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How effective are wellbutrin (bupropion) and electroconvulsive therapy?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Welbutrin is an: atypical antidepressant that has good success when SSRI's don't. But, like all antidepressants, there are potential side effects that should be considered. Relief from depression varies but can range from zero to 60%, depending upon which study you read. ECT is what you try when depression continues and meds generally don't work. Success is lower and the risk for brain injury is higher.
Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice 20 years experience
Weigh risks/benefits: Unfortunately, giving you statistics won't be meaningful in the end. There are numbers for acute & chronic treatment w/ varying rates of remission, relapse, and readmission to inpatient services for unipolar depression, bipolar depression, and other illnesses. Some people swear by it. Others are underwhelmed. May be worth at least a trial run. Safely done w/ sedation. Wellbutrin (bupropion) can be very useful
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
ECT: ECT is best know for its effectiveness in treating severe depression, and wellbutrin (bupropion) is best know for helping with smoking cessation (but it has other uses as well.)
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 33 years experience
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