Every once in a while the topic of quit nicotine drugs comes up on the forums. While we generally support the “cold turkey” method of nicotine cessation there are definitely cases when medication can help. The two big ones that generally come up are Chantix and Zyban (Wellbutrin).
This recent report from the New York Times warns that users of these drugs should be “watched closely for signs of serious mental illness, as reports mount of suicides among the drugs’ users.” Personally I’ve never used either of these drugs but my first response to this is “WOW”.
The article goes on to say, “We don’t want to scare people off from trying a medication that could help them achieve this goal. You should just be careful.” Personally I think that’s good advice any time you’re taking drugs. At the very least, PLEASE consult a doctor before starting any of these medications (or any nicotine replacement therapy for that matter).
Read the article here: www.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/health/02drug.html