Last week the CBS evening news featured a story on the possible relationship between Pfizer’s smoking cessation drug Chantix and an increased risk of suicide. The story was centered on 33 year-old Amy Garza. Garza claims that shortly after starting Chantix she began to fall into what she described as a “psychotic breakdown.” Garza made an attempt to take her own life shortly thereafter.
Chantix was prescribed to Garza by her doctor and when she first began the regimen she thought she had found the answer to her problems, she thought she had found a miracle dug that would let her kick the habit she had been living with for over 16 years. The scar on her wrist tells the story of how her dream became a nightmare.
Garza believes that there could be no there explanation for her state of mind that nearly cost her her life other than effects of Chantix. Chantix acts in a different way than stop smoking aids of the past. Chantix actually works inside the brain and blocks receptors from receiving the pleasurable effects of smoking cigarettes.
Garza has enlisted the services of Reich & Binstock, LLP, a Houston based personal injury law firm specializing in defective medications, to assist her in her battle against the manufacturer of Chantix and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. If you or someone you love has had an adverse reaction to Chantix, Reich & Binstock may be able to help you too.
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