Chantix Label Updated To Warn Of Suicide Risk

Jan 21, 2008 Full story: MediLexicon 337

“Patients who are attempting to quit smoking with CHANTIX should be observed for serious neuropsychiatric symptoms, including changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior”

Main Category: Smoking / Quit Smoking Also Included In: Psychology / Psychiatry Pfizer, who make the smoking cessation drug Chantix , have updated the drug's labelling in the United States to reflect the fact ... via MediLexicon

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“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

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#1 Jan 21, 2008
I guess it's true that those who take Chantix will stop smoking...one way or the other. I wonder if the 40% stop rate includes those who stopped following suicide.
Helpful One

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#2 Jan 21, 2008
Quitting smoking sure ain't easy, that's for sure. Too bad people are blaming all their ailments and depression on Chantix, though, when 99.9% of the time, it's due to lack of nicotine.

“Not One Puff Ever!”

Since: Dec 07

Quit Smoking 12/31/2007

#3 Jan 21, 2008
I can only speak for myself. I have been taking Chantix for almost four weeks without any major problems. Besides the horrific "gas" every thing else is normal with one notable exception:
no desire to smoke cigarettes.
Even with this warning on the label I will still get my Chantix refilled in two days.

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

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#4 Jan 21, 2008
Helpful One wrote:
Quitting smoking sure ain't easy, that's for sure. Too bad people are blaming all their ailments and depression on Chantix, though, when 99.9% of the time, it's due to lack of nicotine.
I hope it has worked for you, and I am sure that it works for many. However, I have never known anyone to become suicidal from lack of nicotine. I have heard stories of many drugs, like Chantix, which work on the brain's chemistry, and can chemically induce suicidal thoughts. That does not seem like a reasonable risk to take. Apparently, the FDA feels that way also.
Helpful One

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#5 Jan 21, 2008
Sheri wrote:
<quoted text>
I hope it has worked for you, and I am sure that it works for many. However, I have never known anyone to become suicidal from lack of nicotine. I have heard stories of many drugs, like Chantix, which work on the brain's chemistry, and can chemically induce suicidal thoughts. That does not seem like a reasonable risk to take. Apparently, the FDA feels that way also.
I don't personally know anyone who became suicidal from lack of nicotine, but it sure sounds possible to me, since the withdrawal symptoms from the addiction of nicotine can be very stressful and certainly causes depression.

You might be interested in reading all the nicotine withdrawal symptoms at the following link:

http://www.helpwithsmoking.com/nicotine-withd...

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

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#6 Jan 21, 2008
Helpful One wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't personally know anyone who became suicidal from lack of nicotine, but it sure sounds possible to me, since the withdrawal symptoms from the addiction of nicotine can be very stressful and certainly causes depression.
You might be interested in reading all the nicotine withdrawal symptoms at the following link:
http://www.helpwithsmoking.com/nicotine-withd...
No thanks. I don't see a need to read propaganda. I know that people become cranky when they quit smoking. I do not know anyone who has become suicidal. The drug, Chantix, though has that dubious honor and should be yanked from the market.
Helpful One

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#7 Jan 21, 2008
Sheri wrote:
<quoted text>
No thanks. I don't see a need to read propaganda. I know that people become cranky when they quit smoking. I do not know anyone who has become suicidal. The drug, Chantix, though has that dubious honor and should be yanked from the market.
It's not propaganda, but it's up to you if you want to educate yourself or not.

Unfortunately, Chantix has been blamed for some suicides due to the media spin. Those people most likely had mental problems prior to taking Chantix and quitting smoking.

Don't forget about the millions of people who have quit smoking using Chantix, with no problems.
Linda

Dayton, OH

#8 Jan 21, 2008
WE THE PEOPLE request that Congressional Hearings be conducted to expose the truth about smoking bans being imposed throughout the United States. We desire to once again be a free nation whose health is not controlled by special interest groups or foundations whose parent companies profit. The corruption behind these bans is widespread. We have the right as citizens to ask that Congress conduct an investigation, utilizing neutral experts who have no connection to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, World Health Organization, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation or any other organization or pharmaceutical company who has profited from these smoking bans. This petition has been signed by U.S. citizens who are of legal age to vote. This petition is not limited to one state. It is a national petition, as this plague has affected each state of these United States.

Smoking bans across the U.S. are legislated or voted in based on lies and pure greed for financial gain and/or power. We ask that the following areas be investigated:

1. Smoking bans are based on selected and cherry picked studies. Studies that show no causal relationship are either ignored, discredited or the author(s) discredited (sometimes to the point of professional ruination)
2. Ex-Surgeon General Carmona 2006 Report
3. The money behind the bans - the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
4. Those who profit
5. Who are the 53,000?
6. Why are total bans the law when we have OSHA whose job it is to protect all workers?
7. Global corruption (Congress must investigate the U.S. involvement)
8. Why are there no lifetime limits placed on donations from foundations?
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/conghearin...

