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Bupropion Hydrobromide Oral tablet, extended-release

What is this medicine?

BUPROPION (byoo PROE pee on) is used to treat depression.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia

  • bipolar disorder or psychosis

  • diabetes or high blood sugar, treated with medication

  • glaucoma

  • head injury or brain tumor

  • heart disease, previous heart attack, or irregular heart beat

  • high blood pressure

  • kidney or liver disease

  • seizures (convulsions)

  • suicidal thoughts or a previous suicide attempt

  • Tourette's syndrome

  • weight loss

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bupropion, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • breast-feeding

  • pregnant or trying to become pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not crush, chew, or cut these tablets. This medicine is taken once daily at the same time each day. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and take your next tablet at the regular time. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • linezolid

  • MAOIs like Azilect, Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • methylene blue (injected into a vein)

  • other medicines that contain bupropion like Zyban

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines for blood pressure like metoprolol, propranolol

  • certain medicines for depression or psychotic disturbances

  • certain medicines for HIV or AIDS like efavirenz, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like propafenone, flecainide

  • certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like amantadine, levodopa

  • certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital

  • cimetidine

  • clopidogrel

  • cyclophosphamide

  • furazolidone

  • isoniazid

  • nicotine

  • orphenadrine

  • procarbazine

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

  • stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

  • tamoxifen

  • theophylline

  • thiotepa

  • ticlopidine

  • tramadol

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Because it may take several weeks to see the full effects of this medicine, it is important to continue your treatment as prescribed by your doctor.

Patients and their families should watch out for new or worsening thoughts of suicide or depression. Also watch out for sudden changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. If this happens, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose, call your health care professional.

Avoid alcoholic drinks while taking this medicine. Drinking large amounts of alcoholic beverages, using sleeping or anxiety medicines, or quickly stopping the use of these agents while taking this medicine may increase your risk for a seizure.

Do not drive or use heavy machinery until you know how this medicine affects you. This medicine can impair your ability to perform these tasks.

Do not take this medicine close to bedtime. It may prevent you from sleeping.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

The tablet shell for some brands of this medicine does not dissolve. This is normal. The tablet shell may appear whole in the stool. This is not a cause for concern.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • confusion

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • hallucinations

  • increased blood pressure

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures

  • suicidal thoughts or other mood changes

  • unusually weak or tired

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance

  • constipation

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • tremors

  • weight loss

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Bupropion Hydrochloride Oral tablet [Depression/Mood Disorders]

What is this medicine?

BUPROPION (byoo PROE pee on) is used to treat depression.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia

  • bipolar disorder or psychosis

  • diabetes or high blood sugar, treated with medication

  • glaucoma

  • heart disease, previous heart attack, or irregular heart beat

  • head injury or brain tumor

  • high blood pressure

  • kidney or liver disease

  • seizures

  • suicidal thoughts or a previous suicide attempt

  • Tourette's syndrome

  • weight loss

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bupropion, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • breast-feeding

  • pregnant or trying to become pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is less than four hours to your next dose, take only that dose and skip the missed dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • linezolid

  • MAOIs like Azilect, Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • methylene blue (injected into a vein)

  • other medicines that contain bupropion like Zyban

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines for blood pressure like metoprolol, propranolol

  • certain medicines for depression or psychotic disturbances

  • certain medicines for HIV or AIDS like efavirenz, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like propafenone, flecainide

  • certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like amantadine, levodopa

  • certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital

  • cimetidine

  • clopidogrel

  • cyclophosphamide

  • furazolidone

  • isoniazid

  • nicotine

  • orphenadrine

  • procarbazine

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

  • stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

  • tamoxifen

  • theophylline

  • thiotepa

  • ticlopidine

  • tramadol

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Because it may take several weeks to see the full effects of this medicine, it is important to continue your treatment as prescribed by your doctor.

Patients and their families should watch out for new or worsening thoughts of suicide or depression. Also watch out for sudden changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. If this happens, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose, call your health care professional.

Avoid alcoholic drinks while taking this medicine. Drinking excessive alcoholic beverages, using sleeping or anxiety medicines, or quickly stopping the use of these agents while taking this medicine may increase your risk for a seizure.

