bupropion extended-release (antidepressant) - oral, Wellbutrin XL (cont.)
USES: This medication is used to treat depression. It can improve your mood and feelings of well-being. It may work by restoring the balance of certain natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or to help people quit smoking by decreasing your cravings and nicotine withdrawal effects. It may also be used in combination with other mood stabilizers to treat bipolar disorder (depressive phase).
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using bupropion and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily in the morning, with or without food. If nausea occurs, you may take this drug with food. It is important to take your dose at the same time each day, 24 hours apart or as directed by your doctor.This medication must be swallowed whole. Do not crush, chew or break the tablets. Doing so will destroy the slow release of the drug and increase your risk of side effects, including seizures.Since this drug may cause sleeplessness at first, it is best not to take it near bedtime. Your dose may be slowly increased to limit side effects such as sleeplessness, and to decrease the risk of seizures.Do not take more or less medication than prescribed. Taking more than the recommended dose of bupropion will increase your risk of having a seizure. There are 2 forms of extended release bupropion (bupropion hydrochloride and bupropion hydrobromide). The usual maximum dose is 450 milligrams per day of bupropion hydrochloride or 522 milligrams of bupropion hydrobromide. The maximum dose depends on your medical condition and response to treatment. Ask your pharmacist for more details or if you have any questions.Do not stop taking this medication without notifying your doctor. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.It may take 4 weeks or more before the full effects of this medication are noticed. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.
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