Skip to Content

User Reviews for Bupropion to treat Smoking Cessation

Also known as: Wellbutrin XL, Wellbutrin SR, Zyban, Buproban, Aplenzin, Budeprion, Forfivo XL, Budeprion SR, Budeprion XL

The following information is NOT intended to endorse drugs or recommend therapy. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care.

Bupropion Rating Summary

User Ratings
10
   
54%(133)
9
   
12%(28)
8
   
13%(30)
7
   
5%(11)
6
   
4%(9)
5
   
5%(10)
4
   
1%(2)
3
   
2%(3)
2
   
2%(4)
1
   
7%(17)
8.3/10 Average Rating
247 Ratings with 248 User Reviews

What next? Compare all 21 medications used in the treatment of Smoking Cessation.

Reviews for Bupropion

"I was already taking Lexapro for anxiety and panic attack. I was prescribed Wellbutrin XL for nicotine withdrawal. I took it for 4 days and it gave me dizziness, panic attacks, severe anxiety and tight chest pain and fever and aches and pains. Since I stopped taking it I still have dizzy spells . It say it can be used for nicotine withdrawal, but I am not sure about the interactions with my other meds.\"

   
1.0

A.R.S (taken for less than 1 month) May 14, 2019

1 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"This medicine is a powerful antidepressant for me. And by the third day I did not wake up craving a single cigarette, and also because it completely blocked the effects from nicotine in my brain. I also found that it greatly increased my energy and willpower. The downsides for me were extreme anxiety and insomnia (I had to take clonazepam to handle it, because it was so difficult. But gets easier with time). Truly life-changing for those who want to quit."

   
8.0

JustABird (taken for less than 1 month) May 5, 2019

2 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I was very skittish about taking Welllbutrin because I didn't want to be "labeled" as someone who took an antidepressant medication. After coming to terms with it, I started taking the Wellbutrin 6 days ago. I've been smoking as I usually do, but am finding myself wanting that cigarette less and less and it almost felt like I was just smoking because the clock said it was time to do so . Suddenly, Today, I am really not wanting to smoke at all. I will probably stay on Wellbutrin for another couple of weeks to ensure that I can be successful with being a non-smoker. I would recommend Wellbutrin as a stop-smoking aid. It certainly has helped me!"

   
9.0

Weezie May 2, 2019

1 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I voted 10/10 because this is the one thing that helped me quit smoking. I use this for SAD (Seasonal affective disorder a type of depression) as well."

   
10

JD (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 27, 2019

1 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I was actually prescribed this for anxiety and noticed that I stopped even thinking about having a cigarette (mind you I only smoked 2 to 3 cigarettes a day) but I just stopped craving them all together. Even my husband noticed. I started to research why this was happening and the only thing I could think of was it must be the new medicine the doctor put me on? I looked it up, Wellbutrin was in fact also used for quitting smoking! My doctor didn’t even know that I smoke because I did it so rarely and sporadically."

   
10

Sunshine April 17, 2019

1 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I didn’t start smoking as young as most do. I started in 2015 at the age of 25. I’m 29 now. I tried everything to quit smoking. Patches, gum, hypnosis, even acupuncture. I felt like taking this medication is my last shot at ever quitting. Tomorrow April 15, 2019 will be 2 weeks on Bupropion (Wellbutrin or Zyban) I have now been 6 days smoke free. And I feel great. No cravings, no withdrawal, no irritability It actually feels pretty great. My clothes don’t stink anymore, my car doesn’t stink, and my girlfriend even said she thought I lost a few pounds (can’t drink while taking these meds and I LOVE beer) The downsides to these meds is I do have trouble sleeping and have had some weird dreams. This makes me feel tired as well as constipated. Lots of coffee seems to help I opted for this over Chantix tho as the doctor said it has less negative psychological side effects. So I’d still recommend this is you want to quit"

   
7.0

Big_Wave_Dave (taken for less than 1 month) April 15, 2019

5 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

Zyban (bupropion): "Took Zyban as prescribed for 6 days and decided to quit smoking on day 7. Today is day 78 of my quitting and I stopped taking the pills after 2 months. This is my first quit attempt after 33 years of smoking 25 a day. I believe Zyban helped a lot and can recommend it for sure, but you still need to want to quit."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 10, 2019

5 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

Zyban (bupropion): "Zyban ave rise to 4 years of extreme panic attacks, ruined my life during that time. Only took for 5 days. Wouldn't touch with a barge pole."

   
1.0

Davey (taken for less than 1 month) March 9, 2019

1 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I've been on the medication for a week, I was taking one a day for the first week and now into my second week I'm taking two a day. My doctor recommended giving myself the week of getting the medication into my system and then pick my quit date. 2 days into taking the medication my cravings were cut drastically. Tomorrow is my quit date and today a week and 2 days later on the medication I went from smoking almost two packs a day to smoking 4 today. I won't lie I have a little bit of nausea but its helping me and I'd rather deal with a bit of nausea and quit smoking then continue to smoke. One of my biggest fears was gaining weight due to quitting smoking but this medication has helped cut back my appetite and this week alone I actually lost 3lbs because I'm not snacking. I definitely recommend this medication"

   
10

JJ (taken for less than 1 month) March 4, 2019

7 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I have been taking the pill for 7 days as of today. I have a puff in the morning and a puff when I get home. It tastes horrible so I think I'm just dealing with the actual habit and not addiction. I actually have an identity now. I am no longer "the smoker". I am free, finally, after 25 years and one pack a day. My car doesn't smell. My clothes don't smell. I don't have to go out in the hot or cold to get my cig fix. This drug has saved me. I felt absolutely hopeless when it came to smoking. My whole family smokes. I can finally say that I am no longer a slave to cigs! Never been happier! THANK YOU!!!!"

   
10

Never Again! (taken for less than 1 month) February 26, 2019

14 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

Zyban (bupropion): "I took Zyban to help quit smoking after several other attempts including cold turkey and laser treatment. It took me 9 days to quit completely, I gave into the cravings the first week but by day 9 I wasn't craving at all. I couldn't have any alcohol at first while I was adjusting but also didn't really want any (I usually love my beer). I was able to have a social drink after about 2 weeks. I thought it would be hard as smoking is usually associated with drinking but to be honest, it wasn't and I smoked for 20 years! I also didn't really want to quit, I love smoking and the social aspect that comes with it but I guess enough was enough. it certainly helped the pocket book!"

   
10

bello (taken for less than 1 month) January 18, 2019

16 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I have been smoking since I was 13 I'm 33 now. I literally feel rough when I wake up rough all day, smell horrible from the smoke, and wanted to quit for my son who is gonna be 2 in April. One of my friends had used this and got with me on facebook to tell me about it she said she had some stuff that helped her to stop smoking. I was like I will try it. I've tried quitting cold turkey, patches, all of it but nothing seemed to work for me. I started taking these pills yesterday (dr's permission). I took 2 yesterday and woke up this morning and didn't want a cigarette but I literally smoked the last one in my pack because it was there not because I wanted it. 2 things, that cigarette tasted horrible and 2 if I do not see them I won't want them. After I smoked that 1 I went took 2 more brushed my teeth and showered to get the final smoke smell off me. So far it is helping I feel. No craving there for one do not want one literally this pill is a life saver and so is my friend for sharing."

   
8.0

Freeatlast January 1, 2019

8 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"Initially prescribed for smoking cessation 300mg. Worked really, really well. Then I had a pleasant side effect in which I lost 40 pounds. Really decreased my appetite. Then to my dismay, the weight returned. Fell into deep depression. Tried so hard to get back to the no appetite stage to no avail."

   
8.0

Kim (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 17, 2018

3 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

Zyban (bupropion): "Tried expensive Chantix first. Bizarre dreams and did really scary things in my sleep. Really a Psychotic's Drug ! Made me completely psychotic and angry. Then tried Zyban and read the interesting comments. Only needed the lower doses. I was on drug for 2.5 months. Able to gracefully quit 1-1/2 pack a day habit by Nov 2006. No angry responses. Not afraid to sleep. Even lost a few pounds. Have stayed off the butts since 2006. Good drug for smoking cessation--bad anti-depressant. Cheap. Generic available."

   
8.0

Nebraskan (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 10, 2018

9 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I am taking this to quit smoking, not a big smoker 10 or less a day, I asked my DR for help to quit and she gave me this, after reading some very negative side effects I was scared to take it but I really want to quit, on day 4 and I have noticed that I have no cravings to smoke just the habit part so that will be the only issue for me, the habit, I have had no other side effects so far"

harper (taken for less than 1 month) September 30, 2018

9 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I have been a smoker for 20 years, and I have tried to quit many times, tried cutting down then cold turkey, tried the patch but it didn’t go well with my skin, I started taking Wellbutrin last Monday. Was told to smoke the first week, after 3 days, it tasted so gross that I went from smoking a pack a day to maybe 5 or 6 a day. I finally stopped smoking on day 8 of the meds and it honestly works so well. I never thought I could quit and it honestly has been a lot easier than I thought, especially when I went through hell trying to quit other times. I do get side effects I’m not crazy about. I find myself with less energy , ( which I heard should increase it) dizzy daily, and a complete scatter brain, but all well worth it in my eyes. You still get cravings, but not nearly as bad. And you have to be dedicated to quit as well, this pill helps but doesn’t do it for you. If I can do it, believe me YOU CAN! Good luck"

   
8.0

Meesh (taken for less than 1 month) September 27, 2018

12 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"I’m taking Wellbutrin and have been smoke free 6 days now. This medicine works but you still will have cravings. The first 3 days was super hard now much better. This medicine makes you very thirsty and a slight weird taste in mouth. I actually found that helps with quitting. Always drinking water and brushing teeth. I do find it to make me scattered brain and somewhat restless"

   
10

T (taken for less than 1 month) September 1, 2018

10 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"Doc put me on 150mg bupropion to stop smoking. Didn’t work after a few months. Doc put me on 300mg bupropion and what a whirlwind! I felt like I think a man feels... thinking of sex 24-7, always keen, sleeping around (after no sex for 20 years) and never satisfied. It was horrible! Even watched porn which I never do. After a few months of this, I realized this was so not me and went off it when I thought it might be the Bupropion. Whew, back to normal, thank goodness. I never did quit smoking yet, haha. Needed that after sex cig during this escapade. Would probably be awesome for anyone having trouble enjoying sex."

   
5.0

Tammy August 12, 2018

8 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

Zyban (bupropion): "Smoked for 10 years, a pack a day for about 5 of them. Military doctor recommend I take Zyban to quit, I was skeptical but about 4 days into the medication it felt as though I forgot I was a smoker. No cravings after meals, wake up and don't even think to smoke, it truly is phenomenal. I quit 2 days after taking the drug and stayed on for 2 weeks to ween off. Life changing."

   
10

CdnSoldr (taken for less than 1 month) August 1, 2018

23 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"My husband was prescribed this med as a stop smoking aid. He had side effects of hallucinations and tremors so bad he couldn't stand and that was after only 5 days of this med...do NOT recommend it"

   
1.0

Tarri (taken for less than 1 month) July 20, 2018

5 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

Zyban (bupropion): "Used it for smoking cessation and depression but found it did not help with depression and landed me in the hospital hooked up to an EKG all night because my heart was racing and blood pressure through the roof."

   
1.0

Never again (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 19, 2018

7 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

Zyban (bupropion): "I had my first cigarette when I was seven years old, by the time I was 51 it had grown 35 a day . I tried patches, hypnotherapy and cold turkey, none worked. Cold turkey was the worse, it gave me pains in the stomach for 9 days in a row. I eventually went to my doctor for help and he recommended Zyban. Almost immediately it worked. Day 1 wasn't the best, but by day 4 I had the smoking habit licked. For me it is a miracle because I always thought that I would never beat it. But Zyban saved me. That was 12 years ago, I now know that under no circumstances will I ever smoke cigarettes again. I can' t thank the manufacturers or my doctor enough for my release of this evil addiction"

   
10

Ajax (taken for less than 1 month) June 8, 2018

40 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"My doctor put me on Wellbutrin XL to stop smoking and it does nothing."

   
1.0

Justosmart (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 5, 2018

4 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

"A few years ago I wanted to quit smoking and my mother had a few bottles of Welbutrin SR. I knew it was used to help people quit smoking because my boss had told me that's what he used. I took it and ended up quitting for about 4 months then I ran out of tablets. Didn't have good insurance then. So fast forward to now here I am on day 5 of taking Welbutrin SR because I really want to quit smoking. I'm starting to feel like the cigs are starting to taste nasty. Still smoking as I know it can take 2 weeks to stop completely. However, I hope it works like it did the last time because I've been ready to quit. I just need to get my husband on board too. Only side effects I've been having is my hands tremble which will go away, I feel anxious even though I'm on 6mg of Xanax a day. I just feel like I don't know what to do. I feel a lot happier. I will update on my experience once I get a few weeks in. Last time it worked PERFECT!"

   
10

Nichole (taken for less than 1 month) June 5, 2018

11 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

Zyban (bupropion): "Ok, so I started taking Zyban about 2 weeks before my quit date. It helped me with cravings and also the anxiety, associated with not-smoking was gone. No side effects experienced."

   
8.0

Arsi (taken for less than 1 month) May 21, 2018

23 users found this comment helpful.
Did you?   Yes   No   |   Report inappropriate

Learn more about Smoking Cessation

Drugs.com Health Center

Hide