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Ihave cmt1a (Charcot Marie Tooth) and am a smoker. Silly I know but the addiction is quite strong. I try to give up smoking and fail. We also have a very strong family of heart attacks with 5 immediate family members experiencing heart attacks in their early 40s. I have to give up smoking!!!

I would like to know if the drug Champix has any effect that would impact on my CMT. I also take choltestrol medication (rosuvastatin calcium 10.4 mg). Are you aware of what other people with CMT have used to support them in their efforts to quit?

The CMT net website tells of some medications to avoid but hasn't been updated since 1997 and I don't have a medical background and have very limited knowledge of medication.

Kind regards
mccellia

Can you tell me if Champix (varenicline)


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replied October 12th, 2009
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Welcome to the forum!
With CMT1a (Charcot Marie Tooth) disease and a strong family of heart disease, it is not advisable to take Champix, at least not take it without medical supervision. Though it is not known to affect the nervous system much, it can increase the blood pressure and precipitate a heart attack. Also it causes severe emotional disturbances and dizziness making it difficult for a person to carry on his daily activities. So without a doctor’s supervision take Champix is an ABOSOLUTE NO.
You can talk to a doctor regarding this and probably try some alternative method to quit smoking. A strong desire to quit smoking and determination to make it a success is required. You can enroll into a support program too. Discuss the various options with your doctor and start quitting under supervision. Hope this helps. Take care!



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