Since 2007 in Canada, the smoking cessation drug Champix (Chantix) “is suspected of playing a major role in the deaths of 44 patients — 30 of them by suicide,” reported the Vancouver Sun. “The Pfizer drug has also been linked to more than 1,300 incidents of suicide attempts or thoughts, depression, and aggression/anger across the country in the past seven years.”
The numbers came from a database of voluntary reports, mostly from physicians, pharmacists and drug companies, that is kept by the Canadian federal government. “But Health Canada admits on its website that side-effects are under-reported, and experts say the database could represent as little as one per cent of the patients who suffer complications,” stated the Sun.
“You are looking at a lot of deaths, suicides and attempted suicides, and suicidal ideation in a population that you would have no reason to think would be otherwise at high risk of suicide,” University of British Columbia drug expert Barbara Mintzes told the Sun.
Quit-smoking drug suspected in 30 suicides in Canada (Vancouver Sun, January 10, 2015)