Chantix/Champix Reviews: Side Effects, Effectiveness, and More

chantix reviews for stopping smokingSmoking is associated with many dangerous and harmful effects on health. Many people with tobacco smoking addiction are looking for a way out of their addictions. In the 2006, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer released a prescription medication they called Chantix (or Champix outside the United States). The drug was promoted as being able to help people who wish to stop smoking quit.

Expectedly, people who have struggled with smoking cessation would welcome anything that promises them quick and effortless quitting. Therefore, when Pfizer announced that Chantix whose scientific name is Varenicline could help them quit, it came as a relief to many people. The question most people ask is whether this medication is effective or not, but is it safe considering the numerous recent lawsuits levied upon Pfizer regarding this stop smoking medication?

The illusion of a magic pill

But then again, who doesn’t want a magic pill to suddenly cure them of cigarette smoking? Sound too good to be true? It probably is. Many people who have taken Chantix have become suicidal with the families of the suicide victims blaming the stop smoking drug itself. Whether those people were pre-disposed to depression or suicide is a different story, but you can’t dismiss a staggering and growing number of possibilities. There have also been reports of outbursts of anger on Champix and in a recent murder case between 2 US Army soldiers, a judge has even allowed the Chantix defense to play out in court, i.e. that the accused of murder is blaming his Chantix medication for a factor in committing murder.

champix reviews for quitting smokingIt should also be kept in mind that a company named Pfizer manufactures Chantix and is also maker of the drug Propecia/finasteride, a popular hair loss drug that has been reported to cause permanent, irreversible sexual side effects in men, severe depression, anxiety, loss of interest in life, loss of feeling and empathy and brain fog- which has also led to patients committing suicide. Say what you will. I say Pfizer’s products like Propecia and Chantix/Champix and many more medications, even common anitbiotics like Cipro, are no joke. Long-term debilitating side effects are a possibility and the doctors don’t always warn patients adequately.

How Does Chantix Work?

It is not easy to understand how Chantix works without first discussing why tobacco smoking is addictive. The addictive substance in tobacco smoke is nicotine, a central nervous system stimulant. Using nicotine for a long time makes the body dependent on these stimulant effects. After sometime, dependence develops and your body stops to function properly without nicotine. Smoking then becomes habitual.

Chantix works as a partial agonist (partial stimulant) of the brain at the nicotine receptors. The manufacturer says that this medication is a weaker partial agonist and therefore will blunt the withdrawal effects associated with quitting smoking. This means it is different from nicotine antagonists (such as cystisine), bupropion (Zyban) and nicotine replacement therapy. Chantix is marketed as capable of reducing nicotine cravings for and minimizes the pleasurable effects of tobacco products including cigarettes.

If you find other reviews online, it’s kind of crazy. You’ll hear people praise Chantix for how good it is, and how it’s their 3rd time even of being on it! That to me, means it doesn’t work, not that it’s good, and it’s not exactly a solution to cigarette or even smokeless tobacco addiction! It’s just a drug-for-another-drug exchange! And the prices for the meds are as much as tobacco smoking too. But if you’re not smoking and you don’t want to kill yourself after taking it, maybe it’s still an option for you.

The Upside to Chantix: The Pros

Varenicline is touted by its manufacturers as well as some users as having the following advantages in smoking cessation.

If used in conjunction with other smoking cessation programs such as rehabilitation, Chantix can help those who have struggled with smoking to progressively quite the habit.

One must comply with only the determined, prescribed dosage. It is administered in a dosage of 1mg per day titrated in a particular manner.

The package comes with clear instructions on how to use the drug but it is only administered on prescription by a health care provider.

Chantix is FDA approved, unlike certain popular smoke cessation products such as e-cigarettes. I would still take FDA approval with a grain of salt.

It indirectly helps to eliminate the risks of cardiovascular diseases.

The Downside to Chantix: The Cons, Side Effects, and Cause for Concern

 

Clinical studies done so far indicate that Chantix long-term effects can lead to a variety of life-threatening side effects like suicidal ideation. Here are some of the most common side effects of Varenicline.

The most common complaint by users of Varenicline is nausea.

Less commonly it may cause headache, sleeping difficulties as well as abnormal dreams.

Rarely Varenicline may cause flatulence, abdominal pain, constipation, vomiting and changes in taste sensations.

Although the FDA approved this drug, in 2007 they sent out a warning that Chantix may accentuate the risks of depression and suicide tendencies as well as other psychiatric problems. in 2011, they announced the association of Varenicline with small risk of cardiovascular disease.

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The Bottom line on Chantix… No thanks, not for me

 

In as much as Chantix is promoted as capable of helping people to quit smoking, studies indicate that the safety concerns outweigh any benefits that may be associated with its use. If you were to ask me, I would recommend that you first discuss with your doctor. Better still, you can avoid it altogether.

