Chantix Black Box warning

February 07, 2011 @ 03:25 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Chantix and dangerous drug lawyer, it is important to understand some of the problems people are having with the drug. Chantix is a smoking cessation medication owned by Pfizer, Inc. It was approved by the Food & Drug Administration in 2006. Chantix blocks nicotine receptors, and thus reduces cravings for cigarettes and other tobacco products. It was the first nicotine receptor partial agonist which was approved by the Food & Drug Administration. Chantix is an alternative to various other smoking cessation drugs.

Right after Chantix was brought onto the market, several Chantix users stated that they had experienced odd side effects. These included suicidal thoughts, erratic behavior and depression, while taking Chantix. In November 2007, the Food & Drug Administration announced that it had started a Chantix safety review because of these issues.

In 2008, Pfizer put safety information about suicidal thoughts and other psychiatric problems onto the warnings and precautions part of its Chantix labeling. Nevertheless, various consumer advocates asked the Food & Drug Administration to go further than that and require the Chantix suicide risk to have a Black Box Warning.

On July 1, 2009, the Food & Drug Administration announced that the makers of Chantix and Zyban (another stop smoking drug) were required to put information about the risks of behavior changes, hostility, depression, and suicidal thoughts on the warning label in a black box. This, of course, is the strongest warning which can be placed on prescription medications.

In addition to these issues, it has been reported that patients have experiencing drowsiness which has affected their ability to safely drive or operate machinery. The Federal Aviation Administration has banned the use of Chantix by air traffic controllers and pilots.
You might have a case against Pfizer if you have experienced any of the following issues:

Attempted suicide on Chantix;

Experienced severe aggression and caused injury to yourself or others while on Chantix;

Suffered serious physical injury because of sudden abnormal behavior while on Chantix;

Suffered serious physical injury or even death from a fall or serious accident which was caused by vision problems, seizures, blackouts, or other sudden issues or problems.

Contact Corpus Christi dangerous drug lawyer Scott Nelson if you or a loved one needs assistance with a Chantix lawsuit.