Toll-Free: 1-888-614-7730
Phone: (281) 842-8679
Toll Free: 1-888-614-7730

The Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Has Been Linked To Several Life Threatening Side Effects Such As Suicides and Suicidal Thoughts And Activities.

If you believe Chantix has had an adverse effect on you or your loved one, call one of The Voss Law Firm's pharmaceutical lawyers for a free confidential consultation. You may be eligible to recover compensation, including medical bills, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Our caring and experienced lawyers can evaluate your case, answer your questions, and help you understand your legal rights, including the filing of your Chantix lawsuit.

In early 2008, FDA officials acknowledged receiving troubling reports from Chantix patients throughout the United States. These reports included 34 cases of suicide and nearly 420 reports of suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and completed suicides.

As of July 2009, the most serious reports to the FDA involving Chantix were:

98 suicides in Chantix users

188 attempted suicides in Chantix users

According to a new study from the U.K. drug regulatory agency and the University of Bristol, any risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts is likely to be very small. This conclusion is at odds with earlier studies, though. The epidemiologist behind the new study says that larger studies are needed to further quantify the risk. Web MD reported that the study "compared the incidence of suicide and self-harm among smokers taking Chantix to that of smokers using the drug Zyban or nicotine-replacement products."

What is Chantix?

Chantix is used for withdrawals from smoking cessation, while going from nicotine dependency and continuing through nicotine recovery. Chantix, known by the generic name varenicline, works by blocking the effect of nicotine on the brain. When a person quits smoking, the lower levels of dopamine and other brain chemicals causes the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Chantix combats these withdrawal symptoms by stimulating the release of low levels of dopamine and other brain chemicals. Chantix also blocks the brain's nicotine receptors, so future cigarettes do not have the same effect, thus potentially stifling a relapse to regular smoking.

Chantix Side Effects

The Mayo Clinic states that participants in clinical trials have reported:

* Nausea

* Headache

* Vomiting

* Gas

* Insomnia

* Vivid, abnormal dreams

* Changes in the way food tastes

FDA Warnings

FDA warnings about using Chantix as part of nicotine withdrawal and recovery therapy begin with a 2008 advisory to health care professionals to be alert to and monitor for changes in mood and behavior in people taking Chantix. On July 1, 2009, it required varenicline to carry the most severe safety warning, the black box label. Dangerous Chantix side effects include:

* anxiety
* nervousness
* tension
* depressed mood
* unusual behaviors
* thinking about suicide
* attempting suicide

The FDA also advises consumers:

* tell your doctor about any history of psychiatric illness prior to starting Chantix

* changes in mood and behavior should be reported to a doctor immediately

* patients may experience vivid, unusual, or strange dreams

* it's evaluating varenicline for additional potential side effects, including angioedema, serious skin reactions, visual impairment, and accidental injury

* your ability to drive or operate machinery may be affected

As a result of the machinery warning, the Federal Aviation Administration has prohibited Chantix for pilots and air-traffic controllers on the job.

If No Recovery No Fee Guarenteed

The Voss Law Firm, P.C. represents clients on a local, national and international basis. We proudly serve companies and individuals along the Gulf Coast and around the globe on a contingency fee basis. Our law firm collects nothing unless we recover on our client's behalf.

Live Chat