Is Chantix driving people insane?

Is Chantix driving people insane?

Is Chantix driving people insane?

Is Chantix driving people insane. A man was found not criminally responsible for shooting his wife due to his use of the smoking-cessation drug Chantix.

Why would anyone want to risk their mental health by taking quit smoking pills when once you know the facts, it’s easy to quit.


‘The stop-smoking pill made me do it’: Man found not criminally responsible for shooting wife

From The Washington Post via MSM by Tom Jackman

The smoking-cessation drug Chantix has now played a crucial role in a second violent crime. On Monday, a Maryland man was found not criminally responsible for shooting his wife in the neck in their home in 2014 because he was found to be suffering from “involuntary intoxication” due to Chantix. His wife survived.

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Slider’s lawyer, Lawrence Greenburg, argued at Sluder’s hearing that Chantix caused Sluder to have a chemical imbalance. And prosecutors in New Carroll essentially did not argue with that, which would tend to indicate that their mental health expert examined Sluder and came to the same conclusion. The prosecutors allowed Sluder to enter an Alford plea to assault, and they dropped two counts of attempted murder.

Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Stansfield found Sluder not criminally responsible for the assault charge and ordered him released from custody Monday, according to the Carroll County Times. The Times reported that the shooting victim and her family pleaded with the judge not to release Sluder, but the judge said he was bound by the definition of not criminally responsible. The family reportedly was not happy with the decision.

Pfizer, the maker of Chantix, has denied that the drug has any neuropsychiatric effects. But McClatchy News Service reported in 2014 that more than 2,000 people had joined in lawsuits against Pfizer for various psychiatric problems, including suicide and suicidal thoughts. Pfizer settled most of them for an estimated total of at least $299 million, McClatchy reported.

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But in 2014, MacDonald was granted a rehearing because of revelations about Chantix, which he hadn’t been allowed to pursue at trial. McClatchy reported that one week after the judge in MacDonald’s case refused to compel Pfizer to respond to a subpoena, the FDA issued a “black box” warning on Chantix because of its potential for “serious neuropsychiatric” problems. It is the most serious warning a medication can carry and still be sold. . . . (more)

Killing Your Urge to Smoke

Killing your urge to smoke

As can be seen in this O’Reilly vs. George Will excerpt from a YouTube clip where it is mainly O’Reilly who is on the attack, Will brings his hand up to his face as shown above and at 0:12 of the clip. The hand gesture being used is a combination of let me think about that and steepling.

Steepling is hand gesture that puts you in a position of power and makes you impervious to attack. That doesn’t mean that you will win your argument, but it will go a long way in helping to keep you from getting flustered or being intimidated: for some reason it acts as a shield that causes your attackers words to just sort of bounce off. Try it the next time someone is trying to tear you a new one; you’ll be surprised at how well it works. The hand to the lips gesture, what I call The Thinker, not only makes you look attentive but also blocks an observer from reading your emotions.

You may have noticed that people who are in a slightly awkward or slightly uncomfortable social situation often bring a hand up to their face; you may also have noticed this of people being interviewed on TV. This is a gesture that is most often activated at a subconscious level with the people who are doing it not even aware of what they are doing. But what it does is ground out built up nervous energy or tension in much the same way that an electrical charge can be grounded out. It’s also a way of re-centering yourself or getting in touch with yourself (pun intended) that will go a long way in helping you from being thrown off balance or keep you from “losing it.”

And what do smokers do every time they take a puff of their cigarette? They bring their hand up to their lips.

Bringing your hand up to your lips is also another way to use pressure breathing in a way that no one should notice. By pressing your index finger against your lips and slowly forcing your breath out against the resistance of your finger you can create pressured, or thicker, air in your lungs. Pressured breathing is used quite frequently by both smokers and non-smokers as a way to blow off steam, or reduce stress; and it is one of a number of ways that you can get the satisfaction of smoking without having to light and smoke a cigarette, and kill your urge to smoke. Notice that George Will has his index, or forefinger, pressed against his lips — a sneaky way to get one of the benefits of smoking — actually three of the benefits: grounding, the feeling of having a substance (such as cigarette smoke) in your lungs, and a stress reducing breathing technique — and all without having to smoke.