Only the Brand Has SmartCoatTM Technology
When you are suffering from depression, it can be reassuring to know that your antidepressant is providing you with coverage 24 hours a day. That’s why brand name WELLBUTRIN XL uses patented SmartCoat technology, allowing for a steady release over a 24-hour period.4-6
This means a consistent level of the active ingredient is available in the body over the course of each day.
Ask for the Brand From Your Pharmacy
There are steps you can take to make sure your pharmacist fills your prescription with brand name WELLBUTRIN XL and not a generic.
Tell your doctor you want brand name WELLBUTRIN XL. Ask your doctor to write DAW1 or “brand medically necessary” on the prescription. DAW1 means “dispense as written.”
Let your pharmacy know that you and your doctor want the prescription to be filled for brand name WELLBUTRIN XL.
Check your prescription before leaving the pharmacy. Brand name WELLBUTRIN XL is a creamy white to pale yellow round tablet that has “WELLBUTRIN XL” on it followed by the dose.7
Questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist
- Who from your office can help me find out if my insurance company will cover brand name WELLBUTRIN XL?
- Will you write my prescription for WELLBUTRIN XL so that it specifically asks for the brand name product?
- Am I set up in your system to automatically receive generics?
- Will you ask me before substituting a brand name with a generic medicine?
If you find you have been given a generic, speak to your doctor to confirm he or she authorized this substitution.
Find out about a simple (and fast!) way to get brand name WELLBUTRIN XL filled at the pharmacy and delivered to your home for free!
How to Take WELLBUTRIN XL
Graphic representation of WELLBUTRIN XL. Not actual size.
It is important to take WELLBUTRIN XL exactly as prescribed by your doctor.7
- Swallow WELLBUTRIN XL tablets whole. Do not crush, divide, or chew them
- Do not change the dose or stop taking WELLBUTRIN XL unless advised by the prescribing doctor
- Do not take an extra tablet to make up for a missed dose. Wait to take the next tablet at the regularly scheduled time (the next day). This is important. Too much WELLBUTRIN XL can increase your chance of having a seizure
WELLBUTRIN XL is taken once daily in the morning, with or without food.7 Here are some tips to help you remember to take your daily dose of WELLBUTRIN XL:
- Make taking WELLBUTRIN XL part of your daily morning routine (ie, with breakfast or after brushing your teeth) and try to take it at the same time each morning
- Set a reminder on your phone or other electronic device
- Use a weekly pillbox
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