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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Smoking Cessation Drug Hazard

Smoking cigarettes can be extremely bad for your health, a number of serious health problems can be linked to cigarettes and the deadly chemicals that make up their composition. Quitting cigarettes is always a solid choice and one that will ultimately improve your quality of life. There are a number of options available to those interested in quitting, some of which are quite effective in cessation: gums, patches, inhalers, and even prescription drugs. Prescription drugs like Chantix (varenicline) have helped a number of people shake their dependency to nicotine, but, a new report has shown that smoking cessation drugs may increase ones risk of heart attack or stroke.

The drug has previously been linked to an increased risk of heart problems in people who already have a history of heart disease according to the New York Times. Chantix has also been linked to an increased risk of psychiatric problems. An analysis of 14 studies involving 8,200 patients was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. An author of the new study, Dr. Curt D. Furberg of Wake Forest University, said the drug should be removed from the market.

A statement was released from Pfizer, the makers of Chantix that said it had concerns about the reliability of the study. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety notice about cardiovascular risk from varenicline when used by people who have a history of cardiovascular disease. Quitting cigarettes is always a good thing, but, if you decide to quit you should be selective about what you use to aid you in the quest.

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