Chantix is a stop smoking aid or smoking cessation medication that has been linked to mood and behavior changes in people that use the drug. These behavior changes include suicidal behavior and suicidal idealation. These changes are especially problematic when Chantix is used in combination with alcohol.
If you or a loved one have been taking Chantix have attempted suicide, it is important to seek to medical assistance. If you have questions regarding a potential Chantix lawsuit for the death of a loved one, please feel free to e-mail Texas Chantix Suicide Lawyer Jason Coomer with your name & contact information.
Chantix FDA Actions and Warnings (Suicide Claims)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Public Health Advisory to alert health care providers, patients, and caregivers to new safety warnings concerning Chantix (varenicline), a prescription medication used to help patients stop smoking. Initially, the FDA had issued an Early Communication to the public and health care providers that the agency was evaluating postmarketing adverse event reports on Chantix related to changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and actual suicidal behavior.
After further investigation the FDA has determined based on adverse event reports that it appears increasingly likely that there may be an association between Chantix and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms. As a result, FDA has requested that Pfizer, the manufacturer of Chantix, elevate the prominence of this safety information to the warnings and precautions section of the Chantix prescribing information, or labeling. In addition, FDA is working with Pfizer to finalize a Medication Guide for patients.
Chantix was approved by FDA in May 2006 as a smoking cessation drug. Chantix acts at sites in the brain affected by nicotine and may help those who wish to stop smoking by providing some nicotine effects to ease the withdrawal symptoms and by blocking the effects of nicotine from cigarettes if users resume smoking.
In the Public Health Advisory and a Health Care Professional Sheet issued by the FDA, the FDA emphasized the following safety information for patients, caregivers, and health care professionals:
Patients should tell their health care provider about any history of psychiatric illness prior to starting Chantix. Chantix may cause worsening of current psychiatric illness even if it is currently under control. It may also cause an old psychiatric illness to reoccur. FDA notes that patients with these illnesses were not included in the studies conducted for the drug's approval.
Health care professionals, patients, patients' families, and caregivers should be alert to and monitor for changes in mood and behavior in patients treated with Chantix. Symptoms may include anxiety, nervousness, tension, depressed mood, unusual behaviors and thinking about or attempting suicide. In most cases, neuropsychiatric symptoms developed during Chantix treatment, but in others, symptoms developed following withdrawal of varenicline therapy.
Patients should immediately report changes in mood and behavior to their doctor.
Vivid, unusual, or strange dreams may occur while taking Chantix.
Patients taking Chantix may experience impairment of the ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.
FDA will continue to update health care professionals with new information from FDA's continuing review or if new information is received on Chantix and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms.
If you or a loved one have been taking Chantix have attempted suicide, it is important to seek to medical assistance. If you have questions regarding a potential Chantix lawsuit for the death of a loved one, please feel free to e-mail Texas Chantix Lawyer Jason Coomer with your name & contact information.
Chantix Suicide Lawsuit Lawyers
Texas Dangerous Drug Attorney Jason Coomer commonly works with other lawyers throughout Texas and the United States including Texas Chantix Lawyers, Houston Chantix Lawyers, Boston Chantix Lawyers, San Antonio Pharmaceutical Lawyers, Dallas Defective Medication Lawyers, and other Austin Dangerous Drug Claim Lawyers. By sharing information and working together, his law firm and other firms throughout Texas and the United States are able to provide better representation for there clients.
Texas Chantix Lawyer Jason Coomer also works on Reglan Tardive Dyskinesia Lawsuits and other defective drug mediation lawsuits. If you or a loved one have or are taking Chantix and have had mood swings, suicidal thoughts, or attempted suicide consult your doctor. If you or a loved one has questions about a potential Chantix Lawsuit, feel free to e-mail any questions you might have to ChantixSuicideLawyer@texaslawyers.com.