Brand name: Zyban
Generic name: Bupropion
Zyban is an anti-smoking medication that helps smokers to give up smoking. It can also be used for other indications as decided by the doctor.
Zyban usage procedure:
While the exact dosing instructions are mentioned on the label, you should following the directions of use as decided by your doctor.
Since to achieve a steady level of bupropion in the blood, it requires about 1 week of use of Zyban, therapy should begin while the patient is still smoking.
It is necessary to set a target date for quitting within 2 weeks of therapy with Zyban, preferably during the 2nd week.
Zyban therapy should continue for 7 to 12 weeks. In case the treatment needs to be prolonged, it should be weighed against the risks and benefits relevant to the patient.
Zyban should be taken at the rate of 150 mg twice per day and the maximum dose recommended for this drug is 300 mg per day. For the first 3 days, take 150 mg per day which can be followed by an increase in dosage up to 300 mg per day. You should not take more than 300 mg per day of this drug (See Warnings).
Zyban should be administered orally with or without food.
Take Zyban in whole without breaking, chewing or gulping down.
It may require several weeks before any signs of improvement are visible. However, do not stop taking Zyban without getting a prior approval from your doctor.
To decrease the chances of seizures, take Zyban at fixed times every day, with a interval of 8 hours between two doses, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Improvements in the condition starts to show in about a week after starting Zyban. Begin therapy while you are still smoking. The date of quitting should be decided by you in conjunction with your doctor during the 2nd week of therapy.
If you still cannot stop smoking after 12 weeks of therapy, talk to your doctor.
If there are no signs of improvement in your need for smoking, talk to your doctor regarding the reasons for your failure?
Once the reasons have been found, you should try to stop smoking once more.
Zyban therapy should continue even when you are feeling good. Continue taking the medicine regularly.
Drug category and mode of action for Zyban
Disorders related to depression and seasonal affective disorders are the main areas where Zyban is used. At least one brand of Zyban is used to help people give up smoking by controlling the cravings as well as withdrawal symptoms.
What to do in case of missed dose
Ignore the missed dose, in case you have forgotten to take Zyban. Continue with your regular medication. Never take two doses at the same time.
How to store the drug:
The right temperature for storing Zyban is 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). You can keep this drug on a temporarily between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C).
Do not keep Zyban close to heat, moisture and light. Keeping it in the bathroom is not advisable. Keep it out of reach of children and pets
Zyban anti-smoking medication that helps smokers to give up smoking.