Quit Smoking : Or commit suicide trying!

Chantix (chemical name varenicline) is a drug sold by Pfizer to patients who wish to quit smoking.  The drug works by affecting dopamine, nicotinic and other chemical transmitters in the brain.

The rationale of Chanitx is that by activating these transmitters, a smoker’s craving for nicotine, and the pleasure a smoker perceives from nicotine, will be reduced. 

Patients taking Chantix have suffered dangerous and serious adverse side-effects.  These side effects include agitation, depression, onset of psychiatric illness such as psychosis, mania, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and hallucinations.

Chantix may lead to the recurrence of old psychiatric illness.  Some patients have attempted or committed suicide. Chantix patients have reported serious accidents, including car accidents, while on the drug.  In early 2008 and mid 2008, FDA issued an alerts about some of these serious adverse side-effects. While the rate at which these side-effects occur is not yet known, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices has reported that, by the end of 2007, Chantix accounted for more reports of serious drug adverse events in the United States than any other drug.

Pfizer has been slowly admitting that these Chantix side effects occur.  In November 2007, the Chantix label was updated to mention in a “post-marketing experience” section that Pfizer had received reports of depression, agitation, changes in behavior and suicide in patients taking Chantix.  In January 2008, Pfizer added more information to the label about potential risks of suicidal behavior, depression and other side effects.

As of 2010, Chantix is still regularly available to patients.

A THOUGHT:  What happened to the good ole’ days (not really that long ago) when people just grabbed a hold of their bootstraps when they wanted to take on a challenge, and simply said, “I can do this!”? Why is it that there is a drug for everything now. If I am too hyper, I can take a pill; If I am too sluggish, I can take a pill; If I can’t sleep, I can take a pill; If I am overweight, I can take a pill; If I am underweight… well… I can eat a cheeseburger, or two, or five!

Get a grip folks! For 10,000 years people have coped with life, stress and problems without a little pink pill and done just fine. You really can do anything if you put your mind to it… unless it’s the little blue pill (Viagra) you need. You can take those! Good Night!

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About Chase Morgan
Chase Morgan is just your average, ordinary All-American writer. Chase began writing several years ago, but never published anything until the "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?" blog launched in August of 2009. Chase simply got tired of standing around and just observing all of the craziness in the world, so this anxious writer sat down and wrote the first "Are YOu Friggen' Kidding Me?" article on August 19th, 2009. Now, any time something makes Chase say, "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?", the issue get's transformed into an article. Chase is currently single, homeless and living under a bridge in South Florida.

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