Aplenzin; Budeprion SR [DSC]; Buproban [DSC]; Forfivo XL; Wellbutrin SR; Wellbutrin XL; Wellbutrin [DSC]; 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 your child has any of these problems, call the 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 your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has ever had any of these health problems: Eating problem or seizures.
- If your child drinks a lot of alcohol and stops drinking all of a sudden.
- If your child uses certain other drugs or natural products that may slow your child’s actions (like drugs for seizures or anxiety) and your child stops using them all of a sudden.
- If your child has ever had an eating problem like anorexia or bulimia.
- If your child has taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for certain other health problems in the last 14 days. Taking this drug within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
- If your child is taking any of these drugs: Linezolid or methylene blue.
- If your child is taking another drug that has the same drug in it.
- If your child has 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 all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness until you see how this drug affects your child. These are things like riding a bike, playing sports, or using items such as scissors, lawnmowers, electric scooters, toy cars, or motorized vehicles.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your child’s health care providers and lab workers that your child takes this drug.
- Do not stop giving this drug to your child all of a sudden without calling the doctor. Your child may have a greater risk of side effects. If your child needs to stop this drug, you will want to slowly stop it as told by the doctor.
- This drug may cause high blood pressure.
- Have your child’s blood pressure checked often. Talk with your child’s 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 the doctor to see if your child has a greater chance of seizures while taking this drug.
- Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
- Talk with the doctor before giving your child other drugs and natural products that may slow your child’s actions.
- It may take several weeks to see the full effects.
- Some people may have a higher chance of eye problems with this drug. The doctor may want your child to have an eye exam to see if your child has a higher chance of these eye problems. Call the doctor right away if your child has 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 your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
For stopping smoking:
- If your child has not been able to quit smoking after taking this drug for 12 weeks, talk with the 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.
- If your child shows signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing him/herself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Change in the way your child acts.
- Feeling confused.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- 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 your child has signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the 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.
- Tablet shell in the stool.
For all patients taking this drug:
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Keep giving this drug to your child as you have been told by your child’s doctor or other health care provider, even if your child feels well.
- Give this drug at the same time of day.
- Do not give this drug more often than told. This may raise the risk of seizures. Be sure you know how far apart to give your child’s doses.
- Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- If your child is not able to sleep, do not give this drug too close to bedtime. Talk with the doctor.
- Have your child swallow tablet whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
- If your child has trouble swallowing, talk with the doctor.
For stopping smoking:
- Your child may take this drug for 1 week before your child stops smoking.
- Nicotine products and counseling may be used at the same time for best results.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 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 child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child 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 child’s 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.