Wellbutrin, generically known as Bupropion, is an antidepressant medication.
Wellbutrin medication acts as an antidepressant prescribed to treat clinical depression. Wellbutrin can also be prescribed 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.
If you have had any allergic reaction to bupropion, do not take Wellbutrin.
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;
- Heart diseases;
- Hypertension (taking Wellbutrin could make this worse);
- Kidney problems;
- Liver diseases;
- Manic depressive illnesses;
- Mental retardation;
- Nervous-, mental- or emotional disorders;
- Seizures (the risks of having more severe and frequent seizures can be heightened by taking Wellbutrin);
Do not take Wellbutrin within 14 hours from any MAOI intake.
Wellbutrin 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 should be taken exactly as your doctor indicated. Do not use more regularly than your doctor has indicated. 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.
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.
If an overdose is suspected, immediately seek medical attention.
The rule for Wellbutrin is never to double dose. When you have skipped a dose of Wellbutrin, entirely skip that dose or better yet, consult your doctor for the proper course of action.
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:
- Abdominal pains;
- Allergic reactions;
- Decrease in appetite;
- Dry mouth;
- Loss of consciousness;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Severe headache;
- Trouble concentrating;
- Unusual weight loss;
If you experience any of these side effects and if they become bothersome or intolerable, seek medical attention immediately or consult your doctor.
Certain drugs should not be prescribed 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:
- Maoi (monoamine oxydase inhibitor activity);
- Tricyclic anti-depressants;
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.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Wellbutrin may also be known as: