Another Scary Chantix Story


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From Joan…

This Pill has changed my life and not for the better. Mt twin Sister along with my older sister – we all decided to take the chantix drug. After 4 weeks we all became very sick. Leg aches – our feet felt like they were being crushed. So tired could not get out of bed. Terrible dreams – lossing our hair. I thought I was having a heart attack. This medication has ruined my last two years of my life – along with my sisters. We have been doctoring every since. Thyroid problems are the one thing we have figured out and not been able to get under control. There were many days I was in so much pain I just wanted to die. I would never suggest this drug to any one. This needs to be taken off the market. They owe me 2 years of my life back – and who knows how much longer I am going to suffer. Please think good and hard before taking

My reply…

Oh Joan, Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I am so sorry you had a bad experience with Chantix. I appreciate you sharing your experience.

Everyone who decides to try Chantix needs to be aware of the risks involved. It is such a new drug that you don’t know what all the side effects really are. This Thyroid problem is news to me and I have been trying to follow the effects of Chantix for quite a while now.

Again, thank you for making me aware of this and I wish you and your sisters the best of health and God’s Blessings.

Obviously more research needs to be done. After I Googled “Chantix and Thyroid” I have found some good information that shows Joan’s story is just one of many.

Below is a link about Chantix and Thyroid Problems:

Chantix and thyroid problems – Thyroid Disorders – MedHelp

This information is from the Chantix/Pfizer Web Site:

Following is a list of treatment-emergent adverse events reported by patients treated with CHANTIX during all clinical trials. The listing does not include those events already listed in the previous tables or elsewhere in labeling, those events for which a drug cause was remote, those events which were so general as to be uninformative, and those events reported only once which did not have a substantial probability of being acutely life-threatening.

BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEM DISORDERS. Infrequent: Anemia, Lymphadenopathy. Rare: Leukocytosis, Thrombocytopenia, Splenomegaly.

CARDIAC DISORDERS. Infrequent: Angina pectoris, Arrhythmia, Bradycardia, Ventricular extrasystoles, Myocardial infarction, Palpitations, Tachycardia. Rare: Atrial fibrillation, Cardiac flutter, Coronary artery disease, Cor pulmonale, Acute coronary syndrome.

EAR AND LABYRINTH DISORDERS. Infrequent: Tinnitus, Vertigo. Rare: Deafness, Meniere’s disease.

ENDOCRINE DISORDERS. Infrequent: Thyroid gland disorders.

EYE DISORDERS. Infrequent: Conjunctivitis, Dry eye, Eye irritation, Vision blurred, Visual disturbance, Eye pain. Rare: Acquired night blindness, Blindness transient, Cataract subcapsular, Ocular vascular disorder, Photophobia, Vitreous floaters.

GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS. Frequent: Diarrhea, Gingivitis. Infrequent: Dysphagia, Enterocolitis, Eructation, Gastritis, Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, Mouth ulceration, Esophagitis. Rare: Gastric ulcer, Intestinal obstruction, Pancreatitis acute.

GENERAL DISORDERS AND ADMINISTRATION SITE CONDITIONS. Frequent: Chest pain, Influenza like illness, Edema, Thirst. Infrequent: Chest discomfort, Chills, Pyrexia.

HEPATOBILIARY DISORDERS. Infrequent: Gall bladder disorder.

IMMUNE SYSTEM DISORDERS. Infrequent: Hypersensitivity. Rare: Drug hypersensitivity.

INVESTIGATIONS. Frequent: Liver function test abnormal, Weight increased. Infrequent: Electrocardiogram abnormal, Muscle enzyme increased, Urine analysis abnormal.

METABOLISM AND NUTRITION DISORDERS. Infrequent: Diabetes mellitus, Hyperlipidemia, Hypokalemia. Rare: Hyperkalemia, Hypoglycemia.

MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDERS. Frequent: Arthralgia, Back pain, Muscle cramp, Musculoskeletal pain, Myalgia. Infrequent: Arthritis, Osteoporosis. Rare: Myositis.

NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS. Frequent: Disturbance in attention, Dizziness, Sensory disturbance. Infrequent: Amnesia, Migraine, Parosmia, Psychomotor hyperactivity, Restless legs syndrome, Syncope, Tremor. Rare: Balance disorder, Cerebrovascular accident, Convulsion, Dysarthria, Facial palsy, Mental impairment, Multiple sclerosis, Nystagmus, Psychomotor skills impaired, Transient ischemic attack, Visual field defect.

PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. Frequent: Anxiety, Depression, Emotional disorder, Irritability, Restlessness. Infrequent: Aggression, Agitation, Disorientation, Dissociation, Libido decreased, Mood swings, Thinking abnormal. Rare: Bradyphrenia, Euphoric mood, Hallucination, Psychotic disorder, Suicidal ideation.

RENAL AND URINARY DISORDERS. Frequent: Polyuria. Infrequent: Nephrolithiasis, Nocturia, Urine abnormality, Urethral syndrome. Rare: Renal failure acute, Urinary retention.

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM AND BREAST DISORDERS. Frequent: Menstrual disorder. Infrequent: Erectile dysfunction. Rare: Sexual dysfunction.

RESPIRATORY, THORACIC AND MEDIASTINAL DISORDERS. Frequent: Epistaxis, Respiratory disorders. Infrequent: Asthma. Rare: Pleurisy, Pulmonary embolism.

SKIN AND SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE DISORDERS. Frequent: Hyperhidrosis. Infrequent: Acne, Dermatitis, Dry skin, Eczema, Erythema, Psoriasis, Urticaria. Rare: Photosensitivity reaction.

