Pfizer Chantix Quit Smoking Drug FDA Suicide Advisory

I think it is a fair assumption to say that most people who smoke wish they had never started.  Unfortunately, it is a very rare occasion to quit smoking on the first attempt.  I personally know of a woman who used cigarettes as a weight loss tool.  She died of emphysema at the age of 57.  The woman was my mother-in-law.  Not only is smoking debilitating to your health, it is just downright expensive.

            It is no wonder that the public was excited when Pfizer introduced Chantix and received approval by the F.D.A. in May, 2006 as a smoking cessation drug.  Here was medication that promised them freedom from their dependence on cigarettes.  Sadly, it didn’t take long to discover that Chantix had some potentially tragic side effects. 

            The United States Food and Drug Administration issued an Early Communication to the public and health care providers on November 20, 2007 that they were evaluating “…adverse event reports on Chantix related to changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and actual suicidal behavior…”  Tragically, this announcement came too late for some. 

            As I have said, I have seen the powerful grip that cigarettes can have and the desperation to break free.  I have also spoken to individuals who have taken Chantix and have experienced its heartbreaking effects.   If you or someone you love has been a victim of these side effects, you don’t need to go through this alone.  I would like to invite you to visit my website at  Feel free to fill out an online consultation form or engage in a live chat.  Once again, the website is  Don’t wait.

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