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Bupropion SR 150mg Side Effects

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Laura Candelaria is a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor of nursing and nutritional science. Her experience includes neonatal and pediatric intensive-care, women's oncology, gynecology, obstetrics, lactation, nutrition and infertility. She has been published in "Nursing Spectrum," "Newsday" and on various websites.
Bupropion SR 150mg Side Effects
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Bupropion is a medication in a class of drugs known as antidepressants used to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder and for smoking cessation. It works by increasing certain types of activity in the brain, says the National Institutes of Health website, MedlinePlus. It may take several weeks to experience the full effect of this medication. Patients should not stop taking this medication abruptly unless under the direct supervision of a physician. There are some side effects associated with bupropion SR 150 mg that users should become aware of.

Alteration in Mood and Behavior

Bupropion SR 150 mg may cause an alteration in mood and behavior. In some cases, these alterations may lead to an increase in suicidal thinking. Children, teenagers, and young adults who take antidepressants to treat depression or other mental illnesses may be more likely to become suicidal than children, teenagers, and young adults who do not take antidepressants to treat these conditions, reports MedlinePlus. However, these side effects may occur in any patient of any age. Patients taking bupropion that experience suicidal thoughts, a worsening of depression, anger, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, violent behavior or hallucinations should seek emergency medical attention.

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Dizziness and Drowsiness

Bupropion SR 150 mg may cause dizziness and drowsiness. These side effects may be temporary until the body adjusts to bupropion. Those who experience dizziness or drowsiness should abstain from driving or operating dangerous machinery until these symptoms subside.

Gastrointestinal Discomfort

Patients taking bupropion SR 150 mg may experience gastrointestinal discomfort. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, constipation and dry mouth, reports Drugs.com. These side effects may diminish over time as the body gets used to bupropion. To alleviate nausea and vomiting, patients can try taking this medication with food or milk. Small dietary changes can help to lessen constipation. The addition of ample fruits, vegetables and foods high in fiber can help speed up intestinal transit time and decrease constipation. Drinking enough water and incorporating mild exercise into one's lifestyle can also help lessen constipation. Lozenges and mouthwash may relieve dry mouth. Patients should consult a physician if they experience severe gastrointestinal discomfort.

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