Product News and Recalls

Chantix, designed to help quit smoking, found to cause mental problems, including thoughts of suicide.

October 10, 2008 – The drug Chantix is a medication used to help people stop smoking, but side effects have included anxiety, depression, hallucinations, loss of consciousness, and thoughts of or attempts at suicide. Between late 2006 and late 2007, there were 988 Chantix-related adverse events reported in the United States, more than any other drug during that period of time. Many of these adverse events involved diabetes, seizures, and heart problems. The Federal Aviation Administration has banned pilots and air traffic controllers from using Chantix, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will not allow interstate truck drivers to be certified if they use Chantix. The FDA’s Public Health Advisory on Chantix can be found here.