Anti-smoking drug tied to outbursts

Q: Last night, my boyfriend became so violent, I was afraid he was going to hit my 22-year-old daughter or me. He threatened to burn down our home, and he tried to kick me out.

I realized that he started changing after he began taking Chantix to quit smoking.

I read on your Web site about possible violence and aggression from a combination of Chantix and alcohol. There needs to be a warning about this drug.

A: Some people taking Chantix have become violent. We have heard from others that alcohol may aggravate aggression linked to Chantix.

Can Chantix Make A Comeback?

chantix bannerPfizer will restart TV advertising for its Chantix anti-smoking drug on Sunday, nine months after voluntarily putting the campaign on hold as worries about a link between the medicine and suicidal thoughts and actions grew.

The spots run 90 seconds–30 seconds more than the ones Pfizer (nyse: PFE – news – people ) ran for just four months last year–and hew to the same narrative as the old one, using a race between a tortoise and a Belgian hare to dramatize the fact that quitting smoking that favors the slow and steady–and that Chantix can help.

Smoking Drug Chantix Resume

stop smokingTV Ads for Smoking Drug Chantix Resume Despite Suicide Side Effects.

After pulling all advertisements for Chantix earlier this year amid concerns about increased suicide risks, Pfizer has re-launched a national TV campaign for their stop smoking drug.

Chantix (varenicline tartrate) was once considered the most promising drug in Pfizer’s pipeline of new medications, which has been proven effective at helping people quit smoking. After the drug was approved by the FDA in 2006, it quickly became a top selling drug, with annual sales of $883 million in the first full year it was on the market

Smoking program aims to kick habit

The Mississippi State University health education and wellness department is teaming up with the ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research in Jackson to offer a tobacco cessation program for students, staff and faculty. The program and medications are provided free of charge and funded through the University Medical Center.

The ACT Tobacco Free Program combines free counseling and medication to treat nicotine addiction. Those who enroll must attend counseling sessions once a week for six weeks or be charged for the medications used during that time.

Pfizer defends anti-smoking drug Chantix

Pfizer says anti-smoking drug Chantix safe for those with mental illness.

NEW YORK (Associated Press) – Pfizer Inc. (ED pills manufacturer) said Thursday it believes its anti-smoking drug Chantix, which has been linked to depression and suicidal thoughts, can be prescribed to patients with mental illness.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Pfizer Senior Medical Director Dr. Martina Flammer, who is also the medical team leader for Chantix, said that patients with a history of mental illness who are considering taking Chantix should let their doctors know of their condition.