Chantix Label Updated To Warn Of Suic...

Chantix Label Updated To Warn Of Suicide Risk

There are 335 comments on the MediLexicon story from Jan 21, 2008, titled Chantix Label Updated To Warn Of Suicide Risk. In it, MediLexicon reports that:

“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 me

Ukiah, CA

#334 Mar 20, 2010
Ask your Doctor if you should wean off. I weaned off, and only took it for 2 months, but I have started smoking again, ugh. I plan to take Chantix again to quit. Good luck!

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#335 Mar 21, 2010
I quit after 2 bouts of pneomonia when I could't smoke for over a week. The first time I tried lighting up one, I got sick just like I did as a kid after the first one, and went back to 2 packs a day. The second time I learned my lesson after not smoking for several days with the nicotine out of my system. Now I know that if I light ONE, I'll be back to two packs a day. Smoking is a personal issue that no laws or badgering by profit seeking companies or their lobbyists can change. I still enjoy the compamy of my smoking friends, and going to a bar ignoring the ban is an enjoyable experience. I gladly contribute to their "fine kitty"

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

Since: Jul 07

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#336 Mar 21, 2010
generalsn1234567 wrote:
I quit after 2 bouts of pneomonia when I could't smoke for over a week. The first time I tried lighting up one, I got sick just like I did as a kid after the first one, and went back to 2 packs a day. The second time I learned my lesson after not smoking for several days with the nicotine out of my system. Now I know that if I light ONE, I'll be back to two packs a day. Smoking is a personal issue that no laws or badgering by profit seeking companies or their lobbyists can change. I still enjoy the compamy of my smoking friends, and going to a bar ignoring the ban is an enjoyable experience. I gladly contribute to their "fine kitty"
You said what is absolutely true. People quit when and if they want to quit. They don't need badgering, and they sure as hell don't need a "magical" pill that may drive them to suicide.
Frisbee

Seattle, WA

#338 Mar 22, 2010
Sheri wrote:
You said what is absolutely true. People quit when and if they want to quit. They don't need badgering, and they sure as hell don't need a "magical" pill that may drive them to suicide.
Yeah,
So much better than the smokes that ARE suicide.

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

Since: Jul 07

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#339 Mar 22, 2010
Frisbee wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah,
So much better than the smokes that ARE suicide.


Man commits suicide after taking smoking cessation drug (drugs is drugs)
By Darkseid - Posted on January 23rd, 2008

http://tinyurl.com/ynnvv6

Man 'killed by anti smoking drug'
By Lucy Thornton 21/01/2008

A grieving wife claims her husband killed himself after taking a new anti-smoking drug.

Dad-of-two Wayne Marshall, 36, was found hanging shortly after
finishing a 13-week course of Champix.

Wife Emma, 28, said: "He went downhill so quickly. He stopped going
out. He closed himself off completely from everybody."

The Doncaster welder's suicide in November is the second linked to
the drug. TV editor Omer Jama, 39, slashed his wrists at his home in Bolton last October. A further 62 suicidal-type reactions have been reported to the medicines regulator.

Champix got NHS approval last July and has been prescribed to 20,000 people. Maker Pfizer was unavailable for comment yesterday.

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

Since: Jul 07

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#340 Mar 22, 2010
An anti-smoking drug, combined with heavy drinking, contributed to Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker's suicide, according to autopsy results.

The results released by Houston County coroner Danny Galpin confirmed that his cause of death was death by self-inflicted gunshot wound. The manner of death was ruled as suicide.

The GBI crime lab report says, "He was taking Chantix to stop smoking, which caused severe depression. On the day of his death, his severe depression caused him to consume large quantities of alcohol. This acute ethanol intoxication state, superimposed upon his severe depression, severely impaired his remembering, reasoning and cognitive abilities."

In 2008, an FDA public-health advisory warned that Chantix could cause mood and behavior changes, including "anxiety, nervousness, tension, depressed mood, unusual behaviors and thinking about or attempting suicide."

The GBI report says Walker's blood alcohol level when he entered the Houston Medical Center was 389 mg/dl. That's nearly five times the drunken-driving limit of .08% or 80 mg/dl, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Walker was Warner Robins' mayor for 14 years. He died Sept. 28, 2009 in the midst of a re-election campaign. His wife later told 13WMAZ that Walker was depressed about tax problems and their possible effect on his re-election.

The autopsy report gives this account of his death: "Wife heard a gunshot. Went in bedroom and found him supine on bed with an apparent gunshot wound of the head. EMS called. Transported to Houston Medical Center ER by ambulance. He was stabilized & transported by ambulance to Medical Center of Central Georgia. He remained in the Emergency Department until his death."

The report says Chantix was one of eight medications found in Walker's system.

