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Opening Arguments


I'm taking this stuff, so if you notice that my posts start getting a little darker, give a shout out, 'K?

WASHINGTON - Government regulators said Friday the connection between Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix and serious psychiatric problems is "increasingly likely."

The Food and Drug Administration began in November investigating reports of depression, agitation and suicidal behavior in patients taking the popular twice-daily pill.

The agency's announcement comes two weeks after Pfizer added stronger warnings to the drug. In doing so, the company stressed that a direct link between Chantix and the reported psychiatric problems has not been established, but could not be ruled out.

I wonder how many of these problems are really caused by Chantix rather than the qutting smoking itself. Trying to kick the habit, whatever method or aid used, just drives you nuts. Trust me, I know.


Larry Morris
Mon, 02/11/2008 - 11:31am

So, ... how's it going ? I'll quit if you will.

Leo Morris
Mon, 02/11/2008 - 12:26pm

Too soon to tell. I'm only in the third week, and it takes at least a couple of months for the stuff to accumulate and do its thing.

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 1:05pm

I wonder if it is better to use an anti-depressant for smoking cessation. There are studies that suggest those drugs are also effective.

Leo Morris
Mon, 02/11/2008 - 3:52pm

For some people, maybe. I tried Wellbutrin, and it didn't seem to help.

tim zank
Mon, 02/11/2008 - 8:36pm

Leo, why would you need any type of help quitting? Hell you live in Ft Wayne, right? You can't smoke anywhere anyway.