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Chantix problems.. vertigo and anxiety attacks

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  • Posted By: tufenuf
  • November 24, 2007
  • 01:40 PM

Hi, I'm new around here. I'm looking for help/support. I took Chantix to stop smoking and had terrible side effects after a couple of months. I stopped it cold turkey about a month ago. Now, I'm having terrible anxiety attacks and vertigo. I've lost my ability to drive safely and can hardly "ride" in a car. I feel like I'm falling most of the time. I also have a tic in my left eye. This is crippling me and is now affecting my family life. I've had panic attacks in the past, but never, have I been unable to drive. Please respond if you can shed a light on the direction I should go. Thanks in advance and God Bless

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  • While I have not yet taken Chantix you may want to read more on this site about others having problems they associate with taking it. Most of what I read has been arthritis type problems. I do know that one I work with tried it and she also had weird feelings almost like you had but not to the point she could not drive.I would read more on here (this is a great site) then talk to your doctor that put you on Chantix telling him what others having with the drug. Good luck to you and will hope your symptoms soon leave you. Oh, you may want your family to read some of these also and then perhaps they will understand you are not alone in all that is going on.
    agypsygrl 79 Replies
    • November 26, 2007
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  • I took chantix for 6 weeks and started with a horrible episode of vertigo. After the vertigo subsided I was left with a tic on the entire left side of my body, balance disorder and vision problems (peripheral and depth perception). I ended up seeing a neurologist who placed me on a medication to control the tics (which has been very helpful). I couldn't drive at all for approximately 2 months and am still unable to drive at night due to the bright lights give me a tic. It has now been 11 months and am still suffering with the side effects. I did physical therapy for the balance disorder which did help. Very unfair that Pfizer put out a medication that has changed so many lives in such a horrible manner. My only hope is that some day things will go back to normal, although after 11 months it seems doubtful.
    donnaroons 14 Replies
    • November 28, 2007
    • 10:28 PM
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  • Hi, I'm new around here. I'm looking for help/support. I took Chantix to stop smoking and had terrible side effects after a couple of months. I stopped it cold turkey about a month ago. Now, I'm having terrible anxiety attacks and vertigo. I've lost my ability to drive safely and can hardly "ride" in a car. I feel like I'm falling most of the time. I also have a tic in my left eye. This is crippling me and is now affecting my family life. I've had panic attacks in the past, but never, have I been unable to drive. Please respond if you can shed a light on the direction I should go. Thanks in advance and God Bless karen.vernettimy mother and brother both tried taking chantix and stopped taking it after a few weeks my mother had the same symptoms she would pass out and made her very dehydrated she also would get severe headaches she ended up not quiting i suggest going to your doctor
    karen.vernetti 9 Replies
    • November 29, 2007
    • 05:12 PM
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  • I used chantix for 6 weeks and i quit them because i felt lethargic after the second week. I am not sure of the vertigo feeling, but I was like spacing out all the time! I took them for six weeks, and they do work but i was not myself. My wife finally told me that she would rather me be myself then be on them. This meant a lot to me. I smoke outside, and keep it away from the family. I will try again later, but it won't be with Chantix.
    Budman21901 2 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 07:54 PM
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  • My father used Chantix for 5 1/2 weeks. It has messed him up horribly. He's having panic attacks every single day, often more than once a day. He's not sleeping, not eating, can't stand to be around his family or others. He's asked that we not bring his grandchildren to the house. He's asked that his children go up 1 at a time because he's so anxious all the time that he gets panicked if too much is going on. He can't control his emotions. He breaks out crying. He swears that he's got a fever but his body temp isn't abnormal at all. He has to get into a hot bath several times a day because his knees and feet are so cold that he can't stand it. He can't remember anything. My mother can't leave him alone at all because he panics not knowing where she is and he's afraid to be alone. He's been having severe chest pains and my mother had to take him to the ER because he thought he was having a heart attack. He had a full blown anxiety/panic attack at his DR. appt. the other day, thankfully. Now his DR. could understand what my mom was trying to tell him. They've prescribed an anti-depressant and a half dose of valium 2x daily to try to calm him enough to rest, even if he still can't sleep. His DR. said that he doesn't approve of Chantix but legally can't refuse to prescribe it to patients who request it. He tried and the company sent a rep. to reprimand him for it. The other day he told my mom that for the first time ever, he'd thought about suicide. My mom is exhausted and can only sleep when he does which isn't much. I can't believe that it can be legal to promote and sell a product as dangerous as this is. Even if it doesn't happen to all users, who wants to risk it?
