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Difference Between Zyban and Wellbutrin

Zyban vs  Wellbutrin

Zyban and Wellbutrin are common prescription drugs which are prescribed to patients who are severely and clinically depressed. In some cases, both the drugs can also be used to combat the nicotine addiction in smokers who are trying to quit. Wellbutrin is more commonly used to treat depression, whereas Zyban is recommended for people seeking to stop smoking. Both drugs are the same medication, also called bupropion, and even made by the same company called Glaxco-Wellcome. The company found as a side effect of the medicine Wellbutrin, that patients were experiencing a decreased desire to smoke, or a decrease in the addictive need for nicotine. So instead of marketing Wellbutrin as both an anti-depressant and an anti-smoking drug, they re-named the drug Zyban. Both Wellbutrin and Zyban have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are commonly prescribed prescriptions by psychiatrists and medical doctors.

Patients who are not ideal candidates for Wellbutrin and Zyban include men or women who have recently stopped drinking alcohol or using heavy sedatives, people who have epilepsy or seizures, or anorexia or bulimia. These medications can cause seizures for patients who are prone to them. Also, they do make patients lose some weight which is not beneficial to a patient suffering from anorexia or bulimia. Some of the common side effects of both medicines include constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, vomiting, and weight changes. These medications are not recommended to be taken by women who are pregnant or while under the influence of alcohol, like other medications. Both medications are typically not prescribed to patients who are on corticosteroids, orphenadrin, phenatoyn, as there can be negative complications with the two medications.

Unfortunately, one of the worst risks of taking either of these medications is the increased chance of having suicidal thoughts or tendencies; therefore patients who are on these medications are closely monitored by their doctors. Physicians still recommend that patients attempt to quit smoking without the use of prescription drugs as some people may become dependent. Additionally, Wellbutrin is also not recommended for all patients and the first attempt to treat depression should be counseling sessions which a psychiatrist or a psychologist before medication is considered a possibility.

While these medications may seem entirely different, they are actually one in the same. The only difference between Zyban and Wellbutrin are the names and the more common uses for each of the prescribed medications.


1. Wellbutrin and Zyban are prescription drugs used to treat depressed patients. Zyban is prescribed to patients who are trying to quit smoking also.
2. The same company manufactures both drugs, as they are the same merely used to treat different clinical problems.
3. There are many side effects of both medicines, and should not be taken by pregnant women, or those who are under the influence of alcohol.
4. People who have epilepsy, bulimia, anorexia, or experience frequent seizures are not seen as candidates for either medication, so another medication should be prescribed in this case.

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  1. I love willbutrin.and the high I get when I snort the stuff.for me its easy to get even though all doctors know about us getting high on it.I must say..not bad…not bad at all

    • Unfreakingbelievable

    • Wellbutrin is a patented brand drug that cost about $50/tablet.
      Bupropion is less than $1/tablet.
      Mr. Griffith, do you have more suicidal thoughts when snorting than orally ?

    • It’s brilliant med, it stopped me taking painkillers that I was addicted to. It helps with sex as it works different to others that make sex impossible, one guy even had a stomach ulcer the bleeding and pain were bad he tried everything, he got this he’s never had a problem in 5 years,, it’s helped my depression big time from no getting out of bed, wanting to die,, to actually enjoying the thought of going out, in UK they use it for smoking, called zyban, but in states it’s popular as anti depressant.. I had to beg for it

    • Curt WTF?! You need help

  2. Zyban helped my sister stop smoking and i am wanting to stop too. Except my doctor surgery don’t prescribe Zyban. How can I get these tablets

    • You need to have serious depression, if you go to sphyciatrist, and tell them you have done research on zyban and it’s amazing for depression, say you can buy online but it’s expensive, am sure they will help after all it could save your life, it saved mine

  3. Well good luck getting Wellbutrin/Zyban for depression in Australia.

    It seems the entire medical profession here is stuck in 1980. Don’t you dare ever ask your GP for it. The only drugs they think exist for this are lexapro or Zoloft.

    • Zoloft works as best as any of these others for me and without all of the insomnia and jitters that I got from Wellbutrin and Wellbutrin XR. I realize everyone is different and what we really need to be thinking about is being treated for the core issues that are causing the depression in the first place. These meds are just band-aids that we become dependent upon. I know how different I feel when I’ve tried to stop taking them and if they don’t seem like they’re masking anything, try lowering your dose. You’ll feel a huge difference if you’ve been taking them for years. Also, Wellbutrin was released a decade before Lexapro, so it’s the grandpa. The tricyclic antidepressants are from the 50’s and gained popularity in the 70’s and 80’s and work on norepinephrine like Wellbutrin does. I know I’ve relied on these meds for way too long. If people would just take 5-10 min every day to meditate, half the battle would be won.

      • I tried all them, actually buprion works on dopamine the feeling you never get on srri, it gives you the good feeling that life or work is worth it, a lovely feeling I never had for ten years. I could not get out of bed, I just wanted to no be here, anxiety was horrible, but got these and it’s great for me, not to mention no wanting to take painkillers I was addicted to

    • Well your wrong I know no doctor will just give it, but if you are at real risk with depression,and you see are reffered to a shrink they will help after all it could save your life its that good, you need to tell them you want to try it, it’s no used for depression in UK, but if you get it of shrink, it’s on your medical records and it’s been seen to help, your fine as GPS can prescribe it off lable

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