Wellbutrin is an antidepressant in a class called norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRI). It works by increasing levels of brain chemicals that affect mood. It can be used to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and to help people stop smoking. It can take several weeks to work as a treatment for depression, but it usually starts working right away for people who are trying to quit smoking.
It takes seven hours for a dose of Wellbutrin to reach its full effect and the drug can stay in your system for two weeks. It is important to take your medication as directed and keep regular appointments with your doctor to monitor how it is working for you.
If you are experiencing any side effects, talk to your doctor right away. Some of these are merely bothersome and should go away as your body adjusts to the medication, while others could be more serious and require medical attention.
Wellbutrin can cause seizures in some people, so it is very important to tell your doctor if you have a history of epilepsy or any other seizure disorder. It is also important to tell your doctor if you drink alcohol or take any prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medications, especially if you have liver or kidney impairments.
It is also important to inform your doctor if you have any other health problems or are pregnant. You should not take Wellbutrin if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. If you have trouble opening medication bottles, talk to your pharmacist; they may be able to offer you larger sizes or help you find tools that can make it easier to open lids.