Top 10 Side Effects of Bupropion (You Should Know Before You Quit Smoking Today)

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

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Dr. Howell

Before deciding whether to use a drug, you want to be well-informed about its pros and cons (everything about it). Anything you take into your body can have a significant impact on your health. It is just appropriate to carry out a research first or consult a health professional before trying any type of medication, particularly those that are clinically formulated.

Bupropion as a Smoking Cessation Option

Bupropion is a known drug used primarily to treat depression. However, it is also prescribed to those who are looking to quit smoking. For many years, a lot of smokers relied on Bupropion to avoid lighting up. Some succeeded, some don’t.


The side effects of this smoking cessation drug ranges from mild pain to severe depression and mental disorder. If you’re using Bupropion, discontinue taking it and talk to your doctor right away once you experienced any of the following symptoms:

  1. Difficulty in sleeping
  2. Anxiety
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Irritability
  5. Restlessness
  6. Panic attacks
  7. Seizures
  8. Hallucinations
  9. Major depression
  10. Hostile or angry feelings

You might wonder – why would a drug primarily made to ease depression lead to a more serious case of mental disorder? Good point. When the rumors about the side effects of Bupropion started to spread, scientists began investigating whether the claim was true. In several studies, experts found that Bupropion may lead to worsening of depression particularly to users under 24. However, that is a case to case basis. Some patients are able to address their smoking problems properly using the drug while others don’t. For whatever reason you’re using Bupropion, make sure to check with your doctor in a regular manner and observe whether there are changes (no matter how subtle they are) in your physical, emotional and mental self. This way, any side effect can be prevented or treated at the earliest possible time.

Other Known Side Effects of Bupropion


It is important that the user strictly follows the dosage prescribed by the physician or the manufacturer itself (which can be found in the information sheet that comes with the drug). In some instances though, the patient might still get overdosed probably because his or her body couldn’t tolerate even a small amount of Bupropion. Below are some of the common overdose symptoms that need immediate attention:

  1. Blurred vision
  2. Loss of consciousness
  3. Unusual feeling of tiredness or weakness
  4. Vomiting
  5. Nausea or dizziness
  6. Abnormal weight loss
  7. Muscle cramps
  8. Severe pain
  9. Loss of consciousness
  10. Fever

If You Decide to Quit Smoking Now…

Deciding to stop smoking today can be one of the best things you can do for yourself and for the people who care a lot for you. Nonetheless, it can also be a dangerous move. Some smokers who tried had extreme difficulty specially those who suffered from drug side effects. In order to avoid this, take time to carefully select the treatment option you want to go with. You can do this by comparing medications, asking professional advice, and researching.


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