Chantix Suicide Lawsuits Mount Against Pfizer

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By: AboutLawsuits | Published: January 18th, 2010

Three new Chantix lawsuits were filed last week in New York state court against Pfizer, Inc., the manufacturer of the popular smoking cessation drug. The cases were filed on behalf of individuals who claim that side effects of Chantix caused users to commit or attempt suicide, adding to the mounting number of similar suits filed against the drug maker in both state and federal courts.

Chantix (varenicline) was approved by the FDA in 2006 as a prescription treatment to help people quit smoking. The drug works by blocking receptors in the brain that are commonly stimulated by nicotine, reducing the positive feelings that come from cigarettes. However, shortly after Chantix was introduced, adverse event reports linked the drug to an increased risk of severe psychological side effects, such as depression, suicidal thoughts and other abnormal behavior.

The first known Chantix suicide lawsuit was filed in July 2008 in federal court in Indiana, by the widow of a man with no history of mental illness who committed suicide a few months after stating the medication. Since that time dozens of other cases have been filed in other courts throughout the country.

In October 2009, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all federal lawsuits over Chantix in the Northern District of Alabama. At that time, there were 34 different Chantix suits pending in 16 different federal district courts. Since then, another 14 complaints have been transferred into the MDL, or multidistrict litigation, as tag-along actions.

The two recent New York state court Chantix lawsuit complaints were filed last week in the Supreme Court in Manhattan. They were brought on behalf of two plaintiffs who allegedly attempted suicide and one woman who killed herself while using the drug. According to the complaints, Pfizer intentionally, recklessly and negligently concealed or misrepresented the Chantix health risks.

Similar allegations are seen throughout all of the suicide lawsuits over Chantix, claiming that Pfizer failed to adequately research their medication or adequately warn doctors and patients about the potential psychological Chantix effects.

During clinical trials performed before the drug was introduced, individuals with a psychiatric history or current psychiatric symptoms were excluded from the studies. As a result, Chantix problems were not evaluated among people with common conditions like depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and insufficient warnings were placed on the drug.

Pfizer has defended its popular smoking cessation drug, saying that they intend to vigorously defend against the lawsuits. In a statement released last week, Pfizer officials said that they have clearly communicated the risks of Chantix side effects.

Last year, the FDA required that a new Chantix black box warning be placed prominently on the label to warn users about the potentially life-threatening side effects, which is the strongest warning that can be placed on a prescription medication.

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  1. It’s my hope that attorneys don’t lose sight of the easiest to prove risk-benefit issue, that Pfizer’s drug approval studies were not blind as claimed, are not grounded in science and that all drug approval studies were designed to make news, not determine Chantix’s worth as a cessation product. Why did Chantix studies involve a record 25 counseling and support sessions? Because counseling and support have proven their effectiveness. What is Chantix’s value when used as a stand alone quitting aid? We still don’t know but it probably doesn’t exceed 10% at 6 months.

  2. I took Chantix for 2 months and totalled my car 3 months after having had a tri-level bone fusion done on my neck.
    Within a week of starting Chantix, my best friend told me that I just wasn’t myself. I didn’t feel depressed or suicidal so I didn’t quit taking it. I exhibited aggressive behavior that was out of character and I thought I was just in a bad mood from quitting smoking!

  3. The first known lawsuit regarding a Chantix death was filed in January 2008. It is now February 2010. So what has happened with this lawsuit? There have been many lawsuits filed in the interim and what is the justice department and the FDA doing to restrict the use of this killer drug? And what is Pfizer doing to compensate the victims, or the families of the victim, who unwittingly took this drug hoping for a better life without cigarettes and ended up 6 feet under? From my perspective they have done absolutlely nothing except hide behind the judicial system.

  4. I’m with Tim. What’s going on with the chantix lawsuits? I know Pfizer is a powerful company…but, let’s face it, Chantix kills and all the sugarcoating in the world will not wash clean the damages this drug has done…and will CONTINUE to do, if it remains on the market.

  5. This is week 8 for me on Chantix and haven’t smoked in 7.
    I’ll go probably one more week and clock out. :)

    I did have suicidal thoughts and well as night terrors, many times,
    but when this would happen I would just smoke some pot.
    This sounds ridiculous, but was an excellent mood curver!
    Contrary to what others say, lawsuits, suicide, etc..
    This drug WORKS, however I would recommend a moderate amount of supervision while taking the drug. for sure.

