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Kidney damage due to Chantix

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  • Posted By: ms_sully
  • April 3, 2008
  • 08:49 PM

I am new to this site so I hope I am doing it right.
Here's my story and my question...

I took Chantix for about 3 weeks last July. By Labor Day weekend, I was in the hospital with severe nephritis (kidneys producing way too much protein) and I didn't fit any of the normal categories that cause this . I had to result to taking chemo and prednizone for almost 7 months to get it back to normal function. I am wondering if the Chantix might have caused it. Has anyone heard of this or any similar stories?

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  • im not quite sure where i saw it,but im almost positive there have been other cases like this. i have written to the fda about some of my side effects with the chantix........it is great for quitting smoking,but many many people are having the same serious side effects (of many types) months after stopping it. i personally,tell people to be very careful with it and am real hesitant to recommend it now.
    coastal 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have heard of many problems but so far I haven't heard of anyone with kidney damage but a friend told me she had so I am trying to find out.
    ms_sully 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Chantix is nephrotoxic, so if you had a history of kidney problems or UTI's your doctor should have discouraged the use or given you a very low dosage. Chantix is processed and excreted thru the kidneys, so if you had any undiagnosed kidney issues it very likely caused the severe kidney damage. Also, there are so many reports of adverse affects of this drug that I would definitely think there was a connection here. Please make sure you report your findings through the fda.gov website- not sure how to do this. You might be able to report adverse effects through the chantix website. Were you taking any other meds, including birth control while taking chantix? Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • No, I wasn't taking anything else. I had just turned 40 and had my annual physical at the first of July and everything was completely normal. Then I started the Chantix only for a couple weeks and by the end of August, I had so many things go wrong (swelling in legs, face and hands, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver enzymes etc.) which the kidney doctor told me happens when your kidneys fail like mine did so severely, so quickly. My cholesterol was 130 at the first of July and by the end of August it was over 500! I didn't realize how important your kidneys are!!!! Anyway, something caused this, I just don't know what. The Chantix is the only thing I had done different. My kidney doctor was saying it could be some auto-immune thing but I just don't know and I am hoping to find someone with the same symptoms and experience.
    ms_sully 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • No, I wasn't taking anything else. I had just turned 40 and had my annual physical at the first of July and everything was completely normal. Then I started the Chantix only for a couple weeks and by the end of August, I had so many things go wrong (swelling in legs, face and hands, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver enzymes etc.) which the kidney doctor told me happens when your kidneys fail like mine did so severely, so quickly. My cholesterol was 130 at the first of July and by the end of August it was over 500! I didn't realize how important your kidneys are!!!! Anyway, something caused this, I just don't know what. The Chantix is the only thing I had done different. My kidney doctor was saying it could be some auto-immune thing but I just don't know and I am hoping to find someone with the same symptoms and experience. I really think it was the Chantix. don't let the doctor shrug this off. You might want to find a lawyer who is dealing specifically with this drug, but I'd be careful as many are unscrupulous. What are your current symptoms? Are you taking any herbs or supplements to boost your kidney and immune function? DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I took cytoxin and predizone for about 6 months but have recently quit taking both of them and things are still going well with my kidneys. Both those drugs have some serious side effects that I am still dealing with but all the kidney failure stuff is gone for now. I am also having to take medication for everything that went wrong when my kidneys failed such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid, stomach problems, calcitonin for weakened bones (I actually cracked a bone in my back and one in my foot!), lasix and potassium for swelling and pain medication due to joint damage and the bad thing is I can no longer take anti-inflammatory medications like motrine or anaprox because they will damage my kidneys further. Its been a real nightmare!!!How do I go about finding the right attorney, do you know?
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  • i took chantix for a month and a half, i quit smoking on day 9 of taking chantix. a week and a half after i quit taking it i started getting sick. i ended up in the hospital with acute renal kidney failure. after five dialysis treatments my kidney's started working again. the only medication that i had taken was chantix and there is no history of kidney problems in my family. i am going to see a lawyer about this.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 09:37 PM
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  • Hi! I am 21 and was diagnosed with Lupus in NOvember of 07. I had taken chantix in 2008 and didnt have a problem. I relaspsed and still had about 2 months left of chantix and decided to take it. I started taking it on January 1st and by January 15th I was in the hospital. I had a kidney biopsy and was diagnosed with acute renal failure. I am almost positive it was caused by the chantix...I had all my blood work done in December and my Kidneys where functioning perfectly. How could they get so bad in just a month. So now I have been diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis and there are five stages and I am in stage 3. Should I pursue this with anyone????
