Zyban
DESCRIPTION

This medication is used alongside quit-smoking programs such as support groups and counseling. Consuming this medication will help you to let go of smoking.

How it works

Zyban belongs to a group of medications known as antidepressants. It is not known how exactly this antidepressant is useful in quitting the habit of smoking.

However, it is suspected that this medication works by restoring the chemical imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain.

Uses

The medication is mainly used in stop-smoking programs to help smokers. However, the medication is also useful in treating a number of mood disorders such as depression and ADHD. The medication is used to prevent seasonal affective disorder and is useful in treating bipolar disorder when combined with other mood stabilizers.

Dosage

This drug is generally taken twice a day, by mouth, with or without food. If you experience stomach upset, it is best to take the medication with food. Your doses must be at least 8 hours apart in order to reduce the risk of seizures. If you are experiencing trouble sleeping at the beginning of the treatment period, make sure that your evening dose is not too close to bedtime.

When consuming this medication, make sure that you do not crush or chew it. Doing so can increase the entire drug at once in your mouth. This can make you more vulnerable to the side effects. Your dosage will be determined by a physician according to your condition and response to the medication. Do not attempt to increase or decrease the drug on your own. You must not consume more than 150mg of Zyban in a single dose. It is not recommended to consume more than 300mg of this medication within a day.

In order for this medication to work, you must definitely combine it with a stop-smoking program. Therefore, do not miss your counseling sessions and visit your support group regularly.

Side effects

The following are some side effects which you may or may not experience during the treatment period.

Dry mouth
Trouble sleeping
Strange taste in mouth
Nausea
Drowsiness
Diarrhea
Fatigue
Constipation
Blurred vision
Increased sweating
Stomach pain

These side effects generally disappear within a day or two. However, if they persist, make sure to inform your physician immediately.

Precautions

If you wish to avoid the above unpleasant side effects, make sure to adhere to the precautionary methods listed below.

Make sure that you are not allergic to this medication or any of its ingredients.
Do not consume this medication if you need to stop the regular use of sedatives. This could lead to seizures.
This medication can make you feel drowsy or dizzy. Therefore, do not drive or operate machinery after taking your dose.
Be careful when giving Zyban to senior citizens since they are more susceptible to certain side effects of the medication.

Self-care

If you are planning to consume this medication during the period of pregnancy, follow the prescription provided by your physician. Zyban must only be consumed when it is needed.

This drug not only passes onto your infant via breast milk, but it can have undesirable effects on your baby’s health too. So, make sure to speak with your physician if you are planning to nurse your child during the treatment period.

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