Wellbutrin SR is a pharmaceutical antidepressant that may only be bought with a prescription. It treats Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), bipolar depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, nicotine addiction, cocaine addiction and lower back pain by acting on the brain and related nerve cells. It is chemically different from other antidepressant agents, such as serotonin re-uptake inhibitors.
Wellbutrin SR comes in the form of a tablet. It is taken orally one to three times a day, whether the patient’s stomach is full or not. It must be taken whole and not crushed or divided. Never discontinue Wellbutrin SR without first informing your doctor especially if you have taking the drug in large doses for quite some time. Your doctor will decrease your dose gradually and will not advise sudden discontinuation. It takes weeks for you to feel the drug’s results.
Mention to your doctor during your consultation any medical condition that you are suffering from, especially liver or kidney disease, heart disease, seizures, brain tumor, head injury, diabetes, alcoholism, eating disorder and allergies. Also talk about any desire to quit smoking. Your medical condition may prompt your doctor to give you a lower dosage or to put you under observation while under Wellbutrin SR treatment. Inform your doctor whether you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or breastfeeding. The effects of Wellbutrin SR to pregnant or lactating women are not yet known.
If you remember a missed dose within four hours of the time you were supposed to take it then you can still take it. If not, wait for the next scheduled dose instead.
It is rare for a patient to report side effects but there have been some reports of increased sweating, nausea, constipation, feelings of fatigue, headache, blurred vision and anxiety. Some have also reported tremors, weight changes, palpitations, insomnia, fever, yellowish skin, breathing difficulties and other symptoms. If symptoms persist or are aggravated, call your doctor or pharmacist.
Store Wellbutrin SR at temperatures of 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). Keep in a tight container, away from direct sunlight.
If you think you have taken more than is safe, seek emergency medical attention right away even if symptoms have not yet arisen. Possible symptoms of overdose are hallucinations, palpitations, fainting, seizures and even a heart attack.
When you have just taken Wellbutrin, rise from a lying position slowly to avoid dizziness. Avoid too much caffeine when being treated.