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just take welbutrin to quit smoking??!

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by sugarpill, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. sugarpill


    Mar 28, 2007
    anyone heard about taking welbutrin to quit smoking? kelly ripa was on letterman last nite & said it helped her quit. she said she just didn't want to smoke anymore after taking welbutrin.
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  3. greatdeals225

    greatdeals225 5+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    we have a few patients that are on wellbutrin to quit smoking. whether that works or not... well they are still taking it... :p
  4. sleazye

    sleazye 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    Yeah, it helped me. It's just like she said; you really don't feel like you have to smoke anymore. It was really effective for me.
  5. sdn1977

    sdn1977 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Yep. Zyban is the same drug as Wellbutrin. Zyban was marketed for smoking cessation, but you can use generic buproprion as well.
  6. ForcedEntry

    ForcedEntry Lilo got stitched 2+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    Helpful hint: if you get the script to alleviate mild anxiety, instead of for smoking cessation, your insurance will cover it. Otherwise, it's out-of-pocket.
  7. PharmEm

    PharmEm Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    Does it work better than Chantix?
  8. phxpharmgirl

    phxpharmgirl 2+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    I know from personal experience that Chantix works very well. My husband had been trying to quit for years, and Chantix worked for him when nothing else did. His doctor said that he has had 6 patients try Chantix and all of them quit smoking within 4-6 months. I've known a couple people who took Wellbutrin and it did seem to help them a little. Hopefully the insurance companies will start covering Chantix once they see how effective it is.
  9. fmbzp5

    fmbzp5 7+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    My fiancee was a smoker for 11 years or so and she had tried to quit in the past with no success. She'd be fine for a short time and then one little thing would trigger her to be upset so she'd go back to smoking

    The doctor put her on welbutrin along with taking the patch at the same time. The day after starting the medication (since the doctor suggested to not just totally quit till a few days after starting the pills) she tried a cig. and almost wanted to vomit from the horrible taste and has been smoke free now for well over a year. Since she wasn't strong willed to quit, I give the medication helping her at least a high grade.
  10. ButlerPharm.D.

    ButlerPharm.D. Honor Before Glory 5+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    We had to take a 2 lecture series on smoking cessation which covered all of the OTC and Rx products available for smoking cessation including things like the Quit key etc. We were told by our instructor that intentionally billing the insurance for Wellbutrin instead of Zyban when you know it is being used for smoking cessation is considered insurance fraud. I wouldn't recommend it!
  11. triumphbr

    triumphbr Yeah I'm accepted. 2+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    lots of people use wellbutrin for quitting..

    if you wanna hit up some peeps with first hand knowledge go to <--- stop smoking site.

    Never tried it myself but quit anyways.
  12. fmbzp5

    fmbzp5 7+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA

    I am not informed enough to actually argue with the instructor but since many people do fall into a depressed/anxiety state when quitting smoking, is the medication not really being used to treat those symptoms? I don't think it is a clear cut argument.

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