Wellbutrin vs. Zyban? - page 2

I am trying to stop smoking, but Zyban didn't help. My doctor recommended Wellbutrin for 3 months. Supposed to make the cigs taste bad so you can quit b/w 4-6 weeks. Has anyone else done this Or... Read More

  1. by   doobiedo
    My husband has tried it numerous times...has good luck with it if he puts his mind to it. But never stops for long...Bottom line he likes to smoke (he admits it) and nothing is going to stop him except his own determination to stop and not start again....
    My understanding is you are to take for 7 days prior to your stop date and then for 3 months...my husband has extended that to as long as 6 months...

    I call it his happy pilll...he states it does not make him happy...however it makes me happy cuz it definitely cuts down on his irritability.....

    He states it makes his cigarettes taste bad...usually does the wellbutrin with the patch....works better....
  2. by   Just Angi
    I have only been on it for a month- I do smoke less, just haven't stopped. Hopefully it won't be too long. I really appreciate all of the helpful comments. One of these plans is bound to work. Thanks again everyone!
  3. by   PJMommy
    Interesting posts! I've been on Wellbutrin for about 2 weeks with a quit date up and coming fast. Have also noticed I don't enjoy the cigs like before. I plan on using the patch on the quit day because I've also done the Zyban only and it didn't do the trick.

    They use it as an anti-depressant which I personally think says a lot for why it works. When I quit last time, I was sooooo depressed for about 10-14 days -- and I'm not prone to depression at all. I think the Zyban gives you the boost of neurotransmitters (I want to say it's dopamine reuptake inhibition with Zyban??) you need to keep life happy when the nicotine is gone and the happy chemicals aren't firing like they used to. So, like other anti-depressants, you need to get to a therapeutic serum level...which takes about a week to 10 days...thus, the recommendation to quit after 2 weeks of taking it.
  4. by   GPatty
    I have quit for about a week now while on Wellbutrin. Just didn't want it anymore.
    Still have cravings, but I don't want to start again. I guess I've probably gained about 5 pounds! (Well~ it's TOM too, and that's major chocolate time for me!LOL!)
    I do love the energy I have with Wellbutrin, and have had no negative side effects from it at all!
    Good Luck with not smoking.....the 5 pounds gained is worth it for me.
    Julie
  5. by   Just Angi
    I've gained so much weight within the last year that 5 pounds won't hurt! It would be worth it to get this habit done and over with!
  6. by   jadednurse
    Originally posted by PJMommy
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    They use it as an anti-depressant which I personally think says a lot for why it works. When I quit last time, I was sooooo depressed for about 10-14 days -- and I'm not prone to depression at all. I think the Zyban gives you the boost of neurotransmitters (I want to say it's dopamine reuptake inhibition with Zyban??) you need to keep life happy when the nicotine is gone and the happy chemicals aren't firing like they used to. So, like other anti-depressants, you need to get to a therapeutic serum level...which takes about a week to 10 days...thus, the recommendation to quit after 2 weeks of taking it.
    Wellbutrin/Zyban is a selective seritonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), and as w/ most SSRIs it can sometimes take 8-12 weeks before they start to take effect.

    I like the idea of using Zyban and the patch...makes sense.
  7. by   P_RN
    Bupropion (Zyban/Wellbutrin) is largely dopaminergic while sertraline (zoloft) is a serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). I noticed Wellbutrin kicked in quite rapidly compared with the 3-4 weeks for Zoloft.
  8. by   Joeknee
    I've lost 5 lbs so far on Wellbutrin without trying to, it's just killed my appetite. In my case, it took about 5 weeks for me to start feeling the Wellbutrin "kick in".

    Good luck to everyone who's trying to quit smoking.
  9. by   Just Angi
    Well, I still have not stopped. I have slowed down a lot. Hopefully I will be able to stop when my quit date comes up in a week. Thanks everyone. Angi

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