    hogaboom05 3 Replies
    • December 23, 2007
    • 05:08 PM
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  • i see i am not the only person with these problems.. let's pray that someone will figure something out soon. I too am on antidepressants, but aren't helping. Vision is whacked out, ringing in my ears, panic, depression, can't drive and can't goto work. Sad thing is I go online to research this mess and all I come up with is people with the same problems but no means to an end. 3 months off chantix. feel like talking send me an email. I don't check these boards much.. brandonrcampbell at gmail dot com
    brandon campbell 9 Replies
    • January 2, 2008
    • 09:15 PM
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  • Well, looks like I am not the only one. I started taking Chantix about 2 weeks ago. On the third day, WHILE AT WORK, I had an incredible panic attack!! Vertigo, racing heart, sweating, etc. I have not taken the stuff since. However, even after stopping the Chantix, I am still having the attacks. Had one last night WHILE DRIVING. Blurry vision/vertigo the whole nine yards. What is going on? Does this crap ever get out of your system? Help !!!
    pinetopfirefighter 2 Replies
    • January 9, 2008
    • 05:17 PM
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  • I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but for me, it has been exactly one year and I am still having problems. I am still on a medication prescribed by a neurologist for the tics so that is under control but he told me there is nothing I can do about the vision problems. I still have depth perception and peripheral vision problems. I have driven at night but REALLY shouldn't. I can't look over my right shoulder and determine how far away the car next to me is. Definitely gives me a panic attack! I do avoid driving at night as much as possible. This really sucks! Wanting to go places at night but unable to drive!
    donnaroons 14 Replies
    • January 9, 2008
    • 06:03 PM
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  • That sucks. I took those pills (1/2 mg) for 3 days and now am a mess. Like you the driving at night is a nightmare. Has anyone thought of taking action on this? Have your other meds helped with counteracting the chantix side effects?
    pinetopfirefighter 2 Replies
    • January 9, 2008
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  • I have an attorney taking a look at the situation but it is a long complicated battle against Pfizer (which at this point I am definitely up for). the neurololgist just keeps saying, well maybe it will go away. Yea, I'm thinking after a year, it isn't going away! Maybe time for a new doctor! the pills the neurologist gave me are strickly for the tics and that did help a lot. Just gets very frustrating after all this time.
    donnaroons 14 Replies
    • January 9, 2008
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  • I've taken Chantix for the full 12 week session, quit, and had no noticable problems. Now i'm taking it again, (25 days in). My girlfriend recently has been on my case, telling me I need anxiety medicine or "help". I didn't see it in myself, but maybe she's not making **** up. Remember though, YOU'RE QUITTING NICOTINE. That's powerful stuff, not to mention all the other stuff they put in there to hook you.
    IFeelUrPain 3 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
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  • we you the same donna I saw on the news? maybe you can shed some light for me and send me the information on the lawyer. I have one I found online and they sent me the paperwork, but I haven't filled it out yet because I am not sure which lawyer to go with.I have an attorney taking a look at the situation but it is a long complicated battle against Pfizer (which at this point I am definitely up for). the neurololgist just keeps saying, well maybe it will go away. Yea, I'm thinking after a year, it isn't going away! Maybe time for a new doctor! the pills the neurologist gave me are strickly for the tics and that did help a lot. Just gets very frustrating after all this time.
    brandon campbell 9 Replies
    • January 12, 2008
    • 08:28 PM
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  • Hi Brandon, Yes I am the same Donna you saw on the news. the attorney taking a look at my situation hasn't responded to me yet whether or not he will handle my case. I hope to hear from him soon and when I do, I will let you know if he feels we have a case or not. Of course I thinkk we all have a case. what an unfair and unjust situation Pfizer has put us all in. we all suffer (and continue to suffer) from this drug.
