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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

http://www.ismp.or g/QuarterWatch/201 0Q2.pdf "One year after the FDA required major new warnings about psychiatric side effects, varenicline continued to account for more reports of three different psychiatric side effects than any other monitored prescription drug. In the second quarter, varenicline accounted for 130 possible cases of clinical depression, 112 possible cases of hostilityaggressio n, and 70 cases of psychosis or losing touch with reality. Case reports of these serious side effects outstripped those from the most powerful antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs which are used more directly in vulnerable patient populations with mental disorders."  (Mar 25, 2011 | post #7314)

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Has anyone heard of Pfizer's Chantix

"The evidence shows that the numerous regulatory actions from the FDA and other restrictions have not succeeded in achieving substantially safer use of varenicline beyond a possible effect in reducing dispensed prescriptions. A major reassessment of this drug’s place, IF ANY, in a program of treatment to assist in smoking cessation is needed. Its association with reports of violence makes it unsuitable for use in any occupation in which lethal weapons are routinely available and used and poses risks to other sensitive occupations. Patient monitoring and prominent warnings have apparently not been effective in assuring safe use of this medication." http://www.ismp.or g/QuarterWatch/201 0Q2.pdf 8500 cases, so it is not just me who is bitching (Jill) or working to get this POISON removed. It is clear you do not care about us as long as it doesn't injure you. People have a right to know at WHOLE TRUTH!  (Mar 25, 2011 | post #71844)

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Chantix side effects sufferers - not cheerleaders

Here is the latest from the Institute for Safe Medical Practices ... "One year after the FDA required major new warnings about psychiatric side effects, varenicline continued to account for more reports of three different psychiatric side effects than any other monitored prescription drug. In the second quarter, varenicline accounted for 130 possible cases of clinical depression, 112 possible cases of hostilityaggressio n, and 70 cases of psychosis or losing touch with reality. Case reports of these serious side effects outstripped those from the most powerful antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs which are used more directly in vulnerable patient populations with mental disorders." "Nevertheless , a large volume of serious adverse event reports for varenicline continues despite a decline in dispensed prescriptions. The results are shown in Figure 1. This drug has now triggered reports of more than 8500 serious injuries. Figure 1 also challenges the claims that the numbers of reported injuries were mostly inflated by spurts in media publicity about sensational episodes of violence or suicidal behaviors. These data show that over 2 ½ years the flow of reported serious injuries has largely tracked the number of prescriptions dispensed 9 with a steady stream of reports that exceeds that of most other drugs." "The evidence shows that the numerous regulatory actions from the FDA and other restrictions have not succeeded in achieving substantially safer use of varenicline beyond a possible effect in reducing dispensed prescriptions. A major reassessment of this drug’s place, IF ANY, in a program of treatment to assist in smoking cessation is needed. Its association with reports of violence makes it unsuitable for use in any occupation in which lethal weapons are routinely available and used and poses risks to other sensitive occupations. Patient monitoring and prominent warnings have apparently not been effective in assuring safe use of this medication." http://www.ismp.or g/QuarterWatch/201 0Q2.pdf It looks as if removing this poison from the market is just right around the corner. Then those over 8500 seriously injured users (reported to date) will be vindicated! However we still have no solution to fix the damage. Chantix ... your days are numbered ;)  (Mar 25, 2011 | post #7282)

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Chantix side effects sufferers - not cheerleaders

