Safety of Pharmaceutical Stop Smoking Aid Chantix in Question

A report, “Thoughts and Acts of Aggression/Violence Toward Others Reported in Association with Varenicline” in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, by Thomas J Moore, Joseph Glenmullen, MD, and Curt D Furberg MD, documents startling evidence showing that Chantix (Varenicline) triggers sudden, unprovoked homicidal behavior in people who were not previously violent. “We believe this may be the first scientific report to examine the characteristics of aggression/violence as a psychiatric side effect for any prescription drug. What do these cases look like? A question answered for possibly the first time. We found the details striking and chilling. This is the first time we know of that aggression/violence has been clearly documented as a side effect in a peer reviewed scientific journal. This raises the question of whether (Chantix) is suitable for use in the military, by police and others who are already in stress situations. One key characteristic of these events is uncontrollable rage. Not a good side effect for people paid to carry guns.” The evidence, culled from 78 adverse psychiatric events reported to the FDA MedWatch database; 4 reported in clinical trials, and 3 were reported in the published literature, is compelling. Using psychiatric diagnostic criteria and an adverse event causality assessment tool the authors identified 26 case reports for study. The selected cases described 10 events with assault, 9 cases of homicidal ideation, and 7 cases of other thoughts or acts of aggression/violence. The most frequent common characteristics were : Inexplicable and unprovoked event, The victim was anyone nearby, No indication of a prior history of similar behavior in the patient, and Early onset of psychiatric adverse effects,...

Cigarettes – It’s time to JUST STOP!

-Guest Columnist, Liz Hopwood Are you still smoking cigarettes? Are you having a hard time quitting? Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things that I have ever done in my life. I know how hard it is to quit, but I also know how great you feel once you are rid of those nasty cigarettes forever! Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals. At least 50 are known carcinogens (cause cancer in humans) and many are poisonous. Cigarette companies are required to put a health warning on every pack of cigarettes sold. In 1984, four rotating warnings were required to appear on cigarette packages and advertisements, prefaced with “Surgeon General’s warning”: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy. Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health. Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth, and low birth weight. Cigarette smoke contains Carbon Monoxide. Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, larger and stronger warning labels will be required for smokeless tobacco products in 2010, and larger, stronger and graphic warning labels will be required for cigarettes in 2012 (Warning Label Fact Sheet, 2000 The Surgeon General’s Report on Reducing Tobacco Use) Cigarettes are one of few products which can be sold legally which can harm and even kill you over time if used as intended. Tobacco kills up to half of its regular users and has caused 100 million deaths in the 20th Century. Several active ingredients and special methods of production are involved in making sure the nicotine in a cigarette is many times...

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