Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Father accused of killing family may have been taking anti-smoking drug | UK news | guardian.co.uk

A man believed to have murdered his wife while she slept and smothered their two daughters before killing himself may have been taking an anti-smoking medication with possible side-effects of "anger" and "depression", an inquest hasheard.


Father accused of killing family may have been taking anti-smoking drug | UK news | guardian.co.uk

So, what exactly does Chantix do to the brain? Here is an interesting article by Derek De Koff that was written for New York Magazine a few years ago:

It wasn’t until after I’d stopped taking Chantix (and switched to the patch) that I would read about other cases, ones in which violence was directed inward rather than out. In December, Omer Jama, a TV news editor in the U.K., slashed his wrists and died, a few weeks after going on Champix. (In the U.K., Chantix is known as Champix, but the FDA objected to that name because it was “overly fanciful and overstates the efficacy of the product.”) Shortly thereafter, a 36-year-old welder hanged himself after completing a thirteen-week Champix regimen.


This Is My Brain on Chantix



After reading this article, it does not seem so far off to assume that this drug may in fact be THE cause of the horrific event that took place in the first story above. This leads one to wonder why in the hell such a dangerous drug had been allowed onto the market in the first place. I can't speak for the NHS in Enlgand, but as an American I can honestly say that this makes me wonder about the efficacy, integrity and honesty of the folks who inhabit the floorspace over at the FDA.

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