  6. I believe Chantix destroys lives. I have to wonder how many suicides were the result of Chantix but friends or family didn’t know or didn’t put it together? And how many people, like me, took it for a while and simply tossed it in the garbage after realizing that I was on the verge of a mental breakdown as a result of the side effects? When I reported it to my doctor, she acted like I was ridiculous and said ‘well it works for everyone else’. I feel very lucky that I was able to know I was headed for trouble on Chantix. Here is a story of a woman who did suffer a breakdown and is telling her story

  7. I am a 36 year old woman who has been smoking since I was nine years old. I have never been able to quit. I took chantix for the first time during the holidays in December/January 2006/2007, I only took it for 3 weeks and did not smoke during that time. I was not willing to pay the enormous co-pay for the refill and discontinued the medication. During those three weeks I was experienceing disturbing nightmares and mild depression. In July 2008, with a new employer/flex spend account I was able to afford the co-pay for the prescription and requested another from my primary doctor. Within the first six weeks I was aggressive, violent and depressed and labled manic. I was instructed by my doctor to immediately stop taking the Chantix. It took me about a month to get “back to normal”. My Job suffered, my marriage and family life suffered because of this medication and it’s lack of warning.

  8. I am glad I found this site. I just filled the first part of the program prescription. At a cost to myself of $145.00, since insurance does not cover it, hmm wonder why? I may have well just flushed that money down the toilet. What really bothers me is that a Heart & Cardiovascular doctor gave it to me knowing I am in a highly stressful situation with two young children! Throwing away the money & drug surpasses throwing away my life…

  9. One of my best friends’ son committed suicie a few weeks ago after taking this for a few months. Violent totally out of character suicide. 26 years old. Just married last fall. Young children. Promising electrical career. Not depressed. Very very tragic, and life altering (obviously) to all those left behind.

  10. My 25 year old son started taking Chantix back in November of 2009, at Christmas he told his cousin he had to stop taking it because he had suicidal thoughts. He shot himself March 18th. I will be filing suit. He seemed very depressed to me for a couple of weeks leading up to the 18th, but said he was O.K.. I had no idea he was taking Chantix until after he was deceased.

  11. I took Chantix and did not experience any side efects other than an upset stomach for a few weeks. I have a hard time believing these posts. I found that it was a mental breakthrough to STOP smoking and felt good that I accomplished this task. I am sorry for those who have had tragedy in their life but it makes me wonder if this may have existed before the Chantix was taken.

  12. My husband and I were both taking Chantix. after 6 weeks, he instantly literally no symptoms of depressions, agression or thought of suicide. It happened within a few minutes. No on saw a change in his behavior. Yes, I have joined a lawsuit. Our doctor agrees that his suidide was totally out of his nature, and he had no symptoms to indicate this outcome.

  13. I know the feeling. I’m still here…that’s all I can say.
    I did chantix a few years ago. I’ve never been the same since. I’m chronically depressed, think about suicide at least once a day.
    I can’t think anymore…total confusion. It’s exhausting.
    I function day-to-day by constantly reminding myself of what is real.

    I wonder if this will ever change?

  14. I too feel this way! After I stopped chantix about 10mths ago. I too wonder if starting smoking will help or if I will feel like this from now on, no matter if I do or not? I just wish I knew what do to make all these awful feelings go away and be normal again!!!!!!
    Will we be able to go back to who we were? If I knew smoking again would help I would go buy a carton!!!!!!!!! This was not worth the emotional damage!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I took Chantix when the drug first came on the market. I ended up very depressed and had to take an anti-depressent for several months after I stopped taking Chantix. In November of 2009 I passed out while driving home from work on the freeway. I rolled me car 10 times, I broke 4 vertabra in my neck and have unrepairable nerve damage on my left side. I have not been able to work since the accident.

  16. I was taking Chantix, couldn’t sleep, depressed, had a stroke at 46 years old. All test show no resaon for the stroke. Chantix?

  17. I am 41 years old and has smoked for 23 years. This is my 2nd week taking Chantix and I haven’t smoked a cigarette this week. Reading all of these comments has sort of frightgened me. I just had my first grandson and I’m not ready for Glory just yet. I don’t know if I’ll continue taking it or not. I’d really like to look at all of these incidents as co-incidents, however it’s kind of hard to do so.