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 10, 2009
    • 05:47 PM
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  • I have been taking chantix now for 5 days. The last 2 days I have had horrible pains in my kidneys. I am worried it is my kidneys. I am going to stop taking the medication. Is this how yours and other peoples kidney problems started. I dont know now if I should see my doctor or just see how it goes. Now I am really worried. Did you experience pain in your kidneys/lower back before being hospitalized?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 8, 2009
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  • I am new to this site so I hope I am doing it right.Here's my story and my question...I took Chantix for about 3 weeks last July. By Labor Day weekend, I was in the hospital with severe nephritis (kidneys producing way too much protein) and I didn't fit any of the normal categories that cause this . I had to result to taking chemo and prednizone for almost 7 months to get it back to normal function. I am wondering if the Chantix might have caused it. Has anyone heard of this or any similar stories?The use of Chantix involves the risk of certain side effects in some patients. most common side effect reported by patients taking Chantix is nausea. I never heard of kidney damage yet, it is not listed.
    nene790 13 Replies
    • October 9, 2009
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  • The use of Chantix involves the risk of certain side effects in some patients. most common side effect reported by patients taking Chantix is nausea. I never heard of kidney damage yet, it is not listed.I have taken Chantix twice not so long ago,,1st time was about 8 months ago,, I didn't have to take it very long and managed to quit smoking for 6months,,but I fell off the wagon,, and started to smoke again,,,then I went on chantix again,, but this time the nausea was so bad to quit taking it. I"m thinking of giving it another try,,but this time there's no going back to smoking again,,, for sure!! thats if I can take the nausea effectthis time. I had the nausea side effect,,and very vivid dreams,,some were like night mares. But that was the extent of my symptoms of being on Chantix. I have never heard of the kidney thing either,,,I am going to do this again very slowly,, and try not have to go on the stronger pill. That was how I had quit the first time. Egads! I"m smoking way too much since I've started again. I"ve heard that happens the 2nd time around,, and its so true in my case, anyway. I"m so sorry I ever started up smoking again.I"m so disappointed in myself!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 11, 2009
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  • I've been on Chantix since the 3rd of October and quit the 10th. It's now November 21st and I'm taking half pills. I noticed a slight kidney soreness. I drink alot of water and juices along with vitamins and a potassium supplement. I'm 29 years old, male 200lbs with no medical history or conditions.I noticed long detailed dreams at first. I also used to be a heavy drinker but quit drinking on day 1. Chantix was a huge help for both addictions I think. The first week was tough, week 2 a little easier... Now I can stand next to people drinking and smoking and it doesn't bother me. Now I'm just worried about going off it. Any drug that makes you forget about drinking and smoking as if it hasn't been a major part of my life for a decade, must be a wicked-powerful drug. I've already halfed my dose much earlier then the pfizer recommends and intend on quitting the first week of December. I notice more feelings of anxiety and stress at work, but only the last week or so.I wish I could find the entire science about the drug and what it does to your entire body, but all I can find is the animation of the brain receptor partial antagonist.Oh, and news flash everyone. Pfizer is in business to make money, people's health is an afterthought. I've tried gum, patches, and herbal pills, but chantix made it easy. It has it's risks and be prepared to quit drinking.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 21, 2009
