How effective is bupropion for the cessation of smoking?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Studies show bupropion is as effective as nortriptyline or nicotine replacement therapy, but not as effective as varenicline. Bupropion will keep weight gain down, but only for as long as you're taking it.

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Bupropion is more effective than placebo at aiding in smoking cessation, according to several studies. It has been shown to be effective when used by a number of different population groups.

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