  18. And the FDA r the ones we r suppose to trust I was taking chantix for three days and strated getting moody well I’m from Owensboro and they were knocking down the excetive inn and I threw up on my sisters husband it projected out my mouth I stopped taking it then our brothers wife told me bout the law suite it’s sad to see

  19. I started taking Chantix 3 mo ago after having blood tests to make sure I was healthy. All my tests were normal except for Cholesterol and Triglicerides. I had tests run again this week because I have been feeling bad. I now am diabetic and have thyroid problems. I talked to the pharmacist and she found that these are possible side effects, though rare. I stopped taking the Chantix and now my husband keeps asking why I am so nasty. I’m hoping that things will get better now that I have stopped the drug.

  20. i am a general doctor. Mydaughter died of suicide and depression while using chantix and cigarets alternately for about two years. chantix should be taken off the market.

  21. I took Chantix for 1 month; I thought it was the greatest thing ever because I had no desire to smoke. I stopped taking it because I did not have the money to buy another months supply, within 48 hours of stopping the medication I had to call a friend because I was extremly frieghtend, my head felt like it was in a vise getting smashed, thought I may have a brain hemmeroage. My friend told me it was just the drug leaving my system. I did not go to the emergency room however I did get this !!!crazy!!! and I mean crazy aggressiveness throughout my body, it was almost animalistic, it was crazy! I went to the convienance store next door, bought 8 Butterfingers and ate them ALL within 5 minutes! I was to the point of puking but still just shoving them in my mouth!! Nuts!!! Then I said %^#@ this and bought a pack of cigarettes and was back to normal. I called the manufacturer and they gave me a full refund.

  22. This is my 3rd time taking Chantix with each round I have experienced some nausea and (at times) severe headaches. This time I titrated my dose very slowly and monitored my emotions/reactions closely. I have experienced some pretty weird/vivid dreams, some irritability and some depressive thoughts. However I was well aware of the risks involved in taking the medication and also of the mental challenges involved in quitting smoking (this is now at least my 4th attempt). If at anytime I had felt (or feel, I am still taking it) that I was seriously depressed or suicidal I would have sought help, either through my doctor or even a suicide hotline.
    The bottom line is there are serious risks when taking any medication. Each individual needs to evaluate the risks vs. benefits and decide if they want to take the drug or not. Educate yourself and don’t rely solely on health professionals for information and be aware of your own past medical history and state of mind. AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU FEEL MENTALLY UNSTABLE, IT IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF EVER WHETHER CAUSED BY MEDICATION/DRUGS, STRESS, LOSS OR ANYTHING ELSE.

  23. I started taking CHANTIX in April of 2009. Since then I have been comitted to a institution of mental health three times, for suicidal and homicidal thoughts and/or actions. i am in fear of permanent involuntary comittment. I had no idea of these side effects and I am no longer taking CHANTIX. My only hope now is that this damage is not permanent

  24. I am 42 yrs. old. I have been smoking for approx. 25 years. I have took chantix on 2 different occasions. The first was in 2007. I am a truckdriver, and have to pass a physical every 2 years. Well in 2007 about 3 months after taking chantix, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. My family along with myself have always been healthy. Then i was perscribed chantix again this year about February. Well about 3 weeks after starting to take the medication I was driving a dump truck at work as I pulled into our yard, that was the last thing I remember, when I woke up I was being admitted into the hospital, stayed in for 3 days. At that time my doctor told me to stop taking the chantix. I was put on higher dose of blood pressure meds. I was put on depression medicine, cholesterol medicine, and I have always been a healthy person. I have spoken with an attorney, but I also ask myself how can a medical doctor prescribe this medicine to anyone knowing the effects it has caused on so many people.

  25. I am 33 yrs old and decided to take Chantix to stop smoking. After the 10th day on the drug I started having severe stomach problems. I went into my doctor and they ran test after test, put me on pain meds, and ran more test. After everything coming back clear with no problems, I still had the stomach aches. They were so bad I couldn’t work or get off my couch for over a month. Finally I admitted myself into the hospital and they ran tests. Still nothing was found wrong. I was having a bowel movement anywhere from 6 to 18 times a day, I was miserable, they finally had me get a colonoscopy and they found ulcerative colitius. My whole lining of my colon was covered in ulcers. They put me on a medication that costs 605$ per month (which made me better) stomach wise that is. I then started getting ulcers in my mouth and throat. And the only meds that would cure it could cause ulcerative colitius. ughhhhh. Although my stomach is under control, the doctor said that it would lay dormit in my system and come back every so often. So I am stuck with this condition now for the rest of my life due to Chantix. I will say this though, I haven’t smoked for 3 months now and I only took the meds for 10 days… But this condition was not worth it. I have spent more in the past 3 months on doctor bills than I would have on cigs…

