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Wellbutrin (Bupropion) SR

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Wellbutrin Information

Wellbutrin, generically known as Bupropion, is an antidepressant medication

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Wellbutrin Information

Wellbutrin, generically known as Bupropion, is an antidepressant medication.

Wellbutrin Indications

Wellbutrin medication acts as an antidepressant used to treat clinical depression. Wellbutrin can also be used as a drug to help a person to quit smoking, although this is not recommended as the severe side effects can damage the person's will-power ability.

Wellbutrin Warnings

If you have had any allergic reaction to bupropion, do not take Wellbutrin.

Wellbutrin and Pregnancy

Wellbutrin has not been known to cause birth defects in animals that were tested, although human trials have not been carried out. Therefore it is recommended not to take this antidepressant when pregnant or if you wish to conceive at any point soon. The active ingredient of Wellbutrin is passed into the breast milk of mothers and may cause un-wanted side effects in the nursing infant. It is not advised to breast feed while taking Wellbutrin medication.

When you have any of the following medical concerns, inform you doctor before taking Wellbutrin:

  • Anorexia nervosa or a history thereof
  • Brain tumours
  • Drug abuse
  • Head injury or history of head injuries
  • Mental retardation
  • Seizures (The risks of having more severe and frequent seizures can be heightened by taking Wellbutrin)
  • Manic Depressive illnesses
  • Nervous-, mental- or emotional disorders
  • Hypertension (Taking Wellbutrin could make this worse)
  • Heart diseases
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver diseases

Do not take Wellbutrin within 14 hours from any MAOI intake.

This medication may foster a false sense of well being, therefore use Wellbutrin with caution. Please ensure that the underlying cause of your distemper is dealt with in addition to taking the medication.

Wellbutrin Intake Guidelines

Wellbutrin should be taken exactly as your doctor prescribed. Do not use more regularly than your doctor has prescribed. Wellbutrin may be taken with meals/food to lessen its undesirable effects on the stomach.

Each Wellbutrin tablet should be swallowed whole and not broken into pieces. Do not crush or chew a Wellbutrin tablet before swallowing.

Wellbutrin Dosage

The dosage and the interval for each dose can only be determined by your doctor. However, you can also roughly refer to the dosage prescribed below:

For the treatment of mental depression:

  • 150 mg as the initial dose to be taken in the morning. Your doctor may increase this dose but the usual dosage should be not more than 200 mg twice a day.

To help stop smoking:

  • The initial dose for the treatment of smoking addiction is 150 mg to be given once a day. Your doctor may want to increase your dosage but it should not be more than 150 mg two times a day.

Wellbutrin Overdose

If an overdose is suspected, immediately seek medical attention.

Wellbutrin Missed Dose

The rule for this medicine is never to double dose. When you have skipped a dose of this medicine, entirely skip that dose or better yet, consult your doctor for the proper course of action.

Wellbutrin Side Effects

The following side effects may or may not be present and the degree and frequency of each is dependent on the susceptibility of the patient:

  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Severe headache
  • Allergic reactions
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Abdominal pains
  • Constipation
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth

If you experience any of these side effects and if they become bothersome or intolerable, seek medical attention immediately or consult your doctor.

Wellbutrin Drug Reactions

Certain drugs should not be used alongside Wellbutrin. Inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs as it may cause unwanted reactions when combined/ ingested/taken together with Wellbutrin:

  • Alcohol
  • Lithium
  • Antipsychotics
  • Fluoxetine
  • Maprotiline
  • Theophylline
  • Tradozone
  • MAOI (Monoamine Oxydase Inhibitor Activity)
  • Ritonavir
  • Tricyclic anti-depressants
  • Corticosteroids

You may require a dosage alteration of Wellbutrin or may be advised to stop intake if you have taken or are taking any of these medicines. It is best to ask for your doctor's advice.

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In some countries WELLBUTRIN may also be known as: Bupropion, Zyban, Odranal, Clorpax, Quomem, Budeprion 

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