Do not drive or use heavy machinery until you know how this medicine affects you. This medicine can impair your ability to perform these tasks.

Do not take this medicine close to bedtime. It may prevent you from sleeping.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • confusion

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • hallucinations

  • increased blood pressure

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures

  • suicidal thoughts or other mood changes

  • unusually weak or tired

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance

  • constipation

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • tremors

  • weight loss

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F), away from direct sunlight and moisture. Keep tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Bupropion Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended release 12 hour [Depression/Mood Disorders]

What is this medicine?

BUPROPION (byoo PROE pee on) is used to treat depression.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia

  • bipolar disorder or psychosis

  • diabetes or high blood sugar, treated with medication

  • glaucoma

  • head injury or brain tumor

  • heart disease, previous heart attack, or irregular heart beat

  • high blood pressure

  • kidney or liver disease

  • seizures

  • suicidal thoughts or a previous suicide attempt

  • Tourette's syndrome

  • weight loss

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bupropion, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • breast-feeding

  • pregnant or trying to become pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. If you take this medicine more than once a day, take your second dose at least 8 hours after you take your first dose. To limit difficulty in sleeping, avoid taking this medicine at bedtime. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and take your next tablet at the regular time. There should be at least 8 hours between doses. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • linezolid

  • MAOIs like Azilect, Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • methylene blue (injected into a vein)

  • other medicines that contain bupropion like Zyban

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines for blood pressure like metoprolol, propranolol

  • certain medicines for depression or psychotic disturbances

  • certain medicines for HIV or AIDS like efavirenz, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like propafenone, flecainide

  • certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like amantadine, levodopa

  • certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital

  • cimetidine

  • clopidogrel

  • cyclophosphamide

  • furazolidone

  • isoniazid

  • nicotine

  • orphenadrine

  • procarbazine

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

  • stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

  • tamoxifen

  • theophylline

  • thiotepa

  • ticlopidine

  • tramadol

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Because it may take several weeks to see the full effects of this medicine, it is important to continue your treatment as prescribed by your doctor.

Patients and their families should watch out for new or worsening thoughts of suicide or depression. Also watch out for sudden changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. If this happens, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose, call your health care professional.

Avoid alcoholic drinks while taking this medicine. Drinking excessive alcoholic beverages, using sleeping or anxiety medicines, or quickly stopping the use of these agents while taking this medicine may increase your risk for a seizure.

Do not drive or use heavy machinery until you know how this medicine affects you. This medicine can impair your ability to perform these tasks.

Do not take this medicine close to bedtime. It may prevent you from sleeping.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • confusion

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • hallucinations

  • increased blood pressure

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures

  • suicidal thoughts or other mood changes

  • unusually weak or tired

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance

  • constipation

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • tremors

  • weight loss

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F), away from direct sunlight and moisture. Keep tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Bupropion Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended release 12 hour [Smoking Cessation]

What is this medicine?

BUPROPION (byoo PROE pee on) is used to help people quit smoking.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia

  • bipolar disorder or psychosis

  • diabetes or high blood sugar, treated with medication

  • glaucoma

  • head injury or brain tumor

  • heart disease, previous heart attack, or irregular heart beat

  • high blood pressure

  • kidney or liver disease

  • seizures

  • suicidal thoughts or a previous suicide attempt

  • Tourette's syndrome

  • weight loss

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bupropion, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • breast-feeding

  • pregnant or trying to become pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. If you take this medicine more than once a day, take your second dose at least 8 hours after you take your first dose. To limit difficulty in sleeping, avoid taking this medicine at bedtime. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and take your next tablet at the regular time. There should be at least 8 hours between doses. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • linezolid

  • MAOIs like Azilect, Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • methylene blue (injected into a vein)

  • other medicines that contain bupropion like Wellbutrin

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines for blood pressure like metoprolol, propranolol

  • certain medicines for depression or psychotic disturbances

  • certain medicines for HIV or AIDS like efavirenz, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like propafenone, flecainide

  • certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like amantadine, levodopa

  • certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital

  • cimetidine

  • clopidogrel

  • cyclophosphamide

  • furazolidone

  • isoniazid

  • nicotine

  • orphenadrine

  • procarbazine

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

  • stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

  • tamoxifen

  • theophylline

  • thiotepa

  • ticlopidine

  • tramadol

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. This medicine should be used together with a patient support program. It is important to participate in a behavioral program, counseling, or other support program that is recommended by your health care professional.

