WELLBUTRIN ® (bupropion) is an anti-depressant that works by affecting two chemicals in the brain that are believed to help regulate your mood (dopamine and norepinephrine).
Generic Name: E: BUPROPION (byoo-PROE-pee-on)
Wellbutrin - Bupropion HCL Usage
Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used to treat depression. It works by affecting two chemicals in the brain that are believed to help regulate your mood (dopamine and norepinephrine).
How To Take Wellbutrin - Bupropion HCL
Take Wellbutrin (bupropion) with food if stomach upset occurs. Take Wellbutrin doses at regularly scheduled times each day. Do not take more or less medication than prescribed and follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Taking more than the recommended dose of Wellbutrin (bupropion) will increase your risk of having a seizure. Do not stop taking Wellbutrin without notifying your doctor. Since Wellbutrin may cause sleeplessness at first, it is best not to take this near bedtime. It may take 4 weeks or more before the full effects of Wellbutrin are noticed.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Space your doses evenly throughout the day. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel better. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as you remember. Take the remaining doses for the day at evenly spaced intervals at least 4 hours apart. DO NOT take 2 doses at once.
Wellbutrin - Bupropion HCL Side Effects
Wellbutrin (bupropion) is generally well tolerated. Dry mouth, headache, increased sweating, nausea/vomiting, constipation, anxiety, fatigue and blurred vision may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Report promptly: unusual weight loss or gain, palpitations, agitation, trouble sleeping. Unlikely but report promptly: tremor, dizziness, fainting, mood changes, slowed movements, difficulty urinating, decreased sex drive, drowsiness. Very unlikely but report promptly: seizures, mental problems, fever, muscle aches, yellowing of the eyes or skin. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to Wellbutrin, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms may include trouble breathing, rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Precautions for Wellbutrin - Bupropion HCL
Before taking Wellbutrin (bupropion), tell your doctor if you have: history of seizures or Head injury or brain tumor, heart disease, liver or kidney disease, eating disorder, diabetes, alcohol dependence, any allergies, the intent to quit smoking. Because of the possibility Wellbutrin will make you dizzy and affect coordination, do not drive or operate machinery until you get used to the drug’s effects. Limit or avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages; alcohol can increase your risk of seizures. Chronic alcohol users who suddenly stop the intake of alcohol while taking bupropion may increase the risk of having seizures. Suddenly stopping certain tranquilizers (e.g., diazepam, chlordiazepoxide) is not recommended because doing so may increase the risk of having seizures. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Wellbutrin - Bupropion HCL Interactions
Before taking Wellbutrin (bupropion) tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medications you may use especially: MAO inhibitors (e.g., isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, pargyline, selegiline, linezolid, furazolidone), levodopa, ritonavir, corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone), sedatives, adrenaline-like stimulants (e.g., ephedrine), products containing nicotine (e.g., patches or gum). Also report use of drugs which might increase seizure risk (decrease seizure threshold) such as: phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine), tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline), isoniazid (INH), theophylline. Excess caffeine intake can increase the chance of seizures with Wellbutrin. Check all nonprescription/prescription drug labels for caffeine. Consult your doctor or pharmacist. A certain product used to help quit smoking contains bupropion. Do not take that product while using Wellbutrin. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
The information contained on this website is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of Wellbutrin is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
Wellbutrin - Bupropion HCL Missed Dosage
If you miss a Wellbutrin dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Wellbutrin -Bupropion HCL Storage
Store Wellbutrin at room temperature and keep away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.
Wellbutrin -Bupropion HCL Prices
Revision date: July 3, 2011
Last revised: by Dave R. Roger, M.D.
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