Bupropion is an FDA-approved prescription drug that contains no nicotine. It helps tobacco users quit by reducing the craving for nicotine. This section contains general information about bupropion. Talk to your health care provider to learn more and to see if bupropion is a medicine you may want to consider to help you quit tobacco.
How It Works:
- You’ll begin taking bupropion while you are still using tobacco; about one to two weeks before your planned quit date.
- You’ll take bupropion for seven to 12 weeks.
- Talk to your health care provider about how long you should use bupropion.
Serious side effects have been seen in some people who use bupropion. This includes changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts. If you experience any of these side effects, contact your provider immediately. All patients being treated with bupropion should be observed for any changes in behavior. If you are trying to quit with bupropion, let your family and others around you know, so they can be on the lookout for these symptoms and can help you, if needed.
Some side effects may include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Dry mouth
- Trouble concentrating
Important: Use all medications exactly as they are prescribed for you. Do not use medications in larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your health care provider. Be sure to tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines including anything over-the-counter. Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children and pets. Take note, the content on this site reflects general information about tobacco cessation medications and is not a substitute for the advice of a medical provider, nurse or pharmacist. You should always talk with your health care provider about which medication is right for you and your situation, especially if you are on Active Duty. Some medications may have restrictive use depending on military occupation and status.