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Dr. Austina Cho
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Zyban (Overview)

Zyban is an addiction reducing agent which is a kind of psychiatric drug.


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What's the difference between zyban, wellbutrin (bupropion)?

What's the difference between zyban, wellbutrin (bupropion)?

None: Same chemical -- can be used as an antidepressant or for smoking cessation. I guess "zyban" is more appealing to the macho male smoker who does not want to take an "antidepressant ! ". ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Zyban (Overview)

Zyban is an addiction reducing agent which is a kind of psychiatric drug.


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Is zyban (bupropion) effective?

Quitting tobacco: Zyban (bupropion) is effective for many patients in treating nicotine dependence. It often will reduce cravings. However, like in many other substance disorders, the best results/greatest chance of success comes with a psychosocial support group as part of the treatment, since many behaviors, ways of thinking, and similar issues are critically important in stopping and remaining off of tobacco. ...Read more

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Why can't i get wellbutrin (bupropion) in the uk for depression? Is it that dangerous? My gp will only prescribe zyban for quiting smoking and only for 9 weeks!

Not dangerous: I do not know why bupropion is not approved in the uk, except zyban for smoking cessation. It is no more dangerous (and many would say far less) than the ssri and snri drugs (effexor, prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft etc etc). It is one of the few antidepressants not associated with weight gain or sexual dysfunction, and the rate of seizures, of concern, is really low. See if doc will order from us/canada... ...Read more

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Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Zyban (bupropion) question. Has anyone prescribed zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking?

Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more

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Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Anyone used zyban (bupropion) to quit smoking more than once?

Yes: You can use it multiple times. More important question is why you relapse. Are you using smoking to calm down? To help concentrate? Just a a time filler? Are you anxious or depressed? Instead of using the same zyben again, try to solve the main probelm first. ...Read more

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How does zyban (bupropion) work?

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How does zyban (bupropion) work?

Zyban (bupropion): Is a form of wellbutrin (bupropion) which increases Dopamine & norepinephrine, which in turn elevates mood & lowers cravings for nicotine. ...Read more

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Took bupropion for the first time today and i feel like im unable to focus and i feel like my memory is worse. Is this a normal side effect?

Took bupropion for the first time today and i feel like im unable to focus and i feel like my memory is worse. Is this a normal side effect?

See below : No such thing as a normal side effect but it is not uncommon. If not better in a week, i would consider stopping the med. ...Read more

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How to deal with the side-effects of zyban (bupropion)?

How to deal with the side-effects of zyban (bupropion)?

Fairly mild: The side effects of zyban (bupropion) are fairly mild. Most common are a bit of dry mouth, blurry vision or constipation. You may get a little anxious early on. These mostly go away within 2-3 weeks. In high doses, it can cause seizures, though this is fairly rare (i haven't seen a case in 20+ years of using it). It can also, over months time slightly increase blood pressure & heart rate. ...Read more

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How long should I take wellbutrin/zyban for depression once remission has been achieved?

How long should I take wellbutrin/zyban for depression once remission has been achieved?

It depends...: The conventional wisdom is for a patient with a first depressive episode, treatment should last for 6-9 months once remission is achieved because it reduces the risk of recurrence. However, if a patient has significant ongoing or anticipated stress (move, job change, etc.) or has a history of multiple depressive episodes, a physician may recommend the patient remain on medication for longer. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Bupropion (Definition)

Also called wellbutrin (bupropion) or zyban or aplenzin, is an atypical antidepressant & smoking cessation aid, which has mild psychostimulant action. It is a norepinephrine/dopamine reuptake inhibitor. It can lower seizure threshold at high doses, ...Read more