Facts about Wellbutrin side effects


Wellbutrin side effects :
a look at Purpose, Use and Impact

Wellbutrin (Bupropion) is an antidepressant (mood elevator) used to treat depression. Bupropion is used to help people stop smoking. It is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Special Warning about Wellbutrin side effects

According to The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP),"Bupropion may cause seizures when taken in large doses. Take bupropion in divided doses three or four times daily to minimize the risk of seizures. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had seizures, brain tumors, head injuries, or an eating disorder or are taking anti-psychotics, tranquilizers or other antidepressants."

Wellbutrin side effects and interactions

Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits, especially during the first few months of treatment with this medicine. The amount of bupropion you take may have to be changed often to meet the needs of your condition and to help avoid unwanted Wellbutrin side effects.

Do not take bupropion within 14 days of taking an MAO inhibitor.

Bupropion is sold under different brand names for different uses. If you are already taking medicine for mental depression or to help you stop smoking, discuss this with your health care professional before taking bupropion. It is very important that you receive only one prescription for bupropion at a time.

Drinking of alcoholic beverages should be limited or avoided, if possible, while taking bupropion. This will help prevent seizures.

Wellbutrin side effects may cause some people to feel a false sense of well-being, or to become drowsy, dizzy, or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert and clearheaded.

Observed Wellbutrin side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Wellbutrin side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More Commonly Observed

Agitation; anxiety.

Less Commonly Observed

Buzzing or ringing in ears; headache (severe); skin rash, hives, or itching.

Rarely Observed

Confusion; extreme distrust; fainting; false beliefs that cannot be changed by facts; hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); seizures (convulsions), especially with higher doses; trouble in concentrating.

Wellbutrin side effects may be more severe from an overdose. Two or more of the following may occur together : Fast heartbeat; hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); loss of consciousness ; nausea; seizures (convulsions) ; vomiting.

Other Wellbutrin side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More Commonly Observed

Abdominal pain; constipation; decrease in appetite; dizziness; dryness of mouth; increased sweating ; nausea or vomiting; trembling or shaking; trouble in sleeping; weight loss (unusual).

Less Commonly Observed

Blurred vision; change in sense of taste ; drowsiness; feeling of fast or irregular heartbeat; frequent need to urinate ; muscle pain; sore throat ; unusual feeling of well-being.

Other Wellbutrin side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)


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