Wellbutrin and Smoking

Bupropion is a prescription medication that is licensed for use for several purposes which include treating depression, smoking cessation, and treating seasonal affective disorder. Buproprion comes in several variants which include Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin Xl, and Zyban.

What Are the Variants of Wellbutrin?

The variants of Wellbutrin are Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin Xl, and Zyban. Wellbutrin is buproprion hydrochloride, which is a short acting versino that is used to treat depression by taking the medication two to four times a day. Wellbutrin SR, bupropion SR, is the longer-acting form of the drug that is taken twice a day used to treat depression. Wellbutrin Xl, buproprion XL, is the longest-acting form of the drug that is taken once a day and used to treat depression and seasonal affective disorder. Zyban, buproprion SR, is a long-acting form of the drug taken twice a day and used for smoking cessation.

How is Wellbutrin Used for Smoking Cessation?

Wellbutrin products are often used in an “off-label” means for smoking cessation. Unlike the generic Zyban, many insurance companies will cover the prescription of Wellbutrin for smoking cessation. Wellbutrin SR is the closest product to Zyban in chemical makeup and is produced by the same company. The primary difference is that Zyban is approved specfically for smoking cessation where Wellbutrin SR is not. If you are taking Wellbutrin SR to help you stop smoking, you will need to refer to product information that comes with Zyban when reading about side effects and other drug information since that published with Wellbutrin is tailord towards patients who are prescribed the drug for depression.

There are a number of common uses for Wellbutrin, one of which is smoking cessation for off-label use of their products. If you decide to take Wellbutrin for smoking cessation due to cost or lack of insurance coverage, ensure you read the material that comes with Zyban for specific advice on the use of the product and to consult your physician.

Information About Wellbutrin to Know Before Taking

You should not take Wellbutrin if you are taking what is referred to as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) like phenelizine (Nardil), isocarboxazid (Marplan), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the past two weeks. The company also reccomends that you not take the drug if you have a history of having seizures or been diagnosed with an eating disorder. You should also avoid taking the product if you are already taking another variant of bupropion o have recently quit drinking or taking sedatives.

Side effects of taking Wellbutrin include potential for seizures and having thoughts of suicide when first taking the pill. The company recommends that you make regular visits to the doctor when first taking Wellbutrin for any purpose in the first 12 weeks.

If you are taking any Wellbutrin product and start to experience any symptoms such as mood or behaviour changes, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, feel irritable, restless, hostile, or have suicdial tendencies you should contact your doctor immediately for an appointment.

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