Antidepressant Can Help Women Quit Smoking
May 05, 2004
BETHESDA, Md. (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A study funded by the U.S. government found that taking an anti-depressant medication may help some women kick the smoking habit.
Scientists studied a group of 314 female and 241 male smokers. They were given buprion, an anti-depressant also known as Zyban or Wellbutrin. Some were also given counseling.
The study found that women who received both buprion and counseling had quit rates as high as the men's. But women who smoked heavily were less likely to benefit than those who were light smokers. For men, heavy smokers had a better quit rate with buprion.
Generally, women who attempt to quit smoking are more likely than men to resume the habit. Researchers believe that depression and fear of weight gain may be responsible.
The investigators received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study was published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.