Zyban generic name bupropion is sold under the brand names Aplenzin, Budeprion, Wellbutrin, Zyban and is an antidepressant medication. The drug is used for treating major depressive disorders and seasonal affected disorder.
Zyban is used to help people stop smoking by reducing the cravings and other withdrawal effects. It is also used for other purposes.
If you drink alcohol on a daily basis inform your physician because if taking Bupropion and you suddenly stop drinking it may cause seizures.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Do not take this drug if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in the last 14 days, if you have epilepsy or a seizure disorder, an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.
Before starting the drug advise your physician if you have a history of head injury, seizures, brain or spinal cord tumor, heart disease, high blood pressure, history of heart attack, kidney disease, liver disease or bipolar disorder.
Less serious side effects of Bupropion and alcohol are headache, migraine, sleep problems, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, dizziness, tremors, appetite changes, weight loss or gain, mild itching, skin rash, increased sweating or loss of interest in sex. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects of Bupropion and alcohol are seizure, severe blistering, peeling, red skin rash, fever swollen glands, rash or itching, joint pain, general ill feeling, confusion, trouble concentrating, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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