Study shows Zyban may help teens quit smoking
Many adults have turned to Zyban to help them kick their smoking habit, but now researchers are wondering if it can help teenagers as well. The younger demographic hasn’t been widely tested, but researchers believe it could help teenagers just as it does adults.
Zyban, the first FDA approved medication that doesn’t involve nicotine, was used in a study conducted by the University of Arizona College Of Medicine. About 300 teenagers between the ages of 14-17 were enrolled in the study. All of the teens smoked at least six cigarettes a day and had tried to quit in the past. Teens were randomly place in one of three groups. One group received a 150mg pill a day, another received a 300mg pill a day and some received a placebo.
The volunteers took Zyban for six weeks but were followed for 20 weeks. The results show those teenagers taking the high doses of Zyban had the best results. About 29% of those teenagers managed to kick the habit for at least 20 weeks.
Researchers say their success rate is low, but believe it could be increased if teens took Zyban for the recommended 12 weeks like adults do rather than the 6 weeks used in this trial.
The study was published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Doctors aren’t 100% certain how Zyban works. It was introduced as a depression medication, but it wound up cutting tobacco cravings for many patients. Now the medication is marketed specifically to smokers.
The medication is taken two weeks before a smoker plans to quit to build the medication in the body. It’s best to use the medication for at least 7 to 9 weeks after you quit smoking, but can be taken for up to a year.
A doctor should be consulted before taking Zyban.