The warning reads, for example: I dreamt of shadows coming out of my legs that were some sort of deamon or devilish thing. The vast majority appear to be using Chantix as a stand, and that the safety and efficacy of varenicline in people with serious psychiatric illness have not been established. He went into a field near his home and shot himself with a rifle.
I took myself off the drug and within 2, please think good and hard before taking. 2007 Dallas Morning News story — it made me a little scared to try it.
My dreams were still there and around that time the paranoia slowly started to kick in. My brother committed suicide at age 43 taking this horrific drug one week. See latest stories on Yahoo!
I absolutely feel like I have to write this: my experience on this was frightening. Both chose to keep smokers in darkness.
Chantix study users relapsed within a year. I just hope none of those other side effects come along! Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health bans Champix as causing serious side effects including suicide.
Pfizer updated its Full Prescribing Information sheet to warn physicians about “Neuropsychiatric Symptoms. I was looking forward to the rest of our lives together. Impacting truckers and bus drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that, “medical examiners should not certify a driver taking Chantix because the medication may adversely affect the driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. If you have insurance, please check it out and see if Chantix is covered now.
I did not think I would ever be able to quit but I am so glad I tried chantix. Hang in there and I wish you the best! I have the best husband in the world and by the seventh day could care less if we were together or apart. DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL WHILE TAKING CHANTIX!
I thought I was going insane. This happens to anyone that tries to stop smoking no matter how you do it. I was actually looking forward to experiencing SOME of what I’ve read but my dream patterns really haven’t changed.
He recently started a poll asking visitors if Chantix should be taken off the market until additional safety studies are done. My mouth did drop to the floor, which wasn’t a very pretty sight I’m sure, since I had four teeth pulled the other day. That really scared me so I stopped taking it.
EVERYTHING shows up as normal, no issues with either my cardio or pulmonary systems. It seemed to really be working for the first 2 weeks. Gut feeling was so bad, that I wrote a note that said, if anything happens to me, blame it on the chantix, put it into a top drawar in my house in case anything bad happened. Pfizer purchases full page ads in U.
Are nicotine weaning products a bad joke? I pray that you never experience the biggest side effect as I did.
I didn’t even know where to start looking for him. I was really worried about taking Chantix coming from a long history of severe depression and alchoholism. I took myself off the drug and within 2-3 days it was so much better. We now have an August 2007 case study of one smoker diagnosed with bipolar disorder, whose condition was stable for five years while taking valproic acid.
The other milder side effects were easily dealt with since I figured not smoking definately outweighs these. One user described the expected yet missing wanting relief sensation as though “smoking a carrot.
These symptoms have been reported in patients trying to stop smoking with or without Chantix. An alphabetical subject matter index to hundreds of nicotine cessation support group discussions, article and videos. I can quit taking it and keep smoking. According to his brother, “He’s got no history of depression and was never the sort of person you would see feeling sorry for himself.
Tonight he went on a rage and had to be removed from my house. The senior scientist for the Institute For Safe Medication Practices and a Wake Forest School of Medicine professor respond to the BMJ article sharing contrary UK data showing 377 cases of suicidal thoughts, 46 attempted suicides and 22 completed suicides among 5,110 UK varenicline users. It can be violence to anything around. The depression and the suicidal thoughts are there everyday.
Why does the announcement fail to share the gravity of the situation by at minimum revealing the total number of suicides among U. And I honestly didn’t think I would ever quit. 07 FDA Announcement – ” smoking cessation, with or without treatment, is associated with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and has also been associated with the exacerbation of underlying psychiatric illness. Within 24 hours of quitting, what percentage would have recognized onset of the same level of anxiety, anger, dysphoria, concentration difficulty and sleep fragmentation seen during previous failed attempts?
Two was just way too much for me. In addition, the 589 new reports of severe problems included 102 cases of possible hostility and aggression, 156 cases of depression and 56 cases of possible psychosis. Pfizer, in its zeal to generate sales, continues to fail to adequately alert smokers and users to the rather important fact that half of clinical trial users who successfully used varenicline for 12 weeks, relapsed to smoking within a year. The question is, how high?
All patients being treated with CHANTIX should be observed for neuropsychiatric symptoms including changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior. So please tell my why I almost succeeded in killing myself and putting my husband of six years who does not smoke and three children through the worst three days of their lives. At this point it’s like I completely gave up. It was completely out of character for him to be depressed.
I explained to my 11 year old that sometimes you just have to cry to get “things” out of your system and that I had been upset and just had to “get it out”. A depressed woman from Putney hanged herself almost three months after taking anti-smoking drugs thought to be risky for people with psychiatric illness. Anyone who ever mentions Chantix will be told by me to just quit cold turkey!
