Chantix (varenicline) is a drug that is prescribed to help people quit smoking. Approved in 2006, Chantix works by blocking the receptors that nicotine stimulates, reducing the positive feelings smokers get from cigarettes. The FDA has released a warning linking the stop-smoking drug Chantix to an increased risk of heart attacks and other heart problems.
If you were prescribed Chantix as a smoking cessation aid and suffered a heart attack or other heart problems, your heart issues may be the result of taking this potentially dangerous drug. You may be eligible to recover substantial compensation in a Chantix heart attack lawsuit. Contact a Chantix heart attack lawsuit attorney today for a free review of your claim.
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In June 2011, information from a clinical trial involving 700 smokers suggested a potential association between Chantix and an increased risk of heart attacks and other heart problems. In this trial, Chantix users had a higher incidence of heart attacks and other heart problems than subjects who did not take Chantix.
In the trial, smokers with cardiovascular disease who took Chantix were more than twice as likely to have a heart attack as subjects given a placebo. In addition to Chantix heart attacks, a number of other heart problems were linked to Chantix, such as:
As a result of this clinical trial, the FDA required new warnings to be added to Chantix labels and medication guides to alert patients to the potential risk of Chantix heart attacks. The FDA also required Pfizer to further review information from a prior clinical trial and to report on the risk of Chantix heart attacks.
Concerns about the risk of Chantix heart attacks were first raised by the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices. The group found roughly 224 reports of Chantix heart problems in FDA reports from the first months Chantix was available to the public, May 2006 to December 2007. Included in this report were incidences of heart arrhythmia, heart attacks, and other heart problems linked to Chantix.
If you used Chantix to stop smoking and suffered a subsequent heart attack or other heart problems, you may be entitled to pursue significant compensation in a dangerous medication lawsuit. A number of Chantix lawsuits claiming that Pfizer did not adequately warn of potential heart attacks and other side effects are being investigated. A Chantix lawsuit attorney from our firm can help you to review your legal options and protect your legal rights. Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced Chantix lawsuit attorney.
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