my brain just threw up a little…

April 19, 2011

I should try that chantix thing. Without going nuts.

Filed under: commentary,Daily Crazies,random crazies — Sol @ 8:40 pm

The US Food and Drug Administration requires Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion) to carry a black box warning, the agency’s strongest safety warning, due to public reports of side effects including depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicidal actions. In fact, a 2009 study on almost 11,000 participants, showed no such adverse effects. The conclusion of the study was “”We found no clear evidence of an increased risk of self harm, suicidal thoughts, or depression in people prescribed varenicline compared with those prescribed other smoking cessation products. In view of increasing concerns about the possible increased risk of suicide associated with these drugs and their increasing popularity, further investigation of their effect on suicide risk is required in other databases and through secondary analysis of all adverse event reporting in relevant clinical trials. Any such risk must be balanced against the likely long term health benefits of smoking cessation and the robust evidence of the effectiveness of varenicline as an aid to smoking cessation.”
(wikipedia article)

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