What is Wellbutrin SR and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Wellbutrin SR work?
Dosage: How should you take Wellbutrin SR?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Wellbutrin SR
Special information on Wellbutrin SR
Wellbutrin side effects
|What is Wellbutrin SR and why is it prescribed?|
|Wellbutrin SR, a relatively new antidepressant medication (related to smoking), is given to help relieve certain kinds of major depression.
Major depression involves a severely depressed mood (for 2 weeks or more) and loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities accompanied by sleep and appetite disturbances, agitation or lack of energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, decreased sex drive, inability to concentrate, and perhaps thoughts of suicide.
Unlike the more familiar tricyclic antidepressants, such as Elavil, Tofranil, and others, Wellbutrin SR tends to have a somewhat stimulating effect.
Wellbutrin is available in regular and sustained-release formulations (Wellbutrin SR).
|Drug Mechanism: How does Wellbutrin SR work?|
|Bupropion regulates certain brain chemicals – dopamine and norepinephrine to elevate mood.
It is believed that depression is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. Controlling these chemical imbalances will help improve depressive symptoms using drugs like Wellbutrin SR.
|Dosage: How should you take Wellbutrin SR?|
Take Wellbutrin SR dose exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The usual
Wellbutrin SR dosing regimen is 3 equal doses spaced evenly throughout the day. Allow at least
6 hours between Wellbutrin SR doses. Your doctor will probably start you
at a low dosage and gradually increase it; this helps minimize Wellbutrin SR
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Wellbutrin SR|
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Wellbutrin SR; an interaction
between alcohol and Wellbutrin SR could increase the possibility of a seizure.
|Special information on Wellbutrin SR|
|Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: If you are pregnant
or plan to become pregnant, notify your doctor immediately. Wellbutrin SR
should be taken during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
Wellbutrin SR does pass into breast milk and may cause serious reactions in a nursing baby; therefore, if you are a new mother, you may need to discontinue breastfeeding while you are taking Wellbutrin SR.
|Wellbutrin side effects|
|Wellbutrin SR Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Wellbutrin SR.
Seizures are perhaps the most worrisome side effect of Wellbutrin SR.
More common side effects of Wellbutrin: May include, adominal pain (Wellbutrin SR), agitation, anxiety (Wellbutrin SR), constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, excessive sweating, headache, loss of appetite (Wellbutrin SR), nausea, palpitations (Wellbutrin SR), vomiting, skin rash, sleep disturbances, sore throat (Wellbutrin SR), tremor.
Other side effects of Wellbutrin SR: May include, acne, allergic reactions (severe), bed-wetting, blisters in the mouth and eyes (Stevens-Johnson syndrome) blurred vision, breathing difficulty, chest pain, chills, complete or almost complete loss of movement, confusion, dry skin, episodes of over-activity, elation, or irritability, extreme calmness, fatigue, fever, fluid retention, flu-like symptoms, gum irritation and inflammation, hair color changes, hair loss, hives, impotence, incoordination and clumsiness, indigestion, itching, increased libido, menstrual complaints, mood instability, muscle rigidity, painful ejaculation, painful erection, retarded ejaculation, ringing in the ears, sexual dysfunction, suicidal ideation, thirst disturbances, toothache, urinary disturbances, weight gain or loss.
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