  26. I know that all drugs can react differently on different people. I started on Chantix in oct 07, my life has not been the same since. The only side effect I was warned about was “weird dreams” , as though all dreams aren’t at least a little bit weird. I began to endure unbelievable outbursts of rage…to inanimate objects no less…very uncharacteristic for me. I began to have suicidal thoughts within the first week, I stopped taking the drug after a month. I will admit, it did help curb my appetite for cigarettes, but I traded my will to live for a nominal reduction in my desire to smoke. Not a good trade. I threw my career (of 20 years) and most of my personal possessions away.I am not the same person anymore, my entire family and social group is stunned at the changes in me. I no longer have any desire to improve my health at all, and in fact I still have thoughts of suicide daily. I am glad the drug worked for others, but I consider it the worst decision I have made in my life.
    I am a smart man and it’s hard to believe that a month long exposure to a drug could have effects lasting that long, but I can’t explain it with anything else.

  27. Chantix is a nightmare so many others that have been removed from the market it was hailed as a wonder drug. Like with so many other meds we were lied to.there are safer meds on the market that don’t destroy the levels of seritonin in the system.we need seritonin,it controls mood,impulse control.
    I started taking chantix with a friend,to give each other moral support while quitting. I quit taking the drug after waking up 200 miles away, with cuts all over my arms and legs,and no memory of any of it.I had no history of mood disorders or suicide attempts. Now I am on Wellbutrin, which helped me quit, lexapril,topamax. I have severe anxiety, depression, and seizures. I have attempted suicide twice. Chantix ruined my life. I am no longer the healthy young woman I was. I am forever altered and the worst part is my life long friend is put a bullet in his brain.screw the black box warning take the drug off the market.

  28. I took chantix and went crazy too. The worst part tho is that it worked to quit smoking, so my sister took it too. I seem to be doing better now, but she isnt. It scares me, her doctor just gave her lexapro to help with her depression.

  29. I took Chantix to stop smoking and it worked great. unfortunately, I became moody, aggressive and very angry about anything and everything no matter how important. It led me to quit a job because of a disagreement I had, which under normal conditions I would have worked through or made sure I had another job first!. Since then, I’ve only been able to find a few temporary contract positions. Due to ongoing unemployement, my finances are in a shambles, credit rating ruined etc etc.

  30. If you have mental problems or tend to look at the glass half empty then you probably should not take this drug. I have had nothing besides a little nausea in the late after noon and some in-depth dreams. Made it so easy to quite.

  31. This drug needs to be banned I took it for a month, Thoughts of suicide and extreme anger raged through me. Made me depressed, a full range of emotions would wake up sometimes sweating with some really horrible nightmares that i never have i did stop taking it and and over some time things got back to normal for me

  32. Below I have pasted from a website re: nicotine withdrawal:

    Nearly every moderate to heavy smoker experiences more than one of the following strong emotional and mental responses to withdrawal.

    Feelings of being an infant: temper tantrums, intense needs, feelings of dependency, a state of near paralysis.
    Mental confusion
    Depression is common in the short and long term. In the short term it may mimic the feelings of grief felt when a loved one is lost. As foolish as it sounds, a smoker should plan on a period of actual mourning in order to get through the early withdrawal depression.

  33. I took Chantix a few years ago. Never did totally quit, and I was on it for almost a year.

    I am back to smoking, but I am so miserable and cranky, and depressed a lot. I snap at people at work for no good reason, and I still have the weird dreams. Mood swings and a really short fuse with things.

    It seems to come and go. I never had this problem before Chantix. I was never so miserable and rude and mean to people before I took Chantix. And while I’m not suicidal or anything, I do get very depressed. I used to thrive on meeting deadlines at work, but now I dread it and bitch about it. And while I enjoy my beer, I’m drinking way more than I ever did. I don’t know what it is. Ever since Chantix (and I’ve been off it for over a year), I’m just not right.

  34. In the middle of the night my husband violently attacked me. He was arrested and has filed for divorce. I didn’t know he was taking the Chantix until about a week later when the pharmacy sent a notice to our home stating he was due for a refill. It would have been nice to know if a household member was taking a medication that put everyone’s life at risk. It has ruined our lives.

