Sunday, March 15, 2009

Smoking-cessation drug under scrutiny

From CTV Calgary:
Hundreds of people claim a drug used to help people quit smoking has given them some serious side effects.

Dana Roy says she tried to slit her wrists while she was taking the drug Champix. She says "I looked down at the sink and this knife was sitting here, and I picked it up and cut both my wrists".

Roy says "I had such an overwhelming feeling of anxiety; I just wanted the feeling to go away".

Roy's medication did come with an information sheet that described common side effects such as nausea and trouble sleeping. It also said "tell your doctor if you experience agitation, depressed mood or suicidal thoughts" the sheet also says "it's not known if these symptoms are related to Champix". ...more

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