With the proliferation of drugs being created and endorsed by the FDA to replace drugs that create larger difficulties such as the way that methadone was created to replace heroin, Zyban and Chantix are being prescribed to help smokers to give up their destructive habit.
Zyban was thought to be useful when the drug was prescribed as an antidepressant known as Wellbutrin with the (generic name bupropion) seemed to have the positive side of effect of patients stopping smoking. In 2006 Chantix was approved by the FDA also to help with smoking cessation. There is a serious issue here that is most important to take under consideration given that one in four adults will suffer depression in their lives and that doesn’t even include all the other possible mood disorders. That would be the mere fact that suicidal behavior is one of the side effects of both of these medications. These medications now carry the black box warning, the strongest of boxed warnings available.
This issue came to my attention with a referral I was recently given of a gentleman who was forthcoming with his diagnosis of having a mood disorder.
There are many people in the country who have a mood disorder and many more who have yet to be diagnosed. Given this fact it is important to note that it could be a counter indicator in trying Zyban and Chantix to help with stopping to smoke. The FDA has received 98 reports of suicide and 14 for Zyban. There were also 188 reports of attempted suicide by those using Chantix and 17 by those using Zyban. This is important because for people with mental health issues, the increase in possibilities for these side-effects make this a potentially deadly choice.
I informed my referral client of this particular issue for which he was very appreciative. Doctors do mean to do well by their patients, however one needs to take the whole person under consideration before reaching for the script pad.
Hypnosis is a much safer route to go for anyone who has the ability to focus on the session with the desire to stop smoking.
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