Forfivo XL

Generic Name: Bupropion

  • What is Forfivo XL?

    Forfivo XL is an antidepressant medicine used to treat major depressive disorder.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Forfivo XL?

    Forfivo XL can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults. Your doctor will monitor you closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual behavior after you start taking Forfivo XL or after a new dose. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience anxiety, hostility, sleeplessness, restlessness, impulsive or dangerous behavior, or thoughts about suicide or dying; or if you have new symptoms or seem to be feeling worse.

    Forfivo XL is associated with a risk of seizures. The risk of having seizures increases with higher doses, and for those who have certain medical problems or are taking certain medicines. Stop taking Forfivo XL and tell your doctor immediately if you have a seizure while you are taking this medication.

    Do not take Forfivo XL with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of drugs used to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions, or within 14 days of stopping treatment with an MAOI. Similarly, you should wait 7 days after stopping treatment with Forfivo XL before starting an MAOI. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether you are taking an MAOI medication.

  • Who should not take Forfivo XL?

    Do not take Forfivo XL if you are allergic to it, or any of its ingredients, or if you have taken an MAOI within the last 14 days.

    Do not take Forfivo XL if you have a history of seizures, are taking other bupropion products (such as Zyban or Wellbutrin), have current or history of eating disorders (such as anorexia or bulimia), or suddenly stop drinking alcohol or taking sedatives (medications that make you sleepy). Your risk of seizures can increase if you have any of these conditions.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Forfivo XL?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Forfivo XL. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, eating disorders, head injury, seizures, history of depression or mania, tumor in your brain or spine, heart problems, high blood pressure, addiction (such as drug or alcohol problems), or diabetes and you are taking insulin or other medicines to control your blood sugar.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 450 milligrams (mg) once a day.

  • How should I take Forfivo XL?

    Take Forfivo XL exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You can take Forfivo XL with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole; do not crush, divide, or chew the tablet. Do not change your dose or stop taking Forfivo XL without talking with your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Forfivo XL?

    Forfivo XL can impair your ability to perform tasks requiring judgment or motor and cognitive skills. Do not drive or operate complex, hazardous machinery until you know how Forfivo XL affects you.

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Forfivo XL.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Forfivo XL?

    If Forfivo XL is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Forfivo XL with the following: alcohol, amantadine, blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such metoprolol), certain antidepressants (such as fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, imipramine, nortriptyline, paroxetine, sertraline, or venlafaxine), certain antipsychotics (such as haloperidol, risperidone, or thioridazine), cimetidine, clopidogrel, corticosteroids (such as prednisone), cyclophosphamide, flecainide, HIV/AIDS medications (such as efavirenz, lopinavir, nelfinavir, or ritonavir), levodopa, MAOIs (such as isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine), orphenadrine, prasugrel, propafenone, seizure medications (such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, or phenytoin), theophylline, thiotepa, or ticlopidine.

  • What are the possible side effects of Forfivo XL?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects include: abdominal pain, agitation, anorexia (loss of appetite), anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth, irregular heartbeat, muscle pain, nausea, rash, ringing in your ear, shakiness, sore throat, sweating, trouble sleeping, urinating more often

  • Can I receive Forfivo XL if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Forfivo XL during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Forfivo XL?

    If you miss a dose of Forfivo XL, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Forfivo XL?

    Store at room temperature.