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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Nana2

Ware Shoals, SC

#290 Feb 23, 2008
Are Smokers wrote:
<quoted text>
Dear Nana2.
Remember not to bring your gman relative into this.
Now, the woman you are responding to is dealing with a potentially life threatening condition brought on by smoking. If she continues to smoke, the probability is good that she WILL die. I would imagine that she has tried numerous ways to quit over the course of 31 years. Most smokers who have smoked that long do try and quit. Many people have taken Chantix and been successful in quitting. WHY does it SCARE you when smokers talk about quitting? Especially when the smoker is dealing with a significant health issue? You are so addicted to nicotine that you cannot even see straight. You can no longer smell, so you have no idea how bad you, your house, your car and anywhere you happen to be stink.You are so afraid of dealing with your own addiction that you become terrified when someone else deals with it. I quit smoking YEARS ago. I am still alive and happy. I can breathe. I can walk. I can RUN now. Distances. Like MILES. I can hike in the mountains. WHY does this scare you so bad? WHY does the idea of going without a smoke for the duration of a meal or the duration of a drink scare you? You really need to look at that. You are supporting a product-cigarettes- and an activity-smoking- that kills more people worldwide each year than Hitler did in his death camps during the entire war.
FYI: I was not telling her not to quit smoking...just to stay away from Chantix. You assume that I was telling her to continue smoking w/her problem? As my name should tell you...I am a grandmother & g-grandmother. I have lived a very productive life & am still going strong. What I do not tolerate in the 'liberal fascism' of our day...is to try & control others, period. This lady was very hurt by the way anti-smokers were treating her & she seemed so upset about it that she was willing to use a 'drug' that could well kill her. If you do not understand 'compassion' to another human...then you are a cold human being...period. I have seen too many people belittled on these forums & you or no one else has the 'right' to do that. You assume too much about me...& probably about others also. I do not have to smoke...I choose if & when I do though...not you or your type. I guess I can figure out just what you meant by not bringing in my gman relative...the gman as you put Him...is also my choice. My love of my fellow man has made my life very successful & happy. I don't want for anything...I have given my life to helping others since I was a very young woman. I have always tried to 'help people'...not belittle them & hurt them as you apparently like to do...have a good evening.
Ran

Scottdale, PA

#291 Feb 23, 2008
This is the first blog I ever contributed to. I am a very successful, highly educated business professional who also happens to have an extensive background as a healthcare professional. Having smoked for 27 years, I knew it was time to quit smoking . Not only for me, but for my wife and kids. They absolutely hated it and frequently verbalized their disgust with me regarding the habit. I made the decision to quit, heard about the Chantix wonder drug, discovered that my pharmacy benefit covered the drug as a non-preferred drug, scheduled a visit with my physician to discuss the treatment and subsequently started the course of treatment in November 2007. Chantix, a wonder drug in some respect in that I have been smoke free for 102 days. However, the price I'm paying is far more than the cost savings of the cigarettes and the Chantix copay. I took the drug for 10 weeks and discontinued the drug myself after experiencing some really horrible neuropsychiatric adverse reactions. With no history of mental disease, I was caught in an uncontrollable state. Unfortunately, I am still experiencing side effects and it has been 4 weeks since I discontinued the Chantix. Yes, the side effects remain even though Pfizer stated that the drug should be out of my system in 10 days. During the course of treatment, I was so focused on staying with the program and ensuring that I successfully stopped smoking that I avoided the warnings from my wife, my kids, parents and my siblings. My personality shifted from a very easing going intellectual man to a man that could fly off the handle with just the slightest stimulus. I am still experiencing this un-natural state and can be very verbally aggressive. I think if I was like this as a kid, I would have been the bully on the street who would not have thought twice about hurting someone verbally or physically. This is not who I am or should I say who I was. Along with the agitation is the periods of depression and suicide ideation. Why would I even consider this...I am very successful, live in a beautiful home, have a beautiful wife and 2 kids that are well balanced, active and straight A students. I've work hard, studied hard, and balanced the priorities in my life to ensure that I provided for my family and was actively engaged in my kid's educational and psychosocial development. In addition, I'm very actively involved in my church. It is very clear to me that my family has paid a price for me not smoking. It's pretty bad when your pride and joy children say "I don't like you anymore", "Who are you" or "You're really mean since you stopped smoking". I am experiencing severe headaches daily...almost 50-75% of my waking hours. To make things worse, the associated nausea is really sickening and I 'm having uncontrollable eye twitching which is distracting in itself. With 9 years of college, attainment of high scholastic honors as a healthcare professional and business executive, I am now in a position that I can hardly function mentally. The mental clarity is no longer there. How long will it be till others catch on that I'm not three steps in front of them. I can barely keep up with them mentally. I could go on and on....Pfizer has informed me that they have received reports from other individuals experiencing similar side effects and issues like me. Many of which still experience the side effects beyond the ten days after stopping the Chantix. My doctor has stopped prescribing Chantix and is trying to help me. I think Pfizer's Chantix fried my brain and all I can imagine is my perfect little world is about to crumble. If I had my choice... I think it would have been a healthier state for me to have continued smoking versus trying to do something good for myself like taking Chantix. Everything does have a price to it!
Wake Up Smell The Coffee

