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Many Americans will be on the road traveling this Memorial Day weekend. Unfotrunately, as we all know, holiday weekends with holiday travel present more risk for traffic accidents. We have all heard the warnings to slow down, be patient, leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you, check your tire pressure, etc. But perhaps we should also warn people to check their medications.

First, as you head out for the holiday weekend, you want to make sure that you remember your medicines. If you are diabetic or have high blood pressure or another chronic disease, you do not want to miss your medications. So in those circumstances, your medicines should be the first thing you pack.

But if you have been taking Chantix in order to quit smoking, I would encourage you to leave that one at home, particularly if you are doing the driving this weekend. Over 170 serious events described as accidental injury, including more than 30 traffic accidents and 77 falls, have been reported with use of Chantix. The resulting injuries from the falls have included fractures of ribs, hands, arms, facial bones, spine and lower limbs. According to the manufacturer’s own study, there is a doubling of the risk of accidental injury at at .5 mg does. In the 4th quarter of 2007, Chantix accounted for 988 serious injuries in the United States – more than any other individual drug.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not allow pilots flying commerical planes or air traffic controllers to use Chantix. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has warned medical examiners not to prescribe Chantix for commerical drivers. The reason? Chantix is being blammed for blackouts and seizures. I don’t have to tell you that the consequences of experiencing a blackout or seizure while driving can be deadly.

You have valuable cargo in your car this weekend, keep them and yourself safe – leave the Chantix at home!


  1. Gravatar for Paul M.

    I think one shouldn't give out medical advice if one isn't a licensed physician, as I assume you are not one since you don't have any credentials listed. Chantix is a Doctor prescribed medicine where you should not waiver from the prescription. I don't think it is wise to tell people when and when not to take prescriptions medicine. Especially as a Lawyer I would think you'd have a clue about that.

    People who are trying to quit smoking would probably have a much harder time over the course of a three day Holiday weekend by missing their prescribed dosage.

    I would love to know how many of those injuries you list occur in conjunction with alcohol and Chantix use. I have heard unscientific and unsubstantiated negative stories about that combination which I would agree with since I have used Chantix to quit snoking and alcohol I consumed while on the medicine adds serious effects to it.

  2. Gravatar for nerdovision

    I agree with Paul, do not get your medical advice from the internet! Get it from your doctor!

    Quitting smoking is very serious and if you have ever gone through it you know what I am talking about.

    The cigarette habit is the toughest to quit! i wish everyone luck who is trying to quit. there is a new safer alternative to smoking and they are called electronic cigarettes. for more info about electronic cigarettes you can go here and click "More Information About Electronic Cigarettes"

  3. Gravatar for Jean Martin

    Thank you for reading and thanks for your comments. Paul, you bring up an excellent point. You should never stop taking prescription medication or change the way you take the medication (extending or shortening the time between doses, doubling dose, etc.)without your doctor's advice. My intent was not to suggest that people take measures into their own hands. I simply want people to kknow about possible side effects and discuss them with their doctors. I just think that if pilots, air traffic controllers and truckers cannot take Chantix, then the average consumer ought to be concerned as well about the potential side effects.

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