What is Wellbutrin?
Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant medication used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
Wellbutrin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not take Wellbutrin if you have seizures, an eating disorder, or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, seizure medication, or sedatives. If you take Wellbutrin for depression, do not also take Zyban to quit smoking.
Do not use Wellbutrin if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.
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Wellbutrin may cause seizures, especially in people with certain medical conditions or when using certain drugs. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and the drugs you use.
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 Wellbutrin. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Common side effects of Wellbutrin include insomnia, nausea, weight loss, pharyngitis, dizziness, headache, constipation, and xerostomia. Other side effects include skin rash, urinary frequency, agitation, abdominal pain, migraine, arthralgia, nervousness, vomiting, anxiety, lack of concentration, tremor, palpitations, diarrhea, myalgia, tinnitus, pruritus, dysgeusia, anorexia, diaphoresis, flushing, and abnormal dreams. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to bupropion: oral tablet, oral tablet extended release, oral tablet extended release 12 hr, oral tablet extended release 24 hr
As well as its needed effects, bupropion (the active ingredient contained in Wellbutrin) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking bupropion, check with your doctor immediately:
shortness of breath
Buzzing or ringing in the ears
skin rash, hives, or itching
false beliefs that cannot be changed by facts
having extreme distrust of people
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
Incidence not known
Actions that are out of control
chest pain or discomfort
fast or pounding heartbeat
inability to sit still
need to keep moving
talking, feeling, or acting with excitement
Some bupropion side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:
Abdominal or stomach pain
decrease in appetite
weight loss (unusual)
change in sense of taste
frequent need to urinate
unusual feeling of wellbeing
Wellbutrin dosage information:Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride) tablet, film coatedWellbutrin Tablets (bupropion hydrochloride) tablet, film coatedGeneral dosage information for the active ingredient contained in Wellbutrin:Bupropion (oral tablet, extended release, oral tablet)Other Wellbutrin formulations:Wellbutrin SR (bupropion hydrochloride) tablet, film coatedWellbutrin XL (bupropion hydrochloride) tablet, extended releasePlease confirm that the medication forms on the dosage document(s) above are relevant for the specific drug you are interested in.