Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant medication. It works in the brain to treat depression. Wellbutrin is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. Wellbutrin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Common Side Effects
Less Common Side Effects
Rare side effects.
If you experience any of the following side effects, call your doctor immediately:
– fast heartbeat
– seizure (convulsions)
– easy bruising or bleeding
– unusual weakness
– loss of consciousness. Wellbutrin can cause serious side effects. Stop taking Wellbutrin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Wellbutrin may cause other less common side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while you are taking this medication.
Wellbutrin is available in strengths of 75 mg and 100 mg tablets.
Wellbutrin can interact with other medications, herbs, or vitamins you might be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.
You should tell your doctor about all other antidepressants you take, including Celexa, Cymbalta, Desyrel, Effexor, Lexapro, Luvox, Oleptro, Paxil, Pexeva, Viibryd, and Zoloft. Taking Wellbutrin with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before taking Wellbutrin with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Other drugs may interact with Wellbutrin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.
You should not take Wellbutrin if you have epilepsy or a history of seizures, an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, sedatives, or tranquilizers. Wellbutrin can increase the risk of seizure in people with certain medical conditions or when used together with other drugs. Do not take Wellbutrin if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.
Do not take Wellbutrin if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking Wellbutrin for depression or seasonal affective disorder.