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A quick confession, I still smoke, I love and enjoy it thoroughly and it is of the many small pleasures in life which makes life so worth loving. However now I can not smoke for months, have cigarettes in the house, go out to a party and have a couple of smokes and then come back and go back to a smoke free lifestyle. Yet this wasn't always the case, smoking in the modern era can be a depressing experience, with wave after wave of indignant non-smokers and public health campaigns telling you that you are an addict but not to worry there is help.
So therefore following public wisdom, I agreed with everything and tried several different options, from e-cigarettes to patches to nicotine gum to carefully constructed weaning off programs, and I fell off the wagon each time. After one particular heavy session of smoking when I was again feeling that sense of despair that I was addicted to the same thing which I now hated, I realised that I had been approaching this entire thing the wrong way.
Instead of counting every hour you don't smoke as something to be cherished and celebrated and believing that even one smoke will ruin everything and putting all that pressure on yourself and tension in your life, relax. There are plenty of things which you are not addicted to but enjoy, alcohol, going out on the town, excessive shopping etc. you do it once in a while and then you forget about it, if you decide to cut it down or out for a while it doesn't effect your life in any way. When you apply it to smoking the result is that it far easier to get deal with any cravings you might have because rather than filling yourself with horror when you get a craving for smoking, you put it on the same level as alcohol, nights out, take away food and retail therapy, it is a normal reaction because it is something fun and enjoyable to do, but you've decided not at this moment. When you stop thinking about it as a struggle and just accept it for what it is, just another fun habit which shouldn't be indulged in to often, you'll find it a lot easier to quit and be able to enjoy it without that 'addict' feeling of the past.
Zyban, also know as Welbutrin, can be obtained from your doctor or local Stop Smoking Service as an aid to quit smoking.
Background - Zyban was orginally introduced as an anti-depressant, however during trials medics noticed that around a third of all smokers taking the drug suddenly lost the urge to smoke. Hence Zyban was then used as a "stop smoking" drug. It is still not known exactly how Zyban works, however it is thought that it blocks the receptors in your brain from receiving nicotine from the cigarettes you smoke.
Use - You will need an appointment with a health worker/doctor/stop smoking professional to obtain the drug. They advise that you attend stop smoking clinics before stating to use the drug, to ensure you are in the right frame of mind. You are asked to give a carbon monoxide reading on your first visit - mine was 12, which was a huge wake up call for me in itself, as it should be around 0-1. They also check your carbon monoxide reading on your visits back to the service whilst you are taking Zyban, as they do like to keep a close eye on you. If you havent quit within a reasonable amount of time after taking the drug, you will be taken off it. I was told that Zyban will only be prescribed to someone once in their lifetime due to it's huge cost to the Health Service, whether this is true for all areas of the Country, I am unsure. I think this is a huge incentive to really give it your best shot.
Taking Zyban - To begin, you are advised to take one tablet a day for six days, increasing to two tablets a day, eight hours apart, on the seventh day. You take Zyban whilst you are still smoking, and quit at a date you have decided on sometime in the second week. I would recommend that you don't take your second tablet after about 6pm, as it can make it difficult to sleep if taken after this. About three days after I had begun taking two tablets a day, when I had a cigarette I really noticed the foul taste of them, almost like your first cigarette all over again. It wasn't enough to stop me continuing to smoke until my quit date however, and I did get worried during the days leading up to my quit date, that this wasnt going to work for me.
Stopping Smoking - On the first day I quit, I felt terrified that the "wonder drug" just wasn't going to work for me, that I was somehow a different kind of smoker from all the others it had "cured". I smoked 20 a day, and had been smoking for nearly eight years, since I was in my early teens. I struggle to remember not smoking, which is a depressing and sad thought. I had tried to quit smoking numerous times before, using nicotine gum, patches, Alan Carr's book, and willpower. I had only gone days, sometimes even hours on previous attempts, so things didn't bode well for me. I usually got tearful, stressed, emotional, panicky, and a general nightmare to be around because all I could think about was smoking. I'd notice every person on TV with a cigarette, could smell someone smoking from a mile off, and would sooner or later find myself hunting through drawers for a stray cigarette, or even through the bin for those I had thrown earlier prior to my quitting attempt. So you can see why I didn't hold out much hope for Zyban. Yet my Zyban attempt couldnt have been further from any of my prior efforts.
