Has Chantix Put You At Risk?

Chantix (also called varenicline) is a smoking cessation prescription medication. According to the Chantix website, it contains no nicotine and is designed to help adults (18 and older) quit smoking. More than eight million people in the United States use Chantix. With support and behavior modification, Chantix may be an effective smoking cessation. However, users have associated it with serious – if not deadly – side effects. If you or loved one has suffered injury or illness because of Chantix, you may be able to collect money through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Talk to a lawyer from Meyerkord & Meyerkord today to learn more about your legal rights and options.

What are the risks?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), individuals who take Chantix may be more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack. Although Chantix is still prescribed, the FDA ordered the drug manufacturing company to conduct additional tests to make sure that it is safe. According to the FDA, individuals who take Chantix may experience the following:

  • Attempted suicide
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Mania (extreme increase in talking/activity)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Abnormal sensations
  • Anxiety
  • Mood changes
  • Behavioral changes
  • Vivid or unusual dreams
  • Impaired ability to drive
  • Agitation
  • Hostility
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

In addition to these risks, Chantix has been associated with heart attacks and stroke as well. The FDA warns individuals who are taking Chantix to be especially wary of chest pain, pressure or discomfort. Additionally, Chantix uses should call their doctor if they experience shortness of breath, sweating, nausea or lightheadedness that is associated with chest pain. These symptoms are associated with strokes and heart attacks; individuals taking Chantix who experience these symptoms should immediately seek medical attention. Other serious complications associated with Chantix include skin irritation and allergic reactions. Some of these reactions can be life threatening – such as swelling of the face, mouth and throat. This reaction can result in difficulty breathing and should be addressed by a medical professional immediately. The most common side effect associated with Chantix is nausea.

St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury, illness or death because of Chantix, the St. Louis personal injury lawyers from our firm can help you understand your legal rights and options. At Meyerkord & Meyerkord, we believe that manufacturers should be held responsible for the medication that they produce. That's why our firm handles all types of mass torts, including Chantix, Actos, and other claims.Contact us today to see what a skilled and experienced injury attorney can do for your case.