Wellbutrin, also known as bupropion, is an antidepressant medication used to treat depression and seasonal affective disorder. It is a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) that works by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Wellbutrin was first developed by GlaxoSmithKline in the early 1980s and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1985.
This medication is available in both immediate-release and extended-release forms. The immediate-release forms are taken two or three times a day, while the extended-release forms are taken once a day. Wellbutrin is also available in a combination product with the antidepressant bupropion and the anti-anxiety medication buspirone.
The active ingredient in Wellbutrin is bupropion hydrochloride, which is also known by its brand name, Zyban. Other brand names of bupropion include Aplenzin, Budeprion, Forfivo XL, and Wellbutrin SR.
Wellbutrin is used to treat major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and for smoking cessation. It is also used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. It is sometimes used to treat anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Wellbutrin is generally well-tolerated and has fewer side effects than other antidepressants. Common side effects include dry mouth, nausea, constipation, and insomnia. It can also cause a decrease in appetite and weight loss, as well as a decrease in sexual desire and performance.
Wellbutrin can interact with other medications, including antidepressants, antipsychotics, and certain anti-anxiety medications. It can also interact with certain herbal supplements, such as St. John’s wort. It is important to tell your doctor about all medications you are taking before starting Wellbutrin.
Wellbutrin is an effective medication for treating depression and other mental health conditions. It is important to talk to your doctor about any side effects you may experience and to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the medication. With proper monitoring and care, Wellbutrin can be a safe and effective treatment option for many people.