Wellbutrin is prescribed as an antidepressant. The drug, which adjusts chemicals on the brain and nerve cells however, also treats other behaviors and conditions other than depression. It can also be used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD (attention deficit disorder) and addictions to cocaine and nicotine. It can even relieve lower back pain. Wellbutrin is not a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor like many other antidepressants.
Because Wellbutrin comes as a tablet, it is to be taken orally with water, with or without food. Usually, your doctor will recommend that you take the drug one to three times a day. Swallow it whole and not crushed or divided to experience its full effects. Do not just decide to stop taking the antidepressant. Your doctor will advise you to reduce your dosage little by little before completely stopping, especially if you have been taking large doses of Wellbutrin SR for a long period. You will feel the full effects of the drug after a few weeks.
Always inform your doctor of any history of diseases before he prescribes you an antidepressant such as Wellbutrin SR. It is important that you talk about heart, liver or kidney diseases, seizures, head injuries or tumors, diabetes, allergies and a history of alcoholism. Talk about any plans to quit smoking, as well. Wellbutrin may not be recommended at all or your dosage may be significantly reduced. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or breastfeeding. The effects of the drug on the unborn or nursing child are not yet determined. Also avoid any potentially dangerous activities when being treated with Wellbutrin SR as it can cause drowsiness and dizziness.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember but not if your next schedule dose is within four hours from the time you remember. Avoid double dosing.
Generally, Wellbutrin does not have side effects on patients. However, you may expect cottony mouth, excessive sweating, headache, anxiety, fatigue and nausea. Only report these symptoms if they become troublesome. However, you must immediately report any sudden change in weight, insomnia, agitation and palpitations. There are other rarer symptoms that may require immediate help. These are fever, muscle pain, jaundice, sexual problems and seizures. Also report to your doctor at once if you experience an allergic reaction characterized by breathing problems, rashes, itching and swelling.
Store Wellbutrin at temperatures between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). Keep in a tight container away from direct light.
Symptoms of an overdose with Wellbutrin SR are fainting, weakness, palpitations, hallucinations, seizures and even a heart attack. Go for emergency medical help at once.
Consume as little caffeine as possible when taking the drug.