  35. My significant other took Chantix 2 years ago on and off for 6 months.The nausea left, but the nightmares, depression and mood changes never did.He became horrible to live with and be around. His drinking increased dramatically and he abused prescription pain meds.3 weeks ago he abruptly left a detox unit, came home, argued, shot my son( he survived ) and suicided. I feel this drug may have had significant involvement in this outcome. If it can change your brain permanenetly, that’s not just a side effect.

  36. I was diagnosed with COPD 3 yrs. ago. My pulmonary doctor prescribed me Chantix….the wonder quit smoking drug. And I took it before commercials on TV about Chantix started warning about the side effects. And before packaging material in Chantix started the warnings as well. I am bipolar with extreme anxiety. I tried Chantix 2 different times. And I became a monster on the Chantix. I felt very angry, felt like I could hurt somone or myself etc. I felt like I was losing my mind. Infact, in the course of taking Chantix, it only made my bipolar and anxiety off the hook. And before Chantix, my mental issues were stable. Some miracle drug. They found this med that would help smokers and put it on the market, without knowing the full awful side effects. Called big money to make. I would not recommend giving Chantix to a lab rat. I flushed my Chantix down the toilet where it belonged.

  37. my sister passed away one month ago. she had been taking chantix for at least 8 months that i know of (off and on) to quit a two pack a day smoking habit. while taking the drug, she developed immediate-onset diabetes, pulmonary embolism and then eventually died of ‘interstitial lung disease’. no one in our family has ever had diabetes. the blood clot in the lungs came out of nowhere. i cannot help but believe that there is some connection with this drug and her death.

  38. I’m am in my 40s and have smoked for 30plus years. I recently had heart bypass surgery and the the dr said i had to quit. Chantix has been fantastic for me. No cigarette in over a month. Getting ready for a refill this week. I see a lot of people talking about nausea but if you read the side affects, it says to take after eating. That’s really been the only problem I have had. I guess any med an act different in different people. Chantix has been great for me.

  39. My son was prescribed this, he quit taking it initially as both he and his girlfriend noticed an increase in his nasty behavior, negativity, and suddenly having suicidial thoughts. Months later, they broke up and he started taking it again. He posted on Facebook and noted to friends that it was depressing him and he started talking about suicide a lot. We tried to take him to the hospital in town, Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Ca,, but they wouldnt put him on suicidie watch and released him. He slit his throat last Saturday in front of his girlfriend in a parking lot. He died. I am furious that this stupid drug is even allowed to be distributed. It needs to be pulled, and I will begin now to do something about this.

  40. My husband used Chantix and successfully quit smoking. He had smoked for 37 years and on October 30, 2007 he officially became a “former smoker” after only 12 weeks on the Chantix program! I was thrilled! However, he had become extremely aggressive, angry and depressed during this program. Only after he had quit did we become aware of the ‘warnings’. I kept hoping all these side effects would eventually dissipate. They have not. I struggle every day how to help him with his depression (yes, he is on anti-depressants now) and his hostility. He scares me when he drives, he is the most aggressive driver I know. He never was like this before. Since it is now over 3 years, I wonder if I will EVER have the man I love so much back to his normal self….or is this the “new normal”? I’m DISGUSTED with our FDA….WHAT A PATHETIC JOKE THEY ARE!! They won’t approve homeopathic means because they won’t make money from that. But they’ve approved the Chantix even after all these horrible casualties! People have taken their lives and people have lost themselves to this drug. Yes, I am glad he quit; but at what cost? Is this not OUR country? Can we not disban the FDA? What purpose do they serve?

  41. At the age of 36 I was admitted to the hospital for paracarditis, My cardiologist prescribed Chantix for my smoking habit. Shortly after begining my Chantix treatment my wife began noticing a change in my behavior. I cant say that I wasnt suicidal, but that I never attempted. I cant stand the smell of cigarettes anymore and actually get a headache when i am around it. My thing is, my wife says it changed my demeanor so much that I am not the man she married. I know that I am not as emotional as I was and I have a different perception of life, it may be that I dont have the feelings anymore……ANY SUGGESTIONS???

  42. I have seen a dramatic change in my husband’s behavior both times he has tried Chantrix over the years. His aggression was there when he was never that way before. I married him because he was so laid back. He has lost two jobs due to his alledged behavior that I believe is the result of this medicine. He yells at our children for the littlest things,,, funny I reminded him he quit smoking before but never was this bad after. never. PS his brother had similiar problems with being what he’s called “cranky”. It’s more than just related to quitting.

