Hiya. I went on Wellbutrin YEARS before I finally had the nerve to stop smoking, but I will say this: Yes, first of all, side effects do lessen over time, and secondly, I believe the Wellbutrin worked in a subtle way all that time because I did cut down from two packs to one without really trying very much at all. I always had in my mind that I WOULD quit, but I feared I had no willpower and that life was too stressful, etc. It seems, in retrospect, that I just didn't want so many cigarettes and little by little I smoked less. I think if you take the Wellbutrin SR for smoking cessation only that you're supposed to be on it a few months, but I had depression problems too. It didn't do much for my depression, though, so I was placed on another antidepressant on top of the Wellbutrin SR (150 mg 2X day). I also used the patch when I quit (January 29, 2006), but I didn't feel that I smoked enough to use the 21 mg patches and, therefore, started at the 14mg right away. My biggest "crutch" has been Charms Blow Pops suckers. I have eaten close to 200 of them since the end of January! I'm not heavy - about 125 lbs. - and I didn't really gain weight either. (Of course, I don't eat right, so the sucker diet doesn't count if you don't eat "real" food like you should!!
) If you feel funky on the Wellbutrin, you can ask your doctor if you should stick to one tablet for a little bit longer before you go on two, or you can try to suck it up a little longer to see if it gets better for you. If you didn't hear all of what was told to you, call and get clarification of the information! I'm sure you aren't the first one to not soak it all in after receiving troubling news! Call whoever can give you the information you're looking for - talk to whoEVER! The more you know, the better you'll feel about having control over quitting smoking.
You really CAN do it! Have a sucker or 50! Take care - sure hope you feel better!