The quit smoking drug varenicline (sold under the brand names Champix and Chantix ) is back on the news again, this time in Canada, as Vancouver Sun said it was: "linked to 30 suicides, 44 deaths and more than 1,300 episodes of suicidal ideation or attempted suicide, depression and aggressive behavior."
One day later the newspaper The West Australian published a story about the suicide of Daniel Patterson and stated that the "marketed drug like Champix that has linked 25 suicides in Australia in the seven years 2014 and 286 reports of people trying to take their own lives or having suicidal thoughts. "
"I think Daniel would be alive today if he had not been taking Champix ," said young Daniel's mother, Giselle Slater.
Sun's story attributes 64 hospitalizations in the past 12 months, including 22 cases in intensive care, linked directly to the drug. But this is not the story they put on the advice of doctors, where the potential for flatulence is seen as a major threat. (One of the side effects of these medications is flatulence or commonly known as pedorreo)