Bupropion

Bupropion

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    Zyban interacts with many different medications. Additionally, if you are taking Zyban, you should not drink alcohol, as it can increase your risk of seizure. In fact, you should speak with your doctor prior to drastically reducing your alcohol consumption as well, since that can increase your risk for seizures as well.

    You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you are taking if you are going to start taking Zyban. The following medications can interact with Zyban:
    • cancer medications
    • blood pressure medications
    • heart rhythm medicines
    • antidepressants
    • antihistamines
    • birth control pills
    • hormone replacement therapy
    • asthma medications
    • bladder or urinary medicines
    • antibiotics
    • diet pills
    • ADHD medications
    • stimulants
    • insulin or other diabetes medications
    • nausea medicines
    • medications that prevent malaria
    • narcotic pain medication
    • medicines that prevent organ transplants from being rejected
    • sedatives
    • steroids
    • street drugs
    • ulcer or irritable bowel medications 
    • theophylline
    • medications that treat Parkinsons disease
    • medicines that treat restless leg syndrome or medicines that treat pituitary gland tumors

    If you have any questions about whether the medicines you are taking will interact with Zyban, speak to your doctor prior to taking it.
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    Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk factors for serious cardiovascular disease. While many medications for quitting smoking contain nicotine, not all do.
    One prescription medication for smoking cessation that does not contain nicotine is bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin SR).
    What It Does: Bupropion is an anti-depressant that is believed to work by increasing certain brain chemicals.
    How to Take It: Start taking the medication 1 week prior to your quit date to reach adequate blood levels. Then take 150 mg/day for 3 days, and then 150 mg/day twice a day (or once a day if a higher dose is not tolerated). Follow up with your doctor within 1 to 2 weeks of starting. 
    How Long to Use It: Continue using the medication for at least 7 to 12 weeks. It can be used for up to 6 months to prevent relapse.
    Precautions/Contraindications: Taking bupropion may cause insomnia, agitation, dry mouth, headache, seizures, mood changes and/or suicidal thoughts. Notify your doctor and stop taking bupropion if you have changes in behavior or mood, or suicidal thoughts. Bupropion is not for use in people with seizure or eating disorders, or those taking MAO inhibitors for depression. 
    Other Considerations: Note that if bupropion is needed for 6 months, it is recommended that you be evaluated for an underlying condition of depression, which may be better managed on a different medication.
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    Zyban is a prescription drug that is used to help people stop smoking. The generic name of Zyban is bupropion and it reduces the cravings addicts feel for cigarettes and nicotine. Speak to your doctor if you believe that you might be a good candidate for treatment with Zyban.
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    Zyban/Wellbutrin (buproprion hydrochloride) can be taken for up to 6 months to one (1) year for smoking cessation. Zyban should be taking daily one to two weeks before you quit smoking. Zyban can be taken while you smoke because it does not contain nicotine. Zyban helps curb tobacco cravings and lessens the effects of withdrawal while quitting.
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    Before taking Zyban, you should know that Zyban can cause changes in behavior, agitation, depression, or thoughts of suicide while taking it. Additionally, you should be able to answer the following questions:

    Have you taken an MAOI drug (such as isocarboxacid) in the last 14 days?
    Are you taking another form of bupropion (such as Zyban)?
    Do you have epilepsy or another seizure disorder, as Zyban can cause seizures?
    Have you been diagnosed with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia or with bipolar disorder?
    Have you recently stopped using alcohol or sedatives (such as Valium)?  Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?Do you have problems with your heart, blood pressure, brain (such as a history of head injury), kidneys, or liver?

    If you answered ye to any of the above questions or are still nervous about taking Zyban, discuss your concerns with your doctor.
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    Yes. You may continue to smoke for one week after starting Zyban.
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    People who have epilepsy or another seizure disorder should not take Zyban (bupropion), as it can cause seizures. Zyban can make other mental illnesses worse, so you should not take it if you have been diagnosed with mental illnesses such as anorexia, bulimia, and bipolar disorder. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not take Zyban. You should also not take Zyban if you have heart, blood pressure, brain (such as a history of head injury), kidneys, or liver problems. Additionally, there are a number of medications that should not be taken with Zyban. If you have recently reduced your alcohol or sedative intake drastically or if you are currently a drinker, you should not take Zyban. People who have taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as isocarboxacid, in the last 14 days should not take Zyban. Do not take Zyban if you are taking another form of bupropion.
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    Whether a health insurance plan covers a particular medication depends on a number of factors. One key factor is whether the medication is FDA (Food and Drug Administration). In addition to FDA approval, insurance companies will consider research and best practice guidelines in making coverage decisions. Each plan is different, so it is best to check with your own plan to determine whether a medication is covered or not.

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    Mild side effects of Zyban (bupropion) may include: nausea or vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, weight loss, sweating, excitement or shaking of part of your body that you are unable to control. Potentially serious side effects should be reported to your doctor right away. They include: pain in your muscles joints, or chest; a fast, hard, or irregular heartbeat; fever; rash; blisters hives, or itching; abnormal swelling of the feet ankles, legs, hands, faces, throat, tongue, lips, or eyes; hoarseness; seizures; seeing or hearing things that are not there or irrational fears; difficulty breathing or swallowing; changes in behavior such as depression, agitation; thoughts of suicide; anxiety or panic attacks; abnormal level of excitement; restlessness; confusion; and extreme paranoia.
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    Seek immediate medical attention if you experience serious side effects while taking Wellbutrin XL (bupropion), including seizures, mood swings, increased heart rate or chest palpitations, eye pain, changes in vision or swelling or redness in the eye, or restlessness. Seek immediate medical attention if you have hallucinations, experience extreme anger, or begin to take dangerous risks.
    Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any possible signs of an allergic reaction to Wellbutrin XL, marked by facial swelling, hives, a rash, and difficulty breathing.
    Common, less serious side effects of Wellbutrin XL include gas, constipation, weight loss, diarrhea, nausea, anxiety, trouble sleeping, headaches, sore throats, fever, hot flashes, colds, dry mouth, dizziness, and urinary problems. Less common minor side effects include trouble eating, trouble remembering things, menstrual pain, stomach pain, ringing in the ears, sinus infection, shakes and jitters, a cough, odd dreams, muscle pain, high blood pressure, and feeling worried. Talk to your doctor if these side affects become bothersome.