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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...

2006-07-04 15:50:00

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK -- Treatment with a new drug called varenicline (Chantix) may be more effective than bupropion (Zyban) in helping smokers kick the habit, and it may also promote longer-lasting abstinence, suggest results of three studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week. However, according to a related editorial, the drug is no panacea for people wishing to quit smoking. "There are some important gastrointestinal side effects and, in the current...

2006-05-11 15:16:57

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators on Thursday approved a smoking cessation pill by Pfizer Inc. that helped about one-fifth of cigarette smokers quit the habit for a year in trials. The prescription drug, Chantix, is one of several medicines the world's largest drug maker is counting on to restore earnings growth. Pfizer has forecast annual Chantix sales of $1.2 billion by 2010, but some analysts are skeptical. Chantix works differently than older...

2005-11-16 10:30:00

Varenicline upped chances of kicking habit in three studies An experimental drug might make it a lot easier to stop smoking, new research suggests. The drug, varenicline, quadrupled the chances that smokers could ditch their cigarettes when compared to a placebo; the chances were doubled when compared to Zyban, a drug already on the market to help smokers quit. If approved, varenicline could become another weapon in the war against smoking. "It becomes another option to help people quit,"...

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