The FDA Says Chantix Can Help You Stop Smoking Without Causing Psychiatric Illnesses
The FDA has dropped a warning from Pfizer's Chantix's label that warned consumers that the anti-smoking pill could cause psychosis.
If you're trying to stop smoking, you're on the right track. According to the CDC, 80 to 90 percent of lung cancers are caused by smoking! It doesn't even matter how much you smoke – researchers found that smoking even one cigarette a day increases your risk for premature death by almost 70 percent compared with people who don't smoke.
Nicotine addiction can be tough to kick. Drug detox centers warn that drugs, like cigarettes, harm more than just yourself. The second hand smoke is harming your family's health. They advise that if one or more family members have approached you about quitting, then it's affecting their lives more than you realize.
The good news is there are tools that can help you quit smoking. In particular, Pfizer's anti-smoking pharmaceutical, Chantix, has just been deemed safer by the FDA. Chantix had been labeled as causing psychiatric disorders, like suicidal tendencies and hostility. But after more studies were done on the anti-smoking pill, the FDA announced that there's no link between Chantix and psychiatric conditions.
How does Chantix work? While you're not smoking, Chantix mimics nicotine and binds to receptors in your brain that nicotine would bind to in order to sate your cravings. It's not a perfect replacement – but it does help lower cravings for smoking.
But Chantix is a pharmaceutical with known side effects like:
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
You should try natural remedies first that are healthy for your body and cause little to no side effects like:
Acupuncture. According to Dr. Allison Bailey M.D., a Harvard-trained acupuncturist, acupuncture can alleviate smoking withdrawal symptoms, like irritability. Acupuncture can also alleviate chronic pain – so if that's one reason you're smoking, then acupuncture can help lower your cravings too.
Meditation. Meditation lowers your stress and can help boost your willpower. Stress is a huge drive to smoke – lowering your stress will lower your craving to smoke.
Self-massage. According to Medical Daily, massaging your ears and hands can lower your nicotine cravings. A study showed that participants who massaged their ears and hands three times a day for one month had less anxiety, better moods, and less intense withdrawal symptoms than participants who didn't. Researchers recommend 2-minute massages for good results.
Don't let cigarettes destroy your health. Take control of your addiction with these tools. If you're serious about quitting, you should see your doctor for more options.