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Glossary of terms

Chantix – Adverse Events Defined in simple terms:

Abdominal Pain- tummy hurts in upper, lower, tender or distension, stomach discomfort

Flatulence – farting, passing gas, breaking wind

Dyspepsia- hard or difficult digestion; can include bloating, belching, feeling fullness in tummy

Gastroesophageal reflux disease- acid from stomach coming up as far as throat

Insomnia- unable to sleep; includes initial, middle and early morning awakening (counted once in table)

Abnormal Dreams- unusual dreams, vivid, wild, realistic yet not REAL (nightmares for some)

Dysgeusia- distortion or decrease in the sense of taste

Somnolence- state of near-sleep, a strong desire to sleep, sleeping for long periods

Lethargy- drowsiness or aversion to activity

Fatigue/Malaise/Asthenia- tired; out of sorts / general feeling of being unwell; lacks strength/weakness

Rhinorrhea- runny nose

Dyspnoea/Dyspnea- shortness of breath, is perceived difficulty breathing or painful breathing

Upper Respiratory Tract Disorder- problems with nostril, nasal cavity, throat, mouth and voice box

Pruritis- an itch, a sensation on the skin that causes the desire to scratch

Anorexia- an eating disorder where people starve themselves

Lymphadenopathy- disease of the lymph nodes

Leukocytosis- an elevation of the white blood cell count above the normal range

Thrombocytopenia- the presence of relatively few platelets in blood

Splenomegaly- enlargement of the spleen; usually associated with increased workload

Angina pectoris- chest pain due to lack of blood and hence oxygen supply of the heart muscle

Arrhythmia- an irregular heartbeat

Bradycardia- a resting heart rate of fewer than 60 beats per minute

Ventricular extrasystoles- a form of irregular heatbeat; premature contractions of the heart chamber

Myocardial infarction- heart attack

Palpitations- an awareness of heartbeat; shaking motion of the heart muscle

Tachycardia- a form of rapid heartbeat usually in excess of 100 beats per minute

Atrial fibrillation- abnormal heart rhythm (afib) that involves the two upper chambers of the heart

Cardiac flutter- similar to above (afib)

Coronary artery disease- occurs when the arteries that supply the heart become hardened and narrowed

Cor pulmonale- right heart failure – because of respiratory disorder

Acute coronary syndrome- a set of signs or symptoms interpreted because of decreased blood flow

Tinnitus- a ringing I n the ears caused from damage to the nerve endings

Vertigo- a type of dizziness that is characterized by the sensation of spinning

Meniere’s disease- a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance

Thyroid gland disorders- a gland that regulates the body’s metabolism; it produces hormones

Conjuntivitis- inflammation of the membrane that covers the interiors of the eyelids

Cataract subcapsular- the back of the membrane that envelopes the lens; a milky white fluid of the lens

Ocular vascular disorder- a type of vision loss

Photophobia- an experience of pain to the eyes due to light exposure

Vitreous floaters- the clear fluid between the lens and the retina of the eyeball with deposits floating

Diarrhea- frequent watery loose, bowel movements

Gingivitis- inflammation of the gums around the teeth

Dysphagia- difficulty swallowing

Enterocolitis- an inflamtion of the large and small intestines

Erucation- fast nausea combined with burdensome headaches

Gastritis- inflammation of the stomach lining

Gastrointestinal hemorrhage- bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract

Mouth ulceration- open sores in the mouth

Esophagitis- inflamtion of the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach

Gastriculcer- open sore in the stomach

Pancreatitis acute- rapid inflammation of the gland organ in the digestive system

Edema- swelling of any organ

Pyrexia- fever; abnormal elevation of body temperature

Hypersensitivity- undesirable reactions produced by the normal immune system

Drug hypersensitivity- an adverse drug reaction; ACAAI estimated deaths of 106,000 a year and rising

Electrocardiogram abnormal- abnormal ECG or EKG

Diabetes mellitus- a syndrome characterized by disordered metabolism and high blood sugar

Hyperlipidemia- the presence of high amounts of fatty molecules in the blood

Hypokalemia- a potentially fatal condition in which the body fails to retain sufficient potassium to maintain health

Hyperkalemia- high levels of potassium that can cause heart attacks

Hypoglycemia- low levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood; aka “brain fuel”

Arthralgia- joint pain; or an allergic reaction to medication

Musculoskeletal pain- pain in the organ system that gives animals the ability to physically move

Myalgia- muscle pain

Osteoporosis- reduced bone mineral density

Myositis- inflammation of the muscles; likely to be cause by autoimmune conditions vs infection (autoimmunity- is the failure of an organism to recognize its own constituent parts (down to the sub-molecular levels) as “self”, which result in an immune response against its own cells and tissues. Examples: multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes mellitus

Amnesia- a condition in which memory is disturbed; causes can be organic or functional

Migraine- is a neurological disease

Parosmia- a disorder of sense of smell when an odor is actually present, but incorrectly perceived

Psychomotor hyperactivity- of or relating to motor action directly proceeding from mental activity; hyper- really exited; hypo- less then normal

