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Hi, Dayvidpriddy :wave:

First, absolutely check with your doctor, but here are a few of my thoughts on your questions.

[QUOTE]I know that with Bupropian (Zyban, Welbutrin, etc) that it's recommended to also combine the patch with the medication for the best success rate. I have the patch (I was prescribed it about a month ago but have not started it yet). So this still remains as a first option to complete or not to complete?[/QUOTE]

It seems to me the Wellbutrin is working for you in a number of ways. It's helped with your depression, your sexual addictions, and it's helped in decreasing your smoking. You've got the second half of the prescription in hand (patches); why not try it?

[QUOTE]Does anyone know if I took Chantix with my current medication which is Bupropian (Zyban, Welbutrin, etc), would it help or would it be a bad combination, etc? I plan on discussing it with my shrink on Wednesday when I go into see him. The problem is that he's a shrink! He doesn't really know about Chantix so I'm worried that he won't have the answer for me that I need.[/QUOTE]

You'll definitely want to check with a doctor (or two) on that one. If it were me, I'd check with both the shrink and a family doc or whoever you normally see for colds, flus, checkups, etc. And the shrink might surprise you. Chantix and Wellbutrin are drugs that influence and affect the brain and psychological functioning. If I were a betting woman, my money would be on the shrink to know more about Chantix than the average family doc.

[QUOTE]If I can't take both medications, and if meaning that I want to try Chantix but that if I do, I must stop the Bupropian and start another anti-depressant drug, do you think it would be worth me stopping a anti-depression medication that seems to be working well for me, just so I have a better chance of quitting smoking? Keep in mind, I would try another anti-depressant drug (if my shrink agrees to it) but I just really want to give Chantix a try![/QUOTE]

Like I said above, it seems the Wellbutrin is helping a few things for you, including smoking. If it were me, I'd want to try the full regiment (patches with the med) before giving up and trying another quit aid.

[QUOTE]And finally, #3. Is there any positive effect by taking Chantix WITH the patch or does that defeat the purpose? I know that Chantix blocks the receptors in the brain that give us the good feeling when we smoke, so if that is true, then the patch (which contains nicotine) would be being blocked, which would be a waste of money, correct or not?
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You do not want to use Chantix with NRT. Totally defeats the purpose of Chantix. My worst weeks mentally were weeks 2 and 3 on Chantix while I was still smoking (I didn't quit on day 8; I quit on day 15). Same for my hubby and my mother, too. So, yes, it would be a complete waste of money, IMO, and it does something screwy to your brain, too -- at least smoking on the full dose does.

Best of luck getting all of this worked out. The simplest solution, IMO, would be to try the patches with your current med, especially if the Wellbutrin is helping you in other areas.
[I][QUOTE=Dayvidpriddy;3040353]Thanks Sten...I guess then I'm on the right track. But I will still talk to my shrink tomorrow to see what he thinks. You asked why I hadn't started the patch yet? LOL...because I still want to smoke, rofl!!! I know, it's horrible isn't it? But I have a few stressful things coming up (i know thats the typical excuse) and I just don't want to start that next step until a few things are over with. Like they say, there is never a perfect time to quit but you want to pick a time that you feel comfortable with, and that is what I'm doing. I mean the progress that I have made since October of last year (going from 2 plus packs a day, to about a half a pack a day...in a weeks time mind you) is pretty darn significant if you ask me!

Anyways thanks and I will let you know what my shrink says tomorrow. Maybe he will know about Chantix.

Thanks![/QUOTE][/I]
[FONT="Comic Sans MS"]Hi Dayvid...

Good job,...cutting down so much...that just shows how much you are willing to quit for good. Just wanted to say that I too agree with StenoLady...I too quit w/ the Wellbutrin and the patch, and the patch does work very very well. I think anything works pretty well when we really, [B]REALLY[/B] are ready to quit and we are so determined to quit. I tried quitting 5 x with classes and gum, [when it 1st came out], and then later tried the patches, [when they 1st came out], and actually tried several times w/ the patches, and the gum, over and over again,...but until I was 100% determined to do it no matter what it took...then was I able to quit for once and for all. In 3 more months it will be 4 years since I quit...and sometimes I can hardly believe it, myself...and my friends say they still can't believe it, as I was such a big smokin' fool. :rolleyes:

Anyway, the patches work great, but later I started chewing the gum, [because my hubby was chewing it and leaving it lying around], and I tried one and then got very, very hooked on that stuff. (I think my DH and I hold the record for the longest time on NRT! LOL...but at least we finally QUIT!)

Whatever you end up trying/using, I wish you the very best!! :D

And to StenoLady, [if you read this far down], I am just so curious....about what you said about the Chantix messing with your head? Could you please let us all know what you mean by that? I am so curious about that drug....it seems to be working well for a lot of people, but I have heard a few people say they couldn't take it at all, as they wigged out when they did... I have recommended it to a few friends and relatives... but I am curious about all of the side effects...good and bad. (and congratulations to [B]YOU[/B] on your success in quitting!....that's super!)

Deda :) [/FONT]





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