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P - Caution when used during pregnancy
L - Bupropion and its metabolites are secreted in breast milk

Bupropion is a typical antidepressant that acts as a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor, and nicotinic antagonist. Bupropion belongs to the chemical class of aminoketones and is similar in structure to the stimulant cathinone, to the anorectic diethylpropion, and to phenethylamines in general.

Initially researched and marketed as an antidepressant, bupropion was subsequently found to be effective as a smoking cessation aid. In 2007 it was the fourth-most prescribed antidepressant in the United States retail market, with 20.184 million retail prescriptions.

Bupropion lowers seizure threshold and its potential to cause seizures was widely publicized. However, at the recommended dose the risk of seizures is comparable to that observed for other antidepressants. Bupropion is an effective antidepressant on its own but it is particularly popular as an add-on medication in the cases of incomplete response to the first-line SSRI antidepressant. In contrast to many psychiatric drugs, including nearly all antidepressants, bupropion does not cause weight gain or sexual dysfunction.



Bupropion HCl is a relatively weak inhibitor of the neuronal uptake of norepinephrine, serotinin and dopamine. The mechanism by which it aids in smoking cessation is presumed to be mediated by its noradrenergic and/or dopaminergic actions.

Well absorbed from the GI tract but undergoes extensive first pass effect.

=80% bound to plasma proteins. Crosses the placenta and distributed into breast milk.

Terminal half-life of immediate-release preparation: about 14 hours. Mainly excreted in the urine as metabolites.

Bupropion Hydrochloride Indications / Bupropion Hydrochloride Uses

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Bupropion Hydrochloride Adverse Reactions / Bupropion Hydrochloride Side Effects

Facial oedema; nausea, dry mouth, constipation, diarrhoea, anorexia; mouth ulcer; thirst; myalgia, arthralgia; insomnia, dream, abnormality, anxiety, disturbed concentration, dizziness, nervousness, tremor, dysphoria; rhinitis, increased cough, pharyngitis, sinusitis; dyspnoea, epistaxis, agitation, insomnia, tremor, headache, weight loss, vomiting, skin rash.

Potentially Fatal: Stevens-Johnson syndrome.


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Special Precautions

History of seizure disorders, bipolar disorders; MI or unstable heart disease; pregnancy; renal or hepatic impairment. Monitor BP before and after treatment; monitor weekly if used with nicotine products. May impair ability to drive and operate machinery. Avoid use within 2 weeks of MAO inhibitor withdrawal.

Other Drug Interactions

Neuroleptics, lithium and TCAs, benzodiazepine, alcohol, drugs that lower seizure threshold. Increased risk of side effects when co-admin with levodopa. Reduced hepatic clearance with fluoxetine. Caution when administering with agents that will affect hepatic drug metabolizing enzymes. Increased risk of toxicity when used with ritonavir.

Potentially Fatal: Concurrent use with MAO inhibitors may cause acute toxicity symptoms and increased risk of fatality.

Other Interactions

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Smoking cessation

Adult: Modified-release preparation: Initially, 150 mg once daily for 6 days then increased to 150 mg bid.
Period of treatment: 7-12 weeks. To discontinue treatment if abstinence is not achieved by 7th weeks.
Max: 300 mg/day.
Elderly: 150 mg/day.


Adult: Initially, 100 mg bid increased to 100 mg tid after 3 days if necessary. Increased further to 150 mg tid if no improvement has been observed after several weeks of therapy.
Max: 150 mg tid. As a modified-release preparation: 150 mg once daily in the morning, increased to 150 mg bid after 3 days if necessary, may further increase to 200 mg bid after several weeks if needed.
Max: 450 mg as a single dose.


May be taken with or without food

List of Contraindications

Bupropion Hydrochloride and Pregnancy

Caution when used during pregnancy

Bupropion Hydrochloride and Lactation

Bupropion and its metabolites are secreted in breast milk

Bupropion Hydrochloride and Children

Safety and efficacy not established

Bupropion Hydrochloride and Geriatic

Use with caution. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, use care in dose selection and consider monitoring renal function.

Bupropion Hydrochloride and Other Contraindications

Epilepsy; eating disorders (e.g. bulimia or anorexia nervosa); hypersensitivity


Store at 15-25°C.

Lab interference

Store at 15-25°C.

Bupropion Hydrochloride brands in India:

Bupdep Bupep Bupisure Bupron-SR Bupron-XL Ession-ER Nicotex Smoquit-SR Zyban

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