Chantix is a prescription drug that doctors may prescribe to patients who wish to stop smoking. While the drug is popular among smokers hoping to kick the deadly habit, there are reports of dangerous side effects of the drug. This has many people asking, “Is Chantix safe?”
Read on to learn more about this drug, its possible side effects and complications, and liability for injuries that result from taking the drug. And if you suffer harm because of this or another drug, call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335.
What is Chantix?
Chantix is a prescription drug intended to help smokers quit. The active ingredient in Chantix is varenicline, which attaches itself to nicotine receptors in the brain. Because the drug attaches itself to these receptors, nicotine from cigarettes cannot. Smoking therefore is not as enjoyable, and the craving for nicotine should decrease gradually.
Possible Dangers of Chantix
Chantix has some serious side effects. Below are possible side effects of the drug.
- New or worse mental health problems
- Mouth blisters
- Rash and peeling skin
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, gums, tongue, throat and neck
New or worsening mental health problems are among the most severe of these potential complications. The FDA states that these mental health problems may include changes in behavior such as aggression, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, hostility, and agitation.
Under a Freedom of Information Act request, America Tonight obtained documents revealing that, within the past five years from the time of the request, the FDA received reports of 544 suicides and 1,869 attempted suicides reported as adverse events related to Chantix use. In 2009, the FDA required a black-box warning on Chantix stating the potential for mental health-related side effects, including suicide.
But other studies have found a possibility of complications in addition to those listed above. The Federal Aviation Administration even prohibited pilots and air-traffic controllers from taking the drug because it might be linked to loss of consciousness and blackouts in some cases. Truck drivers also are not allowed to take the drug because of this possibility.
A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that taking the drug was associated with a higher risk of heart problems. The FDA even released a Safety Communication regarding use of Chantix and risk of adverse cardiovascular events in 2012.
Who’s liable for harm caused by Chantix?
If injured by Chantix, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of Chantix, Pfizer. Many people have already filed lawsuits against the manufacturer because of the drug. Chantix lawsuits may allege the drug was linked to behavioral changes, like suicidal thoughts or actions.
You also may be able to file a lawsuit against the doctor who prescribed the drug if the doctor was negligent. For example, if you previously had an allergic reaction to the drug and the doctor prescribes it again, the doctor may be liable if you later suffer injuries. An attorney can help determine who is liable and how to take action.
Call Us if You Suffer Harm Because of Chantix
If you suffered mental or physical harm, consult the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, as soon as possible. Our attorneys will help discover who’s liable for your injury, gather evidence to prove liability and file a personal injury claim for damages. If you are ready to recover damages for the harm you suffered, call us now to get started at 215-642-2335. You also can fill out our online contact form to set up a consultation.