As with all antidepressants, it takes time for Wellbutrin to start working and begin positively affecting mood. The medication works by changing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, which is a process that takes six to eight weeks to reach full effect. You may notice sleep and appetite improvements within a week or two, though.
Wellbutrin is a prescription antidepressant that has been FDA-approved for major depressive disorder (MDD, clinical depression), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and smoking cessation in adults. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the medication. The dosage and frequency will vary depending on your specific needs. You should also avoid herbal products, supplements, and other over-the-counter medications, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. This is because these substances can interact with Wellbutrin and lead to side effects. Lastly, you should inform your doctor of any medical conditions or previous health issues that you have so they can be aware of any potentially serious interactions.
The most common side effects of Wellbutrin include headaches, upset stomach, dry mouth, and increased sweating. You should contact your doctor if you experience any severe or persistent side effects, including a rash that spreads, eye pain, itching, swelling, and difficulty breathing. You should also seek emergency medical attention if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as hives or itching, fever, swollen glands, a severe allergic reaction that affects the entire body, and/or suicidal thoughts.