Bupropion Hydrochloride SR (Page 3 of 9)

5.4 Hypertension

Treatment with bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) can result in elevated blood pressure and hypertension. Assess blood pressure before initiating treatment with bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR), and monitor periodically during treatment. The risk of hypertension is increased if bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) are used concomitantly with MAOIs or other drugs that increase dopaminergic or noradrenergic activity [see Contraindications ( 4)].

Data from a comparative trial of the sustained-release formulation of bupropion HCl, nicotine transdermal system (NTS), the combination of sustained-release bupropion plus NTS, and placebo as an aid to smoking cessation suggest a higher incidence of treatment-emergent hypertension in patients treated with the combination of sustained-release bupropion and NTS. In this trial, 6.1% of subjects treated with the combination of sustained-release bupropion and NTS had treatment-emergent hypertension compared with 2.5%, 1.6%, and 3.1% of subjects treated with sustained-release bupropion, NTS, and placebo, respectively. The majority of these subjects had evidence of pre-existing hypertension. Three subjects (1.2%) treated with the combination of sustained-release bupropion and NTS and 1 subject (0.4%) treated with NTS had study medication discontinued due to hypertension compared with none of the subjects treated with sustained-release bupropion or placebo. Monitoring of blood pressure is recommended in patients who receive the combination of bupropion and nicotine replacement.

In a clinical trial of bupropion immediate-release in MDD subjects with stable congestive heart failure (N = 36), bupropion was associated with an exacerbation of pre-existing hypertension in 2 subjects, leading to discontinuation of bupropion treatment. There are no controlled trials assessing the safety of bupropion in patients with a recent history of myocardial infarction or unstable cardiac disease.

5.5 Activation of Mania/Hypomania

Antidepressant treatment can precipitate a manic, mixed, or hypomanic manic episode. The risk appears to be increased in patients with bipolar disorder or who have risk factors for bipolar disorder. Prior to initiating bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR), screen patients for a history of bipolar disorder and the presence of risk factors for bipolar disorder (e.g., family history of bipolar disorder, suicide, or depression). Bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) are not approved for use in treating bipolar depression.

5.6 Psychosis and Other Neuropsychiatric Reactions

Depressed patients treated with bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) have had a variety of neuropsychiatric signs and symptoms, including delusions, hallucinations, psychosis, concentration disturbance, paranoia, and confusion. Some of these patients had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. In some cases, these symptoms abated upon dose reduction and/or withdrawal of treatment. Instruct patients to contact a healthcare professional if such reactions occur.

5.7 Angle-Closure Glaucoma

The pupillary dilation that occurs following use of many antidepressant drugs including bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) may trigger an angle-closure attack in a patient with anatomically narrow angles who does not have a patent iridectomy.

5.8 Hypersensitivity Reactions

Anaphylactoid/anaphylactic reactions have occurred during clinical trials with bupropion. Reactions have been characterized by pruritus, urticaria, angioedema, and dyspnea requiring medical treatment. In addition, there have been rare, spontaneous postmarketing reports of erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and anaphylactic shock associated with bupropion. Instruct patients to discontinue bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) and consult a healthcare provider if they develop an allergic or anaphylactoid/anaphylactic reaction (e.g., skin rash, pruritus, hives, chest pain, edema, and shortness of breath) during treatment.

There are reports of arthralgia, myalgia, fever with rash, and other serum sickness-like symptoms suggestive of delayed hypersensitivity.


The following adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the labeling:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescents and young adults [see Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions ( 5.1)]
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms and suicide risk in smoking cessation treatment [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.2)]
  • Seizure [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.3)]
  • Hypertension [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.4)]
  • Activation of mania or hypomania [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.5)]
  • Psychosis and other neuropsychiatric reactions [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.6)]
  • Angle-closure glaucoma [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.7)]
  • Hypersensitivity reactions [see Warnings and Precautions ( 5.8)]

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.

Adverse Reactions Leading to Discontinuation of Treatment In placebo-controlled clinical trials, 4%, 9%, and 11% of the placebo, 300 mg/day, and 400 mg/day groups, respectively, discontinued treatment due to adverse reactions. The specific adverse reactions leading to discontinuation in at least 1% of the 300 mg/day or 400 mg/day groups and at a rate at least twice the placebo rate are listed in Table 2.

Table 2. Treatment Discontinuations Due to Adverse Reactions in Placebo‑Controlled Trials

Adverse Reaction


(n = 385)

Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-release Tablets (SR) 300 mg/day

(n = 376)

Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-release Tablets (SR) 400 mg/day

(n = 114)

















Commonly Observed Adverse ReactionsAdverse reactions from Table 3 occurring in at least 5% of subjects treated with bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) and at a rate at least twice the placebo rate are listed below for the 300 mg/day and 400 mg/day dose groups.

Bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) 300 mg/day: Anorexia, dry mouth, rash, sweating, tinnitus, and tremor.

Bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) 400 mg/day: Abdominal pain, agitation, anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, myalgia, nausea, palpitation, pharyngitis, sweating, tinnitus, and urinary frequency.

Adverse reactions reported in placebo-controlled trials are presented in Table 3. Reported adverse reactions were classified using a COSTART-based Dictionary.