The cravings were reduced, I felt relatively calm and relaxed, and the days not smoking seemed to pass quickly. Now don't get me wrong, I did have to use my willpower at times, but I had expected that. The main thing for me was that I didnt experience that mindless panic that I'd had on every previous attempt. The cravings did come, but they were more like a passing thought of a cigarette, which I felt easily equipped to put out of my mind.
Side Effects - Some of the possible side effects are listed as: insomnia (as mentioned, dont take Zyban after 6pm!), dizziness, anxiety, depression, dry mouth (I did notice this - make sure you have a bottle of water on you at ALL times!), fever, rash, and loss of appetite.
Whilst on Zyban - You are avoided to avoid or minimise your use of alcohol whilst on Zyban due to risk of seizures. You should expect to be on Zyban for around three months, so be prepared to go pretty much alcohol free for this time. I felt that this actually helped me in quitting, as alcohol can lead to reduced willpower, and also that "drink and a fag" state of mind. You can use NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) whilst on Zyban if you feel it is not enough on it's own, but make sure you check with your health professional before doing so. There has been some bad press about Zyban's side effects, which is why the Health Service will keep a close eye on you, with appointments every two weeks or so. You should ensure if you get any side effects that you are concerned about that you see someone straight away. People who are already on anti-depressants will probably be unable to take Zyban, as Zyban is also an anti-depressant itself.
Success - I quit for 3 and a half months on Zyban, so only a limited success. This was completely my own fault, I felt "cured", so decided to stop taking Zyban early, against my health advisor's advice. I was fed up of not drinking and really felt I had kicked it, but unfortunately within about a month, I ended up smoking on a night out after too many beverages. The next day I woke up with the awful craving for a cigarette again, and lasted two more days before I bought a pack of ten, promising myself I'd only have one and throw the pack away. The rest is history, and everything went downhill from there - I'm now back on 20 a day.
Although Zyban didn't work for me in the long run, this was completely my fault, and I really wanted to let others know about Zyban, as I think if taken properly, this really would work. IIf this review would help one person to quit then it would be worth it without a doubt.
Good luck to anyone thinking of trying Zyban, my advice is that you have nothing to lose, so go for it, and let me know how you get on! :-)
I've been smoking for 20 years. And now I want to give up. But it's not easy. I went to see a Stop Smoking Advisor and she went through a list of options on helping me to give up smoking. One of the options was to take Bupropion HCL (Zyban), which is in tablet form. She gave me a letter which I had to take to my Doctor to get the prescription.
The Advisor told me to keep smoking in the first week and to make a stop smoking date in the second week of taking the tablets.
There is an information leaflet inside the box with loads of information on it about the drug. This drug, I was told, was originally prescribed for depression. People were returning still depressed but had given up smoking! It says on the packet that Zyban is a non-nicotine treatment that along with motivational support helps you to give up smoking. It also says that Zyban is NOT a nicotine-replacement therapy. When you inhale nicotine it sends a signal to your brain. And what Zyban is supposed to do is stop that signal going to your brain, so the nicotine is just going down into your lungs. She said that you feel just like not wanting a cigarette.
There are a number of reasons why you shouldn't take Zyban which are explained in full on the leaflet, but here are a few so you know:-
~ If you have had an allergic reaction to Zyban, Bupropion or any of the ingredients listen in Zyban.
~ If you have ever suffered any form of epilepsy or have ever had a seizure.
~ Have ever had an eating disorder
~ Have severe cirrhosis of the liver
~ Are currently taking, or have taken in the last 14 day
There is extensive information on taking Zyban with other medicines and what to do if you take too many Zyban. It says that if you miss a dose, not to take a double-dose.
The tablets are round and can be easily swalled with a drink. I was told not to crush them up into a drink (some people do!).
The tablets are 150mg. The dosage is to take 1 tablet for the first 6 days, then to take 2 tablets a day from the 7th day onwards until you finish the course. I got a box of 60 tablets. They say to leave at least 8 hours between each dose. It says that you may experience difficulty in sleeping whlist taking Zyban (although I haven't!).