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  • I began taking Chantix January 5, 2010. I stopped taking it after the 2nd dose on the 7th day (January 12,2010) due to very severe pains in my lower back (both sides where my kidneys are located), sides, stomach, and groin. By the end of my work-day on the 7th day I could not sit or stand and had difficulty walking without holding on to something. I have no history of back pain or any back injury what-so-ever. I called the 800 number inside the Chantix label and spoke with an actual pharmacist for Pfizer in their "Drug and Safety Department". In tears and in excruciating pain, I told him my symptoms. He told me to go to the emergency room right away! My daughter drove me to the ER and they could not find anything wrong but it was obvious to them that I was in extreme pain. They treated me for the pain with an I.V. and 2 other medications (one with a shot and another by pill). After a few hours released me with a prescription for Percoset, Motrin 800 and Valium. As of 1/14/2010, even after taking the meds they have given me, I still have the back pain, pain in my lower stomach, sides and groin AND the pain has progressed into my thighs and I still have difficulty walking without help. Meanwhile, I am also off work. I have seen my regular doctor's Nurse Practitioner on both 1/15 and today 1/18. On the 15th she told me the rep from Chantix was there and she told them of my symptoms. She said the rep told her that it was unheard of by Pfizer. She actually googled this information there in front of me! Pfizer's own website states this information: ". . . Following is a list of treatment-emergent adverse events reported by patients treated with CHANTIX during all clinical trials. The listing does not include those events already listed in the previous tables or elsewhere in labeling, those events for which a drug cause was remote, those events which were so general as to be uninformative, and those events reported only once which did not have a substantial probability of being acutely life-threatening. BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEM DISORDERS. Infrequent: Anemia, Lymphadenopathy. Rare: Leukocytosis, Thrombocytopenia, Splenomegaly. CARDIAC DISORDERS. Infrequent: Angina pectoris, Arrhythmia, Bradycardia, Ventricular extrasystoles, Myocardial infarction, Palpitations, Tachycardia. Rare: Atrial fibrillation, Cardiac flutter, Coronary artery disease, Cor pulmonale, Acute coronary syndrome. EAR AND LABYRINTH DISORDERS. Infrequent: Tinnitus, Vertigo. Rare: Deafness, Meniere's disease. ENDOCRINE DISORDERS. Infrequent: Thyroid gland disorders. EYE DISORDERS. Infrequent: Conjunctivitis, Dry eye, Eye irritation, Vision blurred, Visual disturbance, Eye pain. Rare: Acquired night blindness, Blindness transient, Cataract subcapsular, Ocular vascular disorder, Photophobia, Vitreous floaters. GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS. Frequent: Diarrhea, Gingivitis. Infrequent: Dysphagia, Enterocolitis, Eructation, Gastritis, Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, Mouth ulceration, Esophagitis. Rare: Gastric ulcer, Intestinal obstruction, Pancreatitis acute. GENERAL DISORDERS AND ADMINISTRATION SITE CONDITIONS. Frequent: Chest pain, Influenza like illness, Edema, Thirst. Infrequent: Chest discomfort, Chills, Pyrexia. HEPATOBILIARY DISORDERS. Infrequent: Gall bladder disorder. IMMUNE SYSTEM DISORDERS. Infrequent: Hypersensitivity. Rare: Drug hypersensitivity. INVESTIGATIONS. Frequent: Liver function test abnormal, Weight increased. Infrequent: Electrocardiogram abnormal, Muscle enzyme increased, Urine analysis abnormal. METABOLISM AND NUTRITION DISORDERS. Infrequent: Diabetes mellitus, Hyperlipidemia, Hypokalemia. Rare: Hyperkalemia, Hypoglycemia. MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDERS. Frequent: Arthralgia, Back pain, Muscle cramp, Musculoskeletal pain, Myalgia. Infrequent: Arthritis, Osteoporosis. Rare: Myositis. NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS. Frequent: Disturbance in attention, Dizziness, Sensory disturbance. Infrequent: Amnesia, Migraine, Parosmia, Psychomotor hyperactivity, Restless legs syndrome, Syncope, Tremor. Rare: Balance disorder, Cerebrovascular accident, Convulsion, Dysarthria, Facial palsy, Mental impairment, Multiple sclerosis, Nystagmus, Psychomotor skills impaired, Transient ischemic attack, Visual field defect. PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. Frequent: Anxiety, Depression, Emotional disorder, Irritability, Restlessness. Infrequent: Aggression, Agitation, Disorientation, Dissociation, Libido decreased, Mood swings, Thinking abnormal. Rare: Bradyphrenia, Euphoric mood, Hallucination, Psychotic disorder, Suicidal ideation. RENAL AND URINARY DISORDERS. Frequent: Polyuria. Infrequent: Nephrolithiasis, Nocturia, Urine abnormality, Urethral syndrome. Rare: Renal failure acute, Urinary retention. REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM AND BREAST DISORDERS. Frequent: Menstrual disorder. Infrequent: Erectile dysfunction. Rare: Sexual dysfunction. RESPIRATORY, THORACIC AND MEDIASTINAL DISORDERS. Frequent: Epistaxis, Respiratory disorders. Infrequent: Asthma. Rare: Pleurisy, Pulmonary embolism. SKIN AND SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE DISORDERS. Frequent: Hyperhidrosis. Infrequent: Acne, Dermatitis, Dry skin, Eczema, Erythema, Psoriasis, Urticaria. Rare: Photosensitivity