Bupropion Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Bupropion, a fairly new antidepressant medication, is used to treat severe
depression when all other drugs have been ineffective, primarily because
of high risk of seizures. Bupropion is also given to stop smoking habit. Bupropion
takes about 2-4 weeks to function properly.
Bupropion Side Effects
Bupropion side effects may include upset stomach,
agitation, anxiety, dizziness, constipation, dry mouth, headache, appetite
loss, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, rash, insomnia, and
tremor. Rare Bupropion side effects may include severe allergic
reactions, breathing difficulty, chest pain, impotence, urinary problems,
confusion, sedation, fatigue, fever, euphoria, menstrual complaints,
chills, delusions, suicidal thoughts, and weight gain or loss.
Bupropion Side Effects Reporting
If you experience any Bupropion side effects not mentioned above you should report it to your primary health care provider or FDA 1-800-FDA-1088 in the United States, Health Canada 1-866-225-0709 in Canada, MHRA 020 3080 6000 in UK, or TGA 1800 020 653 in Australia.
Those who have had seizures in the past, head injury or were
diagnosed with eating disorders should discuss this with their physician
before using Bupropion.
If you have had any kind of heart, or liver or kidney disease, be
sure to discuss this with your physician before starting Bupropion. A
lower dose may be needed.
About 25 percent of people who take Bupropion experience appetite
loss and weight loss of about 5 lbs or more.
Do not take Bupropion within the past two weeks of taking a
monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAO inhibitor) drug. This could result in a
sudden and unsafe rise in blood pressure.
Avoid alcohol while taking Bupropion; an interaction between them
may enhance the possibility of a seizure.
Check with your doctor before combining Bupropion with the
Blood thinning drugs
BUPROPION AND PREGNANCY
If you are or planning to become pregnant, inform your physician
right away. The safety of taking Bupropion during pregnancy is not well
Nursing mothers should switch to bottle-feed while taking
Not recommended for children under 18.
100-450 mg/day; divided into 3-4 doses. Not to
exceed 450 mg in a 24-hour period.
150 mg twice daily. Not to exceed 300 mg in a
Symptoms of Bupropion overdose may include hallucinations, loss of
consciousness, seizures, angina, nausea, vomiting and breathing problems.
If you suspect Bupropion overdose, seek medical help right away.