Drawbacks of Smoking Cessation Medications

The FDA has previously approved two smoking cessation products that do not contain nicotine. They are Chantix (varenicline tartrate) and Zyban (buproprion hydrochloride). Both are available in tablet form and by prescription only. Unfortunately, these medications have serious drawbacks.


The most common side effects of CHANTIX include nausea, trouble sleeping or vivid, unusual, or strange dreams, constipation, gas, and/or vomiting.

In June 2021, Pfizer halted the production of smoking cessation medication Chantix (varenicline) due to the presence of unacceptable levels of nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are chemicals found in nature and the human body, but consuming high levels of these long-term may raise the risk of cancer.

The brand-name Chantix has been fully discontinued since its recall. As of February 27, 2023, the levels of the N-nitroso-varenicline (NNV) impurity in Chantix exceeded FDA's acceptable intake limit.

Despite this, according to our local pharmacist, Chantix is still available under the name Zarenicline.

Zyban (Wellbutrin)

The most common side effects of Zyban are dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, constipation, blurred vision, increased sweating, strange taste in mouth, or stomach pain.

In 2007, complaints on Wellbutrin generic Budeprion XL 300 cited headaches, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. People who had never been suicidal were all of a sudden reporting suicidal thoughts according to Joe Graedon, the cofounder of the consumer advocacy group the People’s Pharmacy.

In October 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration initiated a recall of generic Wellbutrin, or bupropion.

It was recalled again in 2019. Unusually, the recall is not because the medication has side effects, but rather because the medication doesn’t work at all. This problem was not a batch issue; here there was a problem with every pill manufactured during the five years that the company had been selling the drug.

Zyban was recalled again in 2022 for the same reason as Chantix--due to the presence of unacceptable levels of nitrosamines.

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