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how effective are wellbutrin (bupropion) and electroconvulsive therapy?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 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 19 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 14 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 32 years experience
Antidepressant, adjunct to Stimulants in ADHD
Mar 19, 2015

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What should I know about electroconvulsive therapy (ect) during pregnancy?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Balance the risks: There are risks to everything we do. Rarely there are changes in the baby's heart rate or bleeding after ect. Other side effects include abdominal pain and preterm labor. But depression is a serious problem in pregnancy and should not be ignored. If ECT is an option, the benefits usually outweigh the risks. Be sure to have ECT in a hospital with the ability to care for your baby if needed.
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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) cause rapid heartbeat?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: It can be a side effect of the