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    23 Suicides related to Champix in Australia

    I found this article on news.com.au, normally I take there stories with a grain of salt but I too had strange mental happenings when I tried the stuff.

    A Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) spokeswoman said it had received 23 reports of suicides from those using the drug.

    “I would also make the very strong point that ‘linked to Champix’ is an assumption — they were simply taking it at the time,” she said.

    “The adverse events also occur at a time when there is abrupt cessation of a nicotine addiction, which can cause depression. This is a very different situation to the situation when nicotine replacement therapy is used.”
    Very sad news yet the drug is backed by TGA. Interesting enough that they mention NRT is preferable.

    I am also not stating that Champix IS the reason but seems very plausible.

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    A few change.org petitions have appeared recently urging better warnings about side effects or even ban the drug completely . . . .

    eg https://www.change.org/p/pfizer-stop...g-drug-champix

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    Our Caring TGA and Pfizer Friends

    “The TGA continually reviews the adverse events and we believe that Champix PI and CMI contains the appropriate information to assist in its safe and effective use. This includes appropriate warnings on neuropsychiatric adverse events such as self-harm and suicidal tendencies.”

    A spokesman from Pfizer said the company took the safety of its medicines “very seriously”.

    “Pfizer regularly reviews safety data and post-marketing adverse events and reports this to the independent regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration,” he said. “Any changes to the Product Information are made in discussion and agreement with the TGA.”

    He said the Champix PI (for doctors) and Consumer Medicines Information (for patients) already contained information about the “potential neuropsychiatric adverse events” associated with the use of the drug.

    He added if users wanted more information they could find it online.




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    Somehow think we will see more of this kind of thing in the news
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    I took the one before it.....zyban and that was not a pleasant experience. Had a few mental blank spots....long enough for people to notice and mention it. That was only after a fortnight. Scary stuff
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    I thought Champix was awesome... but then again I did used to eat all sorts of psychedelic stuff.
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    Haha I might stock up on this "quitting aid" sounds great.

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    That stuff made me feel unwell.

    This is telling:

    Because of concerns over the drug in the US, a black box warning label was introduced by the Federal Drug Administration. Pfizer has fought to have this warning removed, according to The Wall Street Journal.




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    I got part way into week two (so hadn't actually stopped smoking yet) and had to stop taking it. The mood fluctuations actually scared me, they were that extreme.
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    wow..and to think my doc tried to prescribe me to Champix and advised against the use of 'electronic cigarettes'..

 

 
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