Zyban is a non-nicotine product for smoking cessation. It works to decrease withdrawal symptoms and urges to smokers by blocking the reuptake of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. Zyban is a prescription medication. You can talk with a Health & Wellness clinician if this is a good option for you. Make an appointment...

Zyban is not for you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have a history of seizures, eating disorders, head trauma, or heavy alcohol use.

Using Zyban

  • Start medication 7-14 days before selected quit date
  • Take one tablet (150mg) in the morning for 3 days
  • Increase to one tablet twice a day (8 hours apart)
  • Continue for 7-12 weeks after quit date

Chances of quitting relies on the commitment to quit. In short and long-term studies, Zyban was significantly more effect than sugar pills in helping patients stop smoking. Participation in a counseling or other support program will also increase your chance of success.

Side Effects

Mental/mood changes, palpitations, seizures, restlessness, agitation, dizziness, dry mouth, headache, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, constipation, change in weight, tremors, skin rash, increased blood pressure.

Important Reminders

  • Drinking alcohol while taking Zyban can increase your risk of seizures
  • Zyban may be used in with the patch under supervision of your health care provider
  • You cannot smoke at any time