  43. I have taken Chantix in the past with decent resutls. After the first time I took Chantix, I was able to quit smoking after about a week of taking the pills, and remained smoke free for about 6 months. I did, however, start smoking again. After my wife got pregnant, I requested another prescription again in attempt to quit for good. I took the pills, this time with less success and more side effects. I was feeling depressed, extremely irratible, and could not sleep. After discontinuing use of Chantix, I started experiencing severe sleep problems. I finally went to see a doctor after I simply could not handle it anymore and was diagnosed as having severe anxieties. I would get to sleep and then wake up after a few hours and my mind would be racing and I would be unable to get back to sleep. I have a brother who experienced very similar problems after stopping the medication. Recently I was speaking to a co-worker and I could tell he was extremely tired. We started talking and he expressed to me how bad his sleep problems were. After sharing with him my experience and discovering we both had taken Chantix, I began to make the coorlation. Myself, my brother, and my co-worker do not have any history of mental illness but have all experienced the same “anxities” and serious sleep problems after discontinuing Chantix.

  44. I’m 51 years old. I started taking Chanitx in 2009. I took Chantix for 3 months. The side effects are horrible, but I made it through. I hate to say I made it through, but that’s how I feel. I have been smoke free for a year and a half. I am happy to be smoke free, but I am not happy with the side effects I went through.

    I never experienced nausea, because I ate a full meal before taking Chantix. I do now have Diabetes, and I wonder if it had to do with the Chantix. Diabetes does not run in my family at all. I am very surprised that I have Diabetes now.

    My side effects were as follows: gas, headache, angry behavior changes, selfishness, ear ringing, equilibrium imbalance. I never felt suicidal though. After taking Chantix for 2 months, I experienced an episode where I felt like I was going to die. I wanted to go jump off a bridge, but I did not want to die and I was not going to kill myself; however, my head hurt so bad that I had to lay down. But when I laid down, I had to get up. I even called Pfizer 1-800 number and told them of my side effects and asked what I should do. No one answered the telephone, and no one ever called me back. Thank God. Thank God, that the headaches went away. That was the scariest episode I experienced.

    Other side effect I had and still have vivid dreams that I always remember. I am not one to remember dreams, but now I remember all my dreams. I am just blessed that my dreams were good ones while I was on Chantix. But, in my suport group at work, many people were experience horrible nightmares, and as a result, the quit Chantix. I always had pleasurable dreams. Now, it has been a year and a half since I quit smoking and taking Chantix. Strangely, I have been having bad dreams that I have dreamt before at some point in my life. Is it the Chantix from a year ago?

  45. Not just the drug though. Quitting cold turkey can make you much more likely to off yourself (or cuss out a 8 year old for eating the last of the peppermints)

    I think it is a combination of the two really. Besides what is smoking but a slow suicide in which the addiction is very hard to break?

    I’m for regulating and suing for all of these weird side effects but for this particular drug – I think it is implied that it makes major brain changes (as it would have to if it hoped to help the insanity that is addiction) so I am with pfizer on this one.

    Besides you can’t entirely rule out coincidence either. Just because a man watches rambo and 4 weeks later goes apeshit on a town doesn’t mean its time to sue stallone and his flunkies. I think people just say oh they were taking this and then offed themselves (be it motivated in hopes of $ (low low low) or denial that a loved one could be unhappy enough to off themselves – the best resassurance of not my fault via inaction,no empathy,etc is to assign blame elsewhere)

    Besides a few years of lab research/guinea pigging about will never provide a guarantee of something as complex as neuro chemistry and all the possibilites it could have. You must take and accept the risks when you take these medications or try/die dealing with the problem you are taking them for

