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Review: could Chantix cause Migraine?

Summary: Migraine 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 Nexium, and have Quit smoking.

We study 63,195 people who have side effects while taking Chantix from FDA and social media. Among them, 463 have Migraine. Find out below who they are, when they have Migraine 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)

Migraine

Migraine (headache) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, birth control, depression, osteoporosis, pain. (latest reports from 51,619 Migraine patients)

On Dec, 29, 2014: 63,191 people reported to have side effects when taking Chantix. Among them, 463 people (0.73%) have Migraine.

Trend of Migraine in Chantix reports

Time on Chantix when people have Migraine * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Migraine62.04%28.24%5.56%3.24%0.93%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Migraine when taking Chantix * :

FemaleMale
Migraine74.46%25.54%

Age of people who have Migraine when taking Chantix * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Migraine0.00%0.00%0.00%9.56%13.70%30.23%33.07%13.44%

Severity of Migraine when taking Chantix ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Migraine ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Smoking cessation therapy (426 people, 92.01%)
  2. Pain (42 people, 9.07%)
  3. Depression (35 people, 7.56%)
  4. Migraine (35 people, 7.56%)
  5. Hypertension (33 people, 7.13%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Nexium (48 people, 10.37%)
  2. Lorazepam (41 people, 8.86%)
  3. Spiriva (39 people, 8.42%)
  4. Lisinopril (38 people, 8.21%)
  5. Vicodin (35 people, 7.56%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I have had the history of seizures, kidney stones, high blood pressure and migraine headaches. i am soon going back to school and need something to help with memory . what is best to help in this way
    Not sure what I am suppose to write here. My mind is never clear and it feels as if there is swelling that keeps me from wanting to learn or work. Taking IBprofen helps take some of the swelling away but not all.
  • Why when i have a migraine i feel the need to eat more and more? (2 answers)
    Can someone please help me why when I get a migraine I have the need for excessive eating? I get the feeling that if I eat more I will feel better. I am now 43 years old woman and my migraines the last three years get worse and worse. Both more intense and more often ( like twice or even three times a week). I am on Effexor that is treating depression 75mg per day. Can someone advise me what can I do? I feel so much helpless and frustrated as my quality of life has deterioted so much.
  • 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.
  • Will using butalbital 6-7 times a month for migraines result in dependency?
    I experience migraines 6-7 times a month and have found butalbital/aspirin/caffeine to be very effective in managing pain. Does anyone know if this rate of usage can cause dependency? I have been taking butalbital since 2007. My migraines are very unpredictable--occasionally I will go 2-3 weeks without one, other times I will have 2-3 in a week. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (3 weeks ago):

  • I have headaches almost daily and I'm not sure if they're attributed to meds or not. I have a history of migraine headaches but never as frequent, long-lasting and severe as now. They are sometimes preceded w an aura, though not always.

    Reply

  • From this study (3 weeks 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.

    Reply

  • From this study (4 weeks ago):

  • Can dulera cause migraine with aura?

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