AOL

#292 Feb 23, 2008
Nana2 wrote:
<quoted text>
FYI: I was not telling her not to quit smoking...just to stay away from Chantix. You assume that I was telling her to continue smoking w/her problem? As my name should tell you...I am a grandmother & g-grandmother. I have lived a very productive life & am still going strong. What I do not tolerate in the 'liberal fascism' of our day...is to try & control others, period. This lady was very hurt by the way anti-smokers were treating her & she seemed so upset about it that she was willing to use a 'drug' that could well kill her. If you do not understand 'compassion' to another human...then you are a cold human being...period. I have seen too many people belittled on these forums & you or no one else has the 'right' to do that. You assume too much about me...& probably about others also. I do not have to smoke...I choose if & when I do though...not you or your type. I guess I can figure out just what you meant by not bringing in my gman relative...the gman as you put Him...is also my choice. My love of my fellow man has made my life very successful & happy. I don't want for anything...I have given my life to helping others since I was a very young woman. I have always tried to 'help people'...not belittle them & hurt them as you apparently like to do...have a good evening.
I brought up the gman because you threatened other posters with him a while back.
JimK

AOL

#293 Feb 23, 2008
Ran

Your story sounds a lot like mine. I have continued to suffer the side effecys form my use of Chantix (4 weeks) even though it has been almost 6 months since I discontinued its use. The side effects are not as severe as they were initially and I am hoping that they will disappear. If I knew then what I know now I would never have taken Chantix.
Good Luck and I hope your health and mental acuity returns to pre-chantix levels.
Finally, make sure you contact the FDA and the safety division of Pfizer.
Ran

Scottdale, PA

#294 Feb 23, 2008
JimK wrote:
Ran
Your story sounds a lot like mine. I have continued to suffer the side effecys form my use of Chantix (4 weeks) even though it has been almost 6 months since I discontinued its use. The side effects are not as severe as they were initially and I am hoping that they will disappear. If I knew then what I know now I would never have taken Chantix.
Good Luck and I hope your health and mental acuity returns to pre-chantix levels.
Finally, make sure you contact the FDA and the safety division of Pfizer.
Jim K thanks for your comments. I can't tell you how good it is to have someone tell you that they know how your feeling. If I could turn back time, I probably would still be smoking, but I know I would be happy and mentally stable. How are you dealing with it all?
JimK

AOL

#295 Feb 23, 2008
Are Smokers

You are just the the type of individual I have written about, the anti-smoking fascists. If you quit smoking years ago then why are you even here? It's interesting that you brought up Hitler, because from your writing it appears that you would probably have been right at home in 1930's Germany.

As I have written and I will continue to write, everyone knows that smoking kills, it's a fact that has been known long before the 1964 surgeon general warnings. The term "coffin nails" predates those warnings.
However it is people like you that would rid the world of all smokers regardless of the cost. You write that the Chantix has been shown to be effective but that is not true. It has not been on the market long enough to determine its true efficacy. The original studies were incomplete and excluded too many individuals for health reasons. The 44% quit rate that Pfizer boasted about in the original advertisements was only 7% higher then those individuals using a placebo. What has been determined at least through my use is that short term exposure to this drug has casued me more harm then long term exposure to tobacco has up to this point.
There are many individuals posting here and at other sites that have suffered through their use of Chantix but you would not care about that because in your mind Chantix "cures smokers" and that's all that matters.
JimK