VASCULAR DISORDERS. Frequent: Hot flush, Hypertension. Infrequent: Hypotension, Peripheral ischemia, Thrombosis.

Post-Marketing Experience:
The following adverse events have been reported during post-approval use of Chantix. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

There have been reports of depressed mood, agitation, changes in behavior, suicidal ideation and suicide in patients attempting to quit smoking while taking Chantix. Smoking cessation with or without treatment is associated with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and the exacerbation of underlying psychiatric illness. Not all patients had known pre-existing psychiatric illness and not all had discontinued smoking. The role of Chantix in these reports is not known (see WARNINGS).

CHANTIX Safety Information

Important Safety Information

CHANTIX® (varenicline) is indicated as an aid to smoking cessation treatment in adults 18 and over. Patients may benefit from behavioral modification and support during their quit attempt. Patients should be encouraged to continue to attempt to quit if they have early lapses after quit day.

Advise patients and caregivers that the patient should stop taking CHANTIX and contact a healthcare provider immediately if agitation, depressed mood, or changes in behavior that are not typical for the patient are observed, or if the patient develops suicidal ideation or suicidal behavior. These symptoms as well as worsening of preexisting psychiatric illness have been reported in patients attempting to quit smoking with CHANTIX or after stopping CHANTIX.

The most common adverse reactions include nausea, sleep disturbance, constipation, flatulence, and vomiting. Nausea occurred in 30% of patients; 3% discontinued due to nausea.

Patients should be informed that they may experience vivid, unusual, or strange dreams during treatment with CHANTIX. Patients should be advised to use caution driving or operating machinery until they know how quitting smoking with CHANTIX may affect them.

Safety and efficacy of CHANTIX in combination with other smoking cessation drug therapies have not been studied. Dosage adjustment with CHANTIX is recommended in patients with severe renal impairment or in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

Smoking cessation, with or without treatment with CHANTIX, may alter the pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics of some drugs, such as theophylline, warfarin, and insulin. Dosage adjustment for these drugs may be necessary.

Please see full prescribing information.

CHANTIX® (varenicline)

Please see Medication Guide.



10 Responses to “Another Scary Chantix Story”

  1. John Says:

    Thank you for letting people know the true nature of this drug. Check out my post and my experience when you have a moment: http://rpigate.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/chantixxx/

    All the best!
    John

  2. SD Says:

    Joan,
    Thank you so much for posting about your side effects with Chantix. I am living the exact same nightmare! Chantix owes me 19 months of my life back! I have been in chronic pain since taking Chantix. I can hardly walk, my legs and thighs hurt so bad with severe muscle pain. The muscle weakness makes it tough go up stairs anymore.
    Also, I gained a massive amount of weight because I try not to move to avoid the pain. I thought if I waited, the side effects would go away, but they only get worse. I frequently wish I could die too. I have been to many doctors, but none seem to understand what is happening to me. My thyroid tested normal, maybe I should re-test. Did you test positive for anything else? It sounds like we are having the same side effects, or permanent damage rather. I wish there was a way to undo this damage. Back when we took Chantix, they did not warn of any of these things.

  3. emctara57 Says:

    SD,
    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I have made an appointment with my Doc on the 18th for blood tests, (mainly Thyroid.) I don’t have the symptoms you and Joan have but better safe than sorry.

    I am so sorry to hear about the bad experiences you and Joan have had with the Chantix. It is very scary when there is no warning of what ‘could’ happen if you take a drug.

    Hang in there and God Bless You!

    Hello John,
    I went to your Blog and read your experience with Chantix. Thanks for sharing with me. Congratulations on your Sobriety. That’s Awesome. I just celebrated 7 years on May 13, 2008.

    Good luck on your RRR. I will be watching for your posts and hopefully you will post pics of the ride. Wish I lived close, I would be right there riding with you.
    God Bless You,

    Eileen

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  5. darryl frey Says:

    i have had all the anxiety, and severe depression i could stand, although it took me a year to get to that point. i became diabetic a couple months after starting chantixx. a few weeks ago i had a mri on my brain and my pituitary gland has been half destroyed by somthing. PLEASE GET A MRI!! now i get to start seeing a doctor for that.
    chantixx has more than likely destroyed my life. we will soon know the truth.

  6. EMC Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing Darryl. I do appreciate your honesty. We need to know exactly what, (if anything) is going on with Chantix. Now I have to see an Endocrinologist because after six weeks of taking large doses of Vitamin D, my blood test, (done twice) show it is extremely low. Also, my Parathyroid Hormone is extremely high. It could mean a tumor on my Parathyroid Gland. I will know after seeing the specialist. It’s crazy!

    I have to ask, did you quit smoking? I did. So I would say Chantix saved my life but, at what cost?

  7. Jo Says:

    I’ve was on Chantix for a VERY short period. I suffered optic neuritis and am now blind in my right eye. I am being monitored for MS. Keeping my fingers crossed that diagnoses is never made. I suffered VIVID dreams (an understatement) and had a feeling something was going on with my brain. I didn’t link the two until it was too late. Think long and hard before taking Chantix!

  8. EMC Says:

    Jo,
    I am so sorry to hear about your blindness. Thank you for sharing with us. My prayers are with you. I went to an Endocrinologist and they just put me on large doses of Vitamin D for two months, 50,000 units a week. Then they will test again to see if I can get the treatment I need for Osteoporosis. The saga continues for all of us…

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