Bupropion is an antidepressant. It belongs to the aminoketone class. It is also known as buproprion hydrochloride.
Bupropion is used to treat depression in individuals suffering from mood disorders. It is most commonly used as a treatment in major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
In certain forms, this medication may be used as an aid to stop smoking. This drug decreases the withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with the cessation of smoking.
Bupropion may also reduce the symptoms associated with Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder. It may also reduce anxiety in individuals.
To know about the full benefits of this medication, contact your physician.
Always take the dose that is recommended by your physician. Do not take this medication in larger or smaller doses than you have been instructed.
This medication should be taken orally.
The total recommended dose for Bupropion is 200 mg, daily. This medication is usually taken in two equal, separate doses of 100 mg. This medication is usually taken once in the morning and once in the evening. It can be taken with or without food.
If you missed a dose, take 100mg of Bupropion as soon as you remember. If your next dose is due soon, refrain from taking the missed dose and take the scheduled dose instead. There should be at least six hours between each dose of Bupropion. Do not combine two doses of the medication together.
Do not take more than 150 mg of Bupropion in a single dose. Do not take more than 450 mg of this medication in a day. The excess consumption of Bupropion may increase your chances of seizures.
In case of Bupropion overdose, contact your emergency services.
The most common side effects associated with taking this medication were:
Changes in sleeping patterns
Some of the symptoms that are less common with taking Bupropion are:
Very painful headaches
Sounds of ringing or buzzing in the ears
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding your baby. This medication may have negative effects on your fetus or baby.
Pimozide and tamoxifen may produce negative effects when interacting with Bupropion.
Do not take medications containing MAO inhibitors when taking Bupropion. There may be a significant and adverse reaction if these medications interact with one another. It is best to stop taking medications with MAO inhibitors at least two weeks before you begin to take Bupropion. You should also wait at least two weeks after you stop taking Bupropion before you begin taking MAO inhibitors again.
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, other drugs containing bupropion, or any medications that may increase seizures. In combination with Bupropion you have a greater chance of seizures occurring.
Inform your physician if you are taking any dopamine drugs. There may be negative interactions with this medication.
This medication reduces the accuracy of certain medical and laboratory tests. Inform your physician and lab before you undergo the tests. Bupropion may be responsible for false results.