Chantix Heart Attack
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about a potential link between Chantix and heart problems, including heart attacks. The Chantix heart attack warning was issued after a clinical trial found a small increased risk of Chantix heart problems.
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Chantix and Heart Problems
Although the FDA's warning concerned patients who already had cardiovascular disease, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found a link between the use of Chantix and an increased risk of cardiovascular events in patients with no history of cardiovascular disease. Those cardiovascular events include heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure. According to the study, 52 of 4,908 patients who took Chantix suffered a serious cardiovascular event, while 27 of 3,308 patients who took a placebo suffered a serious cardiovascular event. That translates to a 72 percent increased risk for heart problems, according to researchers.
Chantix is known generically as varenicline.
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