Patients and their families should watch out for new or worsening thoughts of suicide or depression. Also watch out for sudden changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. If this happens, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose, call your health care professional.

Avoid alcoholic drinks while taking this medicine. Drinking excessive alcoholic beverages, using sleeping or anxiety medicines, or quickly stopping the use of these agents while taking this medicine may increase your risk for a seizure.

Do not drive or use heavy machinery until you know how this medicine affects you. This medicine can impair your ability to perform these tasks.

Do not take this medicine close to bedtime. It may prevent you from sleeping.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

Do not use nicotine patches or chewing gum without the advice of your doctor or health care professional while taking this medicine. You may need to have your blood pressure taken regularly if your doctor recommends that you use both nicotine and this medicine together.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • confusion

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • hallucinations

  • increased blood pressure

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures

  • suicidal thoughts or other mood changes

  • unusually weak or tired

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance

  • constipation

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • tremors

  • weight loss

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Bupropion Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended release 24 hour [Depression/Mood Disorders]

What is this medicine?

BUPROPION (byoo PROE pee on) is used to treat depression.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia

  • bipolar disorder or psychosis

  • diabetes or high blood sugar, treated with medication

  • glaucoma

  • head injury or brain tumor

  • heart disease, previous heart attack, or irregular heart beat

  • high blood pressure

  • kidney or liver disease

  • seizures (convulsions)

  • suicidal thoughts or a previous suicide attempt

  • Tourette's syndrome

  • weight loss

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bupropion, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • breast-feeding

  • pregnant or trying to become pregnant

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Do not crush, chew, or cut these tablets. This medicine is taken once daily at the same time each day. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and take your next tablet at the regular time. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • linezolid

  • MAOIs like Azilect, Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • methylene blue (injected into a vein)

  • other medicines that contain bupropion like Zyban

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines for blood pressure like metoprolol, propranolol

  • certain medicines for depression or psychotic disturbances

  • certain medicines for HIV or AIDS like efavirenz, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir

  • certain medicines for irregular heart beat like propafenone, flecainide

  • certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like amantadine, levodopa

  • certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital

  • cimetidine

  • clopidogrel

  • cyclophosphamide

  • furazolidone

  • isoniazid

  • nicotine

  • orphenadrine

  • procarbazine

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

  • stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

  • tamoxifen

  • theophylline

  • thiotepa

  • ticlopidine

  • tramadol

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Because it may take several weeks to see the full effects of this medicine, it is important to continue your treatment as prescribed by your doctor.

Patients and their families should watch out for new or worsening thoughts of suicide or depression. Also watch out for sudden changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. If this happens, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose, call your health care professional.

Avoid alcoholic drinks while taking this medicine. Drinking large amounts of alcoholic beverages, using sleeping or anxiety medicines, or quickly stopping the use of these agents while taking this medicine may increase your risk for a seizure.

Do not drive or use heavy machinery until you know how this medicine affects you. This medicine can impair your ability to perform these tasks.

Do not take this medicine close to bedtime. It may prevent you from sleeping.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

The tablet shell for some brands of this medicine does not dissolve. This is normal. The tablet shell may appear whole in the stool. This is not a cause for concern.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • confusion

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • hallucinations

  • increased blood pressure

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures

  • suicidal thoughts or other mood changes

  • unusually weak or tired

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance

  • constipation

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • nausea

  • tremors

  • weight loss

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Smoke-Free Resources

Broward Health Employee Resources Guide
Information for Physicians

Tobacco Free Florida
1-877-U-CAN-NOW
www.tobaccofreeflorida.com
Broward Health
Wellness Center
FREE 6-week smoking cessation classes

Upcoming Florida Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) classes and events

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How is Broward Health’s policy regarding smoke changing?
The Board of Commissioners approved the policy to become a smoke-free campus effective January 1, 2014. This means that when the policy goes into effect, smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on campus and the current designated smoking areas will be eliminated.

