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Review of Varenicline (CHANTIX) for Smoking Cessation
November 2018
If you are a smoker, quitting is the most important thing you can do for your health. Learn why we recommend that varenicline only be used a last-resort drug for smoking cessation.
Bupropion (ZYBAN) for Smoking Cessation
August 2018
If you are a smoker, quitting is the most important thing you can do for your health. Find out whether bupropion (ZYBAN) is an appropriate treatment option to increase your chances of successfully quitting.
Meclizine: A Risky and Possibly Ineffective Drug
March 2018
Meclizine is a drug that is commonly used to treat symptoms of motion sickness. Find out why we have designated this drug as Do Not Use.
Naltrexone-Bupropion (CONTRAVE): Another Dangerous Weight-Loss Drug
September 2017
Learn why Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has designated CONTRAVE, a combination weight-loss medication that was approved by the FDA in 2014, as Do Not Use.
Some SNRIs Useful for Depression; Avoid Others
March 2016
This article explores one of the newer classes of drugs for treating depression: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Find out which SNRIs are safe for treating depression and which should be avoided.
New Heart-Risk Safety Warning for Varenicline (CHANTIX): Do Not Use Until 2013
September 2011
Find out why the FDA is now requiring patient warnings on this drug about an increased risk of cardiovascular adverse events in patients with existing cardiovascular disease. This adds to the growing list, including many psychiatric adverse effects, of problems associated with varenicline.
Drug Mix-Ups
June 2011
This article lists 355 drugs with names that are often confused with similar-sounding drug names. Find out what you can do to prevent getting the wrong drug.
Watch Out for Interactions with Tamoxifen (NOLVADEX)
March 2009
Tamoxifen (NOLVADEX) is still widely and successfully used for treatment of breast cancer. However, when used along with certain other drugs, its effectiveness can be significantly reduced. The article explains how this can happen and lists 19 different drugs that can cause this serious problem if used with tamoxifen.
Codeine: The Drug With Multiple Personalities
June 2008
Codeine is routinely converted to morphine in the body in order for it to be an effective painkiller. The metabolism of codeine to morphine takes place through the actions of an enzyme in the liver. The article explains how various drugs and or a person's genetic makeup can greatly influence the conversion of codeine to morphine, making its pain-relieving properties too week if not enough conversion occurs and resulting in what amounts to an overdose at the recommended dose if the conversion to morphine is too rapid. Fourteen drugs that inhibit the conversion to morphine are listed in the article.
A Review of Varenicline (CHANTIX) To Quit Smoking
September 2007
Varenicline was approved by the FDA in May 2006 for use as an aid in smoking cessation treatment. It belongs to a new family of drugs, not containing nicotine, but thought to work by stimulating nicotine receptors in the brain, just as nicotine does.
The Serotonin Syndrome: A Potentially Life-Threatening Adverse Drug Reaction — Fluoxetine (PROZAC), Escitalopram (LEXAPRO), Sibutramine (MERIDIA) And Other Drugs
September 2003
Canadian drug regulatory authorities reviewed reported cases of serotonin syndrome in the July 2003 issue of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter. The serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening adverse drug reaction involving an excess of serotonin, a naturally occurring nerve transmitter.
Oxybutynin Patches (OXYTROL): A Grossly Overpriced Product For Overactive Bladder
July 2003
You should check the list of drugs that can cause loss of bladder control before starting drug treatment for this condition. You may be able to change from a drug that causes loss of bladder control to a drug that does not or alter the dose. This may be enough to solve the problem.