drugs

Anti-Smoking Drugs Cause Mental Health Problems

Sunday, December 13, 2009 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: anti-smoking drugs, mental health, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet

Delicious
(NaturalNews) The FDA has ordered pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline to place warning labels on their anti-smoking drugs Chantix and Zyban, respectively, warning that the drugs may increase a patient's risk of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Both drugs have also been known to lead to other mental health disturbances, including hostility, agitation, nightmares and even loss of consciousness. Concern over seizures and loss of consciousness led the Federal Aviation Administration to ban the use of Chantix in on-duty pilots, and the U.S. military to ban its use by flight and missile crews.

Although the FDA is unsure what mechanism leads to the changes, a large body of evidence links them directly to the drugs. In a number of cases, symptoms began when a patient started taking one of the drugs, then ended almost immediately when treatment was halted.

Because neither drug contains nicotine, the FDA has hypothesized that nicotine withdrawal might be creating some of the symptoms. However, many of the symptoms have occurred both in patients who were still smoking while taking the drugs and those who were already quitting.

Chantix and Zyban act on the same parts of the brain as nicotine. Zyban blocks the action of nicotine in the brain, while Chantix partially mimics the nicotine's effects and makes the real chemical less effective.

The Chantix label already carries a warning about the risk of psychiatric symptoms.
The FDA reports that since the drug's approval in 2006, there have been reports of 98 suicides and 188 attempted suicides linked to the drug.

Zyban's label, likewise, already carried a boxed warning about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions. There have been reports of 14 suicides and 17 attempted suicides linked to the drug, which contains the same active ingredient as the antidepressant Wellbutrin.

The FDA noted that no link has been found between nicotine patches and suicide risk.

Sources for this story include: www.cnn.com.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.