Chantix is a prescription smoking cessation medication made by healthcare giant, Pfizer, and while the drug’s efficacy has already been proven by many, the medication is also attached to a few frightening adverse effects, including: cardiovascular problems, heart attacks, strokes and suicidal thoughts.

Smoking has long been a big problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 42 million American identified themselves as chain smokers. According to surveys, there are a significant percentage of chain smokers who want to quit, but when a craving strikes, it is hard for them to control their urges, and this is the reason medication such as Chantix exists.

Chantix works by blocking the nicotine receptors in the brain, ceasing one’s craving to smoke. The medication is prescription-only, and is commonly taken twice daily. The results, as per clinical trials of the drug, are very convincing as there are a high number of patients who praised the drug’s efficacy.

The usual intake of this drug goes as follows;

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Day 1 to Day 3: 0.5mg daily
Day 4 to Day 7: 0.5mg twice a day
Day 8 through the end of Treatment: 1mg twice a day

Those who suffer from Chantix-induced injury may be eligible to file a lawsuit. There have been more than 3,000 lawsuits filed, and 700 of them were already resolved as Pfizer Inc. awarded its first settlement in July 2013. As of the first quarter of 2014, only 250 cases were unresolved.