Smokers - Zyban
Old 09-23-2009, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i've read plenty of reviews about the side effects that you can receive while on zyban, just curious if anyone has actually tried it. not overly fond about taking a drug to quit, but i'm going to the doctors on friday for advice and a possible prescription.

anyone taken it, or known anyone who has?
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, I have and I was successful in quitting.

I had no side effects and I thought it helped me, but whether it was a placebo effect or not I don't know. You're supposed to start taking it before you quit, but I quit the day I started taking it. I did eventually start smoking again about two years later and have since quit twice since cold turkey.

It is an anti-depressant, so compared to quitting cold turkey, I guess it lessened the severity of the mood swings you get and made the cravings a little bit more bearable.

I also had a friend who took it and he became a complete zombie and actually had to go off of it.

They also sell herbal kits at health food stores that I've tried that you may want to look into if you decide not to go with zyban.

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Yes, I have and I was successful in quitting.

I had no side effects and I thought it helped me, but whether it was a placebo effect or not I don't know. You're supposed to start taking it before you quit, but I quit the day I started taking it. I did eventually start smoking again about two years later and have since quit twice since cold turkey.

It is an anti-depressant, so compared to quitting cold turkey, I guess it lessened the severity of the mood swings you get and made the cravings a little bit more bearable.

I also had a friend who took it and he became a complete zombie and actually had to go off of it.
They also sell herbal kits at health food stores that I've tried that you may want to look into if you decide not to go with zyban.
That's why I'd stay away.

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Well, to be fair he's also a raging alcoholic, so I'm sure the copious amounts of booze didn't help.
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True, true.

Those anti-depressants do sometimes have serious side effects, like increased suicidal thoughts or suicidal thoughts where they didn't exist before. They always say it's almost exclusively in people under 25 though, and I've never understood why that is.

Last time I quit, I was so cranky, M forced me to start again. Where's the anti-cranky pill?
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Still struggling to quit eh Funk?

Thank god that was one nasty habit I never picked up. *phew*
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Look at it this way. It's a little nutty to suggest that you don't want to take a drug in the short-term in order to quit taking an extremely harmful drug that you will otherwise be terribly addicted to long-term until it almost inevitably kills you.

I've heard that it improves the success rate in terms of not going back to tobacky by a substantial amount that I can't remember right off, but it was impressive.
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i've read plenty of reviews about the side effects that you can receive while on zyban, just curious if anyone has actually tried it. not overly fond about taking a drug to quit, but i'm going to the doctors on friday for advice and a possible prescription.

anyone taken it, or known anyone who has?
Just wanted to wish you good luck on whatever you do to try and quit. I respect that a lot and I really hope that you can do it!

I know you can if you try buddy
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