AOL

#296 Feb 23, 2008
Debra wrote:
I have smoked for 31 years. I was told I have pre-cancerous lesions in my mouth. they have a good chance of clearing up if I quit smoking. I'll try to quit. Taking chantix. However, as much as I am put down, humiliated, treated as a 2nd class citizen, maybe I would put my life on the line to stop smoking so you non smokers would get off my back. So, looks like we ALL have a part in what goes wrong.
You have pre-cancerous lesions in your mouth; you need to quit. I know all about the anti-smoking fascists and I have utter disdain for them, but a large segment of the people that want us to quit are our loved ones. One thing the Pfizer studies has demonstrated is that the best way to quit is through a support group. Forty four percent of the individuals that Pfizer tested in one of their studies remained smoke free for one year. This compared to 37% of the individuals that were on a placebo. Both groups had support groups throughout the study. The difference in my mind is not great enough to use Chantix but it does demonstrate the use of a support group greatly increases your chances of staying smoke free.
The other factor mitigating against the use of Chantix is that individuals with almost any type of health or mental conditions were excluded from the study. Since there are no studies that reflect the effects of Chantix among this segment of the population and you admittedly have some health concerns I would be very leery about using Chantix. However, I do urge you to quit smoking.

Good Luck
Nana2

Ware Shoals, SC

#297 Feb 23, 2008
Wake Up Smell The Coffee wrote:
<quoted text>
I brought up the gman because you threatened other posters with him a while back.
Show me where I ever threatened anyone with a gman!
Just curious as to why you would say that...when it was 'Are Smokers' who had responded to me.
Wake Up Smell The Coffee

AOL

#298 Feb 23, 2008
Nana2 wrote:
<quoted text>
Show me where I ever threatened anyone with a gman!
Just curious as to why you would say that...when it was 'Are Smokers' who had responded to me.
There was a nana several months ago who threatened other posters with her gman relative. She told them that he would find out who they were and would investigate them. She was blocked by Topix for those actions and came back as nana2. She posted for another day or so and then disappeared. When you appeared, I thought you were the same person because of the name. I apologize for the mistake.
Nana2

Ware Shoals, SC

#299 Feb 23, 2008
Wake Up Smell The Coffee wrote:
<quoted text>
There was a nana several months ago who threatened other posters with her gman relative. She told them that he would find out who they were and would investigate them. She was blocked by Topix for those actions and came back as nana2. She posted for another day or so and then disappeared. When you appeared, I thought you were the same person because of the name. I apologize for the mistake.
So is it you that posted as 'Are Smokers'?
Kent

Frederick, MD

#300 Feb 23, 2008
Wake Up Smell The Coffee wrote:
<quoted text>
There was a nana several months ago who threatened other posters with her gman relative. She told them that he would find out who they were and would investigate them. She was blocked by Topix for those actions and came back as nana2. She posted for another day or so and then disappeared. When you appeared, I thought you were the same person because of the name. I apologize for the mistake.
Hey Stinky, been missing you... NOT!
Wake Up Smell The Coffee

AOL

#301 Feb 24, 2008
Nana2 wrote:
<quoted text>
So is it you that posted as 'Are Smokers'?
More than one person uses that particular computer. It sits in the lving room. If I am not careful, it will have someone elses handle on it. If I use the one in my bedroom or use my laptop that does not happen. As I recall, this has happened to sweveral other posters here on both sides of the smoking argument. I really do not care, because it is the thought that counts.

Since: Feb 07

Emigsville, PA

#302 Feb 24, 2008
Plagiarism is the practice of claiming or implying original authorship of (or incorporating material from) someone else's written or creative work, in whole or in part, into one's own without adequate acknowledgement. Unlike cases of forgery, in which the authenticity of the writing, document, or some other kind of object itself is in question, plagiarism is concerned with the issue of false attribution.
Discontent in Illinois

Foes of smoking ban gather at rural Illinois bar to plan protest
By Shane Graber
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
02/19/2008

SANDOVAL, Ill. Sometimes civil action begins in a rural bar called Fat's, where an ashtray sat on every table and the smoke hovered wall to wall.

About 200 people including bar owners, VFW members and patrons filled Fat's on Monday night for a tavern-hall meeting to discuss overturning or amending Illinois' statewide smoking ban established this year.

And as speaker after speaker insisted that people's rights were being stripped away, the crowd smoked. Inside.

On Jan. 1, Illinois became the 22nd state to pass a statewide indoor smoking ban, which prohibits smoking inside or within 15 feet of most public buildings. Boog Walker, owner of Fat's, stopped allowing smoking when the ban took effect, but it cut into business. Now if customers ask for an ashtray, he'll slip them one.

