Bupropion SR (Zyban™) is a medication to help you quit tobacco by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. You can only use it after a doctor or nurse practitioner prescribes it. You can use this medication with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
- Typically, you take this medication once in the morning for the first three days.
- For the next seven to 12 weeks, you take it once in the morning and once in the evening.
- You can take this medication with or without food.
- You should start this medicine one to two weeks before your quit date.
Make sure to tell your nurse or doctor if you:
- drink alcohol regularly;
- are pregnant or breastfeeding;
- have high blood pressure;
- have a seizure disorder; or
- are taking other prescription or non-prescription medications.
Bupropion SR does have some side effects, including:
- dry mouth;
- trouble sleeping;
- headache; and
- shakiness or nervousness.
This medication can cause you to feel anxious or depressed. It can also cause you to want to harm yourself or others. Stop using the medication right away if any of these happen. You should then speak with your health care provider.