Side effects are:-
~ Sudden wheezing, tightness of chest or throat, or difficulty breathing
~ Swollen eyelids, face, lips, tongue or other part of the body
~ Skin rash or blistering of the skin, especially if widespread or if you also get a sore mouth or eyes
~ Pain in the muscles or joints
~ Collapse or blackout.
Not nice. If you get any of these side effects, then stop taking them immediately!
DID THEY WORK FOR ME?
As I said, take these tablets in the first week and set a quit date in the second week. Which I did do to be honest with you. But I just couldn't last the day without a smoke, which has annoyed me even more. I'm feeling right angry with myself at the moment 'cos I think I'm being so goddamn weak! That said, I don't find myself smoking quite as many in one day as I did, so I suppose they've done me a small favour. Not a great deal though.
Would I recommend these? Well, I'm not going to say no as it could work for you. They just don't work for everybody. If they don't work, then try something else.
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The tablets are made by Glaxo Wellcome SA, Aranda de Duero (Burgos), Spain.
Thanks for reading!
NOTE: This review is also written on Ciao under my username there LOUISE90.
I've tried this twice now, with a 6 year gap in between. I really wanted to stop smoking both times, but this form of therapy did nothing for me. I wanted to smoke More, rather than less, as did my father ( tried at the same time, had the same results, so i Guess it's genetic.)
This is a helpful aid for those who are able to take it, and are susceptible to it's effects. Unfortunately, I'm not one of you, and will have to fight this the hard way.
Good luck to you,
Hope you win your battle.
Ive tried the nrt gum, unfortunately began to like them as much as cigs and chewed it for 2 years. Patches - waste of time. Having smoked for 18 years and really wanting to give up I visited my GP who wanted to give me NRT until I told him about my previous attempts. After a full medical check he decided to prescrube Zyban. You start taking one 150mg tablet a day about a week to 11 days before giving up, moving up to two tablets a day when you give up. In the first week you very quickly become 'tired' of smoking. I wanted to give up smoking after the first day but followed the instructions. Its like drinking alcohol and not getting drunk!! No cravings in the first fornight after giving up, however you miss the 'habit' of smoking. I am into my second prescription and still off the cigs. Side effects ----- In the first week you feel 'chilled out', however in my second week when the dose doubled I suffered the following: Horrendous thirst, especially at night with a very dry throat. Sleep consists of about three hours a night - the rest of the time is spent drinking water!! Depression about 2-3 days after giving up smoking. The depression isnt just because you have given up. I felt distant and out of it and I knew it was the tablets. The side effects nearly made me give up but in the end put up with them because I really want to stay of the cigs and the tablets ARE working. I am worried if the Zyban may be hard to give up...............if anyone knows?
(You have to say the title in an Eastern European accent otherwise it doesn't work - think the Count from Seseme Street!) Hmmm? actually reading it aloud now goes to show that not only am I terrible at accents in real life I can't even write them down properly LOL Nicotine administered through a cigarette reaches your brain in 7 seconds, that's less time than if you were taking drugs intravenously - scary thought huh? I'm a non-smoker. (and feeling happy because of it) I actually thought it would never happen. I've tried everything - the gum; the inhalators; the patches; the Alan Carr book (not to be take orally!! ;o)) and nothing had worked. After a quick visit to my local nurse (and a lot of research I ended up with this medication) It's a fairly unique product for stopping smoking. For a start, it's not available over the counter only on prescription. And it's not NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) there is no nicotine in it. Originally it was used in the USA as an anti-depressant (under the name of Wellbutrin-SR / bupropion) trials of users found that smokers taking the drug lost the desire to smoke and stopped. Which is why it's marketed today as Zyban as an aid to giving up smoking. Now, I do hope that I can make this clear without rambling, but the best way to explain how this drug works is to compare it to the other methods of quitting. When you use NRT you quit then start the treatment. During the course you lower your nicotine input gradually. For example, if you were using patches, you would perhaps use patches with a strength of 15mg for the first 8 weeks then 4 weeks using the patches with 10mg then 4 weeks using the patches with 5mg. The point of this method (and any NRT) is to provide your body with the nicotine it desires so you can concentrate on breaking the physical habit of lighting up and to limit withdrawal symptoms. By using NRT rather than just smo
