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What is Zyban?

Zyban is a nicotine-free pill prescribed to help a patient stop smoking. It is prescription medicine available only from your healthcare professional for smokers 18 and older.

Zyban is also used to relieve symptoms of depression and to treat Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children.

Zyban is manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline and sold as Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR and Zyban SR. Zyban is also called bupropion hypochloride.

Zyban is often misspelled. A few of the most common misspellings for Zyban are : Ziban, Zieban, Zyben, Ziben, and Zybane.

How does Zyban Work?

Researchers believe that Zyban interacts with the brain's neurotransmitters to reduce craving and the effects of withdrawal from nicotine addiction. The active ingredient, bupropion, is a relatively weak inhibitor of the neuronal uptake of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Zyban can be combined with nicotine replacement therapy like patches or gum.

Who Should not take Zyban?

You should not take Zyban if:

  • are taking WELLBUTRIN® (bupropion HCl) Tablets or WELLBUTRIN SR® (bupropion HCl) Sustained-Release Tablets
  • are taking any other medicines that contain bupropion HCl
  • have or have had a seizure disorder (for example, epilepsy)
  • have or have had an eating disorder
  • are abruptly discontinuing use of alcohol or sedatives
  • are currently taking or have recently taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)
  • are allergic to bupropion HCl

Be sure to ask your healthcare professional whether Zyban is right for you.

What are the Side Effects of Zyban?

The most common side effects of Zyban are:

Emergency Side Effects

You should stop taking Zyban and contact your healthcare professional immediately if you have signs of an allergic reaction such as a rash, hives, or difficulty in breathing.

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