This medication is also known as Zyban and it suppresses the need to smoke in people who are addicted to nicotine. It belongs to the norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) group of medications and it was initially used as an antidepressant. While it proved somewhat ineffective in treating depression, many patients who took it reported that it took away their desire to smoke. The focus of the medication then changed to a treatment for smoking cessation.
Health Benefits of Zyban 150 mg tablets
This medication is considered to be as effective as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) methods in helping smokers quit.
Unlike NRT, this medication contains no nicotine which is a harmful substance, even when used to help someone quit smoking.
This medication reduces the enjoyment of smoking and limits weight gain.
It reduces the withdrawal symptoms of smoking.
Studies have shown that about one third of smokers who take bupropion 150 mg are not smoking one year after treatment. This is a higher success rate than NRT and significantly more successful than when smokers try and quit on their own.
Are Side Effects Controllable?
Like all medications, Zyban has potential side effects but not everyone gets them. A common side effect that may affect more than 1 in 10 people is difficulty sleeping. This can be reduced by making sure you do not take this medication near bedtime. Other side effects include difficulty concentrating, nausea and changes in the taste of food.
Professional advice Regarding Usage and Dosage
When using bupropion UK and EU patients should start taking this medication at least one week before stopping smoking.
Take one tablet whole with water once a day for the first six days and set a target day to stop smoking for the following week.
The medication takes about one week to start working, after which the urge to smoke will begin to decrease.
On day 7, increase the dose to one tablet twice a day, at least 8 hours apart.
Carry on taking one bupropion 150 mg tablet twice a day for up to 9 weeks.
This medication can be taken with or without food.
Understanding how this Medication affects the Body
Nicotine acts on the central nervous system where it releases dopamine, which plays a role in the pleasure that is felt when smoking. This medication increases levels of dopamine and another neurotransmitter in the brain called noradrenaline. It reduces the displeasure of quitting smoking by compensating for the decrease in dopamine associated with smoking cessation.
When to Practice Caution or Avoidance
Do not take Zyban 150 mg tablets if you have a history of disorders that can cause seizures such as epilepsy. Avoid this medication if you have anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. People with severe cirrhosis of the liver should not take this medication. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not take this medication as it may be harmful to the baby.
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