Friday, April 11, 2008

'Suicidal' urges among reactions to stop-smoking pill

From the Ottawa Citizen:
Nearly half of reported suspected drug reactions in people taking the popular anti-smoking pill Champix involve psychiatric reactions, including seven people who became suicidal while on the drug, a new federal report shows.

In the first eight months after Pfizer Inc. began marketing its smoking cessation drug last April, Health Canada received 107 reports of adverse drug reactions suspected of being associated with Champix.

Of these, 46 involved psychiatric reactions including aggression, depression and suicidal thinking. Others involved amnesia, abnormal dreams, anxiety, insomnia, and abnormal thinking. 'Suicidal' urges among reactions to stop-smoking pill

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