Wellbutrin
DESCRIPTION

This is a medication commonly used to treat depression. Wellbutrin is also recognized as Bupropion in the medical field.

How it works

This drug works by affecting the chemical imbalances in the brain. By restoring the neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain, it is able to treat depression.

Uses

Wellbutrin is primarily used to treat depression. However, it is also useful in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is useful in treating the depressive phase of bipolar disorder as well. Moreover, the medication helps people to quit smoking.

Dosage

This medication is generally taken three times a day. You can consume Wellbutrin by mouth, with or without medication. If you experience stomach upset, it is best to consume this drug with food. Your doses must be at least six hours apart to avoid the risk of seizures.

You must not increase or decrease your dosage without consulting your physician. It is not safe to take the medication for longer than recommended either. A single dose of this medication should not exceed 150mg. It is not recommended to take more than 450mg Wellbutrin within a day.

The dosage will be determined by your healthcare provider according to your medical condition and response to the treatment. Your physician about prescribe you a low dosage and will increase it gradually in order to reduce the occurrence of side effects such as sleeplessness and seizures.

You must not stop the treatment without consulting your physician. Doing so can worsen your condition. If you wish to discontinue the treatment, inform your physician first. Your dose needs to be gradually decreased.

It can take up to four weeks for this medication to work. Sometimes it can take even longer. In this case, do not attempt to enhance the dosage to increase the effectiveness of the medication.

Side effects

The following are some unpleasant side effects that you are likely to experience during the treatment period.

Constipation
Dry mouth
Nausea
Headaches
Joint aches
Increased sweating
Sore throat
Blurred vision
Diarrhea
Dizziness

Even though these symptoms usually disappear within a day or two, sometimes they can persist for longer. In this case, you must inform your physician immediately.

Precautions

If you wish to avoid possible side effects of this medication, make sure to follow the precautionary instructions listed below.

Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any of the inactive ingredients used in this medication.
Brief your healthcare provider about your medical history.
If you are suddenly stopping the regular use of sedatives, do not consume this medication. This can increase the likelihood of seizures.
Even though it is uncommon, depression can sometimes lead to suicide. So, make sure to inform your physician if you are having suicidal thoughts.
This medication can affect your coordination. So, do not take part in any activity that requires you to be alert.

Self-care

Although it is possible for you to consume this medication during the period of pregnancy, you must only consume Wellbutrin when it is needed. Do not overuse this drug when you are pregnant.

This drug can be passed onto your infant through breast milk and it can affect the health of a baby negatively. Therefore, make sure to consult your doctor before you decide to breastfeed your child while taking Wellbutrin.

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