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Chantix - Neurologic disorder

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  • Posted By: donnaroons
  • October 23, 2007
  • 10:39 PM

I started taking chantix in December 2006, took it for 6 weeks and ended up with a severe case of vertigo. after the vertigo subsided I was left with a tic that involves the left side of my body, vision disorder and balance disorder. I currently take a medication given to me by my neurologist to control the tics. I am in physical therapy for my balance disorder. my neurologist says there is nothing i can do for my vision disorder. i have a problem with depth perception and peripheral vision. I haven't taken a chantix in 9 months and am still suffering from the side effects. Anyone else having these problems? I am so discouraged at this point. Will it ever go away?

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  • I'm bipolar and have been taking 200mg Lamictral and 25mg Seroquel for about 2 years now, with some success. Recently I decided to quit smoking and to make it more likely that I'd succeed I started taking a new quit-smoking medicine, known as Champix or Chantix depending on the market.After 5-7 days I started having the manic trip of my life, stronger than any I had ever experienced by a factor of 10, perhaps. I spent a month in a state of total euphoria. And this in spite of the fact that my mania normally expresses itself as rage and irritability -- this is only the second classic manic episode I've had in my LIFE (the first was triggered by an SSRI). ****s was I happy! And since I had virtually no experience with *euphoric* mania, I was clueless.Of course, everything came crashing down, and I had to --and still am-- dealing with a brutal depression and more intense suicidal ideation than I can remember ever having. EVER. In the last 2 weeks I've had (a) 2 extremely violent manic episodes, which is something that has NEVER happened to me; and (b) gone into ultradian cycling than can be measured in 30-60 minute cycles. This is not unlike going out of one's mind.This also NEVER happened to me before Champix / Chantix. NEVER!I've now had 1200mg of lithium and 500 mg of valproic acid added to my mix, and the violent mania has calmed down a bit, while the ultradian cycling can be measured in blocks of maybe 3 or 4 hours rather than 30-60 mins. But I'm still utterly messed up. Utterly.I used to be mostly functional. Now I'm mostly not.May you be damned, Pfizer! Curse you, Champix!So be warned, bipolars (and others -- the horror stories abound!) -- avoid Champix / Chantix like the plague. Better to smoke yourselves to death -- you'll probably live far longer that way.(NOTE: Of course this drug is NOT contraindicated for bipolar - it's new, and drug companies invariably do trials on people who are healthy in every way)
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    • November 8, 2007
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  • I started taking chantix in December 2006, took it for 6 weeks and ended up with a severe case of vertigo. after the vertigo subsided I was left with a tic that involves the left side of my body, vision disorder and balance disorder. I currently take a medication given to me by my neurologist to control the tics. I am in physical therapy for my balance disorder. my neurologist says there is nothing i can do for my vision disorder. i have a problem with depth perception and peripheral vision. I haven't taken a chantix in 9 months and am still suffering from the side effects. Anyone else having these problems? I am so discouraged at this point. Will it ever go away?Has your symptoms gone away? I have some same symptoms and others. I wish for as many places as complaints get written, that someone would post a doctor who can help diagnosis and offer what FIXES the problems. I think my neurologist said I had seizures and is making it up. The seizure meds help some with focus and lethargy. But nothing about the vision problems and random loss of access to memory. I'm terrified of all meds and want to get off the seizure meds. All the vision and memory stuff leave me confused. I had 'worse' seizure episodes on the meds. I hate all food. taste and texture. People think I'm putting myself down, but my brain is so messed up, by definition, I'm retarded.
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    • October 4, 2009
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  • Has your symptoms gone away? I have some same symptoms and others. I wish for as many places as complaints get written, that someone would post a doctor who can help diagnosis and offer what FIXES the problems. I think my neurologist said I had seizures and is making it up. The seizure meds help some with focus and lethargy. But nothing about the vision problems and random loss of access to memory. I'm terrified of all meds and want to get off the seizure meds. All the vision and memory stuff leave me confused. I had 'worse' seizure episodes on the meds. I hate all food. taste and texture. People think I'm putting myself down, but my brain is so messed up, by definition, I'm retarded.I know threee people that have tried the Chantix and have had great success with it, the only symptoms they've had are strange dreams and nausea, but other than everything went well
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    • December 2, 2009
