Wellbutrin is used for:
Depression treatment. It may also be used for the other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Wellbutrin is an antidepressant. It works in the brain to treat depression.
How to use Wellbutrin:
Use Wellbutrin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosage instructions.
- Wellbutrin comes with an extra patient information sheet called Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time upon getting a refill of Wellbutrin.
- Take Wellbutrin orally regardless of your meal patern. If stomach upset occurs, take it with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Several weeks may pass before your symptoms improve. Do not stop taking Wellbutrin without prior check with your doctor.
- Take your doses at the same times each day at least 6 hours apart unless directed otherwise by your doctor. This may help to decrease the risk of seizures with Wellbutrin .
- Continue to take Wellbutrin even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Wellbutrin , skip the missed dose. Go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than 1 dose within 6 hours. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Wellbutrin .
Before using Wellbutrin:
Some medical conditions may interact with Wellbutrin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following applicable to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you or a family member has a history of bipolar disorder (manic depression), other mental or mood problems (e.g. depression), suicidal thoughts or attempts, or alcohol or substance abuse
- if you have diabetes, kidney problems, high blood pressure, heart problems (e.g. congestive heart failure), or a recent heart attack
- if you have a history of seizure, head injury, tumor in the brain or spinal cord, or liver problems (e.g. cirrhosis)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Wellbutrin . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Amantadine, antipsychotics (e.g. haloperidol, risperidone), corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone), insulin, levodopa, MAOIs (e.g. phenelzine), nicotine patches, oral hypoglycemics (e.g. glipizide), other antidepressants (e.g. fluoxetine, amitriptyline), sympathomimetics (e.g. pseudoephedrine), theophylline, or tiagabine because they may increase the risk of Wellbutrin 's side effects
- Carbamazepine, phenobarbital, or phenytoin because they may decrease Wellbutrin 's effectiveness
- Antiarrhythmics (e.g. propafenone, flecainide), beta-blockers (e.g. metoprolol), phenothiazines (e.g. thioridazine), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants (e.g. fluoxetine), or tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. nortriptyline) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Wellbutrin
This list of all interactions is not all-inclusive, so other interactions are possible. Ask your health care provider if Wellbutrin may interact with the other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Do NOT use Wellbutrin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Wellbutrin
- you are taking any other medicine that contains bupropion
- you have a history of an eating disorder (e.g. anorexia, bulimia) or seizures (e.g. epilepsy)
- you are suddenly stopping the use of alcohol or sedatives (e.g. benzodiazepines) after long-term use
- you are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (e.g. phenelzine) within the last 14 days
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these applicable to you.
Important safety information:
- Wellbutrin may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with an alcohol or certain medicines. Use Wellbutrin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know exactly how your body reacts to it.
- Check with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (e.g. sleep aids, muscle relaxers) during the treatment course with Wellbutrin ; it may be added to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
- Wellbutrin may increase risk of seizures. Your risk may be greater if you also have certain medical conditions, use certain medicines, or if you drink large amounts of alcohol. Talk to your doctor to clarify if you may have a greater risk of seizures while taking Wellbutrin.
- If you are already using sedatives, do not stop them abruptly without prior check with your doctor. Abrupt stopping may increase your seizure risk.
- Do not take decongestants (e.g. pseudoephedrine), stimulants, or diet pills while you are taking Wellbutrin without prior consultation with your doctor. They may increase your risk of seizures.
- The risk of seizures may be greater if you take Wellbutrin in high doses or for a long period of time. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose, change your dose, or use Wellbutrin for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Children, teenagers, and young adults who take Wellbutrin may be at increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. All patients taking Wellbutrin should be closely monitored. Contact the doctor right away if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as depressed mood; anxious, restless, or irritable behavior; panic attacks; or any unusual change in the mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur.
- If you have trouble sleeping, you may be taking your dose too close to the bedtime. Talk to your doctor about changing your dosing schedule.
- Wellbutrin contains the same ingredients as Zyban, a medicine used to help to stop smoking. Do not take Wellbutrin if you are also taking Zyban. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Wellbutrin should be used with caution to treat seniors; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Wellbutrin should be used with extreme caution by CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Wellbutrin while you are pregnant. Wellbutrin is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Wellbutrin .
Possible side effects of Wellbutrin :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people will only have minor or no side effects at all. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; restlessness; taste changes; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weight changes.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pains; confusion; delusions; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; hearing problems; menstrual changes; new or worsening mental or mood changes (e.g. concentration problems, panic attacks, aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being or inability to sit still); red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; severe or persistent joint or muscle pain; severe or persistent nervousness, restlessness, or trouble sleeping; shortness of breath; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; unusual swelling; vision changes; worsening depression.