  46. I used Chantix 31/2 years ago and my life has changed beyond my wildest dreams. I used it for a month to quit smoking, and immediately showed signs of anxiety, anger, risky behavior, and depression. My primary care physician was not aware of possible side effects, and I had never been diagnosed with depression or any other emotional problems. At first it was strange, vivid dreams. Then, I quit sleeping at night. It got to the point that I would drink several shots of liquor to fall asleep. I was getting increasingly agitated at work, at home, and kept telling my husband of 25 years that there was something wrong with me. I went back to my doctor and he prescribed an anti-depressant, because he thought the sleep problems were due to depression. That was like throwing gas on a fire! I became combative, nasty, cussed out my boss at work, then quit, and started hunting for sexual relationships. It all culminated 3 months later, when I started cutting myself, and thought it would be fun to try to slit my wrists. My husband took me to the hospital and had me admitted for suicide watch, and while there I continued cutting myself and was on so many anti-psychotic meds that I don’t have much memory about the event. Three years later, I have been reduced from 13 different meds to 7 just to function, and have had to take a Leave of Absence from my job because now I’m wrestling with memory loss- My mind has been RUINED by this drug, and while it may not affect everyone adversely, it has killed or maimed enough to have it pulled off the market!! If anyone knows of another victim who is suffering from memory loss issues sine quitting this medication, I’d love to compare notes. At present it looks like I will be disabled for the rest of my life- and for what?? Because I believed in the DEA and Pfizer when they told me this drug was SAFE to use??

  47. Nobody ever claimed this drug was SAFE to use. Ever since I have known about chantix I have heard about the side effects. There are risks with taking any medication…even Tylenol but hey, lets see what we can get out of it right? Typical. I hope Pfizer doesn’t have to pay a dime for any of these lawsuits. Why? Im so tired of the people blaming and trying to collect. Its like saying Well, I killed those 10 people from that tower with my gun because my dad spanked me when i was 4 and it traumatized me for life or like dumping hot coffee in your lap and suing the company that sold it to you because it was hot. Bottom line, Chantix does have side effects and claiming not to know them isn’t good enough. Read the insert, the one the pharmacist tells you to read. Also, why is the fact that nicotein withdrawl can and does cause the same side effects but that doesn’t pay in a lawsuit so blame chantix.

  48. Response to Uneek – - you obviously did not take Chantix, did you? If you had you wouldn’t have been able to just blow off the side effects people are experiencing. I took two scripts between Oct. ’06 – Oct. ’07. Two hospital stays in ’08.

    I did not take Chantix w/hopes of suffering horrific side effects and enjoy an early retirement on Pfizer. No, that was not my goal. I was a closet smoker 2 – 4 per day, and as a grandma of 6, it was past time. Feel like such a hoosier. I remember feeling exhausted…ALL the time. All I wanted to do was take a soft blanky into a closet and shut the world out. I had very vivid dreams of deceased loved ones coming to my room at nite…begging me to go w/them…bragging how AWESOME & FUN heaven is….they were so happy/healthy…! Tried to convince me my job was done here. My kids were grown and were busy raising their OWN children, my husband of 37 years could MOST CERTAINLY replace me…and my job which I’ve loved for the past 23 years would have NO PROBLEM replacing me…why not just let it all go…and just fade away…?

    After months of this I decided they were right! Why was I still here just taking up space?! Wasn’t sad, mad, glad….just TIRED…tired of living…staying almost seemed funny/silly, even!!

    Jan. ’08 – - taken by ambulance in middle of nite w/excruciating chest pain, extreme shortness of breath, stomach spasms so strong they felt like contractions, fever, and a mind-blowing headache. Discharged a week later – - diagnosis – possible virus.

    May ’08 – - had great day at work as usual…daughter called when I got home, said, “mom, people are worried about you. you haven’t been yourself for so long…what’s wrong?” Laughed, picked up keys, took long drive to rural area, picked up 3 bottles of sleeping pills and razors…found closed used car parking lot…wrote short note, “it’s been real…” woke up six days later surrounded by devastated family members…when being taken off ventilator. What the…??? Spent the next 2 1/2 years in intense therapy inpatient/out…spent time in psyche unit, lost babysitting privileges with my beautiful grandchildren…took leave from work….felt lost, ostracized, stigmatized, ashamed…and while I was busy beating myself up, my mom who was the only person who knew I took Chantix, began feeding me articles she was finding about the negative side effects…at first I thought, “nice try, mom…” but I started researching on my own…”

    OMG….omg….could this POSSIBLY have NOT been my fault??!! Could a drug really be so potent that it had the power to distort my mind??? But, it was FDA approved! Right?…please don’t tell me a company could be so cold and so greedy…that they would KNOWINGLY put something so dangerous…out there for public consumption??!!!

    THAT my friend, is why Pfizer is being looked at.

