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If someone takes an overdose of Forfivo XL, it can cause an irregular heart rhythm, seizures, hallucinations, or other potentially serious problems. Seek immediate medical care if you believe you have taken too much. Treatment will likely include administering activated charcoal, pumping the stomach, or providing supportive care to treat any symptoms that occur.
Can You Take Too Much Forfivo XL?Forfivo™ XL (bupropion XL) is an antidepressant medication that is available by prescription only. As with any medication, it is possible to take too much Forfivo XL.
The specific effects of an overdose can vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Forfivo XL dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.
Symptoms of an OverdoseOverdoses with bupropion (the active ingredient in Forfivo XL) have been reported to cause the following symptoms:
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Muscle tension, pain, and damage
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Breathing problems
- Loss of life.
About one-third of reported bupropion overdoses involved seizures. This is expected, as even normal doses increase the risk for seizures. Loss of life is more likely to occur if Forfivo XL is taken in extremely large amounts.
Treatment for a Forfivo XL Overdose
If the Forfivo XL overdose was recent, a healthcare provider may administer activated charcoal to absorb the medication or place a tube into the stomach to "pump the stomach." Treatment may also involve supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose.
For example, supportive treatment options for an overdose with Forfivo XL may include:
- Fluids through an intravenous line (IV)
- Medicines to control seizures or an irregular heart rhythm
- Closely monitoring the heart and lungs
- A breathing tube to help with breathing
- Other treatments based on the complications that occur.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you or someone else may have taken too much Forfivo XL.