Many people are given prescriptions to help them with a specific medical condition or problem. However, sometimes medications can cause more harm than good. When this happens and a drug that is prescribed to a patient actually causes harmful side effects, the drug manufacturer should be held liable.
There are many medications on the market that are considered dangerous drugs, and Chantix is one such drug that has been known to cause dangerous side effects. Although the intent of Pfizer, the makers of Chantix, was to help smokers quit smoking by taking this medication, the drug has caused harmful side effects to many Chantix patients and has led to a pharmaceutical class action lawsuit.
How Chantix Works
When patients who wanted to stop smoking cigarettes started taking Chantix—or its generic equivalent varenicline—they experienced initial withdrawal and flu-like symptoms, such as nausea and constipation. The drug was designed to help smokers quit by diminishing smoking cravings through blocking the pleasurable effects of smoking in the brain. Since the early trials, however, this drug has been linked to harmful drug side effects in the brain.
Many patients on Chantix complained of the following changes after taking the drug, including:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Panic attacks
- Extreme fear
- Difficulty sleeping
- Changes in emotion
- Changes in behavior, especially increased aggression and hostility
Chantix and Its Dangerous Side Effects
It appeared that Chantix was impairing many patients’ thoughts and behavior, and that it led to some harming themselves and taking their own lives. Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the reported neuropsychiatric symptoms that several Chantix patients displayed.
Although the FDA was aware of the psychological issues, suicidal tendencies, depression, and other issues Chantix patients were suffering from, this dangerous drug was not pulled off the market. Instead, the drug company was told to change the warning labels on their anti-smoking medication and to let doctors know about the side effects.
Sadly, these warnings came too late for some patients, and others were never told about the dangerous side effects.
How a Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If your family member committed suicide while on Chantix, you may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit or join others in a pharmaceutical class action lawsuit to recover damages and to hold the drug maker accountable. For more information or to talk with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer based in Milwaukee, call Hupy & Abraham toll-free at (800) 800-5678 today. Consultations are free.