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Recommendation: At first, and before begining any pharmacological treatment, we recommend you to try to stop smoking following some of the steps we show you in the second part of this work  <click here>. Only if all methods have been unsuccessful, then maybe it would be useful for you to try Zyban, one of the medications which seems to be getting better results with smoker patients.


ALL ABOUT ADDICTION

From the Surgeon General
We now know that cigarettes are addictive and that nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction. Smokers are compelled to smoke by this addiction to nicotine, but it is the over 4,000 other chemicals in cigarette smoke that cause the most harm. This combination makes cigarettes deadly.

What is it About Nicotine?
When you smoke, nicotine enters the bloodstream through the lungs. It quickly reaches the brain, where it affects certain chemicals that change the way you feel. Eventually, the brain becomes dependent on nicotine to control these chemicals that make you feel "normal."

Am I Addicted?
You may be addicted to cigarettes if you experience one or more of the following signs: 
You continue to smoke despite the desire to quit. 
You have made a serious, but unsuccessful, attempt to stop using tobacco or permanently reduce the amount you use. 
Your attempts to stop smoking have led to physical withdrawal symptoms, including a craving for tobacco, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, headaches, drowsiness, and upset stomach. 
You develop a "tolerance" for tobacco. Smoking the same number of cigarettes produces less effect over time, making it necessary to increase the number of cigarettes you smoke to achieve the desired sensation. 
You have continued to use tobacco even when you have a serious physical problem (such as cardiovascular or respiratory disease) that you know is worsened by tobacco.

Withdrawal
When smokers who are addicted to cigarettes quit smoking, they may suffer from symptoms that can be psychological, emotional, or physical in nature. This is called withdrawal. They may experience irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, or depression. ZYBAN reduces withdrawal symptoms and the urge to smoke.



PHARMACOLOGICAL TREATMENT


Zyban (bupropion hydrochloride)
Is the newest option to help assist smoking cessation. ZYBAN is an anti-smoking pill, which seems to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and the urge to smoke. Approved by FDA in May 1997, ZYBAN has one thing that sets it apart. It contains no nicotine.


Product: Zyban 150mg (Bupropion HCI)

Different than patchs and gums because it does not contain nicotine.

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Trade mark Daily dosing Side effects Warning
Zyban (bupropion hydrochloride) 150 mg/day x 3 days, after it, increase to 300 mg/day x 7-12 weeks Sleeplessness, dry mouth, rhinitis Do not drink alcohol while taking this drug.
Do not take this drug if
- you have any type of seizure disorder.
- you have a history of anorexia or bulimia.
- you are pregnant.
- you are breast-feeding.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


How should I take ZYBAN?

ZYBAN should be taken as directed by your doctor. The usual recommended dosing is to take one 150-mg tablet in the morning for the first 3 days. On the fourth day, begin taking one 150-mg tablet in the morning and one 150-mg tablet in the early evening. Doses should be taken at least 8 hours apart.

How long should I take ZYBAN?
Most people should take ZYBAN for 7 to 12 weeks. Follow your doctor's instructions.

How long does ZYBAN take to work?
It takes about 1 week for ZYBAN to reach the right levels in your body to be effective. So, to maximize your chance of quitting, you should not stop smoking until you have been taking ZYBAN for 1 week. You should set a date to stop smoking during the second week you're taking ZYBAN.

Missing A Dose
Never take an "extra" dose of ZYBAN. If you forget to take a dose, do not take an extra tablet to "catch up"for the dose you forgot. Wait and take your next tablet at the regular time. Do not take more tablets than your doctor prescribed. It is important to swallow ZYBAN Tablets whole. Do not chew, divide, or crush tablets.

IMPORTANT WARNING:
There is a chance that approximately 1 out of every 1,000 people taking bupropion hydrochloride, the active ingredient in ZYBAN, will have a seizure. The chance of this happening increases if you:

        - Have a seizure disorder (for example, epilepsy)
        - Have or have had an eating disorder (for example, bulimia or anorexia nervosa)
        - Take more than the recommended amount of ZYBAN; or take other medicines with the same active ingredient that is in ZYBAN, such as WELLBUTRINĘ (bupropion hydrochloride) Tablets and WELLBUTRINĘ SR (bupropion hydrochloride) Sustained-Release Tablets. (Both of these medicines are used to treat depression.)

You can reduce the chance of experiencing a seizure by following your doctor's directions on how to take ZYBAN. You should also discuss with your doctor whether ZYBAN is right for you.

You should not take ZYBAN if you:
        - Have a seizure disorder (for example, epilepsy). are already taking WELLBUTRIN, WELLBUTRIN SR, or any other medicines that contain bupropion hydrochloride.
        - Have or have had an eating disorder (for example, bulimia or anorexia nervosa).
        - If you are currently taking or have recently taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI).
        - If you are allergic to bupropion.

Smoking & ZYBAN
It is not considered dangerous to smoke and use ZYBAN at the same time. However, continuing to smoke after the date you set to stop smoking will seriously reduce your chance of breaking your smoking habit.

ZYBAN & Nicotine Patches
While not recommended, ZYBAN and nicotine patches can be used at the same time. If you plan to do so it should only be done under the supervision of your doctor. Using ZYBAN and nicotine patches together may raise your blood pressure. Your doctor will probably want to check your blood pressure regularly to make sure that it stays within acceptable levels.

It is strongly advised that you DO NOT SMOKE AT ANY TIME if you are using a nicotine patch or any other nicotine product along with ZYBAN. It is possible to get too much nicotine and have serious side effects.

Alcohol & ZYBAN
It is recommended that you do not drink alcohol, or if you do that you consume small amounts while taking this medication. If you are accustomed to drinking large amounts of alcohol and suddenly stop, you may increase your chance of having a seizure. Therefore, it is important to discuss your use of alcohol with your doctor before you begin taking ZYBAN.

ZYBAN & Women?
ZYBAN is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Women should notify their doctor if they become pregnant or intend to become pregnant while taking ZYBAN.

Side effects of ZYBAN
The side effects associated with ZYAN are generally mild and often disappear after a few weeks. The most common side effects are dry mouth and difficulty sleeping.

If you have difficulty sleeping, avoid taking your medicine too close to bedtime. The most common side effects that caused people to stop taking ZYBAN during clinical studies were shakiness and skin rash.

Contact your doctor or health care professional if you have a rash or other troublesome side effects. Use caution before driving a car or operating complex, hazardous machinery until you know if ZYBAN affects your ability to perform these tasks.

ZYBAN & Other Medications
It is important that your doctor knows about all medicines -- prescription or over-the-counter drugs you are taking or plan to take while taking ZYBAN. ZYBAN may affect other medicines you're taking. It is important not to take medicines that may increase the chance for you to have a seizure.



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