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Wellbutrin Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is bupropion (Wellbutrin)?
- What are the possible side effects of bupropion?
- What is the most important information I should know about bupropion?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking bupropion?
- How should I take bupropion?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking bupropion?
- What other drugs will affect bupropion?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking bupropion?
Do not use bupropion if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
You should not take bupropion if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- epilepsy or a seizure disorder;
- an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia; or
- if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, seizure medication, or a sedative (Valium, Nembutal, Seconal, Solfoton, and others).
Bupropion may cause seizures, especially in people with certain medical conditions. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions.
Do not take bupropion to treat more than one condition at a time. If you take Wellbutrin for depression, do not also take Zyban to quit smoking.
To make sure bupropion is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- a history of head injury, seizures, or brain or spinal cord tumor;
- heart disease, high blood pressure, history of heart attack;
- kidney or liver disease (especially cirrhosis); or
- bipolar disorder (manic depression).
Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using bupropion. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether bupropion will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Bupropion can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
How should I take bupropion?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Too much of this medicine can increase your risk of a seizure.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.
If you take Zyban to help you stop smoking, you may continue to smoke for about 1 week after you start the medicine. Set a date to quit smoking during the second week of treatment. Talk to your doctor if you are having trouble quitting after you have used Zyban for at least 7 weeks.
Your doctor may prescribe nicotine patches or gum to help support your smoking cessation treatment. Read all directions and safety information for the nicotine product. Do not smoke at any time if you are using a nicotine product along with Zyban. Too much nicotine can cause serious side effects.
Do not stop using bupropion suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using bupropion.
This medication can cause you to have a false positive drug screening test. If you provide a urine sample for drug screening, tell the laboratory staff that you are taking bupropion.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Wellbutrin Information
- Wellbutrin Drug Interactions Center: bupropion hcl oral
- Wellbutrin Side Effects Center
- Wellbutrin Overview including Precautions
- Wellbutrin FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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