Wellbutrin is a brand medication that contains Bupropion, which belongs to a class of medications called norepinephrine–dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs). It works by inhibiting the reuptake of certain types of neurotransmitters so as to prolong brain activity. It is therefore used to treat major depression, and as an aid to smoking cessation treatment.
Wellbutrin is available as extended-release tablets. It has a 24-hour long effect and therefore can be taken once daily. Do not crush or chew it.
For major depression,
Initial dose is 150 mg once daily in the morning for 3 days with at least 24 hours between doses. If tolerated, the dose may be increased to 300 mg once daily. The maximum dose is 450 mg/day.
For smoking cessation,
Initial dose is 150 mg once daily in the morning for 3 days with at least 8 hours between doses. If tolerated, the dose may be increased to 150 mg twice daily. The maximum dose is 300 mg/day.
Common dosing schedule:
It may be taken with or without food. Taking with food can reduce stomach discomfort.
Some common medications Wellbutrin may interact with:
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Wellbutrin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Wellbutrin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.
Healthy Matters is Hong Kong’s leading health resource. Our mission is to help you make better health decisions and take control of your health.
Our team of experts is committed to producing reliable health content that is accurate, engaging and relevant, to cover your health & wellness journey from prevention to treatment.
Whether you are looking for trusted information on health conditions, wellbeing or looking for the right doctor or service in Hong Kong, we’re here to help!
Your health matters. Begin your health journey with Healthy Matters today!