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What’s the Risk? Varenicline May Increase Cardiovascular Complications in Users

Madara, John, MD; West, Frances M., MD, MS; Zappetti, Dana, MD

Clinical Pulmonary Medicine: November 2018 - Volume 25 - Issue 6 - p 233
doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000284
Pulmonary Trends

Synopsis: Data are mixed and controversial with regard to the literature on varenicline causing increased cardiovascular complications. The authors of this study determined that there may be a 34% higher risk of cardiovascular complications associated with the use of varenicline, compared with no use.

Source: Gershon AS, Campitelli MA, Hawken S, et al. Cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric events after varenicline use for smoking cessation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018;197:913–922.

Disclosure: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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