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The FDA has released a new report that the prescription drug varenicline may cause heart problems. The drug is sold using the brand name Chantix. It is used as an aid to help people stop smoking. Reports show that varenicline doubles a smoker’s odds of quitting smoking but the prescription has some serious side effects. Studies show that more than 10% of people who use the drug experience nausea, headache and insomnia, or have strange dreams. Some report mood changes and there have also been reports of instances when patients have had suicidal thoughts; where previous trials showed no data regarding indications of this.In addition to these recorded side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that varenicline could increase the risk of heart attack or other heart problems.
In a year-long clinical study on people that were making an attempt to stop smoking, 2% of people using varenicline suffered from a heart attack, compared with 1% of people who were using an inactive (placebo) treatment. Additionally, 2% of people using the prescription medicine varenicline were required to have surgery to widen one or more arteries; compared to the 1% that were taking the placebo. Fortunately, none of the participants that suffered from heart issues actually died.
Users having any kind of side effects or negative experience while using the prescription drug varenicline, or any other prescription drugs, may report it on the FDAs website.