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Re: Smoking Cessation and Depression

Re: Smoking Cessation and Depression

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Posted by Nancy O on December 19, 1999 at 23:23:35:

In Reply to: Re: Smoking Cessation and Depression posted by Dan on December 14, 1999 at 03:48:27:

Smoking addiction is not just from the nicotine. Some people have a deficit of the neurotransmitter
serotonin. Smoking raises the serotonin level and brings relief. Zyban also raises the level of the available serotonin by making it more available, but it can not create it. It is created from the amino acid tryptophan. One good quick way to raise serotonin is by the use of 5HTP. It is the chemical step between tryptophan and serotonin. But 5 HTP comes in varying levels of quality. My cousin is a dry alcoholic and ex-smoker. He has tried several different kinds. Some work pretty good if he takes two, some don't work at all, and the one he uses now is excellent. It only takes one pill and within 20 minutes all his cravings are gone. 5HTP does not require a prescription, better grades are available through compounding pharmacies, but even there, be aware that quality varies widely.
"When it's good, it's very good".

: : 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?
: : Thanks

: 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!

: Dan

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