There are various options that can help you stop smoking. Some people may decide to go for nicotine patches, nicotine gum and nicotine spray, of which I have used all but the spray (I would imagine it’s close to an e cigarette). However, you may opt to completely avoid nicotine altogether and Zyban can come in handy in that case (if you tolerate it). It can also make you want to kill yourself. Ouch! Weren’t expecting that one were you. That’s one of the side effects and something you’ll definitely want to keep in mind if you decide to try it like I did.
What is Zyban?
This is a drug containing an active ingredient of bupropion hydrochloride created to serve as an antidepressant medication known commercially as Wellbutrin. It was also found to contain another vital role of restraining the urge to smoke. This applies also to people addicted to nicotine.
How Zyban works
Zyban is an antidepressant pill also known as Wellbutrin that eases nicotine extraction symptoms. The drug works through acting on chemicals of the brain that are linked to the cravings that lead to you to taking nicotine. The drug takes full effect in about a week upon beginning the treatment. For the cure to be more effective, you are recommended to take it for a period of 7 to 12 weeks. Failure to show a sign of any significant progress by the seventh week you are required to suspend the treatment.
Some studies reveal that an average of a third of the smokers taking the medicine in order to stop smoking succeed approximately one year after the treatment. This makes it have a higher success rate than many other nicotine replacement therapy methods according to many Zyban reviews. This of course also makes it a costly way to quit smoking if you have to purchase it for a year or more. Then there is the concern that you may become dependent on Zyban and you are not an anti-depressant taker. I have nothing against people who take anti-depressants and depression may even be a side effect/predetermining factor for those who become habitual smokers, but personally I’d rather stay off them. And I’ve been on more than a few so I know what they’re like.
Does Zyban work?
Zyban does work for some people, however in a day and age where we’re already over medicated as it is, and many times the “cure” causes equal amounts of discomfort as the sickness or prevailing medical problem, it didn’t work for me. It made me feel stressed out in a different way, kind of spaced out and amped up all the time. I had lots of trouble sleeping on this pill, even when I took it in the morning which is what the doc said to do. Definitely don’t take the pill after 12 pm.
You should only consume Zyban as prescribed by a physician. You should take the drug with water as normally with meals and should not be consumed for a period longer than recommended. The medicine is a popular option to many because you can continue smoking for about a week while receiving the treatment. Duration for taking the drug depends on your determination to stop smoking but in the first three days, you should consume one tablet of 150mg daily, and two tablets on a daily basis at intervals of around eight hours from the fourth day.
Cost and Price of Zyban
Zyban has a reasonable price (if it works for you). The drug costs $4 a day thus being affordable to many smokers willing to get rid of the smoking habit. The worth of the remedy is relatively cheap compared to the benefit. Of course, that $4/day can really add up it takes you 6 months to quit, over $700 even.
The pros and cons of taking Zyban
The drug is easy to swallow. However, a person with a history of eating disorder cannot take it. It can also help when you are depressed at times. Nevertheless, it can bring about mood swings as well as behavioral changes as you can be hostile and have thoughts of committing suicide. The medicine is usually used with other nicotine replacement therapies. The medicine is not recommended if you have a history of seizures and relentless head trauma, or anxiety.
The main advantage of taking Zyban is that it has no nicotine. However, the main disadvantage is that it causes side effects that may be harmful to your health. The medicine is not fully understood by the doctors thus does not have the benefit of doubt.
Side effects of Zyban
You may experience some other uncomfortable symptoms brought about by the consumption of the medicine. Some of them may include; behavior changes, insomnia, restlessness, sore throat, muscle pain, loss of appetite and headache. The serious effects include; fast heartbeats, fever, seizure and hallucinations, as well as suicidal ideation.