Effects of BuprobanSeveral studies have shown that Buproban can help people stop smoking. In one study, up to 36 percent of people taking Buproban were able to stop smoking for at least a month, compared to only 17 percent of those not taking Buproban. In another study, combining Buproban with nicotine patches was even more effective -- up to 58 percent of people using Buproban plus nicotine patches were able to quit smoking for at least one month (compared to 23 percent of those not taking either medication).
Studies have also shown that Buproban helps to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as:
In addition, studies have shown that people who continue to take Buproban after stopping smoking are less likely to start smoking again.
When and How to Take BuprobanFollowing are some general considerations for when and how to take Buproban:
- Because it takes about a week to build up the necessary level of Buproban in your blood, you will need to start taking it at least one week before you try to stop smoking.
- Buproban comes in tablet form. The drug is taken by mouth, usually twice a day.
- Be sure to swallow the tablets whole. They should not be cut, crushed, broken, or chewed.
- You can take Buproban with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Buproban should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood.
- For Buproban to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.