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Zyban - the stop smoking pill

Zyban is now the most prescribed prescription product for smoking cessation and is the first nicotine-free pill that, as part of a complete program from your healthcare professional, can help you stop smoking.
This is a totally different approach to help you quit smoking.  Nicotine-free Zyban is prescription-strength medicine and is the first nicotine-free pill approved to help you quit smoking. It's the first pill that can actually help reduce your urge to smoke.  Zyban gets you ready to quit smoking. You start taking Zyban and set a quit date to stop during the second week. Most people should take Zyban for at least 7 to 12 weeks. One pill 2 times a day can help you break the smoking habit.  Below are some guidelines with Zyban.

Swallow this medication whole. Do not crush or chew them or the sustained activity of the drug will be destroyed and the chances of side effects occurring may be increased.  Take as directed, usually twice daily for 7 to 12 weeks. Do not take more or less medication than prescribed. Since this drug can cause sleeplessness at first, it is best not to take near bedtime. It is advised to continue smoking for the first week after starting this drug, until it reaches higher levels in your blood.

Limit or avoid altogether consumption of alcoholic beverages; alcohol can increase your risk of seizures. Chronic alcohol users who suddenly stop the intake of alcohol while taking Zyban which is a  bupropion may increase the risk of having seizures. Suddenly stopping certain tranquilizers (e.g., diazepam, chlordiazepoxide) is not recommended because doing so may increase the risk of having seizures. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug.

The body basically tolerates this medication well.  Dry mouth, headache, increased sweating, constipation, anxiety and fatigue may occur. If these effects persist or become worse with time, notify your doctor.

Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking this drug. This drug is excreted into breast milk.

Take any missed dose as soon as possible but not if it is within 8 hours of the next dose. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not "double up" the dose.

Before taking a bupropion tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medications you may use, especially MAO inhibitors (e.g., isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, pargyline, selegiline, furazolidone), levodopa, theophylline, corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), seizure medications, sedatives, ritonavir, tranquilizers/psychiatric drugs (e.g., chlorpromazine), other antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline), salicylates (e.g., aspirin, salsalate), isoniazid, chlolinesterase inhibitors (e.g., tacrine, donepezil), morphine, and adrenaline-like drugs (e.g., pseudoephedrine).

There are two reasons to believe antidepressants and anxiolytics may help quit smoking.  The first being, anxiety and depression are symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, and smoking cessation sometimes can cause depression. Second, smoking appears to be due, in part, to a lack of dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline in the system, all of which are increased by anxiolytics and antidepressants.

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