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What are the side effects of Wellbutrin?


Wellbutrin® (bupropion) is a commonly prescribed antidepressant that most people tolerate well without any side effects. Besides depression, Wellbutrin® also treats conditions such as bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and can help people quit smoking. While most patients using Wellbutrin® tolerate the drug well, some users do experience side effects.

Potential Wellbutrin® side effects

Wellbutrin® most common side effects include dry mouth, nausea, constipation, trouble sleeping, dizziness, headache and tremor. These side effects are usually mild and often go away over a few weeks as you continue to take the medicine. Since Wellbutrin® makes some people dizzy, be careful driving a car or using machinery until you know how it affects you. If you have trouble sleeping, try not to take Wellbutrin® close to bedtime. Seizures are a rare but serious side effect of Wellbutrin® and are more likely to affect people who have suffered head injuries or have epilepsy. Taking Wellbutrin® exactly the way your doctor prescribed can decrease the risk of seizures. Alcohol can also increase your risk of seizures and should be avoided with Wellbutrin®. If you do have a seizure, immediately notify your doctor. There may be an increased risk of suicide in children taking antidepressants. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking antidepressants.

Get more information on bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in our Health Encyclopedia.

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