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If you've used Zyban, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.


Subj: Alarmingly agitated and moody
Date: 3/22/2006
My wife is in her 4th week of treatment now. She is alarmingly agitated and moody. She is verbally abusive and irrational and all of the above is 100% worse after a tot or two of alcohol! Is this normal, and how should I treat this please? Our GP suggested to ignore for the duration of the treatment which is another few weeks I believe. The big plus point however, she stopped smoking! Thanks to you. Regards,
Johan - South Africa

AskDocWeb: You need to be as patient as possible for both of your sakes. As bad as it is for you, it is worse for her because she is likely to feel responsible for behavior caused by this drug.


Subj: Feel slightly drunk
Date: 3/23/2006
On the 4th day of zyban, now feel slightly drunk, a few aches and pains but may not be down to zyban. Cigs taste slightly different but still nice hoping they will soon start to taste weird. Don't like taking zyban to possible side effects but better than the side effects of smoking
Joe


Subj: Side effects from Zyban
Date: 4/2/2006
I've had several side effects from Zyban. I tried this drug on 2 different occasions. The first time was on Zyban for 3-4 weeks and I got hives/welts that were severely itchy and weepy behind my thighs. I have some dermatitis from time to time in my life, but nothing like this. The second time, I was on Zyban for 2 weeks and got the same rash as well as severe, debilitating knee pains that felt like I had been hit by bricks. I also had some sensations that felt like needle pains. I also had general muscle stiffness, eps in my legs and als my arms. At that point I discontinued use. The doctor that was overseeing the Zyban prescription did not know anything about joint/muscle pains although if u look up the side effects, it's clearly stated. Its been 3 months since I've stopped Zyban, and my knees/leg muscles still get sore after long walks or bike rides and has not returned to normal. On the positive side, I've been smoke free for 3 months and intend to stay that way. The suffering that I went through is not worth repeating.
Skeptic

Subj: Want to get pregnant
Date: 4/4/2006
I was wondering if anyone knows how long after taking Zyban one can get pregnant safely with no side effects??
Sacha

AskDocWeb: To be safe, we would wait one month.


Subj: Chronic mucus
Date: 4/18/2006
i am suffering from chronic mucus dripping in my mouth 24 hrs a day please help if possible.
B.

AskDocWeb: If this is due to allergies then allergy tablets may help. If not, talk to an allergist about this problem.


Subj: Zyban Recommended
Date: 4/26/2006
This is the 3rd time I have taken zyban, I think its the most wonderful thing invented. 1st time I was on 80 fags a day and I stopped after about 8 days (stopped for just over 4 months). 2nd time never really tried so gave up taking it. back on it now so 3rd time lucky?

The side affects are nothing a bit of insomnia and urine was a funny color and smelt for a couple of days, but the best one was it worked a bit like viagra with me. Can recommend it to anyone but get advice from doctor first, so will keep you informed of how I'm doing.
Farren

AskDocWeb: Good news is great, congratulations on your quitting smoking.


Subj: No side effects
Date: 5/15/2006
I have tried zyaban before and gave up for 4 months and had no desire to smoke. but I cracked and started smoking again I'm trying zyaban for the second time now. I have been on my course for a week now and have had no side effects. I would recommend that people try it as I have tried other NRT and none have worked.
David


Subj: Zyban success story
Date: 5/30/2006
Give it a go, I did...I am 34 years old; I was a smoker for 23 years and have never stopped smoking since. After 7 days on Zyban I quit. I couldn't believe how easy it was to stop. I absolutely had no problem quitting, no nausea, and no sickness no staying awake. The first 3 days I experience the odd nightmare & constant hunger pains which I saw to rite away as I was only 63kg. It is now 1 year and I have never looked back. I am now 74 kg and loving every moment of it I have also saved myself approximately $3600 by quitting. I have now paid my credit card off and parched a new Home gym set. If you are thinking of taking Zyban, Don't forget as hard as you try to stop smoking, if you aren't ready to stop you wont. Don't be discouraged by the side effects With Zyban I don't miss smoking at all. It's truth. Give it a try!
Azam..

AskDocWeb: Congratulations and hats off to you! Great Job!


Subj: Zyban side effects
Date: 6/20/2006
Started taking Zyban 8 days ago to finally put an end to this terrible addiction of smoking. I was really excited to think I could finally quit and the nicotine withdrawal would be significantly less. The problem, and it has become a major one, is that I CANNOT sleep. I take my second pill at 3:30 in the afternoon and I typically do not go to bed until 11:00. I feel wired and when I finally do fall asleep I have the most vivid and disturbing dreams. I can only sleep 3 to 4 hours at a time and I am up at the crack of dawn. I really want this to work, but I am getting more and more worried about this sleeping issue. I could deal with less sleep but the sleep I am getting is bad. I wake up feeling stressed from the dreams. I have failed at this so many times before...I really need this to work. Help!
Sydney


Subj: Zyban side effects?
Date: 6/21/2006
I started Zyban 3 weeks ago and quit smoking 9 days ago. I was disappointed that my desire to smoke did not decrease at all, but I have stuck it out and am still not smoking - the first time I have ever been able to do this. So, perhaps the Zyban is helping. I know that I am determined not to smoke again and each day becomes a little easier. The downside is that I have had very severe anxiety problems - feeling of panic, chest tightness and feeling that it was hard to breathe. These feelings are definitely not from a physical problem - they are like a never ending panic attack. I thought it was anxiety from nicotine withdrawal but realize from reading other postings here that is probably the Zyban. I have cut down to on tablet per day and feel better. If this is the only downside to Zyban for me it is worth it as I have smoked for 30 years and really believe that it is a thing of the past now.
Val


Subj: Good so far
Date: 7/5/2006
It's my fourth day on zyban. I started with the 2 pills and I'm not getting any side effects apart from little needle like tingles in my skin from now and then but nothing serious. I am surprised on the results, I totally don't enjoy smoking anymore and I also have a hard time drinking coffee which is a good thing because I was also addicted to coffee. So far its positive for me, hope it doesn't get worst on side effects.
Domenic


Subj: Zyban night terrors
Date: 7/10/2006
I have been taking Zyban for 4 weeks and have not smoked in 19 days. I have also lost my mind. I have been extremely violent, can't sleep much and when I do I have night terrors - still unsure what is real and what is not. So depressed as well.

