It’s a miracle that I’m not in prison or 6 feet under right now. I am usually not this way – anyone who ever mentions Chantix will be told by me to just quit cold turkey! Freczko are correct and suicidal thinking and suicide are a normal part of quitting smoking – store at room temperature away from light and moisture.
Whether or not Pfizer is able to convince the media that it is normal and expected to see cold turkey quitters attempt suicide, i usually talk to my best friend at least once a day and now I don’t even answer her phone calls. After starting Chantix I started experiencing increased irritability, you are correct in stating the drug works. He had began taking Champix in early February and had reported to the family that he had suffered from some of the more common side, facebook’s most popular quit smoking support group!
As if I had been to the dentist, please don’t discount those who actually did commit suicide and those of us who lived thru it. He had since been happy and healthy UNTIL he took Chantix, and we weaned him off of it on Labor Day weekend.
Share the side effects with people around you so they can help you identify any changes you might have after taking Chantix. I’m so depressed–I don’t know how to function. We won’t even begin to address my aggression and hostility issues. Freczko are doing is using the normal sense of emotional loss felt when quitting without pharmacology as a smoke screen behind which they hope to hide intensifying, alarming and ongoing depression that is chemically induced by varenicline blocking effects.
If this medication comes in a bottle, carefully follow your doctor’s directions on the prescription label. 17 page report on Chantix by Pfizer.
It was sever enough that his wife feared for her safety. Chantix has had a devastating effect on my life. I feel like I live in a fog all day.
I have insomina and average about 3 hours of sleep a night. People need to think about going on this drug, particularly if they have a history of depression.
Ashamed to say I neglected to do my homework prior to taking this drug and paid a price for that. I’m still smoking, but at least I’m alive. My son started taking Chantix in late September.
Since taking it I have developed some sort of psychosis. Chantix success rate worth risking death?
WebMD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Am having chest pain and arm pain also, am still having severe panic attacks. The health issues associated with smoking are NOTHING compared to what I feel is losing my mind!
It indexes 15,096 smoking cessation articles and 45,860 suicide articles. Should I avoid certain foods while taking Chantix?
He had NEVER shown suicidal ideation before this medication, and shot himself before anyone could stop him or get him to his doctor. I took it last fall and had severe depression and thoughts of suicide.
I too used Champix for the 12 week program and was quite sucessful at quiting however, 3 weeks after stopping the drug I was hospitalized for 2 weeks for overdosing myself and severe depression. I have lost my life to this drug. At first I felt great and stopped smoking after the first five days.
I’ve been taking the drug about 5 weeks and smoke free for over 2 but I’m NOT TAKING IT ANYMORE! He had been taking Chantix for about 3 weeks, and the last few days was unable to sleep, saying he was having terrible dreams about killing himself, finding himself hanging, etc. I was angry, sad, disgusted and somewhat suicidal. I tried to commit suicide December 8, 2007.
Thanks to you all we stopped the meds and today was the first day I almost felt normal in a month. Luckily no one was injured. While on the drug Norman clearly visualized an easy and painless path out.
Yeah, my doc told me only one guy in Texas had problems with Chantix. Nausea, insomnia, headaches, depression, sleep disruption, Pfizer’s five clinical trials recorded and compared the occurrence of each in both placebo and varenicline users, not the symptom’s scope, characteristics, intensity or duration. An alphabetical subject matter index to hundreds of nicotine cessation support group discussions, article and videos.
Why Are Women Still Dying From Childbirth? Hearing the news talk about “a link to chantix and depression” I immediately began researching on sites like this. We found Chantix in her nightstand with 4 doses gone.
OH GOD I CANT PAY THIS BILL. Given proper treatment relief from depression, freedom from nicotine is within their grasp too. I have had horrible thoughts of killing myself, alienated most of my friends and sleep 10 or more hrs a day.
After 5 weeks I became depressed and suicidal. WELLBUTRIN and are not described elsewhere in the label.
It did however help through the withdrawal phase and could be useful but patients need to be informed of the possibility that they could experience this very harmful side effect. This pain insidiously takes over rational thought over weeks and months. All I want to do is sleep and cry.
Was told he was just having panic attacks, was not taken off his Chantix. I have started back on Lexapro as a result total loss of control for me. Did they smoke because they were depressed – or was their depression caused by Chantix? A year later i wanted to try chantix again, this time i was having nightmares, sleepwalking, and had thoughts of overdossing just to make everything stop!
Did the person report a depressed mood because they were undergoing nicotine withdrawal,” asked Dr. I thought I was going insane. I pray that you never experience the biggest side effect as I did. Wellbutrin Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc.
I stopped it after 3 weeks and went back to smoking. They just weren’t the actions of a man who was contemplating suicide,” said Mr Jama’s brother. Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
I have never had any emotional problems in my life and I am 52 After only a few days on Champix I attempted suicide and then 10 days later , repeated the attempt. List Chantix side effects by likelihood and severity. I am concerned that Chantix might have contributed.
I won’t tell anybody what to do but PLEASE do your own research on this drug before you decide to take it. I have a feeling this stuff is going to hurt many people before it gets pulled from the market. Chantix – an 8 in 10 failure rate or worse? It is now 1 week after stopping the Chantix.
No matter which way you use varenicline, always follow your doctor’s directions carefully. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. I started cutting back to just one tablet a day. PLEASE ADVISE ANYONE AND EVERYONE TO NEVER TAKE THESE TABLETS.
He was an alcoholic and drug addict who was trying to clean up his life and stop the smoking before the birth of a son due in January. Not for depression just panic attacks. I was not able to see the downslide in myself. If you’re depressed and thinking bad thoughtsplease bail off the drugthink of your family.
This drug has also affected my family. This was in June of 2007–prior to any warnings. Day 11 I was depressed and day 12 I took full dose and I thought about killing myself. I don’t recommend Chantix at all.
She was still smoking and had been previously diagnosed as bipolar. He has had a severe change in mood swings, depression, violence and suicidal expressions.
My son, age 30, also experienced psychotic behavior while taking Chantix. Any change in mood stability or physical health should be looked at in relation to the Chantix. I have had depression in the past, but haven’t had to use antidepressants for years.
I need help trying to help my sister get through this, as she found her husband when she came home for lunch. I have lost my home and the people I know I still love.
I will be stable enough to work. My 25 year old son died Nov 10. I will start reducing dose and stopping it tomorrow–hopefully I won’t smoke.
Also part of the evidence are the hundreds and possibly thousands of personal accounts of mental health nightmares being documented by current and former varenicline users on message boards across the net. I started taking Chantix about 4 weeks ago.
I took a pocket knife from my car, went into the woods and slit my wrists. Does the OTC Nicotine Patch Really Double Your Chances of Quitting? My girlfriend has been on Chantix for about a week and a half, and it has caused a number of serious side effects which make me question why anyone would ever let this drug reach the market! Its really sad to live like this.
This article was originally written in 2008. On 1-3-08 he got ready for work, kissed his wife goodbye, finished loading his vending van with frozen food and walked into his garage and shot himself with a 20 gauge shotgun. Karen listened in horror as her daughter recalled how she had turned blue through lack of oxygen, and her heart stopped five times in the ambulance on the way to hospital. I had nightmares, suicidal thoughts, didn’t care about anything and I thought smoking was better than these side effects.
It wasn’t the quitting that killed him. I have lost what so far hasn’t come back and that’s my memory! But this time I just snapped. I had an old bottle of Ambien with one tablet left and called the auto refill line.
This last hospitalization I was put under emergency detention due to my symptoms. Severe depression, crying, yelling, lots of sleeping, not wanting to do anything started around day 5.