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5.4 Hypertension

Treatment with Wellbutrin XL can result in elevated blood pressure and hypertension. Assess blood pressure before initiating treatment with Wellbutrin XL, and monitor periodically during treatment. The risk of hypertension is increased if Wellbutrin XL is 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 to 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 the 3 trials of bupropion HCl extended-release in seasonal affective disorder, there were significant elevations in blood pressure. Hypertension was reported as an adverse reaction for 2% of the bupropion group (11/537) and none in the placebo group (0/511). In the SAD trials, 2 patients treated with bupropion discontinued from the study because they developed hypertension. None of the placebo group discontinued because of hypertension. The mean increase in systolic blood pressure was 1.3 mmHg in the bupropion group and 0.1 mmHg in the placebo group. The difference was statistically significant (p=0.013). The mean increase in diastolic blood pressure was 0.8 mmHg in the bupropion group and 0.1 mmHg in the placebo group. The difference was not statistically significant (p=0.075). In the SAD trials, 82% of patients were treated with 300 mg per day, and 18% were treated with 150 mg per day. The mean daily dose was 270 mg per day. The mean duration of bupropion exposure was 126 days.

In a clinical trial of bupropion immediate-release in MDD subjects with stable congestive heart failure (CHF) (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 studies 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 Wellbutrin XL, 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). Wellbutrin XL is not approved for the treatment of bipolar depression.

5.6 Psychosis and Other Neuropsychiatric Reactions

Depressed patients treated with bupropion 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. Discontinue Wellbutrin XL if these reactions occur.

5.7 Angle-Closure Glaucoma

Angle-Closure Glaucoma: The pupillary dilation that occurs following use of many antidepressant drugs including Wellbutrin XL 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 Wellbutrin XL 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 symptoms of serum sickness suggestive of delayed hypersensitivity.

6 ADVERSE REACTIONS

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

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, adolescents, and young adults [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
Neuropsychiatric adverse events 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 events [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 to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Commonly Observed Adverse Reactions in Controlled Clinical Trials of Sustained-Release Bupropion Hydrochloride

Adverse reactions that occurred in at least 5% of patients treated with bupropion HCl sustained-release (300 mg and 400 mg per day) and at a rate at least twice the placebo rate are listed below.

300 mg/day of bupropion HCl sustained-release: anorexia, dry mouth, rash, sweating, tinnitus, and tremor.

400 mg/day of bupropion HCl sustained-release: abdominal pain, agitation, anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, myalgia, nausea, palpitation, pharyngitis, sweating, tinnitus, and urinary frequency.

Wellbutrin XL has been demonstrated to have similar bioavailability both to the immediate-release and sustained-release formulations of bupropion. The information included under this subsection and under subsection 6.2 is based primarily on data from controlled clinical trials with the sustained-release and extended-release formulations of bupropion hydrochloride.

Major Depressive Disorder

Adverse Reactions Leading to Discontinuation of Treatment with Bupropion HCl Immediate-Release, Bupropion HCl Sustained-Release, and Bupropion HCl Extended-Release in Major Depressive Disorder Trials

In placebo-controlled clinical trials with bupropion HCl sustained-release, 4%, 9%, and 11% of the placebo, 300 mg/day and 400 mg/day groups, respectively, discontinued treatment because of 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 Discontinuation Due to Adverse Reactions in Placebo-Controlled Trials in MDD
AdverseReactionTerm Placebo (n=385) Bupropion HCl Sustained-Release300 mg/day (n=376) Bupropion HCl Sustained-Release400 mg/day (n=114)

Rash

0.0%

2.4%

0.9%

Nausea

0.3%

0.8%

1.8%

Agitation

0.3%

0.3%

1.8%

Migraine

0.3%

0.0%

1.8%

In clinical trials with bupropion HCl immediate-release, 10% of patients and volunteers discontinued due to an adverse reaction. Reactions resulting in discontinuation (in addition to those listed above for the sustained-release formulation) included vomiting, seizures, and sleep disturbances.

Adverse Reactions Occurring at an Incidence of >1% in Patients Treated with Bupropion HCl Immediate-Release or Bupropion HCl Sustained-Release in MDD

Table 3 summarizes the adverse reactions that occurred in placebo-controlled trials in patients treated with bupropion HCl sustained-release 300 mg/day and 400 mg/day. These include reactions that occurred in either the 300 mg or 400 mg group at an incidence of 1% or more and were more frequent than in the placebo group.

