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LegalView's Newest Practice Area Provides Insight Controversy Surrounding Smoking Cessation Drug Chantix

LegalView launched a new practice area regarding the controversial drug that is used to help smokers quit, but may be in fact be causing suicidal tendencies and behaviors in patients.

Denver, CO, February 11, 2008 --( LegalView, your source for everything legal on the web, recently launched another information portal on a controversial non-smoking aid that is allegedly leading users to suicidal thoughts and tendencies. Chantix or Champix, also known as Varenicline Tartrate from Pfizer, is an oral medication prescribed to individuals who are trying to quit smoking. Chantix is supposed to reduce cravings of cigarettes as well as reduce the psychological and physical sensations normally associated with tobacco-related products. Chantix is currently being taken by 3 million Americans, according to the drug's maker, and of this number, their have been nearly 40 suicides as well as close to 400 psychotic episodes that may be connected to the drug, according to the FDA. The dangerous Chantix side effects may include depression, erratic behavior, suicidal thoughts and actions.

Individuals who have taken or are currently taking Chantix are advised to contact their physician first, and following that possibly a lawyer specializing in prescription drug litigation to learn more about building a case for a potential Chantix lawsuit. By using LegalView's Chantix information portal, patients will find more information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Chantix warnings and additional evaluations and news reports dealing with the drug.

Currently, the FDA is evaluating the drug to determine if those taking Chantix are indeed more at risk for suicide. The FDA began investigating reports of incidents involving Chantix in November 2007 and while they have not yet issued a Chantix recall, they continue to study the drug's effects. However, the FDA has warned patients using the drug who begin to experience abnormal behavior or a depressive emotional state to consult a physician immediately, as discontinuing the drug may be advisable.

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