“Not One Puff Ever!”

Since: Dec 07

Quit Smoking 12/31/2007

#9 Jan 21, 2008
Linda wrote:
WE THE PEOPLE request that Congressional Hearings be conducted to expose the truth about smoking bans being imposed throughout the United States. We desire to once again be a free nation whose health is not controlled by special interest groups or foundations whose parent companies profit. The corruption behind these bans is widespread. We have the right as citizens to ask that Congress conduct an investigation, utilizing neutral experts who have no connection to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, World Health Organization, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation or any other organization or pharmaceutical company who has profited from these smoking bans. This petition has been signed by U.S. citizens who are of legal age to vote. This petition is not limited to one state. It is a national petition, as this plague has affected each state of these United States.
Smoking bans across the U.S. are legislated or voted in based on lies and pure greed for financial gain and/or power. We ask that the following areas be investigated:
1. Smoking bans are based on selected and cherry picked studies. Studies that show no causal relationship are either ignored, discredited or the author(s) discredited (sometimes to the point of professional ruination)
2. Ex-Surgeon General Carmona 2006 Report
3. The money behind the bans - the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
4. Those who profit
5. Who are the 53,000?
6. Why are total bans the law when we have OSHA whose job it is to protect all workers?
7. Global corruption (Congress must investigate the U.S. involvement)
8. Why are there no lifetime limits placed on donations from foundations?
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/conghearin...
Please explain how this post is germaine to this topic, if you would please.

“Quit: October 14th 2007”

Since: Oct 07

Southeast,Texas

#10 Jan 21, 2008
CowboyLawyer wrote:
I can only speak for myself. I have been taking Chantix for almost four weeks without any major problems. Besides the horrific "gas" every thing else is normal with one notable exception:
no desire to smoke cigarettes.
Even with this warning on the label I will still get my Chantix refilled in two days.
I have went the full 12 weeks and beyond.Now I am free non smoker..wow what a life!I am free from worrying if I had enough cigs for the night the next day.
I am free from looking through my change in the truck or wallet to get the two packs to last me the day & 1/2.
I am free to sit in a restaurant with my family and not to worry about where the smoking area was.
I am free to travel now without trying to be the first one off the plane with cig and matches in hand worrying if the matches would work or not.
I am free from the stink and nasty ashes all over my clothes and truck....
Geez,I would rather risk a blue pill any day and be free,alot better feeling!

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

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#11 Jan 21, 2008
Helpful One wrote:
<quoted text>

Unfortunately, Chantix has been blamed for some suicides due to the media spin. Those people most likely had mental problems prior to taking Chantix and quitting smoking.
Denial, denial, denial. So, those with "mental problems" previously undiagnosed, get the happy surprise of discovering that as they are holding a gun to their heads? Are you a rep for Chantix?

“Smoke-free since Oct 20 2007”

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#12 Jan 21, 2008
Sheri wrote:
I guess it's true that those who take Chantix will stop smoking...one way or the other. I wonder if the 40% stop rate includes those who stopped following suicide.
Well lets see. Five million smokers die each year due to smoking related diseases. All smokers know the risks, so smokers are choosing to do something that will most likely kill them, or shorten their life. Does that sound just a bit like suicide to you?
A large percent (several times that of the general population)of individuals who are diagnosed with depression smoke - self-medicating? There are various estimates for the number of people with undiagnosed depression - usually about two thirds of the cases - we can logically assume that many of them smoke as well. So can smoking cessation lead to increases depression (taking away the self-medication) thus increased suicide - clearly it can. Can chantix add to the risk, probably in a tiny percent of individuals - a warning and some supervision seems an adequate answer. Lets not forget the that getting a large percent of smokers to quit has a huge value.
There are drugs out there that have substantial potential side effects with a much less potential gain. Examples: 1)Viagra - no one "needs" viagra, it doesn't save anyones life. yet it can kill you 2) mirapex - treats restless legs for god sake but can cause hallucinations.
Bromall

King Of Prussia, PA

#13 Jan 22, 2008
Sheri wrote:
<quoted text>
Denial, denial, denial. So, those with "mental problems" previously undiagnosed, get the happy surprise of discovering that as they are holding a gun to their heads? Are you a rep for Chantix?
That would be "Bertha" or whoever and he/she is still on chantix 1/3mg a day and wouldn't know about those side effects you get when you come off chantix.
Linda

Dayton, OH

#14 Jan 22, 2008
well, the antis appear to have a mental problem, aor at least act like they do, maybe they took chantix
Amy

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#15 Jan 22, 2008
Is there any news articles about peoples killing theirselves who was on chantixe?