However taking it one day at a time and feel that I can't start smoking again as I have been through too much. As for he money savings? Well that will be spent on replacing everything I have smashed in my house! I just hope that I feel myself again soon!
Kerry


Subj: Zyban chest pains and itching
Date: 7/30/2006
I started taking Wellbutrin for 3 weeks and stopped. I was told to take 1 pill a day for 2 weeks and then when I set my day to quit...take it twice a day. So after 2 weeks, I quit and started taking it twice a day. No real big problems until about the 3-4th day...I woke up at 2 am with bad chest pains and itching everywhere so bad. I went to the ER and they didn't see anything wrong with me and no relation to a side effect from Wellbutrin. I couldn't believe it. After researching so much about this, I have read that people have experienced the same things. I am convinced it's the Wellbutrin. Nothing in my daily life has changed except this med I was taking. They told me to use Benadryl but I had to switch it up to Claritin since I felt like a walking zombie. Rashes have not gone away yet and are really annoying after 3 days. What can make this go away?
Laszlo

AskDocWeb: Just as it takes a week or two for the durg to build up in your system, it may take a week or more for the side effects to dissipate. You might want to talk with your doctor about the rash. You may need an injection to get rid of it.


Subj: Zyban night sweats
Date: 8/1/2006
My husband and I tried Zyban last year, but it didn't work. We believe it was OUR fault it didn't work, as we smoked THROUGH the stage where our bodies didn't want to. I am pregnant now and can't use it, but we need to quit so my husband is trying again. What I have noticed is, he sweats continually all night, to the point where we need to change sheets. I would like to know if this has happened to anyone else?
Jaime

AskDocWeb: Yes, there have been a few reports from others who suffer the same night sweats while taking Zyban.


Subj: Itching rash
Date: 8/7/2006
I can barely type I am so itchy...I had been using Zyban for the past 2 weeks to help quit smoking but now I can't QUIT ITCHING! A Rash will appear when I start to itch: from my head, in between my toes, to the palms of my hands. My skin is on fire! Is there anything natural I can take to calm the itching?
Alissa

AskDocWeb: You might try putting ice on the itchy areas but an antihistamine would do more good. It sounds like you are having an allergic reaction to Zyban and need medical help.


Subj: Zyban feedback
Date: 8/29/2006
I've not had any of the bad side effects mentioned above. I'm on day 8 and have just lit up a cigarette and put it straight out as it tasted foul, hope this is the start of my smoke free life! The only side effect I've had is really vivid dreams every night since day 2. No nightmares, in fact some have been so good I've been gutted to wake up and find myself at home in bed! Good luck to anyone who tries it, if anything bad happens I'll let you know, but so far it's worked fine for me.
Brian


Subj: Third try with Zyban
Date: 8/31/2006
This is the third time I've used Zyban. The first time I gave up after 4 days and for quite a few years. I had no side effects at all & felt great. The second time (late last year) I wasn't really ready & blew it. This time, I gave up after 3 days and never took the second daily tablet. I had been taking one daily tablet for about seven weeks until last weekend when I had a very frightening reaction. I lost touch with reality for about four hours. I was in a "between dream & awake" state, unable to decipher my thoughts or control what I was thinking. Since then I have been extremely tired, have had a constant headache, have had most of the week off work and still have trouble concertrating on anything. But I did give up smoking I guess. In some perverse way it's good to read others have had a similar reaction to Zyban because now I don't feel like I'm just going crazy- Maybe it was the drugs after all!
Andrea


Subj: Mixing street drugs with Zyban
Date: 9/1/2006
I had taken Zyban a year ago and stopped smoking for a few months until a new years parry. After 7 months of smoking again, I tried Zyban again and yea for the first week of smoking zyban it was good. I stopped smoking on the day I was supposed to but craving a smoke, and with a little weed left over, I smoked a joint. This stoned me very badly, and I had this constant body stoned feeling for the next few weeks (obviously not as bad as REALLY being stoned) as in I would scratch my arm and barely feel it, unless I was watching myself scratch. After 2 weeks of this feeling (and no smokes) I decided to go cold turkey on the zyban. The feeling of being 'spaced-out' is still with me, now 2 weeks after stopping the zyban. I too would like to mention that this past weekend, I did have quite a bit of speed and extasy, which I'm guessing wouldn't help. But my question is... Is this 'spaced-out' 'stoned' feeling normal? And if so, how long until it will go away? Also, besides the initial reaction, is there any reasons why one shouldn't simply go cold turkey on taking Zyban? Thanks,
Emm

AskDocWeb: You should know that if you mix street drugs with Zyban, you run an increased risk of seizures. There are no clinical studies on mixing speed and extasy with Zyban or how long it will take to return to normal.

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