Champix – The dangers of potentially “psychotic” side-effects!
After researching other ways to quit smoking, I came across Champix which seems to be quite a common “solution”.
Unfortunately, the statistics and stories about Champix that I’ve come across are equally, if not more alarming than Nicorette or other Nicotine Replacement Therapies. (To read my article on the dangers of using Nicorette to help quit smoking scroll down the page). Champix seems to be a horrendous side-effect ridden therapy medication used to attempt to quit smoking. (Or as its dubbed in America – Chantix).
Champix is a daily medication which comes in a 0.5 to 1 mg tablets that some claim has been beneficial in quitting smoking. But only if you like to punish yourself for smoking all those years with a sense of nausea that seemingly lasts 24 hours a day… Perhaps you would think that this cannot be healthy to begin with. But that aside, let’s look at some of the unwanted side-effects that a vast number of people have experienced using this medication when quitting smoking:
- abdominal pain
- appetite changes
- sleep disturbance
- tiredness or weakness
- severe allergic reactions that swells the face or even throat (!)
- the list of side effects of Champix goes on…and on.
But that wasn’t the most alarming thing about using Champix to quit smoking. Apparently, as a “general guide” to administering the medication, you are supposed to “check with your doctor if any of the following symptoms occur”. Such as:
“Changes in behaviour, changes in mood, depression…”
[But most alarmingly]: “…thinking about harming self or others.”
I know trying to quit smoking can make you on edge, but apparently using Champix to quit smoking could potentially make you psychotic!
Furthermore to this, doctors also advise:
People with any type of mental health condition including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Well, after analysing all this information, I’d recommend that schizophrenics, people with bipolar disorder, or anybody who is not a mentally stable person, (or, even if you’re just in a bad mood..) I would urge you seek better options than Champix to quit smoking. It makes me seriously wonder how this product was ever approved by the F.D.A. I don’t know about you, but Champix is not recommended by me to anyone.
Just see what was on the news not so long ago about using Champix to quit smoking: