> Pharmaceutical Litigation > Chantix
Chantix is one of many smoking cessation drugs on the market. It works by binding to the nicotine receptors in the brain, preventing pleasure from smoking and helping to reduce withdrawal. The drug was billed by Pfizer as the most effective way to quit smoking. This may be true, but it is also the most dangerous option.
Chantix significantly increases the risk of adverse psychological events, including suicidal thoughts.
People taking Chantix report an increase in:
Those affected not only think about suicide, but may try to commit suicide. This is far more common with Chantix than other similar drugs. Of the Food and Drug Administrationâ€™s 3,000 reports of suicidal behavior and depression in people taking nicotine replacement drugs between 1998 and 2010, 90% of them occurred on Chantix. Of those who actually took their own lives, 92% were on Chantix.
In 2009, the FDA updated the label on Chantix to include a black box warning about the psychological side effects of the drug. But those who have researched the drug assert that this label does not go far enough and should advise patients that Chantix has safer alternatives.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Chantix, or if you have lost a loved one due to suicide while they were taking the drug, you deserve justice and compensation for your suffering. People who try to quit smoking are looking to improve their lives. The side effects of Chantix are unacceptable.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer are dedicated to seeking justice for the victims of Chantix. Contact us at (888) WITZER-6 for a free, no-obligation consultation.