What is Wellbutrin XL?
Wellbutrin XL (generic name: bupropion hydrochloride) is an oral prescription indicated to treat the major depressive disorder (MDD). It also prevents seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Wellbutrin XL helps improve mood and feelings of well-being.
This is available in Wellbutrin XL 150 mg and 300 mg extended-release tablets.
How does Wellbutrin XL work?
The exact mechanism of action of this antidepressant is still unknown. However, Wellbutrin XL is thought to restore the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain through the inhibition of neuronal uptake of norepinephrine and dopamine.
Side effects of Wellbutrin XL
The common side effects of this oral antidepressant are dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sore throat, dry mouth, trouble sleeping, weight loss, increased sweating, increased urination, and decreased sex drive.
On the other hand, some of the severe side effects are unusual weight changes, high blood pressure, agitation, confusion, palpitation, irregular heartbeat, seizure, eye pain, vision changes, widened pupils, and unusual behavior. Call your doctor / any healthcare professional if these occur.
This prescription medication should not be used if you have a known allergy to bupropion HCl or any inactive ingredients each extended-release tablet may contain. Signs of hypersensitivity are skin rashes, swelling of the face and neck, swollen lymph nodes, itchiness, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing. Get medical help as soon as possible if such an event occurs.
This drug is also contraindicated for people with a history of brain tumors, head injury, eating disorders, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, liver problems, kidney problems, glaucoma, and alcohol abuse.
Due to drug interactions, you should also discuss with your physician all the prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
Patients taking Wellbutrin XL for depression should continuously be monitored for suicidal ideations, especially during the first few weeks of therapy. Call the local suicide hotline if you notice any signs of suicide. Some warning signs include sudden calmness, changes in behavior, social withdrawal, changes in sleep patterns, giving away important belongings, and accessing lethal means.
Avoid taking this drug if you recently discontinued any medications for seizures. This is to avoid the risk of seizures and injury.
You should not consume any alcoholic drinks or take any substances that can make you dizzy or feel nauseated. You should also observe caution when doing activities that require alertness, such as driving and using machinery,
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Wellbutrin XL also prescribed for ADHD?
This drug can help in managing some symptoms of ADHD, but it should not be used as a first-line medication.
2. How much does Wellbutrin XL cost?
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3. What is the difference between Wellbutrin XL vs SR?
Wellbutrin SR is the sustained-release version of this medication. The XL variant is released to the system more slowly and stays in the body longer compared to SR.
4. What should I do if I miss my Wellbutrin XL dosage?
Make a dosing schedule so you don’t miss a dose. If you miss it, take the tablet right away, except if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose.
5. Can I split the Wellbutrin XL tablets?
Do not split, chew, or crush this extended-release tablet, for it can release the drugs at once and increase the risk of side effects.
6. How is Wellbutrin XL classified?
This oral medication is classified as an aminoketone antidepressant.
7. When is the best time of the day to take Wellbutrin XL?
This antidepressant is best taken in the morning. Taking it late in the afternoon or in the evening may cause insomnia or trouble sleeping.
8. How should I take Wellbutrin XL?
To take this oral medication, you must first read the patient information leaflet. Take this medication exactly as directed. This is usually given once daily. You may take it with a meal or on an empty stomach. If you develop stomach upset, take it with food. You may talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any queries or need more advice on mental health.