reaction. VASCULAR DISORDERS. Frequent: Hot flush, Hypertension. Infrequent: Hypotension, Peripheral ischemia, Thrombosis. . . ." YET, this information is not given to us in any pamphlet, or medical data prior to taking this poison! On the 15th, I was prescribed MethylIPREDNISolone (a steroid) to take on top of the other 3 medications I was prescribed by the ER doctor. Today (1/20/10, that same Nurse Practitioner prescribed more Motrin 800 and Vicodin (instead of Percoset) for the pain. She also gave Xanax for the anxiety I am experiencing. Needless to say, I have been off work since the day I went to the ER (1/12/10). Today, the Practitioner has given me 7 additional days off work without limitations because she cannot determine the cause of my pain as (all tests (blood and urine and x-rays)have returned normal). She says I should go to physical therapy even though she cannot say WHY I should go. In researching my symptoms on the internet "severe back pain due to chantix", 108,000 responses were received. Thousands of people are in search of any attorney who will take their complaints seriously. The most severe of the problems I am experiencing were NOT told to me by my doctor or the pharmacist who filled the prescription. These reactions are not in any pamphlet given to me by the doctor or the pharmacist! I have copies for your proof. Had I known I would experience this type of pain, I would NOT have opted to take this drug. I pray there is an attorney out there who can help us! Please help!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 21, 2010
    • 02:22 AM
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  • Hello,I started chantix on 7-8-10, today is my 3rd day. I've noticed a medium level of discomfort in the lower right side of my back which extends into the side area. I've found that this area is where my kidney is. When reading 1 of the pamphlets for the chantix, there is a part which says; if you have kidney problems or disease to speak with your doctor about lowering your dose. How do I know, if I may have a predispossed kidney condition and that this rx. is just going to exaserbate it? Then all ***l breaks loose. I want to quit smoking to be healthy, not sicker.
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  • No, I wasn't taking anything else. I had just turned 40 and had my annual physical at the first of July and everything was completely normal. Then I started the Chantix only for a couple weeks and by the end of August, I had so many things go wrong (swelling in legs, face and hands, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver enzymes etc.) which the kidney doctor told me happens when your kidneys fail like mine did so severely, so quickly. Hi! I am new to this blog, but I was thinking of going back to Chantix to quit smoking again when I remembered I had a run in with gout while I was taking it. There were not any kidney problems listed in any of the literature I had seen, but i just could not help but feel there was a connection. I have since decided to NOT go back to Chantix since I do think it put some kind of strain on my kidneys ... something I do not need. I am so sorry to hear about the trouble you had, but I am thinking it is not off base to suspect the Chantix as the culprit. Good luck to you! Mikel S
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 17, 2011
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  • I see this thread is older, however, I have the same question. I started Chantix on 2/17/11, one week ago. I was unable to up the dose as recommended due to side affects, so I'm going at a slower pace as far as increasing the dose. I'm up to 0.5mg in am, as well as pm, and this is my 3rd day at this dose. I have noticed over the last few days that I am having "aches" in my kidneys, not outright pain. However, in the mornings, I am awakened with pain in my kidneys until I get to the bathroom. I am also urinating quite a bit more often. I KNOW it's not a typical infection, because I had many growing up and know exactly how they feel. I would like to know if anyone is/has experienced this and if anyone has found it to be a direct result of Chantix? Sorry so long winded, just wanted to make sure I included everything. Thanks.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 24, 2011
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  • I was recently told by a nephrologist that he beleives I have PKD. After reading about this disease, I can not understand why I would have it. It is normally hereditary, and something you are born with. I do not know of any one in my family who has ever had kidney disease. I am 51 years old, and all of a sudden have developed this hereditary disease??? I used Chantix for 2-3 months, about 2 years ago. I'm wondering if this could be related.
