The Federal Aviation Administration today banned both pilots and air traffic controllers from using a anti-smoking drug called Chantix, after a medical group warned that the medication had apparently contributed to auto accidents and other mishaps that posed risks to both users and others.
Side effects of Chantix may include:
2. Liver damage and failure
3. Heart and cardiac problems
4. Throbotic events
5. Death or serious injury accidents
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In May of 2006, Pfizer received approval from the FDA to release a drug called Chantix, which was designed to chemically ‘trick’ the nicotine receptor cells in the brain to think that it was getting its ‘fix’ when in fact it was receiving a medication designed to prevent nicotine from binding with those same cells in the future. People who took Chantix were supposed to get the same temporary feeling of pleasure that they got from ingesting nicotine.
Given the reality that it was sometimes physically and psychologically impossible to persuade people to quit smoking, research and development departments at several different companies began to dedicate resources to finding a medication that would help people stop smoking and thereby save thousands of lives.
The FDA has issued a warning to consumers and medical professionals about the use of Chantix indicating “It appears increasingly likely that there may be an association between Chantix and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms.”
The warning follows the growing concern by public watchdog and protection groups of the safety of Chantix due to its reported links to suicidal thoughts and behavior. Chantix is a non-nicotine stop smoking prescription drug made by Pfizer. Approved in 2006 by the FDA because of it’s performance during clinical trials, Chantix eases the withdrawal by providing nicotine like effects and also by blocking the effects of nicotine if the person starts smoking again.
The FDA in its warning stated that people should report any history of of psychiatric illness before they start using Chantix, as well as asking patients, their families and doctors to closely watch for any changes in behavior or moods while using and after using Chantix.
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Smoking cigarettes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States every year, and has historically been one of the worst public health problems on record. Most of us understand the risks involved with smoking – heart disease, lung cancer and many other terminal conditions that can all be traced directly to smoking. Even most people who continue to smoke understand the risks involved, but their addiction to nicotine, one of the active ingredients in tobacco products, leads them to continue smoking regardless.
However, it wasn’t long before reports of side effects began to emerge from those who were taking Chantix. Some of these side effects were expected and somewhat minor in nature, and they included nausea, gas, sleeplessness, constipation, headaches and loss of the sense of taste, among other manageable symptoms.
These were not the only side effects reported, however. Recently, more and more stories have emerged detailing very strange behavioral side effects developing in those who were taking Chantix. These side effects including such non-scientific descriptions as ‘operating in a fog,’ loss of attention span and memory, depressive thoughts, thoughts of suicide and sometimes even violent outbursts that have led to even more violent confrontations.
It’s very early in the reporting process as of this writing, but if you are taking Chantix, seek the attention of a medical doctor immediately, especially if you’ve noticed any of these strange side effects. You should also contact a defective drug lawyer to make sure that your rights are being protected and, if necessary, enforced.^ Back To Top
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