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Anyone managed to source UK Zyban yet?

TAME_that_PAIN

TAME_that_PAIN

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In the UK 'They' said Zyban (bupropion SR) will be available again end of November since they went out of stock/supply around June/July. But I'm not on it for smoking, mine is off label for depression. It mentions that it is 'rarely' prescribed for treatment-resistant depression. Strange, seeing as it's within the top 5 most prescribed antidepressant in the USA as Wellbutrin.
In the meantime 'they' have collaborated with two other 'giants' to create a covid vaccine. Forget the already sick, prioritise the people that aren't yet, probably never will get sick (except FROM the vaccine....). Oops, got a bit personal there 😂
Back to my query. Has anyone here in the UK on bupropion and have successfully sourced themselves a supply? Any tips?
 
TAME_that_PAIN

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NHS, but off label for depression/motivation. Had a consultation today. The hospital has 40 x 150mg tablets in stock. They've been reserved for me and my doc increased my dexamfetamine from 20-25mg am and 15-20mg pm. So I'm to stay on 150mg Zyban am, without breaking the pill in half (!) and put me back on 100mg of quetiapine. Under 200mg of quetiapine has some dopamine agonist effects, rather than the antagonist effects seen at higher doses for bipolar and schizophrenia. So hopefully that will help. I've always kept some quetiapine as a precautionary fix if I experience any psychosis from the dex. What I have found is that taking 100mg AM for 2-3 days can really help snap me out of a deep depression, although it never seems very effective with prolonged use.
His reason to not attempt in ordering any bupropion elsewhere was too complex for me to get my head around, although it most probably has something to do with the NHS being 'awkward'. They make things so difficult sometimes.
During the summer of 2019, I was forced off of phenelzine. I wanted off it anyway but it was very abrupt. All because it was being entirely sourced from China. How irresponsible 🙈.

As to your query, were you going to suggest something if I was seeing a private Psychiatrist?
My doctor did work private part-time, but this year he's having some sort of treatment. For what I don't know but it's making him very ill.
 
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Wow, good going to get an off label prescription on the NHS.
 
TAME_that_PAIN

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It's all to do with who the doctor is 😉
Sounds lucky perhaps, but you usually need to be a tough case to need a more experienced doctor.
I'm quite resistant to meds, as you might tell. Resistant to so many things.
 
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