Is It Safe to Stop Smoking with Chantix? By http://2stopsmokingtips.com
Introduction• There’s a lot of noise about Chantix with many people wondering if the stop smoking medication is safe. This presentation will answer all your questions about stop smoking with Chantix, a quit smoking pill manufactured and marketed by Pfizer Incorporated.
Chantix Many Not Be a Wonder Drug• But one thing we can say is; considering the controversies that have surrounded its use, Chantix may not be the wonder drug that will help you stop smoking,even though Pfizer Incorporated (its manufacturer) claims it has a 44% quit smoking success rate at 12 weeks.
Chantix’s Inflated Success Rate• Perhaps, in a bid to generate more sales, Pfizer, has failed and continues to fail to adequately inform consumers and smokers of the vital and salient fact that half of clinical trial users who effectively used Chantix for 12 weeks had gone back to smoking within 12 months.
FDA Warns About Chantix• Even the FDA’s safety warnings about chantix is pointer to the fact that the drug may not be ‘the miracle cure’ its manufacturer portrays it to be. This warning was issued as a result of the FDA’s growing concern about the potentially life threatening side effects of using Chantix. As a matter of fact, one of the many dangers of Chantix appears to be the onset of suicidal tendencies within days or weeks of applying the smoking cessation drug.
Chantix Side Effects• It has reportedly been linked to over 3000 reports of cases including suicides, heart trouble and aggression, according to a May 2008 study by the non-profit Institute for Safe Medication Practices that sparked the Federal Aviation Administration review.• Shortly after the review,the FAA banned the quit smoking pill Chantix from the list of drugs considered safe for air-traffic controllers and pilots in May 2008. Commercial Truck drivers have also been restricted from using Chantix.
What is chantix?• Varenicline is the chemical name of one of the most famous stop smoking aids around. In the US, it’s sold under the trade name Chantix while other countries market it as Champix. It’s a prescription medication manufactured and marketed by Pfizer Incorporated. You can view Chantix’s “full prescribing information” sheet as well as the “patient information” sheet. Call it a controversial medication and you won’t be far from the truth.
What is Chantix(2)• Chantix is a non-nicotine pill that blocks the part of the brain responsible for nicotine addiction. The simple thing Chantix does is to block nicotine from attaching to your brain’s receptors; in effect,this takes all of the pleasure and excitement out of smoking. However, the drug has been connected with a high risk of behavioral changes, depressed feelings, agitation, nightmares, aggressive behavior, hostility, unexplainable rage, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and, in many cases, successful suicide.• Livestrong.com mentions some of the long term Chantix side effects in an article published June 2011.
Is Chantix safe?• If you have never tried quitting before but just want to try,experts say you should not use Chantix at all. The new study published in the November 2nd edition of the journal PLoS One, an online publication of the Public Library of Science says the poor safety image of the stop smoking drug,Varenicline (Chantix) makes it highly unsuitable for first time quitters.
Is Chantix safe?(2)• Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said their investigation revealed that Chantix is connected with more cases of suicide,self- injury and depression far more than other drugs and methods designed to help smokers quit. According to them, the risks of taking Chantix simply overshadow the benefits.
Is Chantix safe?(3)• They therefore called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take warnings about the smoking cessation drug Chantix up a notch.• But in a swift reaction,Pfizer affirmed the use of Chantix as an effective stop smoking treatment for adults who want to drop off cigarettes, claiming that the PLoS One research “does not offer reliable scientific information.”
Is Chantix safe?(4)• This is not the first report about the potential side effects of Chantix. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Chantix in 2006, since then,there have been reports and cases of adverse events involving the use of the medication, leading the agency to put a black box warning on its label in 2009. The label change also applied to Zyban (Bupropion), another smoking cessation medication. The warning cautioned doctors and patients about the risk of hostility, depression and suicidal thoughts after using both drugs.
Is Chantix safe?(5)• But researchers involved in the PLoS One study say these warnings are just not enough. They therefore urged the FDA to update Chantix’s warning label, saying the mental risks of the drug is more than those of nicotine replacement therapies or even its competitor, Zyban.
Tragic Deaths Involving Chantix• Priorto this November 2011 study,Jeffrey Carter Albrecht, a popular Dallas Musician was said to have died just a week after taking Chantix. Although Pfizer Incorporated denied the claims, Ryann Rathbone, Albrecht’s girlfriend strongly linked his death to the smoking cessation drug,Chantix.
Tragic Deaths Involving Chantix(2)• Thereafter,Pfizer issued a statement affirming that to date data doesn’t suggest a relationship between Chantix and violent behavior.• Shortly after Albrecht’s death,Derek de Koff posted his nightmarish experience after using Chantix.• In May 2009, Sean Wain, a Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania man who had been using Chantix, killed his wife and committed suicide,leaving behind four minor children.
Tragic Deaths Involving Chantix(3)• According to the story, Sean Wain was prescribed Chantix to assist him quit smoking and he had been using the medication for about one to two weeks before he started to experience rage, which resulted in violent acts. This reportedly led him to shoot his wife twice with a 20-gauge shotgun and then turned the gun on himself. This violent incident took place on May 17, 2009.
So Many Chantix lawsuits• To seek justice, a law suit has been filed on their behalf. The Chantix murder-suicide lawsuit was filed by the estates of Sean Wain, 34, and Natalie Wain, 33 on May 9,2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.• Over a thousand Chantix lawsuits are reportedly pending in US courts, with most involving claims of depression and other behavioral changes as a result of using Chantix. A significant number of the lawsuits are wrongful and avoidable death lawsuits, filed by a Chantix lawyer on behalf of families who are victims of Chantix suicide.
Chantix and Heart Attack Risk• Suffice to say,Chantix has presented a whole new opportunity for legal practitioners,with some of them specialising as Chantix lawyers.• In June 2011, fresh information that implies a strong link between an increased risk of heart attacks and Chantix use emerged. According to the 700-person study, Chantix raised heart attack risk among people who already have existing heart disease. But a month after, July 2011 to be precise, a new review shows that the risk of serious heart problems exists for even healthy people.
Chantix and Heart Attack Risk(2)• The FDA requested for new warnings about the risk of Chantix heart attacks in June 2011, and required Pfizer to conduct a large meta-analysis of prior clinical trial to further review the risk of heart attacks with Chantix.• So,where does all these leave you, a smoker who desperately wants to drop off cigarettes? Sincerely,there is hope for you and below,we tell you what we believe you really need to quit smoking.
What You Really Need to Stop Smoking• At 2stopsmokingtips.com,we truly believe that smoking cessation can be successful only after you have dealt with your psychological addiction before your physical one. As soon as you deal with your psychological reasons for smoking, you will be better equipped to quit and more importantly for good.
What You Really Need to Stop Smoking(2)• Suffice to say that smoking cessation does not require patches, gums, herbs or even drugs. These methods are expensive, time consuming and potentially harmful. Most of them do not work and even when they work, smokers who use them reportedly relapse after 6-12 months of not smoking. For us, all that is required is a bit of motivation, self- belief and determination.
Quit Cold Turkey• We also advise you to apply “the mind over smoking” principle or approach (just like you have the “mind over matter” approach) and quit cold turkey. And even if you quit, relapse and quit again, the “mind over matter” approach will help you pull through that nasty symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. At the end of the day, it boils down to you quitting and fighting not to light up again. Sincerely, you can do it if you really want it. And we urge you to want to because the dangers of smoking far outweigh whatever benefits you say you are getting from it.
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