    donnaroons 14 Replies
    • January 12, 2008
    • 09:21 PM
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  • i dont know if you considered another lawyer.. but I spoke with ashli from this group http://www.reichandbinstock.com/ and she seems awesome. I haven't spoke to her since nov. but I have been thinking about calling them back. The only bad thing about it is.. if you win they get 40% to 50% of the winnings. The good thing is if you lose you don't pay a dime. They sent me the paperwork to fill out, but like I said... it is just sitting here. Hope we all feel better soon.. god bless.
    brandon campbell 9 Replies
    • January 12, 2008
    • 09:56 PM
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  • I was on Chantix for 1 month and while taking it I felt too good. I wasn't sleeping much, running to the gym at 4 am, and my left leg wouldn't stop shaking. I started experiencing vertigo and my speech became increasingly rapid. At first, I thought this was the wonder drug. I wasn't smoking and I felt like I could do ANYTHING! I was becoming over the top manic. I couldn't get my leg to stop shaking.....several months later & I'm still dealing with that. I reported my RLS and mania to pfizer. They took the info & told me to talk with my pcp. I reported these feelings to them as well. They told me to cut the dose in half. I still didn't feel right, so I stopped the meds all together. Now only a few months later & I have fallen into a deep depression. I have been treated for anxiety & depression in the past and was taking an anxiety med during the sametime I was on the Chantix. Never, in my life have I dealt with feelings of mania! I am angry with Pfizer & the FDA for not properly labeling their "side effects" until now. I have had several professionals explain that Chantix released too much dopamine into my system and now "We have to get the horses back in the barn."
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 21, 2008
    • 10:51 PM
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  • i cant believe my eyes... i have been searching everywhere to figure out why about 7 months ago out of the blue i go to the emergency room with what they decribed as anxiety.. i am 31 and never had any medical issues not one,o ther than smoking.. i tried chantix about 7 months ago then came off it and went back to smoking.. didnt help me quit but it dang sure gave me anxiety in a bad way.. every day now i have anxiety weird feelings in chest, raised blood pressure, and dizziness.. when i say i have been perfectly healthy i mean i havent had to go to the doctor for anything.. i am so glad i found this site i think i may have found the culprit to these horrible feelings
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
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  • I can not believe i have solved what the heck has been wrong with me.. to start I took chantix about 10 months ago and since then i thought i was going crazy.. i went to the er and they said i was having panic attacks i thought it was a heart attack.. I have always been so healthy i am 31 yr old male never had one single issue with health.. Now i have the worst anxiety, dizziness, blurred vision, dizziness, weird sensations in chest, balance problems just trembling in jaws higher blood pressure noe 137/80 but used to be 117/70.. I am just amazed i have found people with the same issues.. No suicidal thoughts or depression i dont think, but every day almost these symptons no affect my life. It is terrible.. Does anyone know how to fix this crap that i now know chantix did, and there is no doubt in my mind chantix did this.. I have always been so healthy..email me with any questions or concerns to gvo5@yahoo.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
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  • Well, it has been over a year and still having the same problems, balance disorder, visual problems, panic attacks. this really sucks, having a bad day and wanting to vent about it. heard from my attorney and he isn't interested in taking my case. why doesn't any attorney think Pfizer should be held accountable! I will continue to search until I find one that does. Even the FDA is now saying this drug isn't as safe as they thought.
    donnaroons 14 Replies
    • February 12, 2008
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  • There is another site here regarding Chantix and all the problems, which are plenty. You may find some help and answers from other people suffering also. Joint and muscular pain after taking chantix - Page 58 - WrongDiagnosis Forums This is poison to a lot of people, including myself. I hope this helps. Rene
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2008
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  • Suffering from on / off Vertigo, buzzing noise in (R) ear. Even after 3 pcp visits & 2 specialist visits, no resolution. This stuff worked, although stomach upset often. But when I realized the meds was cause of problems I stopped taking several days ago. If not for your posts I would never have guessed it. Thanks to each & every one of you for speaking up.
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