I prefer a natural stop smoking aid anyday of the week to all these chemicals and pills. That’s me though.

Chantix Reviews

Recently ordered by FDA and scheduled for the Fall 2014, a review on Chantix to address public concerns over suicides and major side effects linked to Chantix will be held. Could it just be political theater? After all, the FDA could just remove the pill from the market, but then there goes that billion dollars spent on getting it through the regulation and approval process, and if the FDA cracks down too hard, the FDA won’t have any customers coming its way any more.

This could partially explain why doctors these days are just unloading pills faster than Bayer, Merck, and Pfizer can make them. Could it be the revolving door between the FDA and pharmaceutical giants? Read that article for a very telling truth about exactly how drugs are approved and prescribed, how natural supplements are kept out of the market for treating medical conditions, and how the bloated and high costs of this broken system are draining the American economy and preventing true affordable and effective medical care from everyone.

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Zyban Reviews: Will Zyban Help You Kick the Smoking Habit Safely?

zyban review and side effectsThere are various options that can help you stop smoking. Some people may decide to go for nicotine patches, nicotine gum and nicotine spray, of which I have used all but the spray (I would imagine it’s close to an e cigarette). However, you may opt to completely avoid nicotine altogether and Zyban can come in handy in that case (if you tolerate it). It can also make you want to kill yourself. Ouch! Weren’t expecting that one were you. That’s one of the side effects and something you’ll definitely want to keep in mind if you decide to try it like I did.

What is Zyban?

This is a drug containing an active ingredient of bupropion hydrochloride created to serve as an antidepressant medication known commercially as Wellbutrin. It was also found to contain another vital role of restraining the urge to smoke. This applies also to people addicted to nicotine.

How Zyban works

Zyban is an antidepressant pill also known as Wellbutrin that eases nicotine extraction symptoms. The drug works through acting on chemicals of the brain that are linked to the cravings that lead to you to taking nicotine. The drug takes full effect in about a week upon beginning the treatment. For the cure to be more effective, you are recommended to take it for a period of 7 to 12 weeks. Failure to show a sign of any significant progress by the seventh week you are required to suspend the treatment.

Some studies reveal that an average of a third of the smokers taking the medicine in order to stop smoking succeed approximately one year after the treatment. This makes it have a higher success rate than many other nicotine replacement therapy methods according to many Zyban reviews. This of course also makes it a costly way to quit smoking if you have to purchase it for a year or more. Then there is the concern that you may become dependent on Zyban and you are not an anti-depressant taker. I have nothing against people who take anti-depressants and depression may even be a side effect/predetermining factor for those who become habitual smokers, but personally I’d rather stay off them. And I’ve been on more than a few so I know what they’re like.

Does Zyban work?

Zyban does work for some people, however in a day and age where we’re already over medicated as it is, and many times the “cure” causes equal amounts of discomfort as the sickness or prevailing medical problem, it didn’t work for me. It made me feel stressed out in a different way, kind of spaced out and amped up all the time. I had lots of trouble sleeping on this pill, even when I took it in the morning which is what the doc said to do. Definitely don’t take the pill after 12 pm.

You should only consume Zyban as prescribed by a physician. You should take the drug with water as normally with meals and should not be consumed for a period longer than recommended. The medicine is a popular option to many because you can continue smoking for about a week while receiving the treatment. Duration for taking the drug depends on your determination to stop smoking but in the first three days, you should consume one tablet of 150mg daily, and two tablets on a daily basis at intervals of around eight hours from the fourth day.

Cost and Price of Zyban

Zyban has a reasonable price (if it works for you). The drug costs $4 a day thus being affordable to many smokers willing to get rid of the smoking habit. The worth of the remedy is relatively cheap compared to the benefit. Of course, that $4/day can really add up it takes you 6 months to quit, over $700 even.

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The pros and cons of taking Zyban

The drug is easy to swallow. However, a person with a history of eating disorder cannot take it. It can also help when you are depressed at times. Nevertheless, it can bring about mood swings as well as behavioral changes as you can be hostile and have thoughts of committing suicide. The medicine is usually used with other nicotine replacement therapies. The medicine is not recommended if you have a history of seizures and relentless head trauma, or anxiety.

The main advantage of taking Zyban is that it has no nicotine. However, the main disadvantage is that it causes side effects that may be harmful to your health. The medicine is not fully understood by the doctors thus does not have the benefit of doubt.

Side effects of Zyban

You may experience some other uncomfortable symptoms brought about by the consumption of the medicine. Some of them may include; behavior changes, insomnia, restlessness, sore throat, muscle pain, loss of appetite and headache. The serious effects include; fast heartbeats, fever, seizure and hallucinations, as well as suicidal ideation.

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