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This medication is used to treat depression. It can improve your mood and feelings of well-being. It may work by restoring the balance of certain natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
This medication may also be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or to help people quit smoking by decreasing your cravings and nicotine withdrawal effects. It may also be used in combination with other mood stabilizers to treat bipolar disorder (depressive phase).
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using bupropion and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily in the morning, with or without food. If nausea occurs, you may take this drug with food. It is important to take your dose at the same time each day, 24 hours apart or as directed by your doctor.
Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of serious side effects (including seizures). Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.
Since this drug may cause sleeplessness at first, it is best not to take it near bedtime. Your dose may be slowly increased to limit side effects such as sleeplessness, and to decrease the risk of seizures.
Do not take more or less medication than prescribed. Taking more than the recommended dose of bupropion will increase your risk of having a seizure. There are 2 forms of extended release bupropion (bupropion hydrochloride and bupropion hydrobromide). The usual maximum dose is 450 milligrams per day of bupropion hydrochloride or 522 milligrams of bupropion hydrobromide. The maximum dose depends on your medical condition and response to treatment. Ask your pharmacist for more details or if you have any questions.
Do not stop taking this medication without notifying your doctor. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
It may take 4 weeks or more before the full effects of this medication are noticed. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.
Before taking bupropion, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: seizures, eating disorders (e.g., bulimia, anorexia nervosa).
This medication should not be used if you are suddenly stopping regular use of sedatives (e.g., benzodiazepines such as lorazepam) or alcohol, which can cause a higher risk of seizures.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: alcohol/drug dependence, brain tumor, diabetes, head injury, heart disease, high blood pressure, personal or family history of psychiatric disorder (e.g., bipolar/manic-depressive disorder), personal or family history of suicide thoughts/attempts, kidney problems, liver problems, intention to quit smoking.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
Limit or avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can increase your risk of seizures and dizziness.
Do not take this medicine with any other product containing bupropion (e.g., drugs to help quit smoking) since large doses of bupropion are more likely to cause seizures.
Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be more sensitive to this drug and to side effects.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Infrequently, newborns whose mothers have used certain newer antidepressants during the last 3 months of pregnancy may develop symptoms including persistent feeding or breathing difficulties, jitteriness, seizures or constant crying. Promptly report any such symptoms to the doctor. However, do not stop taking this medication unless your doctor directs you to do so.
This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Dry mouth, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, flushing, headache, loss of appetite, constipation, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, strange taste in mouth, joint aches, dizziness, or blurred vision may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: chest pain, fainting, fast/pounding heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., agitation, anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, nervousness, restlessness), muscle aches, ringing in the ears, severe headache, uncontrolled movements (tremor), unusual weight loss or gain.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: muscle pain/tenderness/weakness, change in the amount of urine.
This drug may rarely cause seizures. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience a seizure. If you have a seizure while taking bupropion, you should not take this drug again.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
An empty tablet shell may appear in your stool. This is harmless.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.