In the last five years, 544 suicides and 1,869 attempted suicides have been reported in connection with the anti-smoking drug Chantix, according to documents obtained from the FDA by the Al Jazeera show “America Tonight” under the Freedom of Information Act. According to Al Jazeera, Chantix is responsible for more adverse events than any other drug on the market, including suicidal behaviors, depression, psychosis, aggression, seizures, blackouts, temporary blindness, and blurry vision. The FAA, Defense Department, and the military have all banned the drug for critical personnel.
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From Al Jazeera:
“(Senior researcher with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Thomas Moore) continued digging into adverse event reports, particularly those involving violence. He co-authored a 2010 study in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy analyzing 26 acts of violence reported to the FDA as adverse events associated with Chantix. The study called them “inexplicable and unprovoked”: “A woman struck her 17-year-old daughter in the mouth while the daughter was driving a car…A 42-year-old man punched a stranger at a bowling alley…A 24-year-old started beating her boyfriend in bed because ‘he looked so peaceful’ and she later attempted suicide.”
“These cases had three striking characteristics,” Moore said in an interview at his Alexandria, Va., office. “First, the violence was absolutely unpredictable and senseless. Second, the victim was anybody who happened to be nearby. It could have been a fiancé. It could have been mother. It could have been a police officer. And third, these people had no history of violence and were unlikely prospects for a violent act.”
Clinical trials of Chantix have failed to turn up suicidal behavior or the type of aggression and violence reported to the FDA as adverse events.”