Table 3: Adverse Reactions in Placebo-Controlled Trials in Patients with MDD
Body System/Adverse Reaction Placebo (n=385) Bupropion HClSustained-Release300 mg/day (n=376) Bupropion HClSustained-Release400 mg/day (n=114)

Body (General)

Headache

23%

26%

25%

Infection

6%

8%

9%

Abdominal pain

2%

3%

9%

Asthenia

2%

2%

4%

Chest pain

1%

3%

4%

Pain

2%

2%

3%

Fever

1%

2%

Cardiovascular

Palpitation

2%

2%

6%

Flushing

1%

4%

Migraine

1%

1%

4%

Hot flashes

1%

1%

3%

Digestive

Dry mouth

7%

17%

24%

Nausea

8%

13%

18%

Constipation

7%

10%

5%

Diarrhea

6%

5%

7%

Anorexia

2%

5%

3%

Vomiting

2%

4%

2%

Dysphagia

0%

0%

2%

Musculoskeletal

Myalgia

3%

2%

6%

Arthralgia

1%

1%

4%

Arthritis

0%

0%

2%

Twitch

1%

2%

Nervous System

Insomnia

6%

11%

16%

Dizziness

5%

7%

11%

Agitation

2%

3%

9%

Anxiety

3%

5%

6%

Tremor

1%

6%

3%

Nervousness

3%

5%

3%

Somnolence

2%

2%

3%

Irritability

2%

3%

2%

Memory decreased

1%

3%

Paresthesia

1%

1%

2%

Central nervoussystem stimulation

1%

2%

1%

Respiratory

Pharyngitis

2%

3%

11%

Sinusitis

2%

3%

1%

Increased cough

1%

1%

2%

Skin

Sweating

2%

6%

5%

Rash

1%

5%

4%

Pruritus

2%

2%

4%

Urticaria

0%

2%

1%

Special Senses

Tinnitus

2%

6%

6%

Taste perversion

2%

4%

Blurred vision or diplopia

2%

3%

2%

Urogenital

Urinary frequency

2%

2%

5%

Urinary urgency

0%

2%

Vaginal hemorrhage*

0%

2%

Urinary tract infection

1%

0%

The following additional adverse reactions occurred in controlled trials of bupropion HCl immediate-release (300 to 600 mg per day) at an incidence of at least 1% more frequently than in the placebo group were: cardiac arrhythmia (5% vs. 4%), hypertension (4% vs. 2%), hypotension (3% vs. 2%), menstrual complaints (5% vs. 1%), akathisia (2% vs. 1%), impaired sleep quality (4% vs. 2%), sensory disturbance (4% vs. 3%), confusion (8% vs. 5%), decreased libido (3% vs. 2%), hostility (6% vs. 4%), auditory disturbance (5% vs. 3%), and gustatory disturbance (3% vs. 1%).

Seasonal Affective Disorder

In placebo-controlled clinical trials in SAD, 9% of patients treated with Wellbutrin XL and 5% of patients treated with placebo discontinued treatment because of adverse reactions. The adverse reactions leading to discontinuation in at least 1% of patients treated with bupropion and at a rate numerically greater than the placebo rate were insomnia (2% vs. <1%) and headache (1% vs. <1%).

Table 4 summarizes the adverse reactions that occurred in patients treated with Wellbutrin XL for up to approximately 6 months in 3 placebo-controlled trials. These include reactions that occurred at an incidence of 2% or more and were more frequent than in the placebo group.

Table 4: Adverse Reactions in Placebo-Controlled Trials in Patients with SAD
System Organ Class/Preferred Term Placebo (n=511) Bupropion HCl Extended-Release (n=537)

Gastrointestinal Disorder

Dry mouth

15%

26%

Nausea

8%

13%

Constipation

2%

9%

Flatulence

3%

6%

Abdominal pain

<1%

2%

Nervous System Disorders

Headache

26%

34%

Dizziness

5%

6%

Tremor

<1%

3%

Infections and Infestations

Nasopharyngitis

12%

13%

Upper respiratory tract infection

8%

9%

Sinusitis

4%

5%

Psychiatric Disorders

Insomnia

13%

20%

Anxiety

5%

7%

Abnormal dreams

2%

3%

Agitation

<1%

2%

Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders

Myalgia

2%

3%

Pain in extremity

2%

3%

Respiratory, Thoracic, and Mediastinal Disorders

Cough

3%

4%

General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions

Feeling jittery

2%

3%

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders

Rash

2%

3%

Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders

Decreased appetite

1%

4%

Reproductive System and Breast Disorders

Dysmenorrhea

<1%

2%

Ear and Labyrinth Disorders

Tinnitus

<1%

3%

Vascular Disorders

Hypertension

0%

2%

Changes in Body Weight

Table 5 presents the incidence of body weight changes (≥5 lbs) in the short-term MDD trials using bupropion HCl sustained-release. There was a dose-related decrease in body weight.

Table 5: Incidence of Weight Gain or Weight Loss (≥5 lbs) in MDD Trials Using Bupropion HCl Sustained-Release
Weight Change Bupropion HCl Sustained-Release 300 mg/day (n=339) Bupropion HCl Sustained-Release 400 mg/day (n=112) Placebo (n=347)

Gained >5 lbs

3%

2%

4%

Lost >5 lbs

14%

19%

6%

Table 6 presents the incidence of body weight changes (≥5 lbs) in the 3 SAD trials using bupropion HCl extended-release. A higher proportion of subjects in the bupropion group (23%) had a weight loss ≥5 lbs, compared to the placebo group (11%). These were relatively long-term trials (up to 6 months).

Table 6: Incidence of Weight Gain or Weight Loss (≥5 lbs) in SAD Trials Using Bupropion HCl Extended-Release
Weight Change Bupropion HCl Extended-Release 150 to 300 mg/day (n=537) Placebo (n=511)

Gained >5 lbs

11%

21%

Lost >5 lbs

23%

11%

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