"Everybody, especially close friends and family have got the big question: Why?" says Walker's friend, Sonny Watson.

Watson say he knew Donald Walker the day he was born, but it's the day of his death that still lingers in his mind.

"Talking to him on occasions and weekly and that kind of thing, about the campaign, about city business and other things and all at once it was shut off, it didn't ease off, it was just gone," says Watson.

Looking over the report, Warner Robins City Councilman Bob Wilbanks says six months later he still feels for Walker's family and the city's loss.

"Mayor Walker was not a perfect person, none of us are, but Warner Robins was as close to being perfect the day he died that it will ever be," says Wilbanks.

For Watson the findings bring some closure.

He says, "It was something that was kind of beyond his control, in deep depression and that kind of thing, it answers a little bit of why, not all of it, but a little bit."

And says he'll keep the good memories with the man he called one of Warner Robins' greatest leaders.
http://www.13wmaz.com/news/local/story.aspx...

“Just Say No to Smoking Bans”

Since: Jul 07

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#341 Mar 22, 2010
Three British Columbia residents are suing Pfizer, alleging the drug company's quit-smoking product Champix can cause serious psychiatric reactions.

Plaintiff Alicia Pickering, 34, said she was a normal, healthy woman until she started taking Champix to kick her smoking habit. Within days of starting the drug, the married mother of two experienced a dramatic change in personality and was consumed with thoughts of dying, she said.

"It literally felt like something had broken in my head," Pickering, of Sechelt, B.C., northwest of Vancouver, told CBC News. "Intense, severe depression overtook me. I would sit on the couch sobbing, not knowing why."

In a writ filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Pickering and two other B.C. residents claim Pfizer "negligently designed, tested, labelled, manufactured and marketed the drug to Canadians." According to the document, Pickering developed bipolar disorder after taking Champix.

The writ also claims the U.S. drug maker failed to warn customers of the adverse side-effects of the medication.

The allegations have not been tested in court.
Company backs product

In July 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered Pfizer to include a warning on Champix, marketed as Chantix in the U.S., to highlight the risk of serious mental health reactions, including changes in behaviour, depressed mood, hostility and suicidal thoughts.

Pfizer says the medication acts on sites in the brain affected by nicotine, helps ease withdrawal symptoms and blocks the effects of nicotine if a user resumes smoking

"Champix is a proven prescription aid to smoking cessation treatment that has helped many adult smokers quit," Pfizer Canada Inc. said in a statement emailed to CBC News. "All medications have potential risks, and patients should consult with their doctors to determine what medications are right for them."

Pfizer added that it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of the lawsuit "except to say that the company stands behind the benefits/risk profile of Champix."

More than 1.5 million prescriptions for Champix have been dispensed in Canada since it went on the market in this country in April 2007. Warnings on the monograph accompanying the drug in Canada note reports of serious neuropsychiatric adverse events, Health Canada said.

In January 2009, the department reminded Canadian patients to be on alert for mood and behaviour changes while taking Champix.

Health Canada says that as of Dec. 31, 2009, it was aware of 1,193 cases of suspected adverse reactions involving Champix. The majority of these were psychiatric reactions.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/sto...

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#342 Mar 22, 2010
The warnings should be required on all mandatory "no smoking" signs, above the snitchline number.

Since: Mar 10

Malvern, PA

#343 Mar 22, 2010
If you are concerned about serious side effects, visit www.aersdatabase.com for all adverse events reported to the fda.
Lora

Henderson, TX

#346 Jun 4, 2011
I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Chantix without a prescription) http://en.generic4all.com/champix-starter-pac... I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#347 Jun 6, 2011
Lora wrote:
I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Chantix without a prescription) http://en.generic4all.com/champix-starter-pac... I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.
Cyanide works a lot faster.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#348 Jun 6, 2011
What, general, you got a spam vs spam routine going on?

Got two people on this last page who have used Chantix.

Seems possible that neither committed suicide (although one has gone back to smoking, which could be argued as supporting the premise).

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#349 Jun 7, 2011
Hugh Jass wrote:
What, general, you got a spam vs spam routine going on?
Got two people on this last page who have used Chantix.
Seems possible that neither committed suicide (although one has gone back to smoking, which could be argued as supporting the premise).
Poor marketing strategy. Cyanide has no repeat customers.
Hugh Jass

Nashville, TN

#351 Jun 7, 2011
Perhaps people are finding that, when they stop smoking, they finally have the time for what they REALLY wanted to do with their lives--like, END them.
Virginia Lee

Hopewell, VA

#352 Jun 8, 2011
Hugh Jass wrote:
Perhaps people are finding that, when they stop smoking, they finally have the time for what they REALLY wanted to do with their lives--like, END them.
How crass ... your name suits you!

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