Many patients have already filed lawsuits against Pfizer for neglecting to warn consumers about Chantix’s dangerous side effects.  In October 2009, the United States Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation decided to consolidate tens of Chantix side effect lawsuits into a Multi District Litigation. A Multi District Litigation (MDL) consolidates pre-trial proceedings for lawsuits possessing an overwhelming amount of common factors.

A master complaint was filed making it easier for other victims to join the MDL.  To date, another 41 Chantix side effect lawsuits have been added to the Chantix side effect MDL as tag along cases.  The MDL for Chantix side effects is set to take place in the Northern District of Alabama.  Judge Johnson has been chosen to preside over the MDL.

Chantix Side Effects

Chantix, also know as Varenicline, was prescribed to help patients quit smoking by preventing the pleasurable affects of nicotine. However, soon after Chantix’s release, reports surfaced of serious side effects including

  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Heart rhythm
  • Vision problems

Due to these side effects, the Federal Aviation Administration has banned pilots from taking Chantix. In addition, the Institute for Safe Medical Practices reported on hundreds of car accidents that were linked to Chantix side effects. Doctors also advise patients not to take Chantix while operating heavy machinery.

FDA Warns About Chantix Side Effects

In 2008, the FDA issued a public health advisory following its review of 988 Chantix side effects complaints. The new labeling was meant to warn patients and doctors to be mindful of severe mood changes in patients on Chantix. Severe mood changes, suicidal thoughts, or behaviors are all side effects of depression that can be caused by taking Chantix. The FDA also worked with Pfizer to create a Medication Guide for patients at risk for severe Chantix side effects. Patients at increased risk of suffering from Chantix side effects are those with a personal or family history of depression.

Chantix Side Effect Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious Chantix side effect you may be entitled to financial compensation. If you would like to speak to a lawyer to get more information, please contact us.

Published November 17, 2011 by