Latest Chantix Stories

2012-02-16 12:51:42

Varenicline/Chantix may reduce drinking by increasing alcohol's aversive effects A medication commonly used to help people stop smoking may have an unanticipated positive side effect for an entirely different vice: drinking alcohol. A new study by University of Chicago researchers finds that varenicline, sold as Chantix, increases the negative effects of alcohol and therefore could hold promise as a treatment for alcoholism. A group of heavy-to-moderate social drinkers given a single...

Stop-Smoking Drug Increases Risk Of Depression Or Suicide
2011-11-03 12:19:22

According to a new study, the smoking-cessation drug varenicline (Chantix) carries too many risks and should be a last-resort option for trying to quit the habit. Researchers said that varenicline showed a substantially increased risk of reported depression or suicidal behavior compared to other smoking-cessation treatments. The team said varenicline was eight times more likely to result in reported case of suicidal behavior or depression than other stop-smoking-aids. "Our study...

Chantix Users At No Additional Psychiatric Risk: Studies
2011-10-25 04:38:08

Smokers who take the anti-smoking drug Chantix are not at higher risk of being hospitalized for psychiatric events such as depression, compared with smokers who use nicotine patches, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Monday. The agency based its findings on a review of two recent studies that compared Pfizer´s Chantix to standard nicotine replacement therapy such as the Nicoderm nicotine patch from GlaxoSmithKline. Previous reports had linked Pfizer's non-nicotine...

2011-07-05 07:01:14

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Smoking cigarettes is a dangerous habit that many are struggling to break, but for the smokers who choose to use one of the most popular smoking cessation drugs on the market, new warnings about the risk of serious cardiovascular events are on their way. A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that the use of varenicline "“ marketed by Pfizer under the brand name Chantix "“ is associated with a 72 percent increased risk of...

2011-07-05 05:20:00

According to a new study described in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, healthy, middle-aged smokers who take the most popular smoking cessation drug on the market have a 72 percent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problem. "People want to quit smoking to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease but in this case they're taking a drug that increases the risk for the very problems they're trying to avoid," Sonal Singh, M.D., M.P.H., an...

2011-06-17 12:50:34

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Thursday that Pfizer's drug to help smokers quit can lead to a small increase in heart problems in those who have cardiovascular disease. The FDA is changing the Chantix label to identify the increased heart risk after reviewing the results of a clinical trial. An independent randomized trial of 700 smokers with cardiovascular disease who were treated with Chantix or a placebo showed that the drug was effective in helping patients quit smoking...

2009-07-01 16:32:37

The Food and Drug Administration is tightening up on smoking cessation drugs, Chantix and Zyban, by requiring the drugs to be labeled with safety warnings over side effects including depression and suicidal thoughts. New regulations are based on reports of people experiencing depression or having suicidal thoughts while using the drug. The FDA is also requiring a study on Chantix and Zyban to fully understand the side effects of the drugs. Pfizer Inc., which makes Chantix, already has been...

2009-07-01 12:40:30

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday it will require a boxed warning for the smoking cessation drugs Chantix and Zyban. The FDA said the boxed warning -- the strongest warning the agency can require -- will appear on the package insert. It will highlight the risk of serious mental health events, including changes in behavior, depressed mood, hostility and suicidal thoughts when taking the drugs. The risk of serious adverse events while taking these products must be...

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