Margit Zsigmond Hypnotherapist

Use your mind for a change.

Is Champix safe for quitting smoking?

ChampixIn July 2011, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published findings based on a meta-analysis that revealed a ‘72% increase of cardiovascular events that include congestive heart failure and stroke’ among people taking Pfizer’s smoking cessation medication called Chantix (Champix in Australia).

This is an alarming statistic, yet medical practitioners continue to prescribe the drug, whose main ingredient is varenicline. Among the side effects are nausea, headaches, sleeping difficulties, weird dreams, flatulence, abdominal pain, and constipation. (Perhaps with side effects like these, you feel too sick to smoke anyway.)

Of course, Pfizer, the manufacturer of the drug, downplays the findings and even states that ‘about one in 100 people in the studies had cardiovascular problems’. Hmmmm. See Smoke & Pfizer get in your eyes for more.

Perhaps it’s not worth the risk.

Hypnotherapy is a safe alternative

Hypnosis has been proven time and again to be an effective way of quitting smoking. But, like any change in habit, the most important success factor is your motivation and reasons for quitting. Once those are established, you are more able to change your mindset as you receive positive suggestions for freedom and a whole new lifestyle.


Sonal Singh, Yoon K. Loke, John G. Spangler, Curt D. Furberg, Risk of serious adverse cardiovascular events associated with varenicline: a systematic review and meta-analysis. CMAJ,  September 6, 2011, vol. 183, no. 12,  July 4, 2011.

Varenicline, Wikipedia, December 2011.

Debbie Nicholson, Chantix: Immense Rise in Cardiovascular Issues Probable, 5 July 2011.


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