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Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers No Longer Allow To Take Certain Anti-Smoking Drug

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is banning the use of prescription anti-smoking drug Chantix by pilots and air traffic controllers after reports of side effects including drowsiness and mood swings.

FAA spokesman Les Dorr says the ban is effective immediately and that the agency was notifying unions representing pilots and controllers.

The FAA decision comes a day after its officials were briefed on the side effects by the institute for safe medication practices.

A representative from Chantix maker Pfizer Inc. did not immediately comment Wednesday afternoon.

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