Durham, NC (PRWEB) February 28, 2013
Chantix is a popular drug that is prescribed to help people quit smoking -- a move that many take to improve their health and extend their lives. However, many who took the drug have reported serious side effects such as suicidal thoughts and behavior. The North Carolina dangerous drugs lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin are now offering free case evaluations to anyone who took Chantix and believe they suffered these or other serious side effects as a result.
According to Chantix's website owned by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc., the medicine worked by binding to nicotine receptors in the body to help decrease the pleasurable effects of smoking to make it easier to quit smoking. It is approved for 12 weeks of use, but it can be used for an additional 12 weeks if smoking cessation is achieved.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an alert was issued in early 2008 that "it appears increasingly likely that there is an association between Chantix and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms" such as suicidal thoughts, suicidal behavior, and other erratic or aggressive behavior. Pfizer, the manufacturer of Chantix, updated the safety information for the drug later that year, saying that "some patients have reported changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions."
The following year, the FDA issued its strongest possible warning, a "Black Box" warning, about the link between Chantix and reports of depression and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
A study in the journal PLoS One in 2011 found that psychological risks were higher for those taking Chantix than for those who used other treatments to help them stop smoking.
Anyone who took Chantix and believes they suffered these or other serious side effects as a result is encouraged to call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for a free case evaluation.
About the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 12 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford and Wilson. The firm’s 30 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Eminent Domain, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Mass Torts and Products Liability. Three of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations.