Heart Health Compromised with Chantix

Chantix lawsuits are rising around the country due to heart attack and stroke!

chantixheartattacklawsuitPfizer’s Chantix has spent much time in the news and in court. The black-box warning advises,

The drug side effects state that all patients must be monitored for neuropsychiatric symptoms including changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicide ideations and behaviors, and attempts at suicide. Those behaviors occurred in people with and without psychiatric conditions.

The concern brought forth now amidst cases of psychotic episodes resulting in severe injuries and death are heart problems that could, too, lead to death.

In 2009, the FDA requested that behavioral side effects be added to the labels of Chantix and Zyban. Users were strongly urged to contact their physicians if they had experienced any behavioral side effects or odd physical ailments not noted as possible reactions to these medications.

Multiple families have brought forth lawsuits against Pfizer due to behavioral outbursts resulting suicide and murder. Today, the heart is the central focus of problematic issues resulting from one drug company’s plight to keep a drug on the market no matter how hard others have fought to have it pulled from the shelves.

Smoking leads to heart attack and stroke through damage to the organ and vessels. While smoking causes those problems, no prescription medication marketed as a smoking cessation product should increase those risks and bring about an earlier death than smoking alone would have caused. Pfizer has ignored all the prior warnings and issues. I hope they don’t ignore this fact, “Chantix increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.”

Initial side effects reported included:

  • nausea
  • headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • abnormal dreams
  • change in taste
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • excess gas
  • constipation

In 2007, Pfizer reported behavioral changes and issued label changes in 2008, accordingly. Just this past June, the FDA released results of a study conducted on persons with cardiovascular diseases taking Chantix and found a 2 per cent increase in the number of heart attacks and strokes. The FDA recommended label changes in July 2011, but was aware of the issue at the time of initial study in 2006!

With 700,000 Chantix users, tell me how many families could lose their loved one to heart attack or stroke as they are trying to change their lives and become healthier. The statistics are potentially devastating.

Smoking is dangerous. It is deadly. Over 4,000 chemicals and some 50+ carcinogens are found in cigarette smoke. Quitting smoking shouldn’t place your life or the lives of those closest to you in danger. Find an alternative.

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