Aplenzin; Budeprion SR [DSC]; Budeprion XL [DSC]; Buproban; Forfivo XL; Wellbutrin; Wellbutrin SR; Wellbutrin XL; Zyban
Bupropion SR; Mylan-Bupropion XL; Novo-Bupropion SR; PMS-Bupropion SR; ratio-Bupropion SR; Sandoz-Bupropion SR; Wellbutrin SR; Wellbutrin XL; Zyban
- Children and teens who take this drug may be at a greater risk of having thoughts or actions of suicide. Adults may also be at risk. The risk may be greater in people who have had these thoughts or actions in the past. Watch people who take this drug closely. Call the doctor right away if signs like low mood (depression), nervousness, restlessness, grouchiness, panic attacks, or changes in mood or actions are new or worse. Call the doctor right away if any thoughts or actions of suicide occur.
- Not all products are approved for use to help stop smoking. Talk with the doctor to make sure that you have the right product.
- When used to stop smoking this drug may cause or make diseases of the mind worse. Taking one’s own life, ideas of killing yourself or murder, low mood (depression), forceful actions, hallucinations, and psychoses have happened with use. If you think you have any of these problems, call your doctor right away.
- It is used to treat low mood (depression).
- It is used to help you stop smoking.
- It is used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have an allergy to bupropion or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have ever had seizures.
- If you drink a lot of alcohol and you stop drinking all of a sudden.
- If you use certain other drugs like drugs for seizures or anxiety and you stop using them all of a sudden.
- If you have ever had an eating problem like anorexia or bulimia.
- If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson’s disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking this drug within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure. Talk with your doctor.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Linezolid or methylene blue.
- If you are taking another drug that has the same drug in it.
- If you have kidney or liver problems. Some brands of this drug may not be good to take for people who have kidney or liver problems.
For all patients taking this drug:
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab workers know you take this drug.
- Do not stop taking this drug all of a sudden without calling your doctor. You may have a greater risk of side effects. If you need to stop this drug, you will want to slowly stop it as ordered by your doctor.
- This drug may cause high blood pressure.
- Have your blood pressure checked often. Talk with your doctor.
- This drug may raise the chance of seizures. The chance may be higher in people who have certain health problems, use certain other drugs, or drink a lot of alcohol. Talk to your doctor to see if you have a greater chance of seizures while taking this drug.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- It may take several weeks to see the full effects.
- Some people may have a higher chance of eye problems with this drug. Your doctor may want you to have an eye exam to see if you have a higher chance of these eye problems. Call your doctor right away if you have eye pain, change in eyesight, or swelling or redness in or around the eye.
- This drug is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
For stopping smoking:
- If you have not been able to quit smoking after taking this drug for 12 weeks, talk with your doctor.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Change in how you act.
- Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
- Very bad headache.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- If seizures are new or worse after starting this drug.
- A big weight gain or loss.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Ringing in ears.
- Passing urine more often.
- Swollen gland.
- Trouble moving around.
- Very bad muscle or joint pain.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Belly pain.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Bad dreams.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Dry mouth.
- Not able to sleep.
- Muscle pain.
- Sore throat.
- Sweating a lot.
- Not hungry.
- A change in weight without trying.
- You may see the tablet shell in your stool.
For all patients taking this drug:
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Take as you have been told, even if you feel well.
- Do not take this drug more often than you are told. This may raise the risk of seizures. Be sure you know how far apart to take your doses.
- Take this drug at the same time of day.
- Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- If you are not able to sleep, do not take this drug too close to bedtime. Talk with your doctor.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- If you have trouble swallowing, talk with your doctor.
For stopping smoking:
- You may take this drug for 1 week before you stop smoking.
- Nicotine products and counseling may be used at the same time for best results.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.