Antismoking drug is still the most dangerous way to quit
Forget everything you've heard about Chantix, the drug given to "reprogram" smokers. Forget the notorious link to suicide, violence, or both. You can even forget the tabloid headlines over the Pennsylvania murder-suicide blamed on the drug.
What's an occasional murder-suicide between friends anyway?
So forget all that, because researchers want you to know this drug is perfectly safe -- so safe that even depressed people can take it.
Well... as long as they're not TOO depressed!
You see, the new study of 525 depressed people given either Chantix or a placebo found no difference in any major psychiatric scores -- including scores used to measure risks of suicide, anxiety, impulsiveness, and depression.
But it actually EXCLUDED the very people who have the highest risk in the first place by eliminating anyone who already showed even a hint of a suicidal thought.
Nice trick... and that's not mentioned in the glowing media coverage of the study, so of course depressed people who really are at risk for suicide might think the drug is safe for them.
And that could be the last mistake they ever make.
For my money, the study doesn't even prove the suicide risk for everyone else isn't real because it's too small to pick up on rare risks. But just because a risk is rare doesn't mean it's not real.
So here's the REAL deal on Chantix: People who take this drug are EIGHT TIMES more likely to attempt or succeed at suicide or battle major depression than smokers who try any other anti-smoking treatment, according to one major analysis.
That same analysis found Chantix involved in 90 percent of all suicides among people trying to quit over a 12-year period --and get this: The drug was only on the market for four of those years.
Do you really want to take your chances with numbers like those? Of course not -- so I've got a better option.
Don't let the fake coughs, dirty looks, and outright bullying get to you. If you want to smoke, puff away. Despite what you've heard there are actual health benefits to tobacco -- and I'm not just blowing smoke. For more details about the "forbidden science" the PC crowd is trying to cover up, read this.