It’s almost New Year’s Eve, which means that many people will be making New Year’s resolutions soon. And if you are an avid smoker, maybe your resolution for this year will be to put up the cigarettes for good. You know the health effects of smoking- lung disease, cancer, heart problems, etc- and this is the year that you will commit to putting yourself back into a healthy lifestyle.
There are many ways to quit smoking; some people go cold turkey, some people wear a patch, some take up a new habit like chewing sunflower seeds. But if you’re considering taking Chantix, a smoking cessation pill, you might need to be careful. According to Consumeraffairs.com, Chantix has been linked to "problems such as heart trouble, seizures and diabetes".
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices released findings of its review of adverse-event reports filed with the FDA. The reports included 988 serious incidents linked to Chantix in the U.S. during last year’s fourth quarter — the most for any medication in that period.
Alarmed by the report, the Federal Aviation Administration banned the use of Chantix by pilots and air-traffic controllers.
The ISMP study of 173 serious reports of accidents and injuries, including 28 road traffic accidents, calls for a much stronger warning than in the recently revised new labeling and new patient medication guide for the drug, Wolfe said.
There are many smoking-cessation products that are much safer than Chantix, so if you want help to kick your smoking habit in 2010, I suggest that you make a safer choice. I encourage you to follow through on this important new year’s resolution, but just do so carefully. Happy New Year and Best of Luck!