"I think it should be up to the bar owner," he said. "It's plain and simple. It ought to be up to you, and it ought to be up to the public."

Rob Alexander, owner of Industrial Tavern in Centralia, suggested that bars encourage smoking. That way, if someone gets ticketed, a large group could show up in court.

"Are you going to tell those guys who defended your country that they can't smoke?" he said pointing to men in VFW hats. "They fought for those freedoms."

Barb Pennypacker organized the get-together, what she called the smokers' rights meeting. An officer for the Salem Moose Lodge, she decided three weeks ago that the ban was violating people's right to choose.

"So I just picked up the phone and started calling people," she said. "And here we are."

She's collecting petitions and will deliver them to lawmakers in Springfield on March 15.

Some state lawmakers are seeking exemptions to the ban. One proposal would allow smoking in clubs. Another would let bars and casinos buy special licenses to opt out of the ban. One suggestion is to exempt semi-private organizations such as the VFW if members vote to do so.

Those measures were debated last week in a House committee but won't come up for a vote until this week or later.

Bar owners here reported Monday that revenue is down between 30 and 50 percent. The casino industry claims the ban already has caused at least a 17 percent drop in Illinois gaming business after just six weeks.

The American Cancer Society appears to be preparing for another lobbying battle. About 120,000 volunteers across the state have contacted their lawmakers asking them to keep the ban intact.

Wamac Mayor Butch Mathus, who officiated at the meeting at Fat's, urged residents to call lawmakers and sign petitions to overturn the ban.

"Are we going to fight for this or not?" Mathus yelled into the microphone.

The crowd applauded. At least those not holding a cigarette.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories ...
JimK

AOL

#303 Feb 24, 2008
Ran wrote:
<quoted text> Jim K thanks for your comments. I can't tell you how good it is to have someone tell you that they know how your feeling. If I could turn back time, I probably would still be smoking, but I know I would be happy and mentally stable. How are you dealing with it all?
Some days better then others. I have experienced physical side effects as well as mental issues from my use of Chantix. I have been taking Xanax for the anxiety and I would like to start weaning myself off of it. I also take a number of vitamin supplements I don't know if they help but I take them anyway. My physical issues, burning hands and feet, as well as some facial numbness are still with me, but they come and go. Its been nearly 6 months now and I am still not where I was before taking Chantix. However I have not gotten worse, so maybe the vitamins are helping. I read a post on another site where the individual stated that her symptoms were almost completely gone after one year away from Chantix. So I figure there is hope.
Wake Up Smell The Coffee

AOL

#304 Feb 24, 2008
JimK wrote:
<quoted text>
Some days better then others. I have experienced physical side effects as well as mental issues from my use of Chantix. I have been taking Xanax for the anxiety and I would like to start weaning myself off of it. I also take a number of vitamin supplements I don't know if they help but I take them anyway. My physical issues, burning hands and feet, as well as some facial numbness are still with me, but they come and go. Its been nearly 6 months now and I am still not where I was before taking Chantix. However I have not gotten worse, so maybe the vitamins are helping. I read a post on another site where the individual stated that her symptoms were almost completely gone after one year away from Chantix. So I figure there is hope.
You may want to monitor the vitamins you are taking. Taking too many vitamins can cause some of the symptoms you are describing.
http://chemo.net/newpage35.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic...
JimK

