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Veterans to Receive Warning Letter about Chantix Link to Suicidal Thoughts

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, June 23, 2008 11:40 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family, In The Workplace
Tags: FDA and Prescription Drugs, Dangerous Drugs, Smoking, Heart Attack, Lung Disease

The Veterans Administration is warning veterans who use Chantix about suicidal thoughts.  



IMAGE SOURCE:  Wikimedia Commons/ cigarette/ author: Tomasz Sienicki


The Veterans Administration is mailing letters to more than 32,000 veterans who are currently taking the smoking-cessation drug, Chantix (made by Pfizer), warning them of the drug’s possible side effects, which include suicidal thoughts.

The letter urges anyone who feels they are developing adverse effects associated with use of the drug, to consult their doctor immediately. Despite the risks, doctors will continue to prescribe the drug for the time being as they feel the benefits outweigh the risk for some patients.

A recent study of 143 veterans suffering from post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) who took the anti-smoking drug Chantix, found that 2 percent of users experience thoughts of suicide.

The VA’s  Smoking Cessation and PTSD Study’s main goal was to determine whether it is easier to quit smoking when smoking cessation treatment is used in conjunction with PTSD therapy, or if the two therapies are more effective delivered separately.

The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research has been investigating hundreds of reported cases of adverse reactions to Chantix use including accidents, mental confusion, loss of consciousness, psychiatric side effects, heart troubles, and vision loss, among others.  

Nearly 40 suicides and almost 400 incidents of suicidal behavior have been tied to Chantix, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

In May, the Federal Aviation Administration banned use of Chantix for pilots and air traffic controllers and most recently truckers were advised not to take Chantix.

The FDA approved Pfizer’s Chantix in May 2006 as a smoking cessation drug.

It acts at sites in the brain affected by nicotine by providing nicotine-like effects to help ease withdrawal symptoms. #

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