What is Zyban?
Zyban is a unique stop-smoking medication which is nicotine-free. Rather than simply being a nicotine replacement, it contains the active ingredients found in the antidepressant medication Wellbutrin and is effective in helping stopping smoking by boosting levels of several chemicals in the brain. With more of these chemicals at work, Zyban users experience a reduction in nicotine withdrawal symptoms and a decreased urge to smoke. Many smokers have found Zyban to be superior to nicotine supplements which can in fact simply increase your craving for nicotine in the end.
Is Zyban effective?
Yes. Studies have shown that greater than one third of people who take Zyban as prescribed can, with an effective support program, quit smoking for at least one month. Further studies have shown that those who can quit smoking for one month often can see this as a positive experience and ultimately quit smoking altogether. Zyban is also quite effective in treating those with smoking addiction who are forced to quit smoking due to significant medical conditions related to smoking such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
When will I see effects while taking Zyban?
Zyban takes approximately one week to reach its effective level in your body and in fact, those taking Zyban should not attempt to actually quit smoking until the second week of treatment. It is important that when taking Zyban you set a firm date to stop smoking and stick to that date. Users should continue taking Zyban for seven to twelve weeks after the initiation of treatment.
Can I use nicotine patches along with Zyban?
Yes, Zyban is safe for use in conjunction with the nicotine patch, however, care should be taken to take Zyban exactly as directed as using Zyban with the nicotine patch can raise your blood pressure. Please consult with your doctor before using Zyban with any other medications.
Are there any specific conditions which preclude me from taking Zyban?
Yes. Any persons with a known history of epilepsy, convulsions, or other seizure disorders should never take this drug. It is important that Zyban never be taken unless prescribed as 1 in 1,000 persons taking this medication can suffer a seizure.
How do I take Zyban?
The usual starting dose is one 150 mg tablet in the morning for the first three days. After that, the dosage remains one 150 mg tablet in the morning and another 150 mg tablet in the early evening, taking care to make sure that the doses are at least eight hours apart. Greater than 300 mg per day does not increase the effect of Zyban and is not recommended. Zyban should be taken for approximately seven to twelve weeks, but may be continued up to six months at the recommendation of your doctor.
Side effects may include:
Dry mouth, sleeplessness, abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, dizziness, nervousness, tremors, taste changes, headache, heart palpitations, nausea, and skin rash.