Zyban® (Bupropion SR or Wellbutrin SR)
Nicotine cravings are diminished
Zyban Fact Sheet
What is Zyban®?
Zyban is a brand name for the drug bupropion hydrochloride. Bupropion hydrochloride, marketed under the names of Zyban®. Wellbutrin® SR and Wellbutrin® XL by GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) is a prescription strength anti-depressant medicine also used to help people quit smoking. Wellbutrin SR and Wellbutrin XL are typically used to treat depression, while Zyban is most often prescribed as a quit smoking aid. Zyban is taken in pill form.
Taking this Medication:
- Start taking the medication one to two weeks prior to your quit date
- Begin with a dose of 150 mg every AM for 3 days, then increase to 150 mg two times a day for the duration of treatment (determined by your doctor).
How does Zyban® Work?
While it isn’t understood exactly how bupropion (Zyban) works, we do know that this prescription strength
medicine alters the brain’s chemistry. The result is a reduced interest in smoking. Nicotine cravings are diminished. You should take ZYBAN as directed by your doctor.
Can I Use NRT’s with Zyban®?
Zyban used in conjunction with a NRT can be a good choice for people who have a lot of trouble with nicotine withdrawal. But this should only be done under Doctor’s supervision.
How can I get Zyban®?
Zyban is only available through a prescription. Please talk to your Doctor for more information.
Precautions- who should not use Zyban®?
Bupropion hydrochloride is not a suitable quit smoking therapy for everyone. Below is a list of conditions under which taking this drug would not be recommended:
- If you are taking Wellbutrin® SR or Wellbutrin® XL (both are bupropion HCl).
- If you are taking any other medicine containing bupropion HCl.
- If you have or have had a seizure disorder.
- If you have or have had an eating disorder.
- If you are abruptly discontinuing use of alcohol or sedatives (including benzodiazepines).
- If you are currently taking or have recently taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).
- If you are allergic to bupropion HCl.
- If you are pregnant or nursing.
- You should not take this medication if you have an allergic reaction to bupropion.
- If you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and infrequent reports of hypertension has been reported.
- Dry Mouth
- Change in appetite