I am agitated and it’s very hard for me to focus. I am concerned that Chantix might have contributed. If you don’t really want to quit then don’t bother taking it because you’ll be wasting your time. Smoke free 3 weeks and going strong!
WHY DIDN’T MY DOCTOR TELL ME THIS COULD HAPPEN! Because smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death and hospitalization, something that costs the insurance industry hundreds of millions a year, yes they should cover Chantix. I was convinced I’d be making a missing persons report the next day.
NRT marketing commercials, clearly both smokers contemplating quitting and children contemplating smoking are being seriously deceived about the ease of quitting. As of the last couple years smoking heavily.
Varenicline blocks the ability of nicotine to activate a4b2 receptors and thus to stimulate the central nervous mesolimbic dopamine system, believed to be the neuronal mechanism underlying reinforcement and reward experienced upon smoking. Their entire Chantix experience will have been for naught, as their brain will soon be wanting or even begging for more nicotine. Thyroid problems are the one thing we have figured out and not been able to get under control. I wonder why some people have such awful side effects and some don’t.
I agree that no matter the cost its worth it. I tried to end my life but was saved by a co-worker. Has the Crown saved the corgi?
Shortly after quiting, I heard the story of this guy who shot his neighbor while he was on Chantix? Started taking Chantix 6 weeks ago, stopping today. Prior to January 18, 2008. The absolute worst side effect is the amount that I sleep.
In regard to “frequent” and “infrequent” side effects, if Pfizer does not know the actual odds of experiencing those it has listed, should it? Who takes the fashion crown? Has assignment awareness destroyed the credibility and utility of all Chantix study findings to date?
But he was normal in every other way. Hundreds of reports of suicides and violent reactions tied to the stop-smoking drug Chantix were left out of a crucial government safety review. He had booked a vacation to celebrate his 40th birthday. The cost of Chantix cannot be used to rationalize a reason for me to smoke.
Real-world Chantix users should expect substantially worse odds with Chantix. The health issues associated with smoking are NOTHING compared to what I feel is losing my mind!
This drug is dangerous and drs and pharmacists need to recognize. I decided i would rather smoke and die slowly then keep going through this horrifac experiance. Nicotine is a psychoactive chemical, a central nervous system and brain dopamine pathway stimulant. Suzy closed by asking, “has anyone else experienced this?
Let’s hope that the above, early one-year nicotine gum rates are not comparable as it could mean that Chantix’s real-world rate might actually be worse than gum’s. Explore Freedom’s hundreds of thousands of archived member posts on how to quit smoking. So good luck and good health. OH GOD I CANT PAY THIS BILL.
Could it be that the reason there are no news stories or medical journal articles about cold turkey quitters killing themselves when quitting is that non-pharmacology quitters always have an immediate escape route, a route blocked by varenicline’s nicotine blocking effects and 24 hour elimination half-life? I had dreams about killing people.
She brings summer with her! We had event tickets that night. A University of Newcastle professor’s letter in the Journal Addiction questions whether or not Pfizer’s controversial quit smoking pill varenicline is worth it.
I turned to my wife and told her I just wanted to die. 4b2 type acetylcholine receptors, the receptors known to be responsible for triggering dopamine release. Varenicline is a relatively new drug and without adequate user feedback medication safety officials may remain in relative darkness regarding some risks for years or even decades.
Twenty years ago, if a drug went through clinical trials and there were more serious questions, the attitude was, ‘Let’s do more studies. I am still trying to deal with the bouts of severe depression though. I haven’t tried this yet, but actually looking forward to some help.
Pfizer could have turned a new page in placing honesty and openness above corporate profits. I was having dreams of things I would never even think about, things that have never crossed my mind. There you’ll see a hidden comment sharing the original link, which is very likely no longer functional. Moreover, if blindness failure is observed, subsequent efforts should be made to determine if blindness failure is related to study outcome and, if so, to provide an estimate of treatment outcome adjusted for blindness bias.
I will be stable enough to work. After the 150 new Pfizer reports were added, the total jumped to 272. This is my 3rd week on Chantix, and I plan to quit taking it.
They close by advising that doctors prescribe varenicline with caution, that patients should be told to stop treatment and contact their doctor immediately if they develop suicidal thoughts or behavior, that varenicline should be stopped immediately if agitation, depressed mood, or changes in behavior are observed that are of concern to the patient, family, or caregivers, and that the safety and efficacy of varenicline in people with serious psychiatric illness have not been established. You’d think that nearly six years later, that Chantix clinical trial exclusion rates would have fallen below the average 28 percent rate seen in the original drug approval studies.