Just saw the newest adds for this poison. What I want to know from Pfizer is ... Chantix causes the additional effects listed as side effect (negative actions of the drug), sometimes when you stop taking it like me. Then how is stopping taking it supposed to help those who have the serious negative effects? I also noticed the stats for successful quitters now includes the AND A SUPPORT PROGRAM. I am sure it is the SUPPORT and not the drug which has the most positive effect to help you quit. I get tired of those who say ... There are negative trolls who will blast me and tell me it's nicotine ...screw them. Quitting COLD TURKEY worked for me. And if being a rude, heartless, hateful, narrow minded, inflexible beeatch works for them (Jill), that's fine. They need to remember a pancake has two sides. I seriously don't mind people who disagree, it keeps life interesting...what bothers me are those that are so self righteous they cannot even acknowledge the other side). Here is the info straight from Pfizer ... "Important Safety Information Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using chantix to help them quit smoking. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking chantix, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after STOPPING chantix. If you, your family, or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression, or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia, or confusion, stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. Also tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems before taking chantix, as these symptoms may worsen while taking chantix." Where is the help for those who took your poison and only had serious problems when they STOPPED??? I understand more of your other pills is your answer and it helps your bottom line but it hurts the bottom line of everyone when the users of your drugs are no longer productive members of sociey! I guess some people need a stronger antipsychotic, huh Pfizer?  (Mar 25, 2011 | post #7281)

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Any side effects while on Chantix?

Sorry no males have answered or admitted to this side effect of chantix. Here are a few links to support your experience and link it to chantix. "Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), originally called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS) and also known as Restless Genital Syndrome or Mempin Syndrome (ReGS or RGS)[1][2], results in a spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal, with or without orgasm or genital engorgement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire. In one recent case, serendipitous relief of symptoms was noted from treatment with varenicline, a treatment for nicotine addiction.[13][14] " http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Pgad On the special I saw this on the woman decided taking chantix was worse the this disorder. Note varenicline is chantix. "A plausible mechanism of action in these cases may be nicotine acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, and interfering with the inflammation-relat ed disease process, as nicotine has vasoconstrictive effects.[66]" http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Nicotin e This is listed under theraputic uses for nicotine. Since chantix is made from the closest chemical relative to nicotine, cytisine, it is easy to assume it also has a similar mechanism of action. I hope you will stop using chanitx and find another way to quit smoking as it is only a more harmful substitute for nicotine in my opinion. It is your choice to risk it but who wants to quit enjoying sexual arousal?  (Mar 5, 2011 | post #2091)

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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

Still can't stop being mean? I will never stop trying to get others who have taken chanitx and had ill effects get over them and REPORT them. So get over it. Move on, this doesn't have to be part of your future. It is mine since the trials will not even start for another year. Maybe then Pfizer will have to devulge some of what they are HIDING! At this point I assume the results for the "crazy" people clinical trials they have not posted are not good for the business of pushing chantix as a cure all for smoking. I quit nicotine cold turkey and did not have the same results as quitting chantix. That proves to me it was chantix that caused my psychosis.  (Mar 5, 2011 | post #7303)

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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

You are type 2 diabetic, you use drugs to control it. Right now, with your rages, I would say the drugs are not working. In the past, you claim to have used methadone for your addiction. No wonder you say needed chantix to quit nicotine. I am different. The only time I ever spent in the hospital overnight in my adult life was from STOPPING chantix! When I lowered my dose, it made me nervous. I eventually went to the dr who suggested chantix. While trying to wean off chantix I ended up psychotic. It was due to critically low potassium. That day I took the last half pill of chantix. "Nicotinic AChRs may exist in different interconvertible conformational states. Binding of an agonist stabilises the open and desensitised states. Opening of the channel allows positively charged ions to move across it; in particular, sodium enters the cell and POTASSIUM EXITS. The net flow of positively-charged ions is inward." http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Nicotin ic_receptor I am sure those lawyers with higher IQ's can prove the psychosis listed as a chantix side effect have far more proof then wikipedia quotes. So go ahead and call me names and try and run me down. That will not stop me from posting what I know to be TRUE! BTW, I do work and earn more today then I did before taking chantix. Your comments about me and anyone who has or had a problem weaning or stopping chantix are uncalled for. The death wishes are over the top. You might want to check your comments before they become direct threats. To convey a death threat, even over the internet, is a felony.  (Mar 5, 2011 | post #7302)

