What is the difference between Wellbutrin SR and Zyban?
- 5 Nov 2009 by throckmorton
- 6 Nov 2009
- wellbutrin sr, zyban, depression, smoking, smoking cessation
I took Wellbutrin probably 20 years ago to quit smoking and stayed away from cigarettes for 2.5 years. Then I was out at a bar one night after breaking up with a girlfriend and one thing led to another and I was right back on cigarettes. Now at 49 years old, I've just started taking Wellbutrin again to quit the habit for the second time.
After reading Drugs.com information on both Wellbutrin SR and Zyban, I can't ascertain what the differences are between the drugs? One seems to be primarily prescribed for depression and the other is to take the edge off of smoking cessation symptoms. I do understand both drugs use a common active ingredient of Bupropion. So can someone explain just what the actual difference is between Wellbutrin SR and Zyban? Are there other ingredients in one or the other? Is there a difference in potency with a 150mg tablet?
There are several different brands of the drug bupropion on the market including Budeprion, Wellbutrin and Zyban.
Bupropion is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder and it is also used to help people stop smoking by reducing cravings and other withdrawal effects.
There are no other active ingredients in the differing brands of bupropion.
The only difference is the patient leaflet information. ie Zyban has information on quitting cigarettes and Wellbutrin contains information about depression etc.
Hope this helps.
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