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This is intended as a summary and should not replace individual medical advice from a doctor or pharmacist. This summary does not include all possible information for this medication, ask your health care professional for personalized recommendations and complete information about this product.
Bupropion is an antidepressant that is also used for smoking cessation and to treat many conditions such as mental/mood disorders like depression. Antidepressants can be used for the prevention of suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other benefits. A small amount of people (especially those younger than 25) who take antidepressants can experience worse or new depression, other mood/mental symptoms or new suicidal tendencies.
It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of antidepressants even if the treatment isn’t for a mental/mood condition. If you are experiencing new or worsening depression, behavioural changes, or mental/mood changes, talk to your doctor right away. If you’re using bupropion to quit smoking and notice any of these symptoms immediately stop taking the medication and contact your doctor. Also talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms after finishing treatment with bupropion.
Bupropion is used for the treatment of depression, or the prevention of seasonal affective disorder. It can improve your feelings of well-being and mood and can work by restoring the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.
The following uses are not listed in the professional labeling that is approved for this drug, but your healthcare professional can prescribe it for these reasons. Binge eating disorder, and other mood disorder can be helped by this drug. It can also be used to help suppress nicotine cravings and decrease withdrawal effects.
Take this medication as directed by your doctor. If your stomach is upset you may take this medication after a meal or snack. If you take this drug late in the day that can cause insomnia. Do not crush or chew the extended-release tablet, as it can release all of the drug at once which can increase the risk of side effects.
Do not split tablets unless they are scored and your doctor tells you to do so. Swallow the tablet whole or split it without crushing. Do not adjust how you take this medication without consulting your doctor, do not stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor, your dose may be gradually decreased. If your condition worsens or does not improve tell your doctor.
Sore throat, dry mouth, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, headache, decreased appetite, constipation, weight loss, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, shaking, or ringing of the ears can occur. Tell your doctor if these effects get worse or persist. An empty shell of a tablet can appear in your stool, this is a harmless effect as your body has absorbed the medication.
Your doctor has considered the benefits vs. the risks of this medication and has prescribed this medication as they believe the benefits outweigh the risks. Most of the people who use this medication do not experience serious side effects. This medication could raise your blood pressure so ensure you are checking it regularly and tell your doctor if you receive high results.
Immediately talk to your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects: irregular/pounding/fast heartbeat, mood/mental changes, unusual weight fluctuation. If you experience any of these very serious side effects stop taking bupropion and seek medical attention immediately: eye pain/redness/swelling, seizure, and others.
Serious allergic reactions to this drug are rare however, get medical help immediately if you experience any of these signs of allergic reaction: itching/swelling, rash, severe dizziness, trouble breathing, sores in the mouth or around the eyes.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any and all allergies before starting bupropion as it may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other issues. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about your medical history and your family’s medical history especially of: kidney problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, among others.
If you are suddenly stopping regular sedative use or drugs used to treat seizures, or alcohol, you should not take bupropion. This drug can make you dizzy and alcohol or marijuana can increase dizziness. Do not do any activity requiring alertness until you can do so safely. Older adults can be more sensitive to some of the side effects such as memory loss and dizziness.
This medication should only be used during pregnancy when clearly needed. Do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor to do so. If you’re planning to become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug does pass into breast milk and can have undesirable effects on a nursing infant, talk to your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions can interfere with the efficacy of your medications and can increase the risk of serious side effects. Share a list of all the products you take with your doctor and pharmacist. Don’t adjust your usage of this medication without talking with your doctor.
There may be some medications that interact with this drug including: pimozide, codeine, tamoxifen. If you take MAO inhibitors with this medication it can cause a serious (potentially fatal) drug interaction. This medication can interfere with the results of medical/laboratory tests causing false results, tell laboratory personnel that you’re using this medication.
If someone is having trouble breathing or passes out, call 911 as they may have overdosed.
This medication should not be shared with others, keep all psychiatric and regular medical appointments. Medical tests should be performed periodically to monitor side effects and monitor your progress.
If you miss a dose do not take it to catch up, just take the next dose at your regular time.
Store this medication away from light and moisture at room temperature, but not in the bathroom. Keep medications away from pets and children. Only dispose of medications by methods recommended by a waste disposal company or pharmacist.
BUPROPION EXTENDED-RELEASE (ANTIDEPRESSANT) – ORAL