Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with atypical antidepressants. The doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist can discuss a more complete list of side effects.
Manic episodes in persons with bipolar disorder (If not combined with a mood-stabilizing drug, atypical antidepressants may induce manic episodes in individuals with bipolar disorder.)
Seizures (Atypical antidepressants may lower the threshold for seizures; that is, seizures may occur more easily. Caution is advised for individuals prone to seizures or those who have a history of seizures.)
Drowsiness (Caution is advised when operating machinery, driving, or performing other tasks that require alertness.)
Contains the same active ingredient found in Zyban, which is used as an aid in
smoking cessation treatment (Do not use bupropion with Zyban or other medications containing bupropion.)
More likely to cause seizures than other antidepressants, especially with doses above 450 mg/day (Seizures are also more likely in patients who have
bulimia or anorexia nervosa and are treated with bupropion.)
Caution in narrow-angle glaucoma
Caution in slow gastric emptying (often present in
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) were one of the most important causes of mortality resulting from poisoning until 1993 and continue to be responsible for more deaths per prescription than all the other antidepressants put together.