Some general considerations for when and how to take Wellbutrin include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually two to four times per day.
- Taking Wellbutrin at bedtime may cause insomnia. If you are having trouble sleeping, try taking your last dose a little earlier.
- You can take Wellbutrin with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Your Wellbutrin dosages should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Wellbutrin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Wellbutrin Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects can occur with Wellbutrin. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects include:
- Weight loss (see Wellbutrin and Weight Loss)
- Dry mouth (see Wellbutrin and Dry Mouth)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Increased sweating
- Shakiness (tremors)
- Insomnia (see Wellbutrin and Insomnia)
- Appetite loss.
(Click Wellbutrin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles:
- Wellbutrin and Hair Loss
- Wellbutrin Sexual Side Effects
- Wellbutrin and Suicide
- Wellbutrin and Weight Gain.