read all of the comments posted, I do have an open mind and this drug is quite new to the market. Hopefully this drug will be researched better by the FDA....

“Freedom...NOPE”

Since: Jan 08

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#21 Jul 2, 2008
DRILLSSG wrote:
I have been taking chantix for one week now, I have had no vivid dreams, nausea, nor any suicidal thoughts and I have had two tours in Iraq. The only thing I have felt different is that when I do smoke I've noticed a terrible taste in my mouth which obviously makes the ciggs taste bad hopely I will have that terrible taste all the time and eventally I will quit smoking. I will monitor this drug as I take it and I have read all of the comments posted, I do have an open mind and this drug is quite new to the market. Hopefully this drug will be researched better by the FDA....
Hi - I quit smoking for over 5 months after smoking for 44 years. I found some really nice people here to help me along the road of my quit. If you'd like this support come on over - I've never tried posting a link but I'm going to try it now - hope it works.
http://www.topix.com/forum/law/healthcare/TBP...

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