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Zyban (Bupropion)

Understanding Zyban

Zyban or Bupropion is used to aid smokers from lessening their cravings and assist them with the effects and signs of withdrawal. Zyban can also be used for cases that are not listed in this Zyban medication guide.

Essential information on Zyban

You must not take Zyban if you have history or seizures or eating disorders or you have stopped abruptly with alcohol, sedatives and seizure medication. If you are taking Wellbutrin to treat depression, you must not take Zyban to quit smoking. Zyban must not be used if you are taking MAO inhibitor for the past fourteen days. Zyban will result in risky drug interference along the way. Zyban can cause seizures, most especially in people with various medical conditions or whenever they take a particular type of pill. You need to tell your doctor about your medical background or if you are taking other types of drugs.

There are cases wherein young individuals thought of committing suicide during the first course of the pill. The doctor needs to check your condition well systematically to prevent these problems from taking place. You should also alert your doctor if there is a sudden change of mood or sign. If your condition is not getting better in time and you suffer from mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, and hardness to sleep or you are irritable, then you need to tell your doctor about it.

What to do before taking Zyban

You need to stop taking MAO inhibitor fourteen days before you take Zyban. It is a risky type of pill that may interact with other types of drugs. You must not take Zyban if you are allergic to Bupropion or you have had seizures in the past, eating disorders, suddenly stopped taking medicines for other cases, and you are taking sedatives.

To make sure that Zyban will be safe and effective for you, you need to inform your doctor about head injury you have had or other cases like brain tumor, glaucoma, hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, kidney problem, liver problem, bipolar disorder and others.

The FDA pregnancy category for this pill is C, which means it is not yet know if Zyban will be very harmful to the unborn child, so you need to plan your pregnancy otherwise, it will be very risky for you and for the baby. Zyban can be passed on to the breast milk and it may be risky for the breastfeeding infant. You should stop from breastfeeding first while taking Zyban. This may cause harm to the unborn baby and that may lead to lung problem later on after delivery.

The proper way to take Zyban

Zyban must be taken as prescribed by the doctor, you need to follow the prescription and not take Zyban in big and in small doses for a longer time. You will be at risk of having seizures with too much amount of this medicine in the body. Zyban can help you as you stop smoking; you may go on in smoking for around a week after starting the pill. But you need to set date as to when you will stop, but usually, people stop after 2 weeks of taking the pill. The doctor will guide you and will ask you if you are having problems in quitting even after taking Zyban for more than seven weeks.

The doctor might provide you with nicotine patches to aid you in cessation treatment. You have to follow your doctor’s instructions and read carefully the instructions given to you. You must not smoke any time after using the nicotine patch while taking Zyban as well.

Having a lot of nicotine in the body can also affect you and that may lead to fatality as well. Zyban must not be stopped right away; it may bring you unwanted withdrawal symptoms. You need to ask your doctor how it can be stopped without affecting you. This pill might show up in a drug test result and this is known as the false positive result. You need to tell the lab staffs about it and let them know that you are taking Zyban.

If you have missed a dose, you just have to go on with the remaining doses and forget the missed one. You must not take double doses in a day. Overdosing with Zyban can lead to hallucinations, uneven heartbeat, fainting and hardness to breath. While taking Zyban, you must not drink alcohol or you might have seizures.

If your conditions get worse or you suddenly feel something like irritability, aggressiveness, hyperactivity and others, you have to call your doctor and let him know what is happening to you. You also need to let him know if you are suffering from blurred visions, having eye pain, swelling of the eyes, faster heartbeat, swollen glands, fever, joint pains and confusion. Blistering and peeling of the face may also be a sign of side effects. You need to call the attention of your doctor.

Some of the most common side effects of Zyban are drying of the mouth, painful tummy, and dizziness, ringing in the ears, changes in vision, sore throat, painful muscle, weight loss, weight gain, itching and frequent urination. The initial dose for adults is 150 mg once a day and it should be maintained at 300 mg a day with 150 mg doses 2x a day, but this must be done 3 days after starting the therapy.

There are certain types of drugs that might interfere with Zyban and these are medicines for seizures. Before you take the pill or other pills, you need to consult your doctor about it first. The effectiveness of Zyban might be affected with the effects of the other pills that you are taking or you will take and that includes herbal supplements, over the counter drugs and even prescription medicines other than Zyban.

Zyban must be kept in a room temperature where kids cannot find it. Zyban must be kept away from direct sunlight and moisture as well. Kids must not find Zyban, because it may cause fatality to them later on. In case of overdosing this pill or accidental intake, you need to call for immediate help or let your doctor know about it. The patient must be given immediate medical attention to reverse the effects of the Zyban to his/her body. There is also a poison control hotline where you can ask for help in case of overdosing or accidental intake of Zyban.

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