ki ng less gradually means that although you're getting nicotine you're not getting any of the other harmful things you'd get from cigarettes. Like benzine, carbon-monoxide, cyanide etc. Zyban is completely different to this. You start taking it just over a week before you actually give up. This gives your body a chance to start absorbing it so it starts working. For the first 6 days you take one tablet a day with a glass of water after that you progress to two tablets daily. Zyban works by inhibiting the neuronal uptake of norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. In layman's terms, you smoke a cigarette; you get the horrid taste, the horrid smell, everything but the fun bit - no 'hit' from the nicotine. It takes away the enjoyment and highlights the worst things about it - the things you forget when you're a smoker! I'd actually liken it to viewing smoking through the eyes of a child instead of the eyes of a smoker. A very strange experience all things said. When you taste a cigarette and remember that's what they tasted like when you started smoking you really do wonder how you could have been so foolish as to start! I also found that with this drug the cravings/desires for a cigarette were significantly fewer and further between than when I gave up by other methods. A standard course of these tablets will be 7 - 9 weeks. This will more than likely be given to you in two sets of 60 tablets. Your doctor can take you off of the course if you are taking the medication and have not given up. Also by splitting the prescription, you get to have an update with your doctor/nurse and chat about your progress. I really like Zyban and it's working amazingly well for me. For me this was the right choice of aid. However, although I make it sound like some sort of miracle drug let me alert you to some of the downsides. As with every silver-lining.... When I first star
ted taking my course of treatment I happened to fall ill at the same time. I was coughing, vomiting and then developed a cold. I found I was feeling nauseous all the time. I felt seasick! Now I cannot say for certain that this was either the drugs or the fact that I was ill, but I felt dizzy for several days. I couldn't stomach any food at all and I certainly couldn't safely drive or even go to the gym. Of course, as with most drugs, taking them on an empty stomach was never the smartest of things to do but there is no warning of this in the enclosed leaflet. I felt distant and a little ditzy. Now joking aside I felt like a dumbass for a while?yes, more so than usual. (This particular side effect is one of the more rare ones it's called Depersonalisation. It can be associated with or lead to drug-induced hallucinations. Seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting things that aren't there) Thankfully for me, it wasn't that extreme. If any of you remember the episode of the Simpsons that was based on the X-Files, you may remember Mr Burns behaving quite strangely after his longevity treatments. That was me for about a week! The other side effect I suffered from was insomnia. For about two weeks I got little more than 2/3 hours a night sleep. When I did sleep my dreams were so vivid they'd wake me up. This however has stopped. You have to take your tablets at least 8 hours apart and if possible not too close to bedtime (assuming that you want sleep) this means getting up early and remembering that you have to take your pills. I find that if I leave mine by the kettle there's no chance of me forgetting them. If you do forget your first-thing dose, my recommendation as a user of these is to take your tablet as soon as you remember and omit the second tablet of the day. Remember from the beginning, this drug is going to be in your system constantly throughout the course of your programme so it won't do you any harm at
all missing a single dose. It's particularly important that if you miss your dose you don't take a double dose. This is more likely to bring on a seizure because of the nature of the drug. There is a programme called 'Right Time' which is basically a website designed for users of this product to track their progress and to learn and understand what's happening to them while giving up. There's also a helpline 1pm - 9pm every day to aid you with your giving up questions and questions about the drug. I personally haven't found either of these services especially helpful. The website is OK, there is an online diary available so you can keep track of if you've taken your pills or not but that's the most helpful thing there. As with every drug, there's a bundle of possible side effects and lists of reasons you shouldn't take the drug. I know it's a bit dull if I list them all so I'll leave you a URL at the end so you can look directly at the literature produced by GlaxoWellcome (the producing company) this also alleviates any discrepancies I may make in repeating the information. (And saves my fingers from the extra typing!) I've been lucky as Zyban's worked for me however it doesn't work for everyone. It isn't suitable for all and sundry and some individuals may be more tolerant of its effects than others. As it's only available on prescription you'll need to speak with your GP before taking the drug anyway, but please be sure to do your own research before visiting your GP on the different methods of smoking cessation aids. You may find that there's another more preferable or suitable method for yourself. http://search.gsk.com/cgi-bin/RS.cgi There's a whole library of information here about Zyban/Wellbutrin/Bupropion. Take a look, do a little research and see what you thin k. You may find out from this site that you&
