Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets

Pronunciation

Generic Name: bupropion (bue-PROE-pee-on)
Brand Name: Wellbutrin SR

Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions in children, teenagers, and young adults. However, depression and certain other mental problems may also increase the risk of suicide. Talk with the patient's doctor to be sure that the benefits of using Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets outweigh the risks.

Although Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets is not used to help patients stop smoking, another brand of medicine that contains bupropion is approved for this use. Serious mental or mood problems, including depression, and suicidal thoughts or actions have been reported in some patients using bupropion to help them stop smoking.

Family and caregivers must closely watch patients who take Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets. It is important to keep in close contact with the patient's doctor. Contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as agitation, hostility, depressed mood, or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur. Discuss any questions with the patient's doctor.

Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.


Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets is used for:

Treating depression. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets is an antidepressant. It works in the brain to treat depression. Exactly how it works is not known.

Do NOT use Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets
  • you are taking any other medicine that contains bupropion
  • you have a history of an eating disorder (eg, anorexia, bulimia) or seizures (eg, epilepsy)
  • you are suddenly stopping the use of alcohol, benzodiazepines (eg, alprazolam), sedatives (medicines that make you sleepy), or seizure medicines (eg, phenobarbital) after long-term use
  • you are taking or have taken linezolid or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine) within the last 14 days

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • 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, liver problems (eg, cirrhosis), high blood pressure, heart problems (eg, congestive heart failure), or increased eye pressure or glaucoma, or have had a recent heart attack
  • if you have a history of seizures, a head injury, or a tumor in the brain or spinal cord
  • if you drink alcohol
  • if you are taking nonprescription weight loss medicines or stimulants
  • if you are taking a medicine that contains methylene blue

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Amantadine, other antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline, fluvoxamine), antimalarials (eg, mefloquine), antipsychotics (eg, haloperidol, risperidone), clopidogrel, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), cyclophosphamide, insulin, levodopa, linezolid, lithium, MAOIs (eg, phenelzine), nicotine replacement therapy (eg, nicotine patches), oral hypoglycemics (eg, glipizide), orphenadrine, quinolone antibiotics (eg, levofloxacin), sympathomimetics (eg, pseudoephedrine), theophylline, thiotepa, tiagabine, or ticlopidine because they may increase the risk of Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets's side effects
  • Carbamazepine, efavirenz, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifamycins (eg, rifampin), or ritonavir because they may decrease Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets's effectiveness
  • Antiarrhythmics (eg, flecainide, propafenone), beta-blockers (eg, metoprolol), lorcaserin, phenothiazines (eg, thioridazine), pimozide, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, nortriptyline) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets
  • Tamoxifen because its effectiveness may be decreased by Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets, which may lead to an increased risk of breast cancer recurrence in women with a history of breast cancer

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets:

Use Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets refilled.
  • Take Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Swallow Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets whole. Do not break, crush, divide, or chew before swallowing.
  • Several weeks may pass before your symptoms improve. Do not stop taking Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets without checking with your doctor.
  • Take your doses at the same times each day, at least 8 hours apart unless directed otherwise by your doctor. This may help to decrease the risk of seizures with Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets.
  • Continue to take Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than 1 dose within 8 hours. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets.
  • Check with your doctor before you use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets may increase your risk of seizures. Your risk may be greater if you also have certain medical conditions, use certain medicines, or if you use a lot of alcohol. Talk to your doctor to see if you may have a greater risk of seizures while taking Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets.
  • If you already drink alcohol, or if you take benzodiazepines (eg, alprazolam) or sedatives (medicines that make you sleepy), do not suddenly stop them without first checking with your doctor. Suddenly stopping them may increase your seizure risk.
  • Do not take decongestants (eg, pseudoephedrine), stimulants, or diet pills while you are taking Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets without first checking with your doctor. They may increase your risk of seizures.
  • The risk of seizures may be greater if you take Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets in high doses or for a long time. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose, change your dose, or use Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Children, teenagers, and young adults who take Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets may be at an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. Watch all patients who take Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets closely. Contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as depressed mood; anxious, restless, or irritable behavior; panic attacks; or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur.
  • Some people may be at risk for eye problems from Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets. Your doctor may want you to have an eye exam to see if you are at risk for these eye problems. Call your doctor right away if you have eye pain, vision changes, or swelling or redness in or around the eye.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, you may be taking your dose too close to bedtime. Talk with your doctor about changing your dosing schedule.
  • Other brands of medicine that contain the same ingredient as Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets (bupropion) are available. These other brands may be used to help stop smoking or to treat depression. Do not take Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets if you are taking any other medicine that contains bupropion. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets may interfere with certain lab tests, including urine screenings for amphetamines. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets.
  • Use Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets while you are pregnant. Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flushing; headache; increased sweating; increased urination; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; restlessness; ringing in the ears; stomach pain; taste changes; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness; weight changes.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; confusion; dark urine; delusions; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; hearing problems; menstrual changes; new or worsening mental, mood, or behavior changes (eg, concentration problems, depression, panic attacks, aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, inability to sit still); pale stools; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent headache or dizziness; severe or persistent joint or muscle pain; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain; severe or persistent nervousness, restlessness, or trouble sleeping; shortness of breath; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; unusual swelling; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets:

Store Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tight, light-resistant container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Wellbutrin SR sustained-release tablets.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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