AOL

#305 Feb 24, 2008
Wake Up Smell The Coffee wrote:
<quoted text>
You may want to monitor the vitamins you are taking. Taking too many vitamins can cause some of the symptoms you are describing.
http://chemo.net/newpage35.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic...
Thanks for the Link. However my symptoms predated my vitamin intake. I started taking vitamins in response to my symptoms. I had originally checked with my physician on my use of vitamins and supplements and he said that they would not be harmful. However since I spoke with him I added vitamin D and Magnesium, I take 1000 i.u's per day of Vitamin D, in addition to what I receive from a multiple vitamin. My magnesium intake through supplements does not exceed the RDA. It is my understanding that it(D) is believed to help the immune system and that the RDA of 400 i.u's may be doubled. However, I did see an item on one of the links that did cause me some concern, an that is megadosing on Vitaminn D is not recommended for individuals with parahyperthyroidism. I have sub-clinical hyperthyroidism and I do not know if this is the same condition to which they are referring. I also do not know if the amount I take would qualify as megadosing. I have an appointment in two weeks with my endocrinologist (diabetes, thyroid) and will check with her. The other supplements that I take are alpha-lipoic acid (supposedly helps with glucose absorption), milk thistle (Dr. said I am wasting money,), which I will discontinue when I run out, Omega 3, magnesium ( also supposed to be helpful in diabetes), and Maca (energy). I will check the use of these supplements with her also.
The two conditions that I have are described as possible side effects of Chantix and I was not diagnosed as having either prior to using Chantix. The diabetes may have been questionable because I did not have an Oral Glucose test until after I started experiencing symptoms. My fasting glucose levels (going back 3 years) were slightly above average under the new guidelines (0-99) but still were in the 100 to 110 levels of the old guidelines and would not normally be associated with symptoms of more advanced diabetes, which I have. The Thyroid problem is not in question I had normal TSH levels in May of 2007 my last physical, they are no longer normal.
There is no doubt in my mind that my symptoms are directly related to my use of Chantix.
In closing, there was an interesting article in today's Business Section of the NY Times regarding a new drug for schizophrenia; the drug works on the neurotransmitter glutamate; this drug will be thoroughly scrutinized because of its potential for brain damage and final approval is not expected before 2011. Chantix, which also alters brain chemistry was approved within 10 months with very little testing conducted. I have sent a letter to my Congressman demanding to know why two drugs that work on altering brain chemistry are not treated equally by the FDA.

“Smoking UP by 1% since Chantix”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#306 Feb 25, 2008
Ran wrote:
This is the first blog I ever contributed to. I am a very successful, highly educated business professional who also happens to have an extensive background as a healthcare professional. Having smoked for 27 years, I knew it was time to quit smoking . Not only for me, but for my wife and kids. They absolutely hated it and frequently verbalized their disgust with me regarding the habit. I made the decision to quit, heard about the Chantix wonder drug, discovered that my pharmacy benefit covered the drug as a non-preferred drug, scheduled a visit with my physician to discuss the treatment and subsequently started the course of treatment in November 2007. Chantix, a wonder drug in some respect in that I have been smoke free for 102 days. However, the price I'm paying is far more than the cost savings of the cigarettes and the Chantix copay. I took the drug for 10 weeks and discontinued the drug myself after experiencing some really horrible neuropsychiatric adverse reactions. With no history of mental disease, I was caught in an uncontrollable state. Unfortunately, I am still experiencing side effects and it has been 4 weeks since I discontinued the Chantix. Yes, the side effects remain even though Pfizer stated that the drug should be out of my system in 10 days. During the course of treatment, I was so focused on staying with the program and ensuring that I successfully stopped smoking that I avoided the warnings from my wife, my kids, parents and my siblings. My personality shifted from a very easing going intellectual man to a man that could fly off the handle with just the slightest stimulus. I am still experiencing this un-natural state and can be very verbally aggressive. I think if I was like this as a kid, I would have been the bully on the street who would not have thought twice about hurting someone verbally or physically. This is not who I am or should I say who I was. Along with the agitation is the periods of depression and suicide ideation. Why would I even consider this...I am very successful, live in a beautiful home, have a beautiful wife and 2 kids that are well balanced, active and straight A students. I've work hard, studied hard, and balanced the priorities in my life to ensure that I provided for my family and was actively engaged in my kid's educational and psychosocial development. In addition, I'm very actively involved in my church. It is very clear to me that my family has paid a price for me not smoking. It's pretty bad when your pride and joy children say "I don't like you anymore", "Who are you" or "You're really mean since you stopped smoking". I am experiencing severe headaches daily...almost 50-75% of my waking hours. To make things worse, the associated nausea is really sickening and I 'm having uncontrollable eye twitching which is distracting in itself. With 9 years of college, attainment of high scholastic honors as a healthcare professional and business executive, I am now in a position that I can hardly function mentally. The mental clarity is no longer there. How long will it be till others catch on that I'm not three steps in front of them. I can barely keep up with them mentally. I could go on and on....Pfizer has informed me that they have received reports from other individuals experiencing similar side effects and issues like me. Many of which still experience the side effects beyond the ten days after stopping the Chantix. My doctor has stopped prescribing Chantix and is trying to help me. I think Pfizer's Chantix fried my brain and all I can imagine is my perfect little world is about to crumble. If I had my choice... I think it would have been a healthier state for me to have continued smoking versus trying to do something good for myself like taking Chantix. Everything does have a price to it!
I am so sorry. You are not alone. I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing your experience. May peace and happiness once again fill your life and home!
Kent

