Wellbutrin And Its Role In Smoking Cessation Programs

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Wellbutrin is one of the many brands that the generic drug, Bupropion is available in. The drug was formulated by Burroughs Research in 1966 and patented by Burroughs-Wellcome in 1974. It is sold in the US and Canadian markets,? under various brands such as Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, Zyban, Zyban SR, Budeprion and Buproban.

Wellbutrin and Smoking Cessation programs
Although the drug is widely prescribed? as an antidepressant, it is also prescribed as an adjunct in smoking cessation programs.? It works by blocking Nicotine receptor sites, a process initiated by quit-smoking anticholenergic injections.? It? maintains control over the physical craving to smoke and its' subsequent withdrawal symptoms.

Can it be administered in all cessation programs?

Though it is a part of smoking-cessation follow-up medications, there are certain caveats which have to be kept in mind while administering the drug.

The drug? is contra-indicated in case of allergy to bupropion or any other similar medication or? substance.

The drug is not recommended for lactating mothers as it is passes on to breast-feeding? infants.

The drug is not to be administered in conjunction with certain other medicines or substances like antipsychotics, corticosteroids, tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors and alcohol

The drug is not to be administered to patients with medical disorders like anorexia, bulimia, head injury, seizures ,, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney or liver diseases, and bipolar disorders.

The drug is not meant for patients who are active drug abusers or who have a history of drug abuse.

A word of caution about its Usage
Bupropion is? a potent drug and its usage should be strictly in accordance to the guidelines of your doctor.

Dosage should be in the right amount which your doctor has prescribed to you, should be at the right time, and should not exceed the follow-up medication time frame of your cessation program. The type of dosage (in terms of its strength or release character) and the gaps between two dosages should be that which is prescribed to you by both your doctor and the drug company. If in case one has missed a dose of Wellbutrin, it should be taken according to the original schedule of medication. The skipped dose should not be taken close to the time of the next scheduled dose.

One should immediately seek medical attention in case of over dosage as it may lead to instances of seizure, muscle stiffnes, fainting, hallucinations, shallow breathing, fast or uneven heart beat, heart failure, or even coma.

In order to ensure effective use of Bupropion, all necessary guidelines should be followed to the letter. If you are a smoker then you can consult your family physician to see how this medication can help you quit smoking.