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Bupropion, Generic for Forfivo, Wellbutrin

Bupropion is an antidepressant that may work by helping restore the balance of certain brain chemicals. It is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder.


Bupropion is used for:

Bupropion is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder by helping restore the natural balance of certain brain chemicals.


How to use Bupropion:

Before using Bupropion, be sure to consult your doctor and consider the risks of taking the medication. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.

Consider the following before using Bupropion:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Bupropion or any other medications. You should make your physician aware of any other types of allergies, such as foods, allergies to dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Pediatric

No appropriate studies have been performed to determine the relationship of age to the effects of Bupropion in the pediatric population. Studies of similar medications used to treat depression have shown that some children, teenagers, and young adults may have increased thoughts about suicide, or may attempt suicide while taking these medications. Because of this, pediatric use of Bupropion is not recommended, and children should be closely monitored if taking Bupropion.

Geriatric

Studies performed to date, have not identified any geriatric specific problems that would inhibit the usefulness of Bupropion in the elderly. However, elderly patients should know that age-related kidney or liver problems may be more likely in patients receiving Bupropion.

Pregnancy and Breast Feeding

Bupropion should only be used during pregnancy when clearly needed. Untreated mental/mood conditions can be serious, do not stop taking this medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor. If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about the possible benefits and risks of taking Bupropion during pregnancy. Bupropion passes into breast milk. Talk with your doctor about the possible risk and benefits of taking Bupropion while breast feeding.

Other Medical Issues

The presence of certain medical problems may affect the use of Bupropion. Consult your doctor before taking Bupropion if you have or have a history of any of the following conditions:

  • Seizures
  • Alcohol/drug dependence
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Bipolar
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Glaucoma

Instructions for use:

Use Bupropion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the mediation for exact dosing instructions

  • Bupropion’s packaging comes with an extra patient leaflet. If you have questions in regards to this information, talk to your pharmacist.
  • Bupropion should be taken by mouth, with or without food.
  • Bupropion should be swallowed whole and not broke, crushed, or chewed before swallowing.
  • Bupropion can take several weeks of consistent use before your symptoms improve. Don’t stop taking Bupropion without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not miss any doses of this medication. Continue to take Bupropion, even if you feel well.
  • If you miss a dose of Bupropion, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than 2 doses within a 6 hour time period.
  • Ask your doctor if you have any questions about how to use Bupropion.

Bupropion Side Effects:

Side effects can exist in all medications, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. If any of these common side effects persist or become worrisome, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

Common Bupropion Side Effects

  • Change in appetite
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Vomiting
  • Weight changes
  • Blurred vision
  • Strange taste in mouth
Major Side Effects

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects when taking Bupropion

  • Signs of an allergic reaction: rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.
  • Chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Delusions
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Hallucinations
  • New or worsening depression
  • New or worsening anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Agitation
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of breath
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

Bupropion Prices:

Prices are for prescriptions of 60 tablets of 100 mg

Bupropion: $30.41

Wellbutrin SR: $197.15


Bupropion Drug Images:

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Bupropion Alternatives:

Buspirone (generic for Buspar)
Duloxetine (generic for Cymbalta)
Citalopram (generic for Celexa)


Bupropion Patent Information:

Generic drugs do not require patents, only brand name drugs do. Forvivo’s patent expires in June of 2027.


Bupropion Warnings:

Before taking Bupropion, discuss any allergies you may have with your doctor. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which could possibly cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Discuss your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, before taking Bupropion. Inform them especially of: Seizures, history or current alcohol/drug dependence, diabetes, heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems, personal or family history of bipolar, personal or family history of suicide thoughts or attempts, glaucoma.

Bupropion should not be used if you are suddenly stopping the regular use of sedative medications (such as lorazepam) drugs used to treat seizures, or alcohol. The combination of Bupropion and the sudden discontinuation of these type of medications may increase your risk of seizures.

Depression can sometimes lead to suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. When taking Bupropion tell your doctor immediately if you have any new or worsening suicidal thoughts, new or worsening depression, or any other mental changes that you notice. Be sure to keep all your medical appointments with your doctor as your doctor will need to monitor your progress on Bupropion closely and may need to adjust or change your dosage.

Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure of how Bupropion affects you. Bupropion may make you dizzy or affect your coordination sometimes.

Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages when taking Bupropion. Combining alcohol and Bupropion may increase your risk of dizziness or seizures.

There is a possibility that older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, especially dizziness and memory. Dizziness may increase your risk of falling.

Bupropion should only be used during pregnancy when explicitly needed. Since untreated mood/mental problems can be a serious condition, do not stop taking this medication unless specifically directed to do so by your doctor. If you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately consult with your doctor to discuss the possible risks and benefits of using Bupropion during pregnancy.

Bupropion passes into breast milk. Talk with your doctor about the possible risks and benefits to your infant before breast feeding while taking Bupropion.


If Overdose of Bupropion is Suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Bupropion:

Bupropion should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. Store in a closed container. Keep Bupropion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

The information provided by LowestMed is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Discuss all medical related decisions with your physician, before adjusting anything related to your health care.