Syncope- transient loss of consciousness; blackouts; fainting; altered conciousness

Cerebrovascular accident- stroke is the clinical designation for a rapidly developing loss of brain function due to an interruption in blood supply to all or part of the brain

Dysarthria- speech impairment; is difficult, poorly pronounced speech, such as slurring; inability to speak

Facial palsy- aka Bell’s palsy is characterized by the face muscles drooping on the effected side

Multiple sclerosis- a disease of the nervous system in which the myelin sheath of the neurons is damaged

Nystagmus- involuntary eye movement that can be part of reflex eye movement

Psychomotor skills impaired- sleep deprivation results in poor motor skills from mental activity

Transient ischemic attack- mini stroke

Visual field defect- a blind spot within the normal field of vision

Libido decrease- low sexual desire

Bradyphrenia- a slowing of thought processes

Euphoric mood- an extremely happy mood

Psychotic disorder- mental illness that centers around abnormal thinking and perceptions

Suicidal ideation- a common medical term for thoughts about suicide (taking your life)

Polyuria- passing large amounts of urine

Nephrolithiasis- kidney stones; solid creations of dissolved minerals in urine

Nocturia- is the need to get up during the night to urinate

Urethral syndrome- a female syndrome (signs/symptoms) urinary frequent, urgency, burning & more

Renal failure acute- a rapid loss of kidney function

Urinary retention- a lack of the ability to urinate

Menstrual disorder- an irregular condition in a woman’s monthly cycle

Eretile dysfunction- the inability to develop or maintain and erection of the penis; sexual dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction- difficulty during any stage of the sexual act that prevents enjoyment (arousal, orgasm or resolution)

Epistaxis- nose bleeds

Asthma- a chronic disease that affect your airways

Pleurisy- an inflammation of the membrane, cavity surrounding the lungs

Pulmonary embolism- a blockage of the arteries that carry blood to the lungs

Hyperhidrosis- excessive sweating

Dermatitus- inflammation of the skin as an allergic reaction

Eczema- inflammation upper layers of the skin as an allergic reaction

Erythema- a large abnormal redness of the skin caused by capillary congestion; a sign of inflammation

Psoriasis- scaly red patch on the skin and joints

Urticaria- or hives; a skin condition usually due to allergies; raised red welts; needle rash; drug reactions

Photosensitivity reaction- more sensitive than normal to light

Hypertension- high blood pressure

Hypotension- low blood pressure,

Peripheral ischemia- a condition that low blood supply to the limbs causes cramping and chronic pain

Thrombosis- the formation of a clot inside a blood vessel blocking the flow of blood

Other adverse effects: Nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, nightmare, headache, rash, increased appetite, decreased appetite, anemia, eye irritation, vision blurred, visual disturbance, eye pain, acquired night blindness, blindness transient, chest pain, influenza like illness, thirst, chest discomfort, chills, weigh increase, back pain, muscle cramp, disturbance in attention, dizziness, sensory disturbance, tremor, balance disorder, convulsion, anxiety, emotional disorder, irritability, restlessness, aggression, agitation, disorientation, dissociation, thinking abnormal, hallucination, urine abnormal, respiratory disorders, acne, dry skin.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Andy Davison permalink
    October 5, 2009

    I have been experiencing difficulties with depression and anxiety since stopping chantix for nearly 6 months and wondererd how long people felt long term side effexts for after stopping this drug.
    Cheers.

  2. Ian permalink
    October 14, 2009

    Ever since I took this drug I have had sensory nerve damage and the Dr. at Vanderbilt cannot find what is causing it. I started looking on the net today and found that a great many people suffering the same problems I have.

    Just a list of side effects 4 months after the Drug.
    tingling in hands
    joint pains in entire body
    vision problems in left eye
    lethargic
    flu like symptoms
    skin sensitive to everything
    migraines
    acid reflux
    lack of sexual desire
    depression

    If you have had these same problems drop me a email and tell me if you have found any cures for this. I am in hell!

  3. Ian permalink
    October 14, 2009

    Ever since I took this drug I have had sensory nerve damage and the Dr. at Vanderbilt cannot find what is causing it. I started looking on the net today and found that a great many people suffering the same problems I have.

    Just a list of side effects 4 months after the Drug.
    tingling in hands
    joint pains in entire body
    vision problems in left eye
    lethargic
    flu like symptoms
    skin sensitive to everything
    migraines
    acid reflux
    lack of sexual desire
    depression

    If you have had these same problems drop me a email and tell me if you have found any cures for this. I am in hell! binaryluv@gmail.com

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  8. Mark B permalink
    June 8, 2011

    I ssufferd kidney failure in 2008 and it went full tilt in 2010

  9. Sarah Nowak permalink
    August 4, 2011

    I have been having major issues with constant nausea, serious anxiety and panic attacks and depression since I stopped taking chantix. How long does this last? I stopped taking it over two months ago. Doctors don’t think it’s linked because they say it is out of my system, but I haven’t had depression and anxiety issues for 8 years before taking chantix. Please help!!

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