#39;re not a suitable candidate for the drug, but if you think you are and want to give up smoking then I'd urge you to have a chat with your nurse. Make sure you say you're booking an appointment to talk about quitting smoking, as the appointments are slightly longer as there's lots of information to be got! What you mustn't forget though at the end of it all you must want to stop smoking. You must understand that it may be difficult and you must have reasons to stop and goals you wish to achieve. More information on quitting smoking (and support) can also be found at the following websites. Congratulations on even contemplating giving up. It's hard, but it's well worth it. This isn't a miracle cure, you really have to want to give up to make any method work, I hope that if you do try this it's as helpful to you as it is to me. I wish you all the luck in the world in your quit! www.quitnet.org/ www.givingupsmoking.co.uk http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/intro.htm http://www.quitting-smoking.net/ (The price is the price it has cost me for two prescriptions for the course of tablets)
"It won't work for me," I thought. "It's different for other people, they smoke because they're addicted. I just smoke because I'm bored. And no quit-smoking drug can cure that". Zyban, also marketed as Wellbutrin, is a drug manufactured by company GlaxoSmithKline. It was originally intended as an anti-depressant, but in its trials it was discovered that Zyban significantly reduced the subjects' cravings for cigarettes. I first heard of Zyban when I picked up a leaflet in my doctor's surgery. "30% of trial subjects using Zyban were still non-smokers a year later," it boasted. It sounded a bit too good to be true. But what really attracted me to Zyban was the fact that it was completely nicotine free. Therefore, unlike patches and chewing gum which I had tried countless times before, this time I could try quitting smoking and ridding my body of nicotine at the same time. My fiancee was as anxious as me to quit smoking so we set a date - January 1st. A new start to 2003. We both paid a visit to our doctors. After a general briefing of side-effects, the doctor begrudgingly agreed. We did not actually get the Zyban until new year's eve although you are supposed to begin taking the drug around two weeks before you intend to give up in order to give it time to regulate itself inside your system. However, the doctor told us this presented no extra danger so we kept to our original quit-date of new year's day. Being as it was our last day as smokers, we made a concerted effort to smoke ourselves stupid. That we did. The big day came. Still hungover from the night before, coughing perhaps a little more than usual, we had little desire for a cigarette anyway. Much of the day passed unnoticed and the word "fag" hardly got a mention. The next day things were slightly more difficult, but, surprisingly to both of us, any cravings we did get were small and
short-lived. The Zyban was certainly taking its effect, both of us feeling at all times as if we had smoked a cigarette just five minutes before. The next day was work day. I was dreading it. Working in a office full of smokers, I was anticipating much stronger cravings. I was more than pleasantly surprised to find things no more difficult than they had been the day before, in fact I had no problem in watching my colleagues smoke their way through stupid amounts of money. Things didn't really get any more difficult after that. Holding a coffee/beer in one hand without a cigarette in the other was at first a little challenging but after a while became second nature. Now, almost three months later, me and my fiancee are still avid non-smokers. The money we save between us pays the main part of our rent. Inspired by our success my brother has also since given up with the aid of Zyban. Side effects There are, however, many side-effects to Zyban. These include nausea, insomnia, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches and depression (ironic seeing as the drug was once used as an anti-depressant) to name a few. In rare cases it has also been linked to several deaths, including 19 across Canada where the drug was first introduced. Zyban also caused us both nightmares, so much so we actually decided to stop taking the drug prematurely after just two weeks of the recommended seven-twelve weeks. By this time, however, we both felt confident we could remain non-smokers without the help of Zyban. Overall Balancing the rewards of being a non-smoker with the side-effects of taking Zyban, I would definitely recommend it as a last resort to giving up smoking. To anyone intending to use the drug, my suggestion would be to research the side-effects first. Although my doctor did read through a list of possible side-effects, there was no mention of possibly-related deaths nor of how common these effects ac
tuall y were. My advice: If you are serious about giving up and have tried the other, safer methods and failed, ask your doctor for Zyban. Just be aware that little is known about any long-term effects. Always consult your doctor before you take this, or any medicine.
