Wellbutrin as a potent drug generically known as Bupropion belongs to the class of drugs referred to as antidepressants. Wellbutrin effectively works for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder and major depressive disorder. It helps in the improvement of mood and feelings. It affects positively neurotransmitters in the brain.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure that the intake of Wellbutrin is done by following all directions given by the doctor. Adhere to all prescription details found on the prescription label and make inquiries when it is necessary relating to the use, duration, and the number of required dose. The inordinate intake of Wellbutrin may lead to an increase in the risk of a convulsion. Ensure that you do not use Wellbutrin more, less or longer than it is required. Wellbutrin tablet should be swallowed whole and not to be crushed, chewed or broken. Sudden withdrawal is not advisable as it results in obnoxious withdrawal symptoms. However, you may be permitted to keep away from its use if there is a case of seizure during treatment. See your doctor before withdrawing from the use of Wellbutrin if it is necessary– adequate guidance will be given on safe discontinuation. The intake of Wellbutrin may falsify a medical test result. You are then advised to notify the lab attendant on the use of Bupropion
You are advised to take the following precautions before or when using Wellbutrin:
- Patients who are on MAO inhibitor such as selegiline, linezolid, rasagiline, isocarboxazid, methylene blue injection, tranylcypromine, phenelzine, in the past 2 Weeks should keep away from the use of Wellbutrin. Avoid the intake of MAO within 2 Weeks before or 2 Weeks after the intake of Wellbutrin.
- Patients who are hypersensitive to Bupropion should keep away from its use.
- Patients with a seizure disorder, eating disorder, or with a history of drinking alcohol or taking sedative or seizure drugs should keep away from the use of Wellbutrin.
- Avoid the use of Wellbutrin for the treatment of two or more conditions at once.
- You are advised to bring any of the following medical conditions both in the past or present into your doctor’s awareness:
- The disease of the liver or kidney;
- Heart attack;
- Head injury;
- Brain tumor;
- Spinal cord tumor;
- Heart disease;
- Narrow-angle glaucoma;
- Mental illnesses;
- Intake of alcohol.
- There should be a frequent check by your caregivers or any close relative purposely to ascertain if there are no changes in mood.
- Pregnant women or those that have the propensity to become pregnant should seek their doctors’ advice before the use of Wellbutrin.
Ensure that you request for medical advice if you begin to experience the symptoms of hypersensitivity to Wellbutrin such as difficulty breathing, hives, and swollen lips, tongue, face or throat. The following are the common side effects of Wellbutrin:
- Fast heartbeat;
- Stuffy nose;
- Excessive perspiration;
- Dry mouth;
- loss of weight;
- Blurred vision;
- Feeling anxious;
- Tenderness of the joint.
It is advisable to seek immediate medical attention if Bupropion is taken excessively which may have a deadly effect for the user. The following are some the symptoms of the overdose if Wellbutrin medicine:
- stiffness of the muscle;
- Shallow breathing;
- Uneven or fast heartbeat.
Interaction with other drugs
Ensure you seek medical advice from your doctor before the use of any medicine with Wellbutrin. This may increase the risk of seizures or convulsions. Keep your doctor abreast of your present and past medications. The following medications may interact with Bupropion:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines;
- Herbal products.