By Natural Advocate | November 15, 2011 - 9:35 pm - Posted in Smoking Cessation

Chantix, a blockbuster drug that has been prescribed mostly as a smoking cessation drug, has recently been linked to a higher rate of suicide than smokers who try to quit without the help of a drug.  The suprising part is that even nicotine patches were linked to a slightly higher risk of suicide in smokers who are trying to quit smoking.

However, the Chantix was statistically significant enough to warrant some concern.  Chantix is supposed to be a drug that helps with anxiety and mood. However, it is primarily prescribed for smokers, because these are two things that suffer when one tries to quit smoking.

Of course, there are some herbal smoking cessation products as well that can work wonders for those trying to quit permanently.  Chantix not only comes with a potentially higher risk of suicide, but it also must carry warnings on the label for the possibility of black outs.

The drug has actually been banned for use by pilots because of the risk of blacking out.  The increased risk of depression and suicide are also listed as warnings on the label due to regulations regarding such serious potential side effects.

The company that makes Chantix is of course defending the product, saying that there are enough customers of Chantix that have had great success in quitting smoking with the drug to make up for the few that may have adverse side effects.  When taking a drug like this with potential side effects or risks, it is important to use your judgement and aks yourself if the risk is worth the reward.

If you think quitting smoking is something you must do for your health, you can take a drug like this or you can also try an herbal or natural method for quitting as well. Either one is really geared toward controlling mood, appetite and cravings so that your risk of gaining weight and moodiness is reduced as much as it possibly can be when you quit this hard to kick habit.


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