Q: Why are our campuses going smoke free?
By eliminating second-hand smoke on our campuses, Broward Health is emphasizing its commitment to providing a healthy environment for employees and our community. Establishing a smoke-free campus policy will:

  • Protect people from unwanted and involuntary exposure to tobacco and passive smoke. Multiple studies affirm that there are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke, including outdoor smoke.
  • Promote cessation and create a supportive environment for those who are trying to reduce or quit tobacco use.
  • Provide support for employees who want to quit smoking.
  • Create a cleaner living, learning, and working environment. Cigarette butts are the most common type of litter. Reducing cigarette butt litter will beautify our campus and lower clean-up costs.
  • Protect the environment from tobacco–related litter. Discarded cigarette butts contain all the carcinogens and nicotine that make tobacco use the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. Cigarette butts take years to decompose, increasing the toxicity of aquatic ecosystems, and potentially leaking into soil and the water supply. Cigarette butts are also dangerous when consumed by wildlife, pets, or young children.

This decision supports the rights and privileges of both smokers and non-smokers alike.  

Q:  Are other hospitals adopting smoke-free policies?
Many of our surrounding hospitals have adopted a smoke-free policy with the trend steadily increasing.

Q: Are you considering the needs and perspectives of all different groups?
Broward Health is committed to having all groups represented in the implementation process, and in providing mechanisms for people to voice their ideas and concerns. A successful transition of the organization must evaluate the three main populations that will be subject to this rule: 1- employees, medical staff and all contracted services; 2- patients; and 3- visitors. The policy will ultimately impact all persons who present at any Broward Health facility for any purpose. Information will be shared through the Regional Star Response Counsels, Town Halls, Rounds and Star Publication to inform all members of the workforce about the decision to become smoke-free. This information will provide opportunities to encourage employee feedback and input.

Q: Isn't tobacco-use a personal right?
Tobacco is a legal product for adults. Broward Health is not forcing anyone to discontinue tobacco-use, however resources and education will be provided in an effort to encourage healthy choices. Broward Health can establish policies for its employees which protect the health and wellness of all employees and all who present at our facility. A smoke-free policy does not prohibit tobacco use; it merely establishes where use can occur. The new policy supports the right of all people on the campus to breathe smoke-free air. The simple reason for our policy is respect for each other and the environment. Employees who choose to continue smoking must do so away from a Broward Health facility.

Q: What about the use of electronic cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes, also known as E-Cigarettes, are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals.  E-Cigarettes are NOT permitted under the smoke-free campus policy. Read more about them here.

Q: Is secondhand smoke (SHS) really that much of a problem?
Secondhand smoke, also called involuntary smoking or passive smoking, is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States. It is a mixture of gases and fine particles that includes:

  • Smoke from burning tobacco
  • Smoke that has been exhaled by people smoking
  • More than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic, and about 70 that can cause cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and/or lung cancer from 20-30 percent in adults who have never smoked. There is no risk-free level of contact with secondhand smoke; even brief exposure can be harmful to health.
  • In Florida alone, 2,520 non-smokers died from exposure to SHS in 2010.

The 2006 Surgeon General's report found that even brief exposures to secondhand smoke may have adverse effects on the heart and respiratory systems and increase the severity of asthma attacks, especially in children. Recent research indicates that people inhaling smoke at an outdoor café or other outside venue can breathe in wisps of smoke that are many times more concentrated than normal background air pollution levels. Aside from the risk to the general community, secondhand smoke is particularly dangerous for people with cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD and certain allergies, older adults, pregnant women, and children. Our medical staff community believes that secondhand smoke is a problem and led the initiative to secure Board approval of the policy to become a smoke-free organization.

Q: How will people know where they can and cannot smoke?
All Broward Health campuses will be smoke-free. Reasonable communication will be provided to all impacted persons. Signage will be posted at all building/facility entrances and parking lots. Reminders from staff and security will be provided as necessary.

