If you’ve been smoking for quite some time now, a few years or months maybe, but cannot seem to succeed in quitting because of the physical and mental effects of being without nicotine (nicotine withdrawal), the prescription drugs Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban) may be for you.
Why Chantix and Zyban are for you?
- Chantix and Zyban were found to be more effective than nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) for smoking cessation
- They can be used a week (for Varenicline) or two (Bupropion) before your quit date
- These drugs reduces symptoms of nicotine
- These drugs DO NOT contain nicotine unlike NRTs which contain nicotine and may be addictive
Who cannot take Chantix and Zyban?
Chantix and Zyban may not be for you if :
– You’ve had seizures (it can cause or worsen seizures)
– You are a heavy alcohol drinker
– You’ve had a serious head injury
– You are bipolar
– You are suffering from anorexia or bulimia
How does Chantix and Zyban work?
Varenicline (Chantix®) help people stop smoking by interfering with nicotine receptors in the brain. This means it has 2 effects: it lessens the pleasurable effects a person gets from smoking, and it reduces the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
Bupropion (Zyban® or Wellbutrin®) is a prescription anti-depressant in an extended release form that reduces symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. This drug acts on chemicals in the brain that are related to nicotine craving.
What should I expect if I take Chantix or Zyban?
Possible side effects of bupropion (Zyban) include:
- dry mouth
- trouble sleeping
- appetite changes
- depression (rare)
Possible side effects of varenicline (Chantix) include:
- unusual dreams
- flatulence (gas)
- changes in taste
- depressed mood (rare)
- changes in behavior (rare)
Although some people may experience side effects when they take these prescription medication, most people tolerate it well.Talk with your doctor if you experience any of the side effects.