April 24, 2014
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Sandoz Bupropion SR

(bupropion (depression))

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02275074 SANDOZ BUPROPION SR 100MG TABLET
02275082 SANDOZ BUPROPION SR 150MG TABLET

How does Sandoz Bupropion SR work? What will it do for me?

Bupropion belongs to the family of medications known as antidepressants. It is used to treat depression. It works by affecting the balance of chemicals that occur naturally in the brain.

For the treatment of depression, the full effects of the medication may not be seen until after several weeks of treatment.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Sandoz Bupropion SR?

The usual recommended dose is 100 mg to 150 mg once daily. In some cases, doses of up to 300 mg per day may be used. Daily doses over 150 mg are divided into two doses. Do not exceed the maximum dose of 300 mg per day, and do not take a single dose greater than 150 mg.

Multiple daily doses should be taken at least 8 hours apart. It is very important that bupropion tablets be swallowed whole and not chewed, broken, or crushed.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is within 8 hours of your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Sandoz Bupropion SR come in?

100 mg
Each aquamarine, film-coated, sustained release tablet contains 100 mg bupropion hydrochloride. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, hydrochloric acid, hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, FD&C Blue No. 1, hypromellose, macrogol, polysorbate, and titanium dioxide.

150 mg
Each plum, film-coated, sustained release tablet contains 150 mg bupropion hydrochloride. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, hydrochloric acid, hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, FD&C Blue No. 2, FD&C Red No. 40, hypromellose, macrogol, polysorbate, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take Sandoz Bupropion SR?

Do not take this mediction if you:

  • are allergic to bupropion or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • are currently taking thioridazine (an antipsychotic medication) or have taken it in the past 2 weeks
  • are having abrupt withdrawal issues from alcohol, benzodiazepines (e.g., diazepam, clonazepam, lorazepam), or other sedatives (e.g., phenobarbital)
  • are taking another medication that contains bupropion (e.g., Zyban® or Wellbutrin® XL)
  • have a seizure disorder
  • have or have had an eating disorder (bulimia or anorexia nervosa)
  • have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAO inhibitor; e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine) within the past 2 weeks

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Depression Symptom Checker Tool

The Depression Symptom Checker tool can help you learn about depression. Use this tool to create a list of your symptoms and rate how much the symptoms impact your life on a daily basis. The checklist is divided into 6 symptom categories that are associated with depression. You can also learn more about symptoms of depression here.

For each statement choose a number from 0 to 4 that describes the impact on your daily life, where 4 has the highest impact and 0 has no impact:

  • 0 = no impact on daily life/no symptoms
  • 1 = mild impact on daily life
  • 2 = moderate impact on daily life
  • 3 = severe impact on daily life
  • 4 = debilitating impact on daily life

It is important to remember that this is not a “score” but a way to help you communicate how much you feel the symptom impacts your daily life. When you finish you will be able to print out your symptoms and share this information with your doctor. Use the Doctor Discussion Guide to prepare for your doctor’s visit.

Rate how much the following symptoms apply to you.

1. Emotions

Depression can affect anyone at any age, although it most commonly appears between 15 and 45 years of age.

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Visit your doctor with these results, when booking your appointment inform your doctor that you may need extra time to discuss these matters. Getting help for your depression can change your life. Don’t wait- depression is an illness that can, and should be treated.

Thoughts about death or suicide are common in depression, and it’s important to take such thoughts seriously. If you feel like giving up or as if you might hurt yourself, get help immediately: call your doctor, go to the emergency room or call 911.

This tool is adapted with permission from similar content found on www.depressionhurts.ca.


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