Wellbutrin, an antidepressant also known as bupropion,is used to help people cope with depressive episodes. It is believed that Wellbutrin regulates imbalances innorepinephrine anddopamine, two brain chemicals that affect mood, thoughts, and behavior. Although, exactly how it works is still not clear.
Wellbutrin is available as an immediate-release formulation in 75 and 100 mg. doses and is typically taken three times a day. It is also available as a sustained release tablet in 100 and 150 mg. doses which is taken twice daily and as an extended release tablet in 150 and 300 mg. doses to be taken once a day.
The maximum daily dose for all three formulations of Wellbutrin is 450 mg. a day. It may take four weeks or more before the full effects of this drug are noticed. Common side effects of this drug may include abdominal pain, constipation, loss of appetite, vomiting, agitation, anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth, excessive sweating, headache, nausea, heart palpitations, skin rash, sleep disturbances, sore throat and tremors.
Wellbutrin may also be used to treat bipolar depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, cocaine addiction, Attention Deficit Disorder and lower back pain, as prescribed by your doctor.