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ZYBAN, The Anti-depressant – Side Effects

Zyban, originally intended for use as an anti-depressant, was found to be useful in helping people stop smoking, regardless of whether depressed or not.

However…

The canadian Medical Association Journal that a widely prescribed anti-depressant and anti-smoking drug has potentially deadly side effects.

Zyban, also marketed as Wellbutrin, is manufactured by the Drug Company GlaxoSmithKline. It has been prescribed to about 2 million people since 1998, and there have been problems associated with the drug, including 19 deaths in Canada.

Last July, GlaxoSmithKline issued a warning to the doctors about potentially serious side effects associated with the drugs, including seizures and convulsions. Health Canada re-issued the warning in September. People on the medication ZYBAN need to have their risk profile assessed before it’s prescribed and they need to be monitored.

Contra-indications

  • Epilepsy
  • History of seizures
  • Eating disorders
  • manic depression
  • pregnancy
  • Breast feeding
  • CNS tumor
  • Alcohol

Side effects

  • difficulty in concentration
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • increased blood pressure
  • Fast heart beat
  • postural hypotension
  • reddened skin
  • tremor
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • depression
  • confusion
  • anxiety
  • restless
  • fever
  • chest pain
  • weakness
  • reduced appetite
  • stomach upset
  • rash
  • itch
  • sweating
  • tinnitus
  • altered taste
  • visual disturbances
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