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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?

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.

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