Champix Yes or No?

Many of my quit cigarettes clients have tried Champix and have had terrible side affects and STILL haven’t quit cigarettes. Please be aware of what this powerful drug can do to you!!!

Read this article from news.com.au about a young man who committed suicide whilst taking Champix.

 

THE last thing Timothy John said to his mother was: “Mum, do you think Champix is making me feel strange?”

 
She didn’t have an answer for him then, but she now suspects he was right.

 
The 22-year-old took his life later that day, eight days after being prescribed the anti-smoking drug that has since been linked to hundreds of other suicide attempts.

 
The box containing the drugs carried no warning whatsoever.

 
“(The manufacturer) Pfizer knows that there are people who commit suicide and have suicidal thoughts on this drug,” Phoebe Moorwood-Oldham said.

 
“They do nothing about it and still peddle poison to our children and kill them.”

 
The Coroner agreed and told the court he was alarmed to learn there was still no warning on Australian packaging despite evidence linking Champix to a number of side-effects including anxiety and suicidal ideation.

 
“When I get my drugs I don’t go to the computer and start looking up the drugs, I rely on the manufacturer to put the updated version of warnings in the box,” he said.

 
“This is alarming because this document in my view should be put in as a warning.”

 
Timothy’s mother went on line and there she read dozens of stories too similar to her own to be a coincidence.
She said her son’s behaviour changed so significantly in the days before he died. One night she found him sitting on the floor of his bedroom with a chainsaw in his lap.

 
He said to her: “They’re coming to get me Mum, help me.”

 
Key to Ms Moorwood-Oldham’s campaign is something else she discovered online. She found Phizer had not only acknowledged the link between Champix and self-harm, it had settled thousands of lawsuits.

 
By 2013, the drug maker had paid off 80 per cent of 2700 claims regarding suicide or injury believed to have been caused by the anti-smoking pill. The total amount paid was in excess of $273 million.

 
The Quit Victoria website carries a warning for common side effects including “nausea, bowel problems, headaches, dizziness, sleeping problems, unusual dreams and changes in taste”.

 
More serious side effects include “depression, agitation, aggression, thoughts of self harm, self harm, thinking about suicide, suicidal behaviour and hallucinations”.

 
On the Champix website the warnings are similar, but far more extensive.

 
“Some people have had changes in behaviour, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using Champix to help them quit smoking. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking Champix, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after stopping Champix.