Q: Will there be designated smoking areas on campus?
No, the current designated smoking areas will be eliminated as smoking does not support our initiative and is therefore prohibited on all Broward Health campuses. Allowing for designated smoking areas undermines the new policy. The purpose of the policy is to create a health-supporting community for everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike.

Q: What about events that occur at Broward Health facilities?
All events occurring on any Broward Health facility will be covered by the smoke-free policy.

Q: Will staff or visitors be able to smoke on public property adjoining our property, such as a public sidewalk?
Yes, but we ask that our employees respect our neighbors and their property.

Q: How will the policy be enforced for the various categories of impacted persons?
Working committees will be determining the best way to enforce the smoke-free policy for any given group or category in a way that is based on mutual respect and which builds a smoke-free culture on our campuses. As a healthcare organization, education will be instrumental to implementing this policy. We will communicate specific details about how the smoke-free policy will be enforced when that information is available.

Q: What opportunities will be available to assist employees to stop smoking?
Broward Health is dedicated to assisting employees who wish to stop smoking and eliminate tobacco use. This information will be available in our Smoking Cessation Resource Guide, on the intranet, as well as in resource racks in the cafeterias and Regional HR Offices. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will be available to assist employees in obtaining resources for smoking cessation.

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Q: Are employees allowed to use nicotine-replacement therapy products, like gum, lozenges, or patches, at work?
Employees who smoke may choose to use nicotine-replacement therapy products particularly gum or lozenges to manage their nicotine cravings during work hours. However, physician consultation is necessary for appropriate dosing and use.

Q: How will the policy be communicated to the employees, medical staff, patients and visitors?
Communication regarding the new policy will be consistent and ongoing.

Employees will initially be advised about the policy by leadership’s communication of the policy and transition plan. The President will provide employees with a statement of the policy change, as well as send electronic communications and intranet publications. Regional leadership will communicate and discuss the policy and transition plan during numerous opportunities such as Star Response Councils, Town Halls, rounds, and the Star employee publication.

The Chief Medical Officer and regional leadership will communicate the policy and transition plan to all medical staff and allied health professionals to elicit opportunities for dialogue and input through Chiefs of staff, physician portal, Medical Counsel and general meetings.

The Chief Medical Officer along with Regional Chief Nursing Officers, Medical Staff, Pharmacy and other applicable disciplines will develop clinical protocols to address patient needs.

The Contracts Department will communicate the policy to providers, vendors, travelers/agency and other contractors by incorporating the policy terms into the agreements if necessary.

Department of Learning will advise faculty during their annual mandatory student affiliation meetings of the policy and implementation plans for students.  Students will also be informed through orientation.

Regional Volunteer Coordinators will communicate the policy and implementation to volunteers.

Marketing Services will provide community press releases to educate the community. Signage and printed materials will also assist in informing the community of the policy implementation.

Employees will have access to the Broward Health smoke free web page via a “smoke free” icon on MyPlace. This link will connect employees to information and announcements regarding the smoke-free workplace policy. As information becomes available it will be posted there. This site will be a way to access details about the smoke-free workplace policy, related activities and available resources, such as cessation materials, classes, etc. It will also be the location to ask questions, report concerns and provide overall feedback.

Q: Can I smoke in my car?
Smoking is prohibited in cars parked on all Broward Health property.

Q: Where can I go to smoke or use tobacco products?
Providing a place to smoke does not support Broward Health’s goal to create a healthier environment. If you need to smoke, you will need to leave Broward Health property. Employees who leave the campus to smoke are encouraged to be considerate of neighbors and others in our community and must abide by Broward Health’s time & attendance policy.

Q: I have ideas or concerns. Who should I contact?
Anyone interested in providing feedback, submitting ideas or expressing concerns should contact the Employee Assistance Program Department via phone at 954-847-4327 or by e-mail at eap@browardhealth.org. The EAP department will assist you in obtaining answers to your questions or concerns. Click here for the Smoking Cessation Employee Resource Guide.

Q: I am interested in helping with smoke-free efforts on campus. Who should I contact?
Employees interested in assisting with the smoke-free efforts at their regions should contact their regional HR Director.

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