  49. I tried to stop smoking I was taking cantix it was working I was seeing a primary docto regularly mointcoring my high blood perrsure regularpsysical taken. I requested a suger test because it runs in my familly .sugertest was a week later I was in the hosptol in a coma intensive care diabetic glucose level 1153 dying .now I just was tested a week ago I came out the coma and lost my vision took terapy with the grace of god I did get my vsion back after a few months. Now I am taken insulin for the rest of my life.

  50. I took Chantix for 3 weeks and was hospitilized a week later with type1 diabetes. I also almost died in the hospital. This pill is poison. I was totally healthy a nutrition educator and a certified fitness instructor. There were no warnings about blood sugar problems associated with chantix but after doing much reserach it of course can destroy your pancrea, it is a beta blocker. I now have to take insulin 4x a day and my lifespan has been reduced as well as my quality of life…

  51. my roommate was on this as a anti-depressant, did not work for her.

  52. Took Chantix for 1 month and ended up in the hospital with blood sugar over 900. Was fine before I took the drug now less than a month after taking it I’m a diabetic??

  53. Until I saw something on the news about Chantix having several FDA issues mounting, I didn’t even KNOW or associate what happened to me TO the time I took Chantix – so much was going on at the time and I was soo confused (I still am rather confused about much of what happened within the months I took Chantix and for about a year after) that I never even made the possible connection until now.
    When I was a teen I was diagnosed with an impulse control disorder – a girl’s version of ADD at the time. I had been managing for years without issues; I had a mild history of drug addiction (later considered to be self medicating for undiagnosed ADD) but I had been clean for over 11 years without a problem and was managing my life, my business and my finances VERY well. Never a bounced check, some financial poor decisions typical for someone self taught about finances but NOTHING to write home about.
    I was on Chantix for 3 months – nausea, bad dreams, depression, all the typical symptoms – I finally gave up Chantix because of the side effects and I still smoke – I have been smoking since age 7. During the time I was on it I began having very ‘unreal’ episodes. Writing checks on our bank account that I could have SWORE had enough in it. Compulsive aggressive behavior. Ridiculous gambling bouts when I had never been a heavy gambler in my life. Episodes where I would black out and not even know or recall anything I did for DAYS.
    Thinking this was related to childhood trauma (I have since been diagnosed as ADD/ADHD with possible Bi-polar disorder) I have been treating this as PTSD and ADD since, as have my doctors. But some extremely abnormal behavior marked that whole period and for about 9 months to a year afterwards. It drove us into bankruptcy, caused MUCH stress in my life and our lives (mine and my husband’s) have not recovered. I still am unable to truly focus on anything (when before I could multi-task like no one else), I am unable to handle finances (when before I could juggle 30 accounts without blinking an eye) and I still go through suicidal bouts of depression.
    PLEASE – do NOT take this if you were ever diagnosed with ANY type of disorder as a child!!!

  54. I started Chantix in November 08, on the 7th day I started having seizures. I have never had a seizure in my life until I took Chantix. My seizures have progressed from 1-2 a day to up to 10 times in a day and I was recently hospitalized in ICU (which hasn’t been the first time since 08). The doctors’ state that I will more than likely have them for the rest of my life and that Chantix is probably the cause. I have lost my job because of seizures. I have been ordered by physicians not to drive and my husband can’t leave me by myself. The seizures have seriously affected my life to where I can’t function normally or without assistance. Since my last hospital stay, I believe that I have also had a stroke after a major seizure. I am on my third medication, which doesn’t seem to help control the seizures; I feel that it is killing me more and more every day. Yesterday alone, I had 6 seizures, five of them being back to back. Please respond if anyone has experience seizures and or strokes due to Chantix.


  56. I had a stroke at 46. Was it the Chantix?

  57. my wife took it for 6 months started seeing a shrink after 23 years of marriage she is gone it destroyed my life

  58. This is the text my husband sent me today after I stormed out of the house. I stopped taking Chantix last night because I realized it is making me very hostile and aggressive. I am usually a passive person.
    My husband texted: “Apparently there is something you need that I can’t provide for you. I hope you figure out what it is that you need so we can put all of this behind us or move on… Either way the kids don’t have anything to do with your anger today so don’t take it out on them. We are a family and you segregated us today. You are pushing me further away from my love for you. I don’t want to live like this”.

    Please take my advice. When you are ready to quit smoking you will be able to do so without medication. I have had suicidal thoughts and am not thinking about consequences. I am trying to come off the medication. They say it takes two weeks to get it out of your system. I thought since I am a nurse this would somehow not affect me like the warnings of the side effects say. It did!

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