Bupropion (Bupropion)

Bupropion is prescribed for helping people stop smoking. However, it is also an antidepressant and is used for treating major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder.

Bupropion 150 mg

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How it works

Bupropion inhibits the reuptake of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. This increases the level of these chemicals in the brain.

Guidelines for usage

Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.

Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.

Bupropion may be used with or without food.

Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.

NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.

Missed Dose

It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.

Do not panic if you have missed a dose.

Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.

How & where do I store Bupropion?

The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.

Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.

Overdose Related Information

If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions

Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.

Ensure that you mention the following:

Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
You have a history of an eating disorder (e.g., anorexia, bulimia) or seizures (e.g., epilepsy); you are suddenly stopping the use of alcohol or sedatives (e.g., benzodiazepines) after long-term use; you are taking or have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (e.g., phenelzine) within the last 14 days.
If you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances if you or a family member has a history of bipolar disorder (manic depression), other mental or mood problems (eg, depression), suicidal thoughts or attempts, or alcohol or substance abuse
if you have diabetes, kidney problems, high blood pressure, heart problems (eg, congestive heart failure), or a recent heart attack, if you have a history of seizure, head injury, tumor in the brain or spinal cord, or liver problems (eg, cirrhosis).

This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.

To be avoided

You must avoid using Bupropion if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it.

Using Alcohol

Bupropion is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using Bupropion.

These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.

Possible Drug & Food Interactions

Certain prescription drugs or health supplements or even food items are known to interact with the effects of medications.

Additional Information

Bupropion can interfere with the results of certain laboratory tests. If tests are prescribed for you, then we recommend that you speak to your lab technician that you are using Bupropion before you undertake the test.

Elderly people are more likely to experience side effects while using Bupropion. If the side effects are bothersome, then seek medical help.

Important Information for Pregnant Women

Bupropion is categorized under FDA category C which indicates that it is not known whether it can harm your baby.

Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication.

Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
Side Effects

Report the following side effects to your doctor only if they become bothersome or do not stop on their own:

dry mouth, nausea, stomach pain;
headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears;
loss of interest in sex;
sore throat, muscle pain;
mild itching or skin rash, increased sweating, increased urination; or
changes in appetite, weight loss or gain.

The following side effects require immediate medical attention. So report these to your doctor immediately.

seizure (convulsions);
fast heartbeats;
fever, swollen glands, rash or itching, joint pain, or general ill feeling;
confusion, trouble concentrating, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior; or
severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.