Table 3. Adverse Reactions Reported by at Least 1% of Subjects and at a Greater Frequency than Placebo in Controlled Clinical Trials

Body System/

Adverse Reaction

Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-release Tablets (SR) 300 mg/day

(n = 376)

Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-release Tablets (SR) 400 mg/day

(n = 114)


(n = 385)

Body (General)
Headache 26% 25% 23%
Infection 8% 9% 6%
Abdominal pain 3% 9% 2%
Asthenia 2% 4% 2%
Chest pain 3% 4% 1%
Pain 2% 3% 2%
Fever 1% 2%
Palpitation 2% 6% 2%
Flushing 1% 4%
Migraine 1% 4% 1%
Hot flashes 1% 3% 1%
Dry mouth 17% 24% 7%
Nausea 13% 18% 8%
Constipation 10% 5% 7%
Diarrhea 5% 7% 6%
Anorexia 5% 3% 2%
Vomiting 4% 2% 2%
Dysphagia 0% 2% 0%
Myalgia 2% 6% 3%
Arthralgia 1% 4% 1%
Arthritis 0% 2% 0%
Twitch 1% 2%
Nervous system
Insomnia 11% 16% 6%
Dizziness 7% 11% 5%
Agitation 3% 9% 2%
Anxiety 5% 6% 3%
Tremor 6% 3% 1%
Nervousness 5% 3% 3%
Somnolence 2% 3% 2%
Irritability 3% 2% 2%
Memory decreased 3% 1%
Paresthesia 1% 2% 1%
Central nervous system stimulation 2% 1% 1%
Pharyngitis 3% 11% 2%
Sinusitis 3% 1% 2%
Increased cough 1% 2% 1%
Sweating 6% 5% 2%
Rash 5% 4% 1%
Pruritus 2% 4% 2%
Urticaria 2% 1% 0%
Special senses
Tinnitus 6% 6% 2%
Taste perversion 2% 4%
Blurred vision or diplopia 3% 2% 2%
Urinary frequency 2% 5% 2%
Urinary urgency 2% 0%
Vaginal hemorrhage a 0% 2%
Urinary tract infection 1% 0%

a Incidence based on the number of female subjects.

— Hyphen denotes adverse events occurring in greater than 0 but less than 0.5% of subjects.

Other Adverse Reactions Observed During the Clinical Development of Bupropion
In addition to the adverse reactions noted above, the following adverse reactions have been reported in clinical trials with the sustained-release formulation of bupropion in depressed subjects and in nondepressed smokers, as well as in clinical trials with the immediate release formulation of bupropion.

Adverse reaction frequencies represent the proportion of subjects who experienced a treatment-emergent adverse reaction on at least one occasion in placebo-controlled trials for depression (n = 987) or smoking cessation (n = 1,013), or subjects who experienced an adverse reaction requiring discontinuation of treatment in an open-label surveillance trial with bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) (n = 3,100). All treatment-emergent adverse reactions are included except those listed in Table 3, those listed in other safety-related sections of the prescribing information, those subsumed under COSTART terms that are either overly general or excessively specific so as to be uninformative, those not reasonably associated with the use of the drug, and those that were not serious and occurred in fewer than 2 subjects.

Adverse reactions are further categorized by body system and listed in order of decreasing frequency according to the following definitions of frequency: Frequent adverse reactions are defined as those occurring in at least 1/100 subjects. Infrequent adverse reactions are those occurring in 1/100 to 1/1,000 subjects, while rare events are those occurring in less than 1/1,000 subjects.

Body (General): Infrequent were chills, facial edema, and photosensitivity. Rare was malaise.

Cardiovascular: Infrequent were postural hypotension, stroke, tachycardia, and vasodilation. Rare were syncope and myocardial infarction.

Digestive: Infrequent were abnormal liver function, bruxism, gastric reflux, gingivitis, increased salivation, jaundice, mouth ulcers, stomatitis, and thirst. Rare was edema of tongue.

Hemic and Lymphatic: Infrequent was ecchymosis.

Metabolic and Nutritional: Infrequent were edema and peripheral edema.

Musculoskeletal: Infrequent were leg cramps.

Nervous System: Infrequent were abnormal coordination, decreased libido, depersonalization, dysphoria, emotional lability, hostility, hyperkinesia, hypertonia, hypesthesia, suicidal ideation, and vertigo. Rare were amnesia, ataxia, derealization, and hypomania.

Respiratory: Rare was bronchospasm.

Special Senses: Infrequent were accommodation abnormality and dry eye.

Urogenital: Infrequent were impotence, polyuria, and prostate disorder.

Changes in Body Weight In placebo-controlled trials, subjects experienced weight gain or weight loss as shown in Table 4.

Table 4. Incidence of Weight Gain and Weight Loss (≥5 lbs) in Placebo-Controlled Trials
Weight Change Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-release Tablets (SR) 300 mg/day

(n = 339)

Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-release Tablets (SR) 400 mg/day

(n = 112)


(n = 347)

Gained >5 lbs 3% 2% 4%
Lost >5 lbs 14% 19% 6%

In clinical trials conducted with the immediate release formulation of bupropion, 35% of subjects receiving tricyclic antidepressants gained weight, compared with 9% of subjects treated with the immediate-release formulation of bupropion. If weight loss is a major presenting sign of a patient’s depressive illness, the anorectic and/or weight reducing potential of bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets (SR) should be considered.

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