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Posted by Dan
on December 14, 1999 at 03:48:27:
In Reply to: Smoking Cessation and Depression posted by Mark on December 12, 1999 at 14:06:00:
: After more than 25 years I have successfully quit smoking. Now in my third month. I used Zyban and had no problems at all. I found that I only needed the Zyban for just over 4 weeks. Now the bad part; I'm being treated for depression for the first time in my life. My life is in a shambles. My MD has prescribed Zoloft and I'm also seeing a therapist. During all of this time I have not desired a smoke, but I've considered having one just to see if it will help. My MD has researched further on Zyban to see if I'm having a withdrawal effect, but I've been off of it for 2 months. Searching the web, there appears to be a lot of info about this, but not much in the way of specific treatment. Does anyone know of any further resources or have a similiar experience?
I had a similar experience with Zyban in 1998. The medication did work, but the withdrawal effect on me was devastating. I suffered high anxiety and depression, for the first time in my life, only a few weeks after the Zyban (Wellbutrin) doses ended. My life became a complete shambles also. It was like all my self-esteem and confidence disappeared overnight. I ended up quiting my job and losing my health benifits. Reading your message confirmed that the Zyban (Wellbutrin) withdrawals are not exclusive. I wasn't planning on becoming dependent on an anti-depressive pill just to quit smoking! I only take natural herbs and vitamins now. Exercise and a healthy diet will help, and may be all that you need!
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