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  • I began taking Chantix January 5, 2010. I stopped taking it after the 2nd dose on the 7th day (January 12,2010) due to very severe pains in my lower back (both sides where my kidneys are located), sides, stomach, and groin. By the end of my work-day on the 7th day I could not sit or stand and had difficulty walking without holding on to something. I have no history of back pain or any back injury what-so-ever. I called the 800 number inside the Chantix label and spoke with an actual pharmacist for Pfizer in their "Drug and Safety Department". In tears and in excruciating pain, I told him my symptoms. He told me to go to the emergency room right away! My daughter drove me to the ER and they could not find anything wrong but it was obvious to them that I was in extreme pain. They treated me for the pain with an I.V. and 2 other medications (one with a shot and another by pill). After a few hours released me with a prescription for Percoset, Motrin 800 and Valium. As of 1/14/2010, even after taking the meds they have given me, I still have the back pain, pain in my lower stomach, sides and groin AND the pain has progressed into my thighs and I still have difficulty walking without help. Meanwhile, I am also off work. I have seen my regular doctor's Nurse Practitioner on both 1/15 and today 1/18. On the 15th she told me the rep from Chantix was there and she told them of my symptoms. She said the rep told her that it was unheard of by Pfizer. She actually googled this information there in front of me! Pfizer's own website states this information: ". . . Following is a list of treatment-emergent adverse events reported by patients treated with CHANTIX during all clinical trials. The listing does not include those events already listed in the previous tables or elsewhere in labeling, those events for which a drug cause was remote, those events which were so general as to be uninformative, and those events reported only once which did not have a substantial probability of being acutely life-threatening. BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEM DISORDERS. Infrequent: Anemia, Lymphadenopathy. Rare: Leukocytosis, Thrombocytopenia, Splenomegaly. CARDIAC DISORDERS. Infrequent: Angina pectoris, Arrhythmia, Bradycardia, Ventricular extrasystoles, Myocardial infarction, Palpitations, Tachycardia. Rare: Atrial fibrillation, Cardiac flutter, Coronary artery disease, Cor pulmonale, Acute coronary syndrome. EAR AND LABYRINTH DISORDERS. Infrequent: Tinnitus, Vertigo. Rare: Deafness, Meniere's disease. ENDOCRINE DISORDERS. Infrequent: Thyroid gland disorders. EYE DISORDERS. Infrequent: Conjunctivitis, Dry eye, Eye irritation, Vision blurred, Visual disturbance, Eye pain. Rare: Acquired night blindness, Blindness transient, Cataract subcapsular, Ocular vascular disorder, Photophobia, Vitreous floaters. GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS. Frequent: Diarrhea, Gingivitis. Infrequent: Dysphagia, Enterocolitis, Eructation, Gastritis, Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, Mouth ulceration, Esophagitis. Rare: Gastric ulcer, Intestinal obstruction, Pancreatitis acute. GENERAL DISORDERS AND ADMINISTRATION SITE CONDITIONS. Frequent: Chest pain, Influenza like illness, Edema, Thirst. Infrequent: Chest discomfort, Chills, Pyrexia. HEPATOBILIARY DISORDERS. Infrequent: Gall bladder disorder. IMMUNE SYSTEM DISORDERS. Infrequent: Hypersensitivity. Rare: Drug hypersensitivity. INVESTIGATIONS. Frequent: Liver function test abnormal, Weight increased. Infrequent: Electrocardiogram abnormal, Muscle enzyme increased, Urine analysis abnormal. METABOLISM AND NUTRITION DISORDERS. Infrequent: Diabetes mellitus, Hyperlipidemia, Hypokalemia. Rare: Hyperkalemia, Hypoglycemia. MUSCULOSKELETAL AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISORDERS. Frequent: Arthralgia, Back pain, Muscle cramp, Musculoskeletal pain, Myalgia. Infrequent: Arthritis, Osteoporosis. Rare: Myositis. NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS. Frequent: Disturbance in attention, Dizziness, Sensory disturbance. Infrequent: Amnesia, Migraine, Parosmia, Psychomotor hyperactivity, Restless legs syndrome, Syncope, Tremor. Rare: Balance disorder, Cerebrovascular accident, Convulsion, Dysarthria, Facial