Chantix Side Effects Explained

Chantix (Champix): The Anti-Smoking Drug

Many smokers take the drug Chantix in an effort to quit. People who have used Chantix are four times more likely to have given up smoking after three months than smokers who have not used Chantix, and after a year it increases to three times as likely. Despite the efficacy of Chantix as an anti-smoking aid, Chantix side effects must be taken into account before making it part of a regimen to quit smoking.

Chantix Side EffectsSymptoms reported by many Chantix users:
Strange or unpleasant dreams
Stomach and bowel problems
Increased appetite
Dry mouth
Sleep disturbances
Dysgeusia (distortion of the sense of taste)

Side effects occur in men and women, and often affect women more strongly, based on thousands of case studies. The potential psychological consequences of Chantix are potentially far worse than the physical ones.

A causal link has not been firmly established, but many Chantix users have reported increased depression, strong anxiety, psychosis, and suicidal thoughts. Some Chantix users have committed suicide. People with a history of mental illness, especially depression and suicidal tendencies would have the highest risk.

If you experience behavioral changes or become suicidal:
Those who experience increased depression, behavioral changes, agitation, or suicidal thoughts and behaviors while on Chantix should stop taking the drug immediately. There have been cases of people with no history of depression or suicidal tendencies committing suicide after taking Chantix. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already issued statements on Chantix side effects. The safety and efficacy of Chantix merits further research.

Who can use Chantix:
Chantix is certainly not right for everyone, especially those in sensitive population demographics, since its side effects often affect those groups in particular.

Pregnant women or women who may become pregnant and people with kidney diseases or at risk for them should not take Chantix. Women who are breastfeeding should also avoid Chantix, since the drug can be absorbed into breast milk.

No one under the age of eighteen should use Chantix. The drug has not been adequately studied for its affects on young people.

Other options available:
There are more options available for those concerned about Chantix side effects. Other anti-smoking remedies include nicotine replacement therapies in the form of:

Sublingual tablets

People need the right motivation to quit, and a remedy that works for them psychologically and physically.

Useful Resources:

Potential Side Effects of Quitting Smoking and Champix

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