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Review: could Chantix cause Autoimmune disorder?

Summary: Autoimmune disorder is found among people who take Chantix, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Prinzide, and have Quit smoking.

We study 63,200 people who have side effects while taking Chantix from FDA and social media. Among them, 10 have Autoimmune disorder. Find out below who they are, when they have Autoimmune disorder and more.

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Chantix

Chantix has active ingredients of varenicline tartrate. It is often used in quit smoking. (latest outcomes from 64,431 Chantix users)

Autoimmune disorder

Autoimmune disorder (a condition in which the immune system attacks the body's normal substances and tissue) has been reported by people with acne, hepatitis c, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis. (latest reports from 2,904 Autoimmune disorder patients)

On Jan, 28, 2015: 63,195 people reported to have side effects when taking Chantix. Among them, 10 people (0.02%) have Autoimmune Disorder.

Trend of Autoimmune disorder in Chantix reports

Time on Chantix when people have Autoimmune disorder * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Autoimmune disorder60.00%40.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Autoimmune disorder when taking Chantix * :

FemaleMale
Autoimmune disorder63.64%36.36%

Age of people who have Autoimmune disorder when taking Chantix * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Autoimmune disorder0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%33.33%66.67%0.00%

Severity of Autoimmune disorder when taking Chantix ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Autoimmune disorder ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Smoking cessation therapy (4 people, 40.00%)
  2. Psoriasis (1 people, 10.00%)
  3. Rash (1 people, 10.00%)
  4. Alcohol use (1 people, 10.00%)
  5. Thyroid disorder (1 people, 10.00%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prinzide (1 people, 10.00%)
  2. Analgesics ongoing (1 people, 10.00%)
  3. Miralax (1 people, 10.00%)
  4. Xanax (1 people, 10.00%)
  5. Prevacid (1 people, 10.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

Joyce McDaniel (2 years ago):

I took Chantix for apprx 3 mos. Had an episode of high blood pressure 220/180 - never had blood pressure problems and do not have after stopping Chantix. A few months later I was diagnosed with Giant Cell Arteritis or Temperol Arteritis.(enlarged blood cells in the arteries between my scalp and skull. At that time I was a 67 yr. old female. Was wondering if anyone has had that problem after taking Chantix.
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meh (3 years ago):

This is anecdotal and not confirmed by a doctor's diagnosis, but within a month of starting Chantix, the entire character of my digestion changed to a state of violent indigestion. Think the streets of Paris during the French Revolution violence. My relatively mild RLS was exacerbated to the point where my entire body was affected for 2-3 hours every night, I was unable to lay still. I've been off Chantix for nearly 4 months now; the RLS has settled down to its previous level, but I am now unable to consume anything that has gluten in it without severe distress. I hate you, Pfizer.
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  • Is it my thyroid or am i mentally ill? diagnosed w/ hashimoto's thyroiditis but untreated - chronic pain unmanaged also (2 answers)
    I moved to OR from HI and brought all my records, signed releases, and had many diagnoses, all but the thyroid, was being treated and long-term. I also took Oxycontin & Oxycodone for severe chronic pain from bilateral SI joint fusion (right screw protrudes & leg also becomes numb and weak with activity) & lumbar and cervical degeneration & facet arthropathy. I had volunteered reducing dosage as I'm always trying to reduce Rx intake to alleviate side effects (I am tiny, even for a youth & adult dosages seem to drug me). Next month, it was known that I could not function well because pain was not managed, but needed to resolve it in OR, as moving. OR Drs. refused to return me to higher dosage (taking minimalist Oxycontin 10 mg CR & Oxycodone/Acet 5mg). After being unable to get up to go to bathroom, walk, contacted adult services to see about in home services & possible foster care placement for young son since I was losing independence & failing in general health & cognitive functioning. I was forced to take bottles of OTC Tylenol to function, with Dr's knowledge, & knowing I had past lesions on liver to follow. Several months later had follow up liver ultrasound, & new small lesions found on liver. After emailing dr about from DHS questioning failure to manage my pain vs. conditions that were disabiling, 6 months later, dr told me I was experiencing withdrawals every morning & finally agreed to increase Oxycontin to 15 mg, which has enabled me to tolerate the pain & function. I have been treated as a drug-seeking patient since attempting to transfer my care.
    I have multiple autoimmune conditions, most of which I no longer treat with Rx as I have been overmedicated & side effects are too numerous. So I actually am opposite in many ways. I stopped Lyrica, Silenor (sleep), Elmiron, Bentyl, Dexilant. Stress affects me seriously since I had a TBI and experience anxiety stress disorder, which seems to contribute to auto immune responses. But still knew triggers & familiar with self - this thyroid diagnosis & symptoms experienced new & too destabilizing to live.
    Diagnosed w/ Hashimoto's thyroiditis after 1/2 thyroid removed Nov 2011; my antibodies are unbelievably high. I declined in thinking, memory, anxiety-unable to think/track, losing most,getting lost driving, sleep very dysfunctional, too emotional, crying easily & often (unusual for me). I feared losing ability to live independently. My maintenance Rx (Silenor, Lyrica) seemed to drug me. I tried to explain to drs. that I needed thyroid replacement hormones that I never had these problems before.
    They referred me to a psychiatrist for medicine management consultation, who gave me mental health diagnoses (histrionic personality disorder, somatoform (hypochondria) that discredited me & ruined my medical records for future validity. Is it thyroid symptoms? Was unmanaged pain contributing? Too much Tylenol? What does a dysfunctional thyroid do to a person? How do I get my medical record addressed to reflect accuracy?
  • Did chantix cause hearing loss for you? (1 answer)
    After taking Chantix for about 5 weeks, I experienced a loud ringing in my right ear and suddenly lost about 50% hearing in that ear. The ringing and hearing loss did not go away. It has been two weeks since it started. The Chantix warning mentions hearing loss at the very end of "Other" side effects and I did not see this prior to taking Chantix, nor did my doctor mention it. I also had thyroid tests showing borderline problems (I've never had any issues with my thyroid before). I've also gained weight.
  • Has anyone developed episcleritis or extreme blood shot eye
    I have been taking chantiix for 15 weeks and one of my eyes are extremely blood shot eye doctor says its episcleritis being going on for 12weeks and terrible headaches
  • Does methotrexate cause hot flashes
    I feel I am 200 degrees at times. I already take estradiol patches for hot flashes for 5 years and they work really well! but since I started on methotrexate [6 months ago] I started getting hot flashes again!
  • Restless legs syndrome with chantix
    just began chantix and have jerking in my legs at night when i lay down to sleep

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  • From this study (3 days ago):

  • took chantix 3 weeks in july last year.started having alot of pain in stomach started vomiting blood for 12 hours.can't eat anything with fat or protein.can only eat foods that are made with milk,cottage cheese,yogurt,cream soups and ice cream since july 2014.

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  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • Deaf in one ear possible vestibular dis function

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  • From this study (2 months ago):

  • GI symptoms began as constipation when first starting Chantix, then flatulence became progressively more prononuced and diarrhea began approximately 3 weeks after starting Chantix which progressed to totally liquid, frequent stools with abdominal cramping. Medical testing for pathogens associated with diarrhea was negative one week ago. I stopped Chantix appromixately 2 weeks ago, and symptoms are less urgent and distressing, but flatulance continues and stools remain liquid.

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