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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

No it is drug users like you who are ruining this country. You cannot do without and spend more then you make. Now get up off your large butt and go to work. Pfizer made chantix to try and boost their profits idiot!  (Mar 1, 2011 | post #7298)

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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

Great, then invite these two bozos to join you on the "Has" thread. Bashing people who have problems stopping or weaning from chantix makes your day? We do not want to hear you putting us down for "having problems". Of course if you have no life and no real reason to promote chantix you would have been living rather then fighting on these threads for years. I am here because I did. I stay here because the studies and lack of quitters are proving my point. Chantix is more deadly then quitting cold turkey and only effective while using it, so why chance it?  (Mar 1, 2011 | post #7297)

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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

Now that the blame for chantix has switched from Pfizer to doctor, it will die a slow death. Pfizer shifted the responsibility to them. Those who have had previous mental health issues who take it have a greater risk and the doctors have been warned to avoid it's use in that patient population. The studies Pfizer has done so far to try and disprove this association have no results posted, which means the results were not favorable to their opinion. I still find it hard to believe there are ignorant people who think a lawsuit is fun or we took it to retire. Shows they are delusional and have no idea of how the justice system works. Good luck on recovering from your injuries. It is a long hard road but you can do it! The trials are expected to start in 2012 and take most of the year. Your chances of being picked as a representative are slimmer then the chances of having a reaction serious enough to justify a lawsuit.  (Mar 1, 2011 | post #7296)

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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

This post shows how LITTLE you know! I did stop taking chanitx and that is what made me change from a chantix cheerleader to a chantix hater. Funny thing is the hospital has not billed me or my insurance company for the forced stay at their facility. You can only sue if you have been injured. Your injury has to be severe enough to justify a lawsuit. We are not talking about an itch or a cough but death and/or hospitalization from the use of chantix. My labs showed a critically low level of potassium. Chantix is only a substitue for nicotine. Pfizer says chantix shows a greater affinity to the receptors then nicotine, meaning the acetylcholine is replaced or blocked by chantix. BTW, Pfizer has not paid for anyone's medical bills, yet! when they do it will not be millions but pennies on the dollar.  (Mar 1, 2011 | post #7295)

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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

Poor baby, you lost your flaming post. Your first posts were to wish death to Peggy, then anyone else who disagrees with you. This is typical psychotic behavior! You are mean. Your type 2 diabetes, from abusing sugar, has made you lazy. The second leading cause of preventable death will claim your life. Well, unless you step out in front of a bus, karma, lol.  (Mar 1, 2011 | post #7294)

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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

I also had this problem. At first I did not relate it to chantix. My hair has grow extremely fast in the last few years. I believe it is part of the way chantix affects the hormones, in this case the FSH, follicle-stimulati ng hormone. The good side is more donations to those who need wigs due to their health issues. Here is a link to folleculitis maybe it can help you. http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Follicu litis  (Mar 1, 2011 | post #7293)

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chantix - problems after quitting or weaning

Good luck Smith! You can quit without chantix making your life hell.  (Mar 1, 2011 | post #7292)

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Any side effects while on Chantix?

Chantix is a wolf in sheeps clothing. The drug does things to the female hormones but I am not sure what yet. She doesn't need sex as chantix is providing the dopamine to satisfy those urges. Here are a few links to the lastest news on chantix. "They noted that the patient population was predominantly middle-aged women, but “an unlikely age group and sex for assault and acts of violence toward others.” http://www.pharmal ot.com/2010/07/cha ntix-and-violence- what-patients-have -in-common/ "The same group of researchers released a report in July detailing the risk of violent and aggressive behavior on Chantix, which found that people affected by the drug had the tendency to lash out at anyone nearby, including loved ones and family members." http://www.aboutla wsuits.com/chantix -side-effects-link ed-more-violence-1 4986/  (Feb 20, 2011 | post #2088)

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