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Posted on Jul 1, 2009
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As if quitting smoking wasn’t hard enough: The FDA is slapping mental health warnings on varenicline and buprorpion, two drugs commonly prescribed to help smokers ditch their “cancer sticks,” as both medications may cause serious neuropsychiatric problems and could even provoke suicidal behavior among users.

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Reports of behavioral changes, depressed mood, agitation, hostility and suicidal thoughts and behavior associated with use of the drugs have been submitted to the FDA’s adverse event reporting system.

Throughout the marketing history of the drugs, there have been 98 suicides and 188 attempted suicides in varenicline users and 14 suicides and 17 attempted suicides in buproprion users, the agency reported.

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By anaman51, July 2, 2009 at 11:43 am Link to this comment
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Three years ago I was given Buproprion as an adjunct to the Paxil I was already taking, as my depression symptoms were still hanging around. It was described to me as a non-invasive kind of drug that would probably take several months of use before I noticed a difference. As it slowly crept into my system and began effecting my thinking, it started doing the opposite of what it was intended to do. It’s supposed to reward correct decisionmaking with a blast of dopamine, but instead it began to reward bad decisionmaking. By the time seven months had passed, my entire character had been rearranged by this drug, and I had no idea it was happening. It nearly got me injured in a fight I started with a neighbor over his loud stereo, a fight I never would have been involved in had I not been taking the Buproprion. My doctor titrated the dosage until I was weaned off the stuff, but it was some time before the effects were ameliorated. I discovered this was a fairly common side effect of the drug, and to be honest, I’m amazed it’s still being offered. The stuff is dangerous! It can turn a normally peaceful person into a raging lunatic when it goes wrong. I know—-it happened to me. I now know what it’s like to have my mind hijacked by a drug, and I was damned fortunate it wasn’t worse. I’m also fortunate it didn’t bring about my death by my own hand, as it has with so many others. This stuff should not be on the market!

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By Outraged, July 2, 2009 at 10:26 am Link to this comment

Re: hippie4ever:

Your comment: “Yet there are no documented cases of suicide from smoking cannabis; in fact there has not been a single death attributed to the drug.”

Not yet…., but give ‘em time….. soon they’ll be deaths “linked to cannabis” and “cannabis related deaths”.

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By hippie4ever, July 2, 2009 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

“Throughout the marketing history of the drugs, there have been 98 suicides and 188 attempted suicides in varenicline users and 14 suicides and 17 attempted suicides in buproprion users, the agency reported.”

Yet there are no documented cases of suicide from smoking cannabis; in fact there has not been a single death attributed to the drug. Makes you wonder why it’s illegal, doesn’t it? Well, Big Pharm can’t slap a patent on cannabis & make untold hundreds of billions, so they lobby milktoasts like Obama to repress its use. The “War on Drugs” that really is a thinly-disguised war against the American people.

I know my enemy; it isn’t difficult when they stink of corruption, greed and bogus religion. I wouldn’t want anything from them in my mouth or any other part of my body. I’ll live longer and better, and that’s the best revenge.

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By boggs, July 2, 2009 at 6:20 am Link to this comment

Oh great, which line do we get in to sign up for the class action lawsuits that are about to materialize.

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By JayZee, July 2, 2009 at 5:56 am Link to this comment

Oh, as if it’s ONLY the smoking cessation drugs that push people to suicide.

I remember reading a while back, that the smoking cessation drugs were being forced on our returning troops who sought treatment from the VA hosp.The off label use of anti-psychotic drugs (you’ve seen the cymbalta commercials) and even the correctly prescribed anti-depressant have the same side effects:

Depression and mania-(suicidal and homicidal).

Good for your portfolio, bad for our troops and civilian population.

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By G.Anderson, July 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment

Yes, coloradokarl, it’s good to see just how many people finally realize this…

The FDA slapping warnings, on these drugs, is a good way to convince some members of the gullible public, that it’s ok, if your careful… But once the pill goes over the tongue on the way to the stomach, how can one be careful?

Suicial, people are rarely careful..

Meanwhile the FDA is going for an outright ban of Vitamin B6. I’ve never heard of anyone becoming suicidal on Vitamin B6. Seems like B6 would make a nice prescription med for the pharmecuetical companies, but that’ can’t be done until it’s restricted.

What does that tell you about the FDA?

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By coloradokarl, July 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment

The fastest way to am early grave is through a Doctor…...

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