Frederick, MD

#307 Feb 25, 2008
Ran wrote:
This is the first blog I ever contributed to. I am a very successful, highly educated business professional who also happens to have an extensive background as a healthcare professional. Having smoked for 27 years, I knew it was time to quit smoking . Not only for me, but for my wife and kids. They absolutely hated it and frequently verbalized their disgust with me regarding the habit. I made the decision to quit, heard about the Chantix wonder drug, discovered that my pharmacy benefit covered the drug as a non-preferred drug, scheduled a visit with my physician to discuss the treatment and subsequently started the course of treatment in November 2007. Chantix, a wonder drug in some respect in that I have been smoke free for 102 days. However, the price I'm paying is far more than the cost savings of the cigarettes and the Chantix copay. I took the drug for 10 weeks and discontinued the drug myself after experiencing some really horrible neuropsychiatric adverse reactions. With no history of mental disease, I was caught in an uncontrollable state. Unfortunately, I am still experiencing side effects and it has been 4 weeks since I discontinued the Chantix. Yes, the side effects remain even though Pfizer stated that the drug should be out of my system in 10 days. During the course of treatment, I was so focused on staying with the program and ensuring that I successfully stopped smoking that I avoided the warnings from my wife, my kids, parents and my siblings. My personality shifted from a very easing going intellectual man to a man that could fly off the handle with just the slightest stimulus. I am still experiencing this un-natural state and can be very verbally aggressive. I think if I was like this as a kid, I would have been the bully on the street who would not have thought twice about hurting someone verbally or physically. This is not who I am or should I say who I was. Along with the agitation is the periods of depression and suicide ideation. Why would I even consider this...I am very successful, live in a beautiful home, have a beautiful wife and 2 kids that are well balanced, active and straight A students. I've work hard, studied hard, and balanced the priorities in my life to ensure that I provided for my family and was actively engaged in my kid's educational and psychosocial development. In addition, I'm very actively involved in my church. It is very clear to me that my family has paid a price for me not smoking. It's pretty bad when your pride and joy children say "I don't like you anymore", "Who are you" or "You're really mean since you stopped smoking". I am experiencing severe headaches daily...almost 50-75% of my waking hours. To make things worse, the associated nausea is really sickening and I 'm having uncontrollable eye twitching which is distracting in itself. With 9 years of college, attainment of high scholastic honors as a healthcare professional and business executive, I am now in a position that I can hardly function mentally. The mental clarity is no longer there. How long will it be till others catch on that I'm not three steps in front of them. I can barely keep up with them mentally. I could go on and on....Pfizer has informed me that they have received reports from other individuals experiencing similar side effects and issues like me. Many of which still experience the side effects beyond the ten days after stopping the Chantix. My doctor has stopped prescribing Chantix and is trying to help me. I think Pfizer's Chantix fried my brain and all I can imagine is my perfect little world is about to crumble. If I had my choice... I think it would have been a healthier state for me to have continued smoking versus trying to do something good for myself like taking Chantix. Everything does have a price to it!
Yes, everything does have a price to it. It's time for you to get an attorney and make sure Pfizer pays that price. Good luck to you.
Kent
John

Howell, MI

#308 Feb 26, 2008
I have personally quit smoking for 3 months cold turkey i am very in touch with myself and my emotions i know when somethings not right and i never once had the kind of suicidal and homicidal thoughts from cold turkey that i had the two weeks of taking chantix and helpfull one is just kind of ignorant trash talker that tries to cover up such situations if it weren't for people like you there would be no need to stop the smoking epidemic because chances are there wouldn't be one
Laura

United States

#310 Feb 29, 2008
I was on Effexor when I took Chantix for 2 weeks. The first week was fine, but toward the latter part of the 2nd week I really got scared. I was feeling suicidal feelings, deep dispair, hopelessness. just as bad as it could be. I even called the pharmacist at the drug company that made it to see if they heard of this. It had just been released at the time. She told me to stop taking it and I did, of course. I felt fine again after a few days. I am wondering since Effexor is a seratonin and dopamine affecting drug, if Chantix has a similar action (seemed to from the description) and maybe it was creating a Seratonin Syndrome (can be dangerous) or something similar.

Chantix works on neurotransmitters in the brain, pretty serious tampering going on there.

If I were truly suicidal, it would have put me over the edge. It was really, really bad. I felt like there was no hope to live for and that it was just blackness all around me and that I couldn't face another day. It went away after I stopped taking it.

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