Our expert says:
Firstly, I'm very surprised if your doctor didn't discuss all these possibilities with you when prescribing the drug, and re-assure you to call him / her if troubles arose. Too many doctors seem to see their role as beginning and ending with writing a prescription. Proper counselling and support must be part of any proper treatment of smoking problems. And a one-off consultation is hopelessly inadequate without proper follow-up.
Zyban is also an anti-depressant, but indeed notable depression can occasionally be seen as a side-effect. It could be related to Zyban, or to nicotine withdrawal. It is seen in people who stop smoking without drug help --- and also in people on Zyban who continue to smoke, so it's puzzling.
With the sort of reaction you are describing, it was wise to STOP the Zyban, but you should have arranged to see your doc again soon for re-assessment. Not only sdhould you go back to see your doc, but he should have warned you of these possibilities and should have URGED you to return if there were any unpleasant side-effects.
Usually the ill-efects fade away when one stops the drug ( these are uncommon but significant side-effects )--- but not always, and some other care may be adviseable. See your doc.
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