The Bottom Line: Don't start smoking in the first place. If you do - like I did - then this could be your best way out. This is a review - aimed, mainly at the UK market - on the anti-smoking drug, Zyban. I couldn't find anywhere else on the site to place this, and here seemed as good a place as any. There are clearly many people for whom this drug has worked. Mine, however, is not a success story. OK - so I smoke. It's not clever and I find it difficult to stop. I've tried patches, I've tried gum, and I've tried Zyban. I have the added incentive that, at 37 years old, I am rapidly approaching the age at which my father (who had a similar smoking habit to me) died. He was 43, and I was 4. I ought to give up - and give up now. Weak-willed person that I clearly am, I find it too difficult. The problem is that I just enjoy smoking far too much for my own good. That said, this is not a sob-story; it's a review of Zyban, so let's cut straight to it. Giving up smoking with Zyban involves several stages. First - and most important - is to decide that you want to quit. Most anti-smoking treatments can be bought over-the-counter at your local pharmacy or supermarket. Zyban involves a trip to your friendly GP and, in this wonderful world where financial budgets are more important than the health of the nation, you'll need a convincing argument. Zyban is not a cheap drug (it won't cost you more than a standard prescription charge, but it will cost your local practice quite a bit out of their budget) and you'll need to convince your doctor that you mean business. And quite rightly. I repeat - you must KNOW that you want to give up. I imagine it's easy to give up when you NEED to (and I am sure you know what I mean by that), but actually really WANTING to is a different matter. Excuse me, whilst I light a cigarette. Hmmm! That's better! Do you smoke after sex, by the w
ay? Personally, I've never looked. Anyway - back to the review.... Back again! Secondly, you need to pay your doctor a visit. This drug does have side-effects, so make sure that it's right for you. Then, armed with a prescription, it's off to the pharmacist. I found this the most difficult part. I had to justify why I needed the wonder drug and convince her that I was set on my target. The information about my father's young death had her writing out the prescription with incredible speed. Given how I eventually failed, this is worrying. Will I EVER get to become an Epinions advisor before I die? I doubt it, somehow! Thirdly, obviously, you start taking the drug. You smoke for the first 5 days or so, gradually reducing your disgusting habit, and then (apparently) lose the desire completely. The prescription lasts a month - by which time you are either "cured" or need to go back to the doctor for the second - and final - chance. I was too embarrassed to return, to be honest. I'd cut down from 40 per day to 20 before approaching her in the first place. Zyban comfortably got me down to 3 per day - a real achievement, and yet a real failure. I was so near - and yet clearly so far. I'm back on a disturbingly high tobacco intake and really need to try again, if I can pluck up the courage. Clearly, it works for many people - I was just too weak willed. So - what is the worst thing about Zyban? I'll tell you. A friend of mine is - or was - an important part of the Zyban sales team. Before even approaching the doctor, I knew a lot about it. I knew that it attacked addiction without being a nicotine replacement. I also knew that if this did NOT work, then it was unlikely that anything else would. I'm left with the feeling that I have a life sentence. Or, more correctly, a death sentence. Conclusions? Well, I have two. Firstly, if you're a smoker, try it. It could well work - but ma
ke sure you have the will-power to make it work. Secondly - if you're a young person, dabbling with tobacco, then PLEASE give up while you can. No nagging, no moralising, here - just take it from me that, as you come to terms with your own feeble mortality, you'll rue the day you ever started. End of lecture! All the best - and good luck - I sincerely hope that this product works for you if you need it. I hope, even more sincerely, that you won't voluntarily bring a need for this product upon yourself. Andrew
Zyban was originally trialed as an antidepressant, during the trial it was discovered that a statistically significant proportion of users stopped smoking. Like all antidepressants zyban takes a couple of weeks to start working, this is in order to build up a sufficient level of the drug within the body. I started taking zyban for smoking last summer when it was much hyped by the media. As a nurse I really should have done my research better but I was so desperate to give up that I jumped at the chance of a quick fix cure for nicotine addiction. I lasted maybe four or five days on the zyban, I hadn't even reached the date on which I was due to give up the cigarettes. I found myself highly agitated and unable to sleep and subsequently extremely depressed, crying all the time, even in public. I was totally unable to control the overwhelming feelings of despair that I suffered. I was also extremely nauseated. Needless to say I stopped taking the zyban and recovered almost immediately although I was still a little "delicate" several days after stopping the drug. I gave up smoking anyway and experienced very little in the way of withdrawal symptoms despite having once been a 40 a day smoker. Everyone dreams of fast, easy solutions to life's problems but is it always really a good thing? Giving up smoking is not easy, perhaps that helps prevent ex smokers from going back on the fags, those who quit for more than six months certainly have a good chance of staying nicotine free for life. If zyban really were the solution it promises to be smokers could be smokers one day, give up the next and start again if they fancied, knowing they could quit whenever they wanted. Zyban is still a relatively new drug and some people do find it effective in helping them to stop smoking. It does however have side effects, like the ones I experienced. I would certainly advise people who are prone to depression or who have a history of mental illness
to avoid taking it at all costs. As for other people, I would advise them to think very carefully before taking a relatively new drug which acts directly on the brain.
