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Old 05-21-2008, 04:40 PM  
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FAA bans anti-smoking drug Chantix for pilots, air controllers

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration today banned pilots and air traffic controllers from using a popular new anti-smoking drug after a medical safety group warned that the medication had apparently contributed to auto accidents and other mishaps that posed risks to both users and others.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,2923950.story


The agency had approved the drug last summer, before drug safety regulators began investigating reports of serious psychiatric problems, including suicidal behavior, sharp shifts in mood and vivid nighttime episodes some patients call "Chantix dreams."
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:28 PM   #2
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you know, I was considering taking this even after these bad side effects. I have a few friends who have taken it and swear by it with no problems and some other people I've talked to. But I still don't want to risk it.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:34 PM   #3
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A friend of mine lost his best friend since childhood because of this drug.

It became a pretty popular story..... do a google search for Carter Albrecht
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:35 PM   #4
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I have a friend who started on this and went into a deep depression. I later read that it was being seen as potentially linked to suicides. He said he never had suicidal thoughts, but he did get the lowest he'd ever gotten in his life, so he quit Chantix. (And managed to go ahead and quit smoking, too.)
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:11 AM   #5
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A friend of mine lost his best friend since childhood because of this drug.

It became a pretty popular story..... do a google search for Carter Albrecht
I'm presently on Chantix. Have had no problems.

Carter Albrecht didn't follow the prescription or his doctors instructions. The medication didn't cause his death. Him drinking and getting drunk on his quit day, which they tell you not to do, played the biggest role in his death. He died because of his own actions while trying to break into another persons home.
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:31 AM   #6
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My grandma smoked for 40+ years and quit on the stuff in two months.

My dad has smoked for 20+ and he's currently on it. They don't seem any different since taking it, aside from not smoking..
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:35 AM   #7
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but I don't fly anyway.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:11 AM   #8
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The suicide rate among chantix users is lower than the general population. However, it wouldn't be the first time the FDA has caused the death of innocent people.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:14 AM   #9
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Smoked for 25+ years.

Asked my Dr. for a perscription.

Took Chantix for 3 weeks, the side effects for me included indegestion and "the fog" some refer to.

Reduced intake to only 1 pill per day after 2 weeks.

By the 3rd week I stopped taking Chantix all together.

Have been smoke free for 2 months now.

Shit works.... just need to monitor how your body/brain reacts to it and adjust accordingly. I took less than the reccommended dosage and quit, hopefully for ever.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:39 AM   #10
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I'm getting ready to start taking this. My doctor talked with me about these suicidal side affects, but said the percentage that it actually occurs in is pretty small. But, still have to worry a little bit.

Like someone else said, I think if I follow the doctors orders, it shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:23 AM   #11
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I've quit smoking before, just use willpower, make the decision to not put the cig to your lips, and you will be smoke free within minutes....
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:27 AM   #12
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I've quit smoking before, just use willpower, make the decision to not put the cig to your lips, and you will be smoke free within minutes....
but.... a good cigar?
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:31 AM   #13
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I've quit smoking before, just use willpower, make the decision to not put the cig to your lips, and you will be smoke free within minutes....
Sounds like it worked great for you, considering you're a smoker.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:53 AM   #14
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Sounds like it worked great for you, considering you're a smoker.

yup, I quit for 10 years, just started again because I felt like doing it after my divorce in Jan.
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:00 AM   #15
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A friend of mine lost his best friend since childhood because of this drug.

It became a pretty popular story..... do a google search for Carter Albrecht
He died because he was a drunken wife beater, nothing to do with Chantix. If you are going to try and blame a drug, why not all that alcohol in his system?
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