palsy, Mental impairment, Multiple sclerosis, Nystagmus, Psychomotor skills impaired, Transient ischemic attack, Visual field defect. PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. Frequent: Anxiety, Depression, Emotional disorder, Irritability, Restlessness. Infrequent: Aggression, Agitation, Disorientation, Dissociation, Libido decreased, Mood swings, Thinking abnormal. Rare: Bradyphrenia, Euphoric mood, Hallucination, Psychotic disorder, Suicidal ideation. RENAL AND URINARY DISORDERS. Frequent: Polyuria. Infrequent: Nephrolithiasis, Nocturia, Urine abnormality, Urethral syndrome. Rare: Renal failure acute, Urinary retention. REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM AND BREAST DISORDERS. Frequent: Menstrual disorder. Infrequent: Erectile dysfunction. Rare: Sexual dysfunction. RESPIRATORY, THORACIC AND MEDIASTINAL DISORDERS. Frequent: Epistaxis, Respiratory disorders. Infrequent: Asthma. Rare: Pleurisy, Pulmonary embolism. SKIN AND SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE DISORDERS. Frequent: Hyperhidrosis. Infrequent: Acne, Dermatitis, Dry skin, Eczema, Erythema, Psoriasis, Urticaria. Rare: Photosensitivity reaction. VASCULAR DISORDERS. Frequent: Hot flush, Hypertension. Infrequent: Hypotension, Peripheral ischemia, Thrombosis. . . ." YET, this information is not given to us in any pamphlet, or medical data prior to taking this poison! On the 15th, I was prescribed MethylIPREDNISolone (a steroid) to take on top of the other 3 medications I was prescribed by the ER doctor. Today (1/20/10, that same Nurse Practitioner prescribed more Motrin 800 and Vicodin (instead of Percoset) for the pain. She also gave Xanax for the anxiety I am experiencing. Needless to say, I have been off work since the day I went to the ER (1/12/10). Today, the Practitioner has given me 7 additional days off work without limitations because she cannot determine the cause of my pain as (all tests (blood and urine and x-rays)have returned normal). She says I should go to physical therapy even though she cannot say WHY I should go. In researching my symptoms on the internet "severe back pain due to chantix", 108,000 responses were received. Thousands of people are in search of any attorney who will take their complaints seriously. The most severe of the problems I am experiencing were NOT told to me by my doctor or the pharmacist who filled the prescription. These reactions are not in any pamphlet given to me by the doctor or the pharmacist! I have copies for your proof. Had I known I would experience this type of pain, I would NOT have opted to take this drug. I pray there is an attorney out there who can help us! Please help!I have been taking chantix for 4days and quit taking it this morning! My lower back pain and abdominal discomfort is not worth it. I am terrified I have already caused damage to my kidneys reading your post. I have been on line all day trying to find out if the lower back pain is normal and this is the only site I found acknowledging Chantix and kidney problems. I can only hope I caught it in time and really wish someone would make Chantix list this as a possible side effect. I am going to try "cold turkey", it is much safer.
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  • I had my annual physical in early March. Everything was great all tests were normal. THen late March I started on the Chantix. I did not have many syptoms until the swelling started. I got through the month on the chantix, as I had asked the dr if it could be the cause and she said she did not think so. So now here it is July, Have been to a Gasterologist who says I may or may not have Lupus or May or may not have Auto Immune Hepatitis, had a liver biopsy done as the liver ensymes were so high and the swelling in my hands, face and feet is worse. Now the specialist says the biopsy is inconclusive and I need to go to Vanderbilt to see a Heptologist to see if he can figure it out. I also have thyriod issues and have all the symptoms that others are having. My kidneys have hurt but seemed to have stopped hurting and appear to be working ok but I am contacting my Dr in the am and printing off all of this literature to take in. I do believe I was right from day one. The Chantix caused all of these issues...
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