Quit Smoking Treatments: Zyban

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Despite the growing awareness amongst people, the popularity of cigarette smoking (nicotine addiction) seems to rise with each passing. Nearly one out of every five deaths in the US is caused by smoking. This shows the dangers of smoking and the difficulty people have in kicking the habit.

Abstinence is one of the most popular methods used by smokers to kick the habit. Though this method is very effective, but if you can not sustain it, it will only lead to more smoking. However, this method can be a success if you combine it with anti-smoking methods like zyban.

Zyban as well as Wellbutrin are brand names for the generic drug known as bupropion hydrochloride. As an anti-smoking method zyban works comparatively better than any other drug. This is because zyban works as an anti-depressant. In fact, zyban is originally marketed as an anti-depressant drug only. The effectiveness of zyban was discovered as smokers using it to treat depression found that after taking it they lacked the cravings for cigarette. People who are planning to quit find it much easier to stop by using zyban.

Bupropion present in the zyban works as an anti-depressant. It is a weak inhibitor of neuronal inhibitor dopamine, noreoinephrine or serotonin. By increasing the levels of several chemical messengers in parts of brain, this drug helps you cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and lessens the urge to smoke.

The zyban method is administered when the person is still smoking. The withdrawal symptoms arise within two weeks from the start. The course should be continued up to 7 to 9 weeks depending upon the effects. It is most successfully used with nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine patches and nicotine gums. Zyban tablets should be swallowed entirely as crushing or chewing them increase your chances of suffering from side effects which include:

1) Dry mouth
2) Dizziness
3) Insomnia
4) Nausea and nasal inflammation
5) Sometimes seizures

You can have these tablets only through a prescription. Do not take more or less than prescription as it may lead to seizures. It is not proper to smoke if you are taking this drug with nicotine products. You may consult your doctor if you suffer from moderate side effects.