I recently was taking Zyban to give up smoking. I've been smoking for about 10 years now and average 10 to 15 a day. As part of the package with my health authority you also have to go for 'counselling' or 'cessation sessions' with a group of other Zyban takers. This part was really helpful as anyone who has taken this drug knows that there are side effects. They vary between individuals, although there do seem to be some common ones, and the ferocity of the side effects also varied. After about a week or so a rash began to appear and not long after my psorasis was the worst it has been in the 25 years I have had it. It spread so quickly it was hard to keep up with it and became dry, itchy and incredibly sore within another week. I was forced to stop taking the Zyban after about 2 1/2 weeks as I could no longer stand the sleeplessness, nightmares, mood swings and my skin as I couldn't function and was having to take time off work it was so bad. I didn't manage to stop smoking at the end of the day, but I am going to try again, just using sheer willpower this time. On the flip side, the others in my group who were taking have been fairly successful and have managed to stop. You do need willpower in addition to Zyban, there's no denying that, but the side effects were too great for me and I had to stop taking it. To be honest, smoking was the only pleasure for me during those two difficult weeks! There are a long list of side effects that you will read about when you read the information in your packets. I have been to the doctor to report how it affected my psorasis, and apparently in Aberdeen alone there have been 4 people hospitalised because it has triggered such a bad attack. He only discovered this though when he phoned the hosptial to speak to the skin specialist. He intially found it difficult to believe that the attack had been triggered by the Zyban as it wasn't listed in the known s
ide effects... This sounds like a scare story, but it's more to inform people of potential problems that aren't currently listed or known about with Zyban. It is a new drug and it is teething problems. There was another lady in my group who also had psorasis, and although it inflamed it (which seems inescapable) she did have the problems I did. Luckily my skin was virtually clear when I started taking it, otherwise things could have been worse than they were. It does work for some people so don't give up hope of quitting, it's just not for everyone and people need more information to make the decision to take it.
Zyban This new drug has helped people to give up smoking and it does work if you have the determination to go with it. Four members of my family have tried it and three of them have quit, the fourth unfortunately didn’t feel too well on the drug. There is talk now about people dying and having fits etc, but I think overall this drug has helped a lot of people to stop smoking. How many people die of heart disease and lung cancer a year in our country from smoking. Maybe there is a small risk to some people taking Zyban but the good that the drug is doing surely out ways this.
