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Chantix, which is made and distributed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May, 2006 for use as an aid to quit smoking. The drug, which is intended to be used together with behavior modification therapy, showed early promise. Some reports suggested a 44 percent success rate after three months, and a 22 percent success rate after one year versus that of 16 percent for Wellbutrin.
This was welcome news considering that according to the Office of the Surgeon General, smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, not to mention the adverse affects of second hand smoke on non-smokers. Smokers are also finding it increasingly difficult to find places in which they may smoke.
But, the jubilation was tempered soon thereafter by reports of potentially serious side effects. While side effects at first appeared relatively minor, more reports of serious psychological ramifications began surfacing. The suspicion that some users of Chantix were having unique reactions to the drug gained national attention after the death of Dallas musician Carter Albrecht. He apparently experienced a psychotic episode with intense hallucinations after having had a few drinks while on Chantix.
If you are considering taking Chantix, you should first consult with your physician. You should obviously not take it if you are allergic to anything in it. But you should also let your physician know if you have had kidney problems, get kidney dialysis, are pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, are breast feeding or if you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements. This is particularly the case if you take asthma medications, insulin, or any kind of blood thinner.
You should also contact a physician if you or a loved one is currently taking Chantix, especially if you are experiencing any of its potential side effects, which include:
- Stomach pain
- Acid reflux
- Changes in dreaming
- Chronic feelings of depression
- Chronic feelings of extreme anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Acts of abuse
These side effects may not abate after you discontinue using Chantix.
If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering adverse effects as a result of using Chantix, you may be entitled to compensation. You can find out by consulting with a qualified pharmaceutical injury attorney.
If you are taking Chantix and have noticed that you are suffering from unusual bouts of depression or are having suicidal thoughts, consult with your doctor and contact PersonalInjury.com today to get in touch with a local pharmaceutical injuries lawyer who can take up your case.