Psychiatry expert witness Dr. Joseph Glenmullen and researcher Thomas Moore have called for the unsealing of thousands of Pfizer Inc. internal documents in the multidistrict litigation over Chantix. Dr. Glenmullen has testified in state and federal cases regarding the side effects of psychiatric medications and is the author of two books on the side effects of antidepressants: Prozac Backlash and The Antidepressant Solution. Both experts have written on how smoking cessation treatments such as Chantix are associated with a higher incidence of depression, suicide and violence toward other people. The U.S. Food & Drug Adminstration has a meeting scheduled for Oct. 16th regarding Chantix.
Fda.gov has this information:
MEDICATION GUIDE CHANTIX
What is the most important information I should know about CHANTIX?
Some people have had serious side effects while using CHANTIX to help them quit smoking, including: New or worse mental health problems, such as changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts or actions. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking CHANTIX, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment, or after stopping CHANTIX. Before taking CHANTIX, tell your doctor if you have ever had depression or other mental health problems. You should also tell your doctor about any symptoms you had during other times you tried to quit smoking, with or without CHANTIX.
Stop taking CHANTIX and call your doctor right away if you, your family, or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression or changes in your behavior or thinking that are not typical for you, or you develop any of the following symptoms:
o thoughts about suicide or dying, or attempts to commit suicide
o new or worse depression, anxiety, or panic attacks
o feeling very agitated or restless
o acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
o acting on dangerous impulses
o an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
o abnormal thoughts or sensations
o seeing or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations)
o feeling people are against you (paranoia)
o feeling confused
o other unusual changes in behavior or mood
When you try to quit smoking, with or without CHANTIX, you may have symptoms that may be due to nicotine withdrawal, including urge to smoke, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, irritability, frustration, anger, feeling anxious, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, decreased heart rate, and increased appetite or weight gain. Some people have even experienced suicidal thoughts when trying to quit smoking without medication. Sometimes quitting smoking can lead to worsening of mental health problems that you already have…
Psychiatry Expert Witness On Chantix