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  • I always considered myself as a person who had great success with chantix; i quit smoking after a week of taking it (after 8 years of smoking & trying to quit but nothing helped). Side effects were: strange vivid dreams and nausea. I have been noticing balance problems, extreme depth perception problem especially when it is dark, and VERY extreme problems accessing my memory & remembering events/things right. I feel like my memory is completely blank & i only remember things from my past if someone mentions something & it triggers my brain and at that moment & i remember something only on that subject. Also, i remember minor things like colors (i am not color blind) completely opposite or wrong. For example, a friend gave me a BLACK blackberry phone and i don't like them at all so i was offering it to other friends and i could've sworn on my life that it was red, but when i go get it i see its black. I thought that these problem were just a part getting old (i am 23 years old now) so i just accepted them and never went to a doctor. I never considered them being side effects of chantix but after reading these posts i don't know what to think.
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  • I always considered myself as a person who had great success with chantix; i quit smoking after a week of taking it (after 8 years of smoking & trying to quit but nothing helped). Side effects were: strange vivid dreams and nausea. I have been noticing balance problems, extreme depth perception problem especially when it is dark, and VERY extreme problems accessing my memory & remembering events/things right. I feel like my memory is completely blank & i only remember things from my past if someone mentions something & it triggers my brain and at that moment & i remember something only on that subject. Also, i remember minor things like colors (i am not color blind) completely opposite or wrong. For example, a friend gave me a BLACK blackberry phone and i don't like them at all so i was offering it to other friends and i could've sworn on my life that it was red, but when i go get it i see its black. I thought that these problem were just a part getting old (i am 23 years old now). I never considered them being side effects of chantix but after reading these posts i dont know what to think.
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  • I have been reading a bunch of these message boards, as per my mother's concern with my condition, and am growing extremely disgruntled, along with so many others. I too had tried so many of the cessation programs out there, then tried Chantix as per a friend's success story. I quit after one week but found that the habit of just holding the cigarette was still there, no desire to smoke and if I did inhale the disgusting taste took over. I often found myself driving with a clicky pen or some other object similar to a cigarette. Eventually, two-three weeks later, I had quit everything related to smoking. I was only on Chantix for one month and thought I was going to be another success story but then everything went downhill about a week later. My goal was to quit before my 33rd birthday, which I did, but after living with muscle spasms, ticks, numbness, anxiety, depression, weird vision issues, gait issues, and anger issues for the last 8 months I would much rather be sitting here puffing on a Parliament rather than gripping my hands and holding in the muscle contractions. I have seen more doctors in these past 8 months than I have in my entire lifetime, all with ideas but NOT ONE doctor will link this to Chantix-the closest I came was one admitting that he is not comfortable with the drug enough to prescribe it but he would not say that he sees a correlation. Good luck to everyone out there! I think the only way we will overcome this parasite that is using our bodies as its host is to continue to keep each other informed and post once we find that one doctor that has the balls to admit that Pfizer is directly responsible for turning able minded and healthy people into complete neurotics that feel like no one believes them, at times not even their closest friends, family and loved ones. Complete frustration but happy to see not alone. Thank you!
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  • Wow......I am reading these posts after having taken Chantix for 3 months, exactly as prescribed.After three months I stopped Chantix cold turkey. I had been very happy that the drug seemed to be a miracle drug for me, it just seemed to good to be true since I was now smoke free after 30 years of smoking...i thought this is amazing. Yeah, i had some issues sleeping during the three months but not too bad. It's now 5 weeks since I took my last pill and I am a total mess and getting worse by the day. Not only am i not sleeping but I'm going "missing" in the middle of the night...apparently sleep walking. I live alone so there's nobody to see what's going on at night. I actually had to set up my laptop cam facing my bed so i could see what was going on in the middle of the night. What i saw was disturbing. First I was flipping like a fish out of water but I don't remember this because i was "sleeping" but what was worse was when I got out of bed at 2:17 and didn't return till 3:41.....I'm not sure where I was but i have no recollection of getting out of bed. This got worse when I went on vacation with a friend and they caught me coming back into our beach house at 3:30 am after they saw me go to bed at 12:00....+ I was outside in my underwear!!!OK forget the sleep issues....how about my brain just "whiting out" like a frozen computer screen.....I'm losing time like a cheap watch.....I'm crying for no reason three times a day and I frequently have no idea where I am or where I'm going while I'm driving.I had been warned of the side effects while taking the drug but nobody ever mentioned weaning myself off or what the after affects would be. I'm starting to think that I have done permanent damage to my brain from Chantix and I just wonder if I'll ever feel normal again. I'm still not smoking but every day I wonder if that would make me right again!!
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