‘Two drugs that act on nicotine receptors are now being tested as antidepressants — offering hope to the millions of people who don’t respond to traditional antidepressants.
Chantix, a pill that can help people quit smoking, and Inversine, a hypertension drug, appear to exert a soothing effect by blocking nicotine receptors in the brain. There’s just one catch: Chantix may also exacerbate suicidal tendencies.
Chantix came on the market in 2006 and has recently been blamed for causing suicidal thoughts, prompting the FDA to issue not one, but two, advisories about the drug. That came after friends and family of Dallas musician Carter Albrecht blamed Chantix for the erratic behavior that led to his violent death. Quite a few smokers described worrisome emotional side effects on blogs and in the pages of New York Magazine.’
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