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There are a number of warnings and precautions for Wellbutrin to be aware of, such as the safety of taking Wellbutrin while nursing or pregnant and an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in some people who take the drug. Prior to taking Wellbutrin, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of head trauma, an eating disorder, or heart disease, among other conditions. Talk with your healthcare provider about the Wellbutrin warnings and precautions that may apply to you.
Wellbutrin: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Wellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride) if you have:
- Seizures or epilepsy (see Wellbutrin Seizures)
- A brain tumor
- A history of head trauma or brain injury
- An eating disorder, such as bulimia or anorexia
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression)
- Heart disease
- A recent history of a heart attack
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol regularly.
Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.