Several months ago in the UK Champix was launched with the fanfare of being a wonder drug to help people stop smoking (Champix is marketed as Chantix in the USA). You can see my thoughts about its launch in a previous post
Since then, quite a few people have been noticing side-effects possibly because of Champix. These are thought to include depression, agitation, behavioural change, suicidal thoughts and suicide! The manufacturer of this drug, Pfizer, has now agreed to include warnings when it is launched in Australia stating “there have been reports of depressed mood, agitation, changes in behaviour, suicidal ideation and suicide in patients attempting to quit smoking while taking Champix”.
There are some really interesting posts on this subject in the blogosphere and I list some of them below;
My role is not to juggle the words said by others in the above posts, but to ask you or anyone considering taking Champix to stop smoking, is it worth it? Is it really worth it?
The only thing that stops people stopping smoking naturally and safely using the power of their minds is their belief in themselves. I, of course, will blow my own trumpet as a clinical hypnotherapist who helps people stop smoking naturally, to suggest that people could stop easily with the help of a good, skilled hypnotherapist Smoking Cessation Hypnotherapy but I will also blow other trumpets now to suggest that smokers who want to stop smoking should try any natural smoking cessation method before even considering taking Champix.
I am sometimes greeted with the cheery riposte “you're my last resort”. I beg everyone out there to consider using Champix as the last resort.
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