Zyban the revolutionary drug to help you stop smoking is it safe to use? I went to my doctor nine months ago and asked to be put on the drug. He didn’t give me a blood pressure check or listen to my heart beat he just told me to see the practice nurse and she would put me on the programme. She was in a rush, apparently everyone wanted to try it so she just gave me a prescription and a leaflet telling me all about the side effects of the drug and told me to come back in four weeks. It was that easy. I have heard that you are supposed to have counselling while taking this drug but I wasn’t offered any. That didn’t deter me though I was very keen to stop smoking so I followed the instructions to the letter. I took one tablet a day for a week then stepped it up to two tablets. On the eighth day I stopped smoking it was hard but I stuck with it. The drug from day one made me very thirsty to the point of drinking down two pints of water at a time to quench my thirst. I started to have violent headaches and felt as if I was in cloud cuckoo land, my concentration was terrible. I put this down to lack of nicotine at first but about day ten I felt really ill. I laid on the sofa and couldn’t stop shivering it was like having a fit, that is the only way to describe it really. It frightened me to be quite honest and so I stopped taking the drug. I tried patches a few weeks later and succeeded that way. I have been hearing quite a few tales about the side effects of this drug lately, not just the reports in the media but from people that I know. A young chap I work with was on Zyban and after a week he started to swell up his mouth was burning and even drinking water seemed to burn his throat. His hands and feet were like balloons. He was rushed to casualty and at first they put it down to an allergy from something that he had eaten, but after tests they said it was Zyban causing a reac
tion. He was poorly for over a month. Yesterday I was talking to a friend and she had had the same symptoms from the drug. It makes me wonder how safe Zyban really is, a very powerful drug, and it must stay in your system for a long time. Maybe it is having an adverse effect on some people because they have a different drug in their system still. Could it be possible that having a course of antibiotics three months before could react with the Zyban? I was taking HRT treatment whilst on Zyban but I was told that it was quite safe. Maybe the manufacturers at GlaxoWellcome need to do further studies before people are prescribed this drug.
There is no easy way to stop smoking but Zyban is a very powerful drug and it does help. The thing is that you have to want to stop smoking for your own reasons. I stopped smoking nine months ago so I do feel qualified to write about how it CAN be done if you want it badly enough. You can only get these tablets on prescription from your GP and you will have to see a 'stop smoking' counsellor first. This isn't half as bad as it sounds. The counsellor is there to make sure that you have the determination to succeed and to help you monitor your progress. I found my weekly sessions with my counsellor very helpful even though I didn't like the idea at first. She was very good at encouraging me and offering words of praise. (That helps a lot when you are struggling.) Every person who uses this treatment will react slightly differently. Some people suffer from side effects like insomnia, dry mouth, dizziness, etc, but you have to weigh this against the side effects of smoking. If you are going to give up at the first sign of discomfort, then perhaps you aren't ready to stop yet. This is how it worked for me: DAYS 1 TO 7: Continued smoking about 30 per day. You have to do this so that the medication can start to work. Apparently it encourages the brain to form a link between the nicotene and the medication that tells your brain that it doesn't want you to smoke. (That's an over simplification but I think that's the gist of it.) By the 5th day I was making myself smoke. I didn't really want to do it all the time. My sense of smell was very odd. An apple actually had such a strong smell that I couldn't eat it. I could smell cottage cheese in my fridge, through the plastic carton. (Just telling you this so that you don't get alarmed if it happens to you.) DAY 8: I stopped smoking DAY 9: Easier than I thought. This is so easy, I thought. DAYS 10 TO 12: Awful. I thought I
would die without a cigarette. Headache, dizziness, shaking, stomach pain....real cold turkey symptoms! I wish I had never told anybody that I was stopping. All I wanted to do was smoke and life didn't seem worth living if I had to spend it without a smoke. Only a smoker could possibly understand this feeling. I didn't go and buy any though. If I can just hold on, it will get easier I thought, in between the 'I can't live without a smoke' bits. DAYS 13 TO 15: Felt really great because I had got this far. Still wanted to smoke but the feeling wasn't lasting long. I eventually realised that I could live without a cigarette. I had gone for two weeks without one and I was still in one piece. STARTED COUNTING IN WEEKS, NOT DAYS. THEN IN MONTHS. Month Six: I'd saved enough money from my cigarettes to be able to go on holiday to Cyprus and treat myself in the sunshine. It hasn't been plain sailing as I still have the desire to pick up a cigarette and smoke but I know that I don't need the nicotene in my body anymore. I can breath. I am much richer in health and wealthier. The urges to smoke are getting further apart and I have had problems with coughing and nose bleeds but these are both quite natural reactions. My sinuses and lungs are clearing themselves. It's nine months now since I stopped and I still congratulate myself. I still save the money and reward myself but I'm careful not to get complacent. Just when I think its gone for good that old urge is still likely to pop up and tempt me again. This is all thanks to Zyban and a good pinch of willpower. Try it before you listen to those who say it doesn't work. These pills cost the NHS £90 a box so they must be good. We all know how they hate to spend money!
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