Chantix is a stop smoking drug that seems to be effective. However, it is also effective at causing severe side effects like suicidal behavior. Because of this, lawsuits are currently in litigation and the FDA has released warnings about the medication.
Released in 2006 and approved by the FDA in the same year, Chantix is a prescription drug designed to help smokers stop the habit. While Chantix has shown to help stop smoking, it also has had severe side effects that have actually led to death. Considering there are more than 20 million people currently with prescriptions to the medication, these side effects could be devastating. Because of this, the FDA has had to take another look at the medication and numerous people have made the decision to take part in lawsuits against the makers of the medication. Chantix is produced and distributed by Pfizer in Canada, the United States and Europe.
In 2011, the FDA did a new study on Chantix, and because of the results of this study, the administration has made the decision to enforce a black box warning. This is the strongest type of warning that is released by the FDA and is considered the last step before recalling the drug from the market completely. Just what types of symptoms have led the Food and Drug Administration to put such a hefty warning on the medication?
The side effects of Chantix can range from minor to so severe that they lead to death. Anyone taking Chantix will be eight times more likely than normal to suffer from the following effects:
- Aggressive behavior
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
- Heart conditions
- Bizarre dreams
- Suicidal thoughts and suicidal behavior
In fact, the side effects of Chantix are so severe that most major airlines have barred their pilots from taking the medication at all. In addition, Chantix can cause these problems while the patients are taking it, but the symptoms do not end when the patient completes the medication. In fact, suicidal behavior can continue for years after the patient stops taking the medication. Chantix has even been linked to numerous traffic accidents when patients had hallucinations while driving.
The makers of Chantix were aware of the problems related to the medication, and in several lawsuits, it has been shown that they kept vital information from the FDA. Because of this, thousands of lawsuits are currently in litigation. Most of the lawsuits are expected to be settled in early 2012.
If you are taking Chantix or if you have ever taken the medication, then you may be entitled to compensation. Contact John Foy today, at (404) 879-7518 to get you the compensation you are owed.