Pfizer has once again become the target of intense public scrutiny after issues regarding serious and potentially life-threatning psychological side effects of Chantix continue to plague those who only wish to stop smoking. As a result, French Health Minister Xavier Bertrand announced that Chantix shall no longer be subsidized in the country. His reasoning behind the radical move is supported by overwhelming evidence that continues to add weight to the long suspected link between Chantix and concerns over violent and suicidal behavior.
Pfizer developed Chantix in 2006, where it gained the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be intended for the use in smoking cessation. Chantix works primarily by prohibiting nicotine from stimulating brain receptors, which in turn decreases the appeal or need for smoking. By stimulating the release of dopamine, Chantix may serve as an affective solution for those seeking to put an end to their unwanted smoking habits.
Unfortunately, the same stimulation that reduces the desire for nicotine, may also be responsible for potentially life-threatning psychological side effects. Accordingly, a number of reports have surfaced from users who experienced sudden, unusually aggressive behavior, thoughts of self-harm and suicide. Chantix has been linked to numerous psychological side effects. It has the potential to radically change behavior and cause violent mood swings, provoke suicidal thoughts, and erratic behavior. Chantix may also hinder your ability to work, operate a vehicle, and even communicate effectively. Side effects may vary greatly from person to person.
These symptoms gained national attention just one year after Chantix was approved for marketing in the U.S. In 2007, Carter Albrecht was shot to death after he experienced what his family is calling violent symptoms caused by hallucinations, vivid nightmares and a violent shifts in behavior. As a result, his family pursued litigation against Pfizer, alleging that Chantix made Mr. Albrecht experience severe violent and suicidal behavior.
In response to these numerous psychological side effects, the FDA required Pfizer to add a “black box” warning to the Chantix label that acknowledged the psychological risks associated with the medication. However, numerous patients are seeking compensation for their pain and suffering by filing their own Chantix lawsuit.
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