Before Using

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In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of bupropion in the pediatric population. Studies with other medicines used for depression have shown that some children, teenagers, and young adults think about suicide or attempt suicide when taking these medicines. Because of this potential unwanted effect, use in children is not recommended.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of bupropion in the elderly. However, elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine and are more likely to have age-related kidney or liver problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving bupropion.

Pregnancy

Information about this bupropion-oral-route
Pregnancy Category Explanation
All Trimesters C Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breastfeeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Furazolidone
  • Iproniazid
  • Isocarboxazid
  • Linezolid
  • Methylene Blue
  • Metoclopramide
  • Moclobemide
  • Phenelzine
  • Procarbazine
  • Rasagiline
  • Selegiline
  • Tranylcypromine

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Amantadine
  • Aripiprazole
  • Atomoxetine
  • Betamethasone
  • Budesonide
  • Carbamazepine
  • Carbimazole
  • Carvedilol
  • Clobetasone
  • Clomipramine
  • Clopidogrel
  • Clozapine
  • Codeine
  • Corticotropin
  • Cortisone
  • Cosyntropin
  • Dabrafenib
  • Danazol
  • Deflazacort
  • Delavirdine
  • Desipramine
  • Desonide
  • Dexamethasone
  • Dextromethorphan
  • Donepezil
  • Doxepin
  • Doxorubicin
  • Doxorubicin Hydrochloride Liposome
  • Duloxetine
  • Efavirenz
  • Flecainide
  • Fludrocortisone
  • Flunisolide
  • Fluoxetine
  • Fluticasone
  • Fosphenytoin
  • Haloperidol
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Imipramine
  • Iobenguane I 123
  • Levodopa
  • Lopinavir
  • Methenolone
  • Methylphenidate
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Methyltestosterone
  • Mexiletine
  • Nandrolone
  • Nortriptyline
  • Ondansetron
  • Oxandrolone
  • Oxymetholone
  • Paramethasone
  • Paroxetine
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenytoin
  • Pimozide
  • Prednisolone
  • Prednisone
  • Propafenone
  • Propranolol
  • Regorafenib
  • Rimexolone
  • Risperidone
  • Ritonavir
  • Sorafenib
  • Stanozolol
  • Testosterone
  • Theophylline
  • Thioridazine
  • Thiotepa
  • Ticlopidine
  • Tramadol
  • Venlafaxine
  • Vortioxetine

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • St John's Wort
  • Tipranavir
  • Zolpidem

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following is usually not recommended, but may be unavoidable in some cases. If used together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use this medicine, or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

  • Ethanol

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Alcohol use, if stopped suddenly, or
  • Arteriovenous malformation (circulation problem) or
  • Brain tumor or infection or
  • Eating disorders (eg, anorexia, bulimia), history of or
  • Head injury, severe or
  • Seizure disorder, history of or
  • Seizure medicine use, if stopped suddenly (eg, carbamazepine (Tegretol®), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin®)), or
  • Sleeping or anxiety medicine use, if stopped suddenly (eg, alprazolam (Xanax®), lorazepam (Ativan®), temazepam (Restoril®), triazolam (Halcion®)) or
  • Stroke, severe—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Bipolar disorder (type of depression), or risk of or
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or
  • Mania or hypomania (type of mental disease), history of or
  • Psychosis (type of mental disease) or
  • Schizophrenia (type of mental disease)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Diabetes or
  • Drug or alcohol abuse or
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or
  • Hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood) or
  • Hypoxia (low oxygen in the blood) or
  • Liver disease, severe—May cause side effects to become worse.
  • Kidney disease or
  • Liver disease—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.