What is zyban (Bu Pro Pion)?
Bupropion is an antidepressant medication used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. Zyban brand of bupropion is used to help people stop smoking by reducing craving and other withdrawal effects.
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It may also be used for purpose not listed in this medication guide. It is used in a population of patients who are put at risk because of smoking and, therefore, reports of death of patients receiving zyban are to be expected.
Most important information about zyban (bupropion):
- Do not use bupropion if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur.
- You should not take bupropion if you have seizures, an eating disorder, or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, seizure medication, or sedatives. If you take Wellbutrin for depression, do not also take Zyban to quit smoking.
- Bupropion may cause seizures, especially in people with certain medical conditions or when using certain drugs.
- Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using bupropion such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Zyban side effects:
- The most common side effects associated with the use of zyban are dry mouth and insomnia.
- These side effects are associated are reported to be generally mild, and often disappear after a few weeks.
- It is use of Zyban is also associated with a dose-dependent risk of seizure. Higher than recommended doses should not be prescribed.
- Zyban should not be used in patients with a seizure disorder who have a history, or are currently diagnosed with bulimia or anorexia nervosa.
- Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children and adolescents with depression and other psychiatric disorders.
- Anyone considering the use of bupropion or any other antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior.
Precaution and warning :
- Use and Warning sections.Before taking bupropion, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
- This medication should not be used if you are suddenly stopping regular use of sedatives or alcohol. Doing so may increase your risk of seizures. Large amounts of alcohol may also increase your risk of seizures and dizziness.
- Keep all medical appointments so your doctor can monitor your progress closely and adjust or change your medication if needed.This drug may make you dizzy or affect your coordination. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid or limit alcoholic beverages.