What is Wellbutrin XL (Bupropion) used for?
There are several different types of Wellbutrin XL available on the market. Wellbutrin XL is prescribed for the treatment of major depression disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and smoking cessation. Depressive disorders can be treated with this medication. A type of depression that occurs every year at the same time (as in winter), seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may also be prevented through the use of this supplement. Several natural substances in the brain (dopamine, norepinephrine) may be restored when you take this medication.
Wellbutrin XL (Bupropion) Information
Your doctor will tell you whether you should take this medication with or without food, usually once a day in the morning. The medication can be taken with or after a meal or snack if you are experiencing stomach upset. The most benefit comes from taking this medication regularly and not taking it late in the day. When taking this medication late in the day, it may cause trouble sleeping (insomnia). To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Releasing the entire dose of bupropion from an extended-release tablet can cause side effects. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Split the tablets only if your doctor or pharmacist says so or if there is a score line on them. It is best to swallow the whole tablet or split tablet whole, without crushing it or chewing it.
You will be prescribed a dosage based on the condition of your liver function and your response to the treatment. This medication may be prescribed at a low dose and gradually increased by your doctor to reduce the risk of side effects. The dose of this drug should not be increased or used more frequently or for a longer period than prescribed. You won't see an improvement in your condition any faster, and it'll increase the risk of side effects.
In some cases, your doctor may need to gradually decrease your dose of this medication. Do not suddenly stop taking bupropion without consulting your doctor. The full benefit of this drug may not be noticed for 4 weeks or more. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens during this time.
The most commonly reported side effects of Wellbutrin XL (Bupropion) include:
- dry mouth
- sore throat
- stomach/abdominal pain
- changes in appetite
- weight loss or gain
- trouble sleeping
- increased sweating
- increased urination
- itching or skin rash
- strange taste in mouth
- joint aches
- muscle pain
- ringing in your ears
- loss of interest in sex
- or blurred vision
Your doctor will weigh the risks and benefits of the drug before taking your first dose. Talk to your doctor for medical advice about side effects if you find them unmanageable.
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Wellbutrin XL including:
- seizure (convulsions)
- fast heartbeats
- swollen glands
- rash or itching
- joint pain
- general ill feeling
- trouble concentrating
Talk to your doctor if you have suicidal thoughts or behaviours, head injury, high blood pressure, heart disease or if you have an increased risk of seizures or heart attack.
Few known Drug Interactions of Wellbutrin XL (Bupropion) are listed below.
- Abilify (aripiprazole)
- Adderall (amphetamine / dextroamphetamine)
- Cymbalta (duloxetine)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Lamictal (lamotrigine)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Synthroid (levothyroxine)
- Topamax (topiramate)
- Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)
- Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
Wellbutrin XL disease interactions
There are 8 disease interactions with Wellbutrin XL (bupropion) which include:
- seizure disorders
- angle closure glaucoma
- liver disease
- mixed/manic episode
- renal dysfunction
- weight loss
- eating disorder
Starting price of Wellbutrin XL 150mg cost in Canada
- 90 tabs - $95.00 USD ($1.06 per tabs)
Generic Equivalent Starting price of Bupropion SR 100mg cost in Canada
- 180 tabs - $111.00 USD ($0.62 per tabs)
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You do require a prescription to order Wellbutrin XL (Bupropion) in Canada. Licensed pharmacies are unable to dispense prescription required drugs without one.
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