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News From the Food and Drug Administration
April 21, 2015

New Chantix Warnings

JAMA. 2015;313(15):1507. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3305

Chantix, a prescription medication for smoking cessation, can reduce people’s tolerance for alcohol, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned last month in a safety announcement (http://1.usa.gov/1xd9GLH).

The announcement also noted that the agency had learned of rare reports of seizures among Chantix users. Warnings about these risks have been added to the drug’s label, the FDA said.

“Until patients know how Chantix affects their ability to tolerate alcohol, they should decrease the amount of alcohol they drink,” the safety announcement stated. “Patients who have a seizure while taking Chantix should stop the medicine and seek medical attention immediately.”

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