Zyban helps smokers quit after other failed attempts

A new study looks at abstinence rates in smokers who failed on their first attempt to quit smoking, but had better success with Zyban.

Beating the odds

According to a press release, “Typically, people who attempt to quit smoking on their own experience 5 percent to 7 percent success rates, while smokers who try Zyban a first time generally enjoy a better-than-30 percent long-term success rate.”

In this study, smokers re-treated with the drug had a 27 percent abstinence rate after seven weeks, compared to 5 percent abstinence for the placebo group. At 12 weeks, 20 percent of smokers being re-treated were still smoke free compared to three percent of the subjects in the placebo group.

“Patients often feel discouraged following treatment with medications such as bupropion or nicotine patches if they are unable to successfully quit smoking,” said David Gonzales, Ph.D., director of the OHSU Smoking Cessation Center and lead author of the study results.

“However, evidence-based options for patients in this situation have been few. This is the first study to show that smokers can be retreated with Zyban successfully.”

A smoker’s story

“I tried to quit several times,” Jackie Allben said. The 34-year-old community theater actress attempted to kick the habit three times over the course of ten years and said nothing helped until her doctor recommended Zyban.

“At the beginning, I was able to take the medication while I smoked,” she said. “That was huge for me because I didn’t want to just quit cold turkey.”

More on Zyban

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