Wellbutrin Information - Side Effects, Drug Interactions, Conditions
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Wellbutrin

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Wellbutrin 75mg Tab
GlaxoSmithKline Group of Companies
Pill Identification: WELLBUTRIN 75 
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Wellbutrin 100mg Tab
GlaxoSmithKline Group of Companies
Pill Identification: WELLBUTRIN 100 
Overview Information on Wellbutrin
Pharmacist Tip
If you take sustained-release or extended-release tablets, swallow them whole. Never crush, break, or chew them.     
Wellbutrin® is a medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called antidepressants. Doctors prescribe Wellbutrin to treat depression. Wellbutrin is a brand-name version of the generic medicine bupropion.

Wellbutrin comes as tablets taken by mouth. Your doctor will tell you how much Wellbutrin to take and when. The timing of your doses will depend on which type of Wellbutrin tablets your doctor has prescribed for you to take. Be sure to take Wellbutrin doses at regular intervals. Never take a double dose of Wellbutrin to make up for a missed dose of Wellbutrin.

Bupropion is also marketed under other names. Some examples are Aplenzin®, Buproban®, and Zyban®. These products cannot be taken in place of Wellbutrin. They also should never be taken together at the same time. Doing so may put you at risk for an overdose.

You may notice that Wellbutrin does not relieve your symptoms right away. This is because Wellbutrin can take several weeks to become fully effective. Do not stop taking Wellbutrin without your doctor's consent. Your doctor may start you on a lower dose of Wellbutrin and adjust your dose of Wellbutrin as needed. Be sure to talk with your doctor about how you think Wellbutrin is working to relieve your depression symptoms.

Some people, both adults and children, have reported increased thoughts of suicide while taking Wellbutrin. Tell your doctor right away if you start to have suicidal thoughts or mood changes when you start taking Wellbutrin. Call your doctor right away, or 911 in an emergency, if you have any of the following symptoms or if they are new, getting worse, or are worrying you:
  • New or worse depression
  • Thoughts about suicide or dying, or attempts to commit suicide
  • New or worse anxiety
  • Feeling very agitated or restless
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping
  • New or worse irritability
  • Acting aggressive, or being angry or violent
  • Acting on dangerous impulses
  • An extreme increase in activity and talking
  • Other unusual changes in behavior or mood
Wellbutrin can cause some serious side effects. If you have any of the following symptoms, get emergency help right away:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including itching or hives, swelling of the face or hands, or swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Seizures or tremors
  • Confusion or irrational thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Fever
This list does not contain every side effect of Wellbutrin. Report any side effects you notice or that get worse, worry you, or will not go away.

Wellbutrin may make you drowsy. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Wellbutrin affects you.

More common side effects of Wellbutrin may include:
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Trouble sleeping
Before taking Wellbutrin, talk with your doctor about any health conditions you have or have had. He or she may also ask about your family health history and lifestyle habits, such as alcohol use. Wellbutrin may be dangerous to take with other medicines. You should not take Wellbutrin within 14 days of taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor, for example. Tell your doctor about any medicines you take. Include over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins, and other supplements. Let your doctor know if you have ever had a bad reaction to any medicine. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you become pregnant while taking Wellbutrin.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Wellbutrin® is a medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called antidepressants. Doctors prescribe Wellbutrin to treat depression. Wellbutrin is a brand-name version of the generic medicine bupropion.

Wellbutrin comes as tablets taken by mouth. Your doctor will tell you how much Wellbutrin to take and when. The timing of your doses will depend on which type of Wellbutrin tablets your doctor has prescribed for you to take. Be sure to take Wellbutrin doses at regular intervals. Never take a double dose of Wellbutrin to make up for a missed dose of Wellbutrin.

Bupropion is also marketed under other names. Some examples are Aplenzin®, Buproban®, and Zyban®. These products cannot be taken in place of Wellbutrin. They also should never be taken together at the same time. Doing so may put you at risk for an overdose.

You may notice that Wellbutrin does not relieve your symptoms right away. This is because Wellbutrin can take several weeks to become fully effective. Do not stop taking Wellbutrin without your doctor's consent. Your doctor may start you on a lower dose of Wellbutrin and adjust your dose of Wellbutrin as needed. Be sure to talk with your doctor about how you think Wellbutrin is working to relieve your depression symptoms.

Some people, both adults and children, have reported increased thoughts of suicide while taking Wellbutrin. Tell your doctor right away if you start to have suicidal thoughts or mood changes when you start taking Wellbutrin. Call your doctor right away, or 911 in an emergency, if you have any of the following symptoms or if they are new, getting worse, or are worrying you:
  • New or worse depression
  • Thoughts about suicide or dying, or attempts to commit suicide
  • New or worse anxiety
  • Feeling very agitated or restless
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping
  • New or worse irritability
  • Acting aggressive, or being angry or violent
  • Acting on dangerous impulses
  • An extreme increase in activity and talking
  • Other unusual changes in behavior or mood
Wellbutrin can cause some serious side effects. If you have any of the following symptoms, get emergency help right away:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including itching or hives, swelling of the face or hands, or swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Seizures or tremors
  • Confusion or irrational thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Fever
This list does not contain every side effect of Wellbutrin. Report any side effects you notice or that get worse, worry you, or will not go away.

Wellbutrin may make you drowsy. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Wellbutrin affects you.

More common side effects of Wellbutrin may include:
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Trouble sleeping
Before taking Wellbutrin, talk with your doctor about any health conditions you have or have had. He or she may also ask about your family health history and lifestyle habits, such as alcohol use. Wellbutrin may be dangerous to take with other medicines. You should not take Wellbutrin within 14 days of taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor, for example. Tell your doctor about any medicines you take. Include over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins, and other supplements. Let your doctor know if you have ever had a bad reaction to any medicine. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you become pregnant while taking Wellbutrin.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Wellbutrin
Usage by Age
8.3%
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20.33%
20to40_base
45.5%
40to60_base
25.86%
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Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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73.44%
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male_fill_graph
26.56%
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