Zyban® (bupropion SR) is an antidepressant that is approved for smoking cessation. It can be used alone or in combination with nicotine replacement medications.
Many people take Wellbutrin SR® instead of Chantix for smoking cessation. Wellbutrin SR is similar to Zyban, but is more likely to be covered by insurance (see Wellbutrin to Quit Smoking).
Many forms of counseling, including group therapy, can help people stop smoking. In fact, everyone who is trying to quit smoking can benefit from smoking cessation counseling. Ask your healthcare provider about counseling or support programs for people trying to quit smoking. Various Web sites and hotlines are also available to offer advice.
Several Chantix alternatives are available, including other medications and counseling. Talk to your healthcare provider if the medication is not working for you or if you are experiencing bothersome Chantix side effects. You may need to try one of the other smoking cessation treatments mentioned in this article.