Bupropion is an oral medication that belongs to antidepressants and is taken by patients to treat depression, because it works improving their mood and feeling of well-being. Its intake also helps users restore the right balance of specific neurotransmitters in the brain. Sometimes, this medicine is taken to treat ADHD or help patients stop smoking by reducing their cravings and other withdrawal effects. It’s possible to take it to prevent seasonal affective disorder, and Bupropion is prescribed with other meds to treat bipolar disorder.
Guidelines on Its Proper Use
You need to take Bupropion orally, either with or without meals, and most patients do it 3 times a day. If you suffer from stomach ulcers, it’s advisable to take your regular doses with food, but they should be used at least 6 hours apart to reduce a risk of having seizures. Basically, it’s not allowed to use more than 150 mg of Bupropion as your single dose and more than 450 mg on a daily basis. Your exact dose should be based on your response and medical conditions, and it can be slowly increased to avoid such unwanted side effects as seizures and sleeplessness. To avoid difficulty sleeping, you shouldn’t use this medicine before your bedtime. Regular doses must be reduced gradually to avoid unwanted symptoms, and it takes about 1 month to experience the full benefit of this treatment.
Possible Bupropion Side Effects
When taking this medication, some patients may end up with mild side effects, including:
Vomiting and nausea;
Headaches and constipation;
Dry mouth and increased sweating;
Sore throat and joint pain;
Dizziness and blurred vision;
Sudden taste changes and allergies.
If any of these symptoms get worse, you should call your doctor at once. In very rare cases, patients have the following serious side effects that require immediate medical attention:
Fainting and angina;
Hearing problems and ringing in the ears;
Irregular, fast or pounding heartbeat;
Sudden mental and mood changes;
Migraines and uncontrolled movements;
Unusual weight loss or gain;
Urine changes and seizures;
Muscle weakness, tenderness and pain.
Important Precautions when Using Bupropion
Before you start this treatment, you should inform your doctor about any possible allergic reactions and other serious health conditions, such as brain tumors, seizures, other conditions that increase a risk of having seizures, eating disorders, like anorexia or bulimia, arteriovenous malformation, alcohol or drug abuse, heart conditions, diabetes, hypertension, liver and kidney problems, psychiatric disorders, suicide attempts or ideas, etc. Moreover, Bupropion shouldn’t be taken together with sedatives and alcoholic beverages, because users may end up with dizziness and seizures. There are other medications that shouldn’t be combined with this treatment because of drug interactions, including MAO inhibitors, nicotine products and so on.