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

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#16 Jan 22, 2008
LadyMac wrote:
<quoted text>
Well lets see. Five million smokers die each year due to smoking related diseases. All smokers know the risks, so smokers are choosing to do something that will most likely kill them, or shorten their life. Does that sound just a bit like suicide to you?
A large percent (several times that of the general population)of individuals who are diagnosed with depression smoke - self-medicating? There are various estimates for the number of people with undiagnosed depression - usually about two thirds of the cases - we can logically assume that many of them smoke as well. So can smoking cessation lead to increases depression (taking away the self-medication) thus increased suicide - clearly it can. Can chantix add to the risk, probably in a tiny percent of individuals - a warning and some supervision seems an adequate answer. Lets not forget the that getting a large percent of smokers to quit has a huge value.
There are drugs out there that have substantial potential side effects with a much less potential gain. Examples: 1)Viagra - no one "needs" viagra, it doesn't save anyones life. yet it can kill you 2) mirapex - treats restless legs for god sake but can cause hallucinations.
I object strongly to all of the above promotions of drugs with side effects longer than benefits. They should never be advertised on tv, in magazines, promoted by doctors, etc. They, in fact, should have the same strong regulations on advertising that tobacco has. The number three cause of death in this country is medical world. I still find it hard to believe that anyone would promote a drug, whatever its purpose, that clearly has suicide as a risk. One can always quit smoking when it threatens health. One can never take back the moment when he fires a gun at his head.

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

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#17 Jan 22, 2008
LadyMac wrote:
<quoted text>
Well lets see. Five million smokers die each year due to smoking related diseases. All smokers know the risks, so smokers are choosing to do something that will most likely kill them, or shorten their life. Does that sound just a bit like suicide to you?
A large percent (several times that of the general population)of individuals who are diagnosed with depression smoke - self-medicating? There are various estimates for the number of people with undiagnosed depression - usually about two thirds of the cases - we can logically assume that many of them smoke as well. So can smoking cessation lead to increases depression (taking away the self-medication) thus increased suicide - clearly it can. Can chantix add to the risk, probably in a tiny percent of individuals - a warning and some supervision seems an adequate answer. Lets not forget the that getting a large percent of smokers to quit has a huge value.
There are drugs out there that have substantial potential side effects with a much less potential gain. Examples: 1)Viagra - no one "needs" viagra, it doesn't save anyones life. yet it can kill you 2) mirapex - treats restless legs for god sake but can cause hallucinations.
After the Albrecht case was first reported, the FDA seems to have been flooded with adverse event reports. A computer disc was sent with 5,157 complaints, according to the TV station, which filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the agency. Suicide was reported 55 times. Suicidal thoughts were mentioned in 199 cases and 417 people complained of depression. There were also hundreds of mentions of anger, aggression, amnesia, hallucination and homicidal thoughts. An FDA spokeswoman told the station that 100 specific psychotic incidents in the US are being examined.
http://www.pharmalot.com/2007/11/chantix-and-...
Amy

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#18 Jan 22, 2008
Sheri wrote:
<quoted text>
I object strongly to all of the above promotions of drugs with side effects longer than benefits. They should never be advertised on tv, in magazines, promoted by doctors, etc. They, in fact, should have the same strong regulations on advertising that tobacco has. The number three cause of death in this country is medical world. I still find it hard to believe that anyone would promote a drug, whatever its purpose, that clearly has suicide as a risk. One can always quit smoking when it threatens health. One can never take back the moment when he fires a gun at his head.
Does you knowe somebody who kilt theirselves on chantixe?
Linda

Dayton, OH

#19 Jan 22, 2008
Commercials have already started on tv, class action suits over chantix deaths
Amy

AOL

#20 Jan 22, 2008
Sheri wrote:
<quoted text>
After the Albrecht case was first reported, the FDA seems to have been flooded with adverse event reports. A computer disc was sent with 5,157 complaints, according to the TV station, which filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the agency. Suicide was reported 55 times. Suicidal thoughts were mentioned in 199 cases and 417 people complained of depression. There were also hundreds of mentions of anger, aggression, amnesia, hallucination and homicidal thoughts. An FDA spokeswoman told the station that 100 specific psychotic incidents in the US are being examined.
http://www.pharmalot.com/2007/11/chantix-and-...
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