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User Reviews for Bupropion to treat Smoking Cessation

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

Bupropion has an average rating of 8.0 out of 10 from a total of 286 ratings for the treatment of Smoking Cessation. 73% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 14% reported a negative effect.

Bupropion Rating Summary

8.0/10 average rating

286 ratings from 306 user reviews.

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Reviews for Bupropion

Flower July 12, 2019

“I QUIT 7 MONTHS AGO AND NO CRAVINGS SINCE THAT DAY!! If you are not getting results read this! I was 30 year smoker and started a year ago 150mg/day. Nothing. After months started extended release. Craved less, But still did not work. Then increased to 300 mg once daily XL. Got more diligent, took it every day, smoked a lot less, but did not stop completely. One day woke up and simply didn’t want any. I have never wanted one since. Hard to describe. After a couple weeks joined a gym and eating better lost 5 pounds since quit day. Beats gaining right? Don’t give up. If your doctor agrees, stay on them for as long as you can - and take it easy. Some of us just need more time on the drug maybe? I wanted to post in case this can help other people. Still taking it, no side effects that I can tell. Thinking of cutting the dose and weaning off but nervous about stopping. I wish you the best - I have completely changed my life and I know you will get there too.”

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Amanda · Taken for less than 1 month January 28, 2021

“I smoked for 20 years and I quit smoking 4 years ago on Bupropion HCL XL 150mg once a day. I quit smoking after 3 days of taking it, cigarettes tasted gross and made me nauseous. All of my cravings stopped. I continued to take the bupropion for 2 weeks total. I did experience some anxiety but that could have been from nicotine withdrawals. Unfortunately, I have started smoking again snd at first I didn’t even like it, I kept smoking until I did like it again and now I’m hooked. I let everything that’s going on in the world right now with quarantining etc. stress me out to the point that I said forget it and bought a pack of cigarettes 4 months ago. I went back to the doctor yesterday and I’m starting Bupropion HCL XL 150mg again tomorrow. I’m embarrassed and disappointed in myself but I know I will be quit again in just a few days. This drug is a miracle drug and I’m thankful for it. I vow to never pick up a cigarette again for the rest of my life!”

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Joy · Taken for less than 1 month September 20, 2020

“I smoked 2.5 packs of cigarettes a day and my husband smoked 3.5 packs of cigarettes per day. I took Wellbutrin for 2 weeks and stopped smoking with my husband smoking right next to me on the couch! My husband took it for a little over 3 weeks and stopped smoking too! In the next 2 years we got a new house and a new car from the money that we saved! Thank you Wellbutrin for changes our lives!”

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Joseph · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 10, 2020

Zyban (bupropion): “I used Zyban as prescribed in 2001 and quit for 15 years until 2016 when both parents passed away which I hit the hardest difficult time of my life. I tried hard to quit but its been 4 years and now its June 2020. Today I picked up my new prescription starting in the next couple of days and I'm going to beat this habit for a long time. All I wanted to say, the med works like a miracle. The 1st day, I had a small urge to lit up a cigarette and after puffing for couple of minutes, the taste was unbearable. Had no side-effects and loved the feeling of not being drawn to smoking every 10 min. Its one of the best meds out there to stop smoking but depending on your body chemistry, tolerance and nicotine withdrawal. Definitely worth taking it to get your life back to normal.”

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Carrie · Taken for less than 1 month March 7, 2020

“I smoked for 25 years (anywhere from half a pack to a pack a day) and tried to quit several times and always failed. As of Feb 9 I started taking bupropion xl 150/a day. I kept smoking with a quit day of March 1st. The closer I got to the 1st, I was nervous but to my surprise....it worked! I even left ashtrays and cigarettes around. I just didn’t smoke and I wasn’t bothered by it at all. Crazy! Today I am 7 days in smoke free and honestly this is the longest I have ever made it without a cigarette and look forward to it continuing :) I should also add in that my desire for alcohol has diminished too. It just doesn’t taste as good. I definitely recommend giving it a try!”

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Jess · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 18, 2019

“I took Wellbutrin to help me stop vaping. A lot of reviewers quit within the first 2 weeks, for me it was after 1 month. I was a heavy Vaper after 2 years of quitting cigarettes. It was hard for me to find reviews on Bupropion and Vaping. The first week I was anxious and had some irregular thoughts. The second week the anxiety went away but I had horrible headaches. The third week I had days where I felt completely down & every day I felt sick and slept A LOT. Just as I was about to give up and try another avenue I woke up one morning 28 days in & didn't want to vap & ALL of the side effects went away! (except for the vivid dreams but I'm okay with that) A few days later I gave up vaping completely. 15 days today & it is as if I'd never smoked and I did for 15+ years. I was nervous about being on an antidepressant at first because I didn't need it but I feel 100% normal. Also, I do not snack to replace nicotine cravings because of this miracle medicine! HANG ON!”

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Andy · Taken for less than 1 month August 7, 2019

“Okay, so this is a life changer. Hands down. I've been smoking since 14, now am turning 32 next month. I drive semi so I smoked a lot. 3 packs a day, every day. I couldn't go more than 10 mins without lighting up. My family (mom, dad and cousin) all took this to quit. I figured I'd give it a go since I feel god awful everyday. Lots of pain, coughing. Today is the 5th day. I have cut down dramatically. I smoke half a pack to a pack a day now. But that was with one pill a day only. Today, I upped it to two pills. I can honestly say this has changed my life already. To wake up, and not light a smoke before getting out of bed is amazing. I seriously can't remember ever being able to do that. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to quit. I have a pack in my pocket right now (old habits) and I don't even want one!”

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Gert · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 21, 2020

Zyban (bupropion): “I stopped smoking on January 22, 2019. Used Zyban as prescribed for 2 months and had no need to take my prescription for a third month. This was my first quit attempt and today after 485 days of staying quit I am prepared to carefully announce ( never let the guard down ) that I think I have beaten a 30 year long addiction of 25 plus cigarettes a day. Together with a strong desire to quit, Zyban helped a lot, and I would recommend it for sure. As the King of Norway said upon quitting, I also want to say " It was disappointingly easy " ( Wonder if he used Zyban )”

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Mo · Taken for less than 1 month September 12, 2019

“I've been a smoker for over 50 years but really want to quit for health reasons. I just started bupropion 2 days ago and am surprised with the results I'm feeling. My cigarettes are tasting nasty and I can't even finish smoking one. I am smoking just out of habit. I know I am going to be successful quitting this time!!!!”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 10, 2019

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.”

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fishinmiss · Taken for less than 1 month February 7, 2020

“I have been a heavy smoker for 46 years, I honestly never thought about quitting because I never believed I could. I have been taking a dose of 150 mg bupropion for 14 days, on day 7 tried taking 2 and it was so scary. Dry mouth so bad my lips were cracking, couldn't swallow, my eyes & nose were so dry, insomnia, and total panic. I immediately went back to 1 pill a day as I saw many of you state you could not take 2. After 46 years, I don't care if it takes 3 or 6 months to quit smoking, with my severe anxiety disorder I have to only take one. I have started keeping track of how many I smoke and have gone from 2 + packs a day to 12 - 17 a day. Praying this works because I know quitting is best for my health. Thank you all for your reviews it has certainly helped me to feel more positive even if it takes longer than usual :)”

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Ajax · Taken for less than 1 month June 8, 2018

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”

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bbt · Taken for less than 1 month February 7, 2020

“Day 6 of taking bupropion, it took all the pleasures out of smoking and I no longer want to smoke. However, one thing I didn't expect was it also took the joy out of weed! I no longer have any vices and feel stable mentally without them, thanks to this drug. I've now realized I've been regulating my brain on my own (maybe because of depression?), and it's been really detrimental to my life. Taking this pill is really helpful for me and I really hope I don't have any of these scary side effects others are mentioning.”

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Blue · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 3, 2019

“I smoked from 17 years to 31 years old ( a pack and a half every day). I would smoke habitually- waking up, after eating, after sex, using the bathroom and whenever I was stressed, bored or mad- basically all the time. Somehow though, after taking Wellbutrin for three weeks and two days, I just told myself I would smoke when I actually wanted one and not when I would normally smoke and I only smoked 3 cigarettes that day. The next day, I didn't smoke any and haven't smoked any ever since. The only thing that I experienced that may be tied to withdrawal is slight insomnia the first couple days meaning I would fall asleep but after 3 or 4 hours I would start waking up every hour and it was hard to get back to sleep, but that only lasted 3 or 4 days. It's been 3 months and 2 days since I quit and I'm around people who smoke cigarettes 24/7 and it doesn't bother me nor make me want one.”

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Bill B · Taken for less than 1 month May 2, 2018

Zyban (bupropion): “Here it is the 11th day and I am not interested in a cig. Even after I ate. It's really weird because I don't have that anxious feeling I would get if I even went for an hour without. I lit one up today just to see if the nicotine would make me feel different. You know how it does after you've gone a long time without a cig, at a movie or or eating etc... I felt nothing. I can't explain how it's working but it makes me feel like I never was a smoker. I've been smoking for 30 years a pack and half a day! This medicine is freaking amazing!!”

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TeeLee · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 8, 2014

Zyban (bupropion): “I smoked from age 15 to 50, up to 3 packs a day. I quit many times and suffered greatly. Plan 2: Decrease number of cigarettes a day, then quit. I decreased to 10-12 a day for about 10 months. Started Zyban and quit 7 days later. Went to Las Vegas of all places and all the smoking didn't tempt me. I am now 66 and haven't had a smoke since.”

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bello · Taken for less than 1 month January 18, 2019

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!”

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Don’t have one · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 3, 2020

Zyban (bupropion): “I was warned I would loose 1 or both legs due to smoking in 1999 & my GP offered this drug only & only if I was serious about stopping smoking. As a 2 course treatment I was told I would be tested after 4 weeks for staying away from smoking. First course I tried & after 8 days began to smoke dramatically less after being a 40 a day for over 20 years. 2nd course went well and after 20 years I have not had a cigarette since. Some times I used to stand beside some one smoking for a quick sniff but never felt like restarting. If your GP offers this treatment grab it with both hands.”

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Never Again! · Taken for less than 1 month February 26, 2019

“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!!!!”

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IvyJo · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 11, 2015

Zyban (bupropion): “I used Zyban to quit smoking in 1999. To me, it was a miracle drug. I had smoked 1-1.5 packs/day for 33 years! What it does is change your brain chemistry to like you never smoked; consequently, you don't have any inclination to even want a cigarette! I have never smoked since nor had any desire to. If I had kept smoking, I probably wouldn't be alive to have my 72nd birthday next October (2015).”

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Winfield blue 25s · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 29, 2014

Zyban (bupropion): “I'm 21 years old and I used to smoke 25 a day for 3 years. When I first started taking Zyban I honestly wasn't sure if I wanted to quit or keep smoking but I thought why not try! For the first 8-10 days my morning dose made very nauseous and feel like I was either going to vomit or faint but I never did. since I set my quit date with zyban I have never touched a cigarette since and it has been 6 months now. the only caution I would like to share is that it only takes away the cravings ! You still have to say no too having a cigarette.”

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JeffFlag · Taken for less than 1 month December 2, 2014

Zyban (bupropion): “Tried quitting cold turkey and was so grumpy had to decide between quitting or my marriage, chose marriage. Tried Zyban, quit after 10 days, been a month and have not had any sign of grumpiness, withdrawl or anxiety. I call them my magic pills”

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CdnSoldr · Taken for less than 1 month August 1, 2018

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.”

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Hosey O'Grady · Taken for less than 1 month March 29, 2018

Zyban (bupropion): “Smoked 30 years. Took Zyban while smoking for a couple weeks and kind of just forgot that I ever smoked. Mentally it made me nauseous to even think of a cigarette. Never looked back. It's been 20 years and the funny thing is that while I could never smoke a cigarette, ( I've tried a couple times just for fun and YUK ) I can occasionally smoke a cigar. Not sure why but I will say, Zyban will kill cigarette addiction. Of course you can find reasons to start again but it will be very difficult after Zyban. Worked the same for my wife. Do It !!”

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JoZep January 18, 2013

Zyban (bupropion): “I've been smoke free for one and a half months and I largely credit Zyban for this. I am 40 years old, 15 a day smoker for 25 years. I have tried to stop smoking a few times over the past decade, but I end up very agitated and depressed, so resorted to cigarettes again, previously I have tried patches, lozenges as well as Champix which worked for the duration I was on it, but gave me terrible nausea. This time has been quite easy, I credit Zyban for this. The first few days of taking Zyban were pretty tough mentally the first week; I felt spaced out, trippy, and also suffered a bit of insomnia, slightly blurred vision when reading, and teeth grinding. However, these all dissipated, the only effect I have now is minor dry mouth.”

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