Bupropion
DESCRIPTION

Bupropion is an antidepressant that belongs to aminoketone family. One of the main ingredients in Bupropion is bupropion hydrochloride. It can be consumed in amounts of either 75mg or 100mg.

How it works

It is widely assumed that one of the main causes of depression are imbalanced levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters act as messengers for the nerves present in the brain. One of the main actions of Bupropion is to prevent these neurotransmitters from being reabsorbed, thus increasing the levels present. Unlike many of the other antidepressant medications, Bupropion focuses on the neurotransmitter that is known as dopamine.

Uses

Bupropion can be given to individuals who are suffering from major depressive disorder or MDD. It may also be used for other types of depression such as seasonal affective disorder.

Dosage

It is up to a medical practitioner to determine whether or not taking Bupropion is the best course of treatment for you. There are various types of Bupropion tablets. Your specialist will examine which variation will prove to be most suitable for you. As the effects of the medication can vary, you should always do exactly as your specialist says. You should especially not change the amount of Bupropion that you are taking in any way. Any concerns that you have about taking Bupropion should be addressed with your medical practitioner first.

For those prescribed the immediate release tablets, the quantity to be taken is 100mg. This should be taken three times a day, at least six hours apart from each other. You should not take more than 150mg in one dose.

For the sustained release treatment, you can take up to a 150mg, twice a day. There should be at least an eight hour interval between these doses. Do not take more than 200mg of Bupropion in one sitting.

For the extended release pills, the amount can vary from 150mg to 300mg, depending on the response. This should only be taken once a day, in the morning. There should always be at least twenty four hours between each time that you take the extended release version.

Side effects

The continued consumption of Bupropion may result in certain unpleasant effects. These may include but not be limited to:

Stomach discomfort
A decrease in bowel movements
A loss of appetite
Lightheadedness
Increased propensity to sweat
Shaking
Anxiety
Dryness of the mouth
Rapid breathing

If you feel like these or any other issues are becoming worse, it is important that you go in for a medical checkup.

Precautions

If these circumstances apply to you, you should not take Bupropion:

Have seizures or have recently stopped taking seizure medication
Have been diagnosed with an eating disorder
If you have recently given up drinking alcohol
You have discontinued the use of sedatives
Have taken MAO inhibitors within the last fourteen days

Bupropion may increase the prevalence of developing seizures, especially if you already have a preexisting medical condition. Therefore, always tell your specialist about any conditions that you may have.

Tell your medical professional if you have:

Brain, spinal cord, or head injuries
Narrow angle glaucoma
Heart problems
Elevated blood pressure
Diabetes
Bipolar disorder
Issues with kidneys or liver

Do not take more than one type of Bupropion at any given time.

Self-care

Young patients may develop suicidal thoughts while taking Bupropion. Therefore it is important to monitor the mental state of these individuals.

It is not known if Bupropion is dangerous to expectant mothers, so you should speak with a specialist.

Bupropion can be passed through breast milk and should not be taken by nursing mothers.

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