The smoking cessation drug Chantix® has been linked to health risks by the Food & Drug Administration. Chantix was originally designed to assist adults who want to quit smoking, however recent studies show that Chantix may cause adverse side effects such as suicidal thoughts, aggressive and erratic behavior.
What’s the problem?
If you take Chantix in an effort to quit smoking and have experienced psychiatric problems, you should know that the drug could be to blame. Chantix has been linked to serious mental health events including changes in behavior, depressed mood, hostility, and suicidal thoughts. These side effects have been so serious that in July 2009, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) mandated that a Black Box Warning – the agency’s most serious safety notice – be added to the label of Chantix highlighting its association with mental health problems.
Chantix Side Effects
Other common side effects of Chantix include (but are not limited to):
- difficulty falling asleep
- psychosomatic illness
- radical alterations in dreams
- potentially violent changes to the patient’s personality and emotional state
As with any prescription medication, patients using Chantix should inform their physicians of any other prescription medications, vitamins, herbal stimulants and supplements, or over-the-counter drugs that they are already using. The combination of medications can lead to more extreme side effects. Women who are pregnant should not use Chantix, as the drug could potentially pass into breast milk and other necessary fluids, causing unknown side effects and complications for the unborn baby. People under 18 should also not use Chantix, as the drug has not been tested for teenagers.