About My Blog.

Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

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Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Taking Chantix or Zyban and Feeling Totally Hostile, Suicidal or Psychotic?

Are you trying to quit smoking and taking Chantix or Zyban? Kicking the nasty habit is supposedly as difficult as kicking heroin, they say (who they are is another story, or blog, altogether), but taking either of these FDA approved drugs is not worth it!

I now wonder if two people I know are actually acting different and/or see-sawing so drastically because of Chantix and "the increased risk of serious mental health concerns — including changes in behavior, depressed mood, hostility, and suicidal thoughts. Both display a handful of the above, and one might have all the "unusual changes" in mood. 

I noticed the changed in one of them shortly after the medication began, but my concerns were fluffed off. You'd think a doctor would have said something, but not once did I hear of a doctor — either of their doctor's — giving a warning about the medication.

I'm going to be printing out the article and handing it each of them. I wonder if it will even make an impact. Sometimes people just don't even want to hear it once they're so in their "mode" of personality change. They don't even realize they aren't themselves. Others are aware, but don't care. I'm crossing my fingers.

Chantix, Zyban Users Warned of Risk of Suicide, Depression

By PSYCH CENTRAL NEWS EDITOR 
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on July 1, 2009

Chantix, Zyban Users Warned of Risk of Suicide, DepressionThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is requiring manufacturers to put a Boxed Warning on the prescribing information for the smoking cessation drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (buproprion).

The warning highlights the increased risk of serious mental health concerns — including changes in behavior, depressed mood, hostility, and suicidal thoughts.

“The risk of serious adverse events while taking these products must be weighed against the significant health benefits of quitting smoking,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States and we know these products are effective aids in helping people quit.”

Similar information on mental health events will be required for buproprion marketed as the antidepressant Wellbutrin and for generic versions of buproprion. These drugs already carry a Boxed Warning for suicidal behavior in treating psychiatric disorders.

Woodcock said health care professionals who prescribe Chantix and Zyban should monitor their patients for any unusual changes in mood or behavior after starting these drugs. She added that patients should immediately contact their health care professional if they experience such changes.

The FDA’s request for the additional warnings is based on a review of reports submitted to the agency’s Adverse Event Reporting System since the time the products were marketed and on an analysis of information from clinical trials and scientific literature.

The analyses revealed that some who have taken Chantix and Zyban have reported experiencing unusual changes in behavior, become depressed, or had their depression worsen, and had thoughts of suicide or dying. In many cases, the problems began shortly after starting the medication and ended when the medication was stopped. However, some people continued to have symptoms after stopping the medication. Also, in a few cases, the problems began after the medication was stopped.

Neither Chantix nor Zyban contain nicotine and some of these symptoms may be a response to nicotine withdrawal. People who stop smoking may experience symptoms such as depression, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, and sleep disturbances.

However, some patients who were using these products experienced the reported adverse events while they were still smoking.

In addition to the Boxed Warning, the FDA also is requesting more information in the Warnings section of the prescribing information and updated information in the Medication Guide for patients that further discuss the risk of mental health events when using these products.

Manufacturers also will be required to conduct a clinical trial to determine how often serious neuropsychiatric symptoms occur in patients using various smoking cessation therapies, including patients who currently have psychiatric disorders. The FDA’s review of adverse events for patients using nicotine patches did not identify a clear link between those medications and suicidal events.

Chantix is manufactured by New York-based Pfizer Inc. Zyban is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Brentford, Middlesex, United Kingdom.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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