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Zyban is an oral tablet made up of a smoking cessation agent called bupropion. We carry the brand choice Zyban in 150mg!
Zyban is used, together with other methods, to help people quit smoking. Zyban is often used with counseling, behavior therapy, support groups, and smoking cessations sucha as nicotine patches or gum. A person with a nicotine addiction (a regular smoker) will often have withdrawal symptoms (such as irritability, anxiety, or restlessness) when they do not get nicotine in their system; this is why it is so hard to quit smoking. Smoking can lead to health complications such as heart disease, lung disease, and cancer.
Zyban (bupropion) will help decrease nicotine withdrawal symptoms and reduce the urge to smoke. The exact action of mechanism of this is unknown, but it may help restore a possible imbalance of chemicals in the brain.
Use this medication only the way your doctor has prescribed it to you. Follow all directions very carefully. Avoid taking larger or smaller doses of this medication, or for longer than directed to. Using too much of this medication may increase your risk of having a seizure.
You may start this medication before you quit smoking, however, you should aim to quit by the end of the first week of treatment; set a day during week 2 to quit. If you are having troubles quitting after several weeks; consult your doctor. You may find yourself having troubles sleeping when first taking this medication; do not take this medication too close to bedtime.
Your doctor may prescribe nicotine patches or gum as part of treatment. Ensure you follow those directions very carefully. Do not smoke if you are using a nicotine product. This may cause your nicotine levels to get too high and may cause serious side effects.
Directions: take this medication by mouth, usually 2 times a day. You may take it with or without food; if you get an upset stomach taking medication, take it with food. Take your doses at least 8 hours apart; this will help reduce the risk of having a seizure.
Do not use Zyban (bupropion)
This medication should not be used by those who have used an MAO inhibitor within the previous 14 days or will be in the next 14 days, or by those who have a seizure disorder, an eating disorder, or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, seizure medication, or a sedative such as Xanax.
Do not use this medication if you are also using bupropion for another condition such as taking Wellbutrin for depression.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
It is important to tell your doctor if you have ever had a head injury, seizures, or brain or spinal cord tumor, narrow-angle glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a heart attack, diabetes, kidney or liver disease, depression, bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses, or if you drink alcohol. This is important because these conditions may interact with this medication.
This medication may induce seizures. This risk is higher in those who have certain medical conditions or take certain medications. Tell your doctor about all medical conditions and medications you currently have or take.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby therefore if you are pregnant, you should discuss the possible risks and benefits before taking this medication. Do not stop taking this medication if you find out you are pregnant during treatment.
It may not be safe to breast feed while using this medication; ask your doctor about your risk.
Some young people may have suicidal thoughts when first taking this medication. Your doctor may want you to come in for regular checkups to monitor your progress. Your family and/or caregivers should also keep an eye out for mood or behavior changes.
Common side effects of Zyban (bupropion) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Zyban (bupropion) may include:
a manic episode - racing thoughts, increased energy, reckless behavior, feeling extremely happy or irritable, talking more than usual, severe problems with sleep.
If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
What is the usual dose for an adult trying to quit smoking?
The average dose for an adult trying to quit smoking is 150mg once per day; this dose may be increased to 300mg per day, given as two 150mg doses. The increase must not be done until at least 3 days of initial treatment (taking 150mg per day).
Does this medication have any drug interactions?
Yes. Some other medications that may interact with Zyban include aldesleukin, alfentanil, amantadine, bethanechol, butorphanol, ciprofloxacin, donepezil, and fentanyl.
Can I drink alcohol while using this medication?
You should avoid alcohol while using this medication because mixing the two can cause an increase in side effects such as seizures, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, mood and behavioral changes, and suicidal thoughts. However, you should not suddenly stop using alcohol if you are a daily consumer. If you drink alcohol often, you should consult your doctor about how to safely use this medication.
How long into treatment should my urge for smoking be gone?
Most people need to use this medication for 7-12 weeks after they quit smoking (which is a week and half into treatment); the exact length of duration until you no longer have urges may vary depending on each person, but usually no longer than 12 weeks. You may use this medication for up to 6 months.
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