Bupropion Overview

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Bupropion hydrochloride, marketed as Bupriopion, is a drug used to treat depression. You should not take Bupropion if you are taking another anti-depressant. Doing so could result in high body temperature, coma, or seizures. Bupropion can also cause seizures so it is wise not to take Bupropion if you are already on a medicine that contains Bypropion hydrocholride or have a disorder that involves seizures. If there is also a history of eating disorders in your medical history, you should not take Bupronion.

The serious risks of Bupropion include suicidal thoughts, seizures, liver damage, allergic reactions, anxiety or trouble sleeping, mental problems including psychosis, mania, weigh and appetite change, and high blood pressure. The less serious side effects include agitation, dry mouth, trouble sleeping, headache and migraine, nausea and vomiting, constipation, and tremors.

 In July of 2005, the Food and Drug Administration issued information regarding the care of people taking anti-depressants. They recommend that people who are depressed and taking anti-depressants be watched by their family and friends very closely when a new medication such as Bupropion is started or any dosage is changed. These events can trigger an increase in suicidal thoughts. Also, if Bupropion is taken by children, they have about a 2% chance of suicidal thoughts. The FDA has not approved Bupropion for use in children but it is still prescribed. There is also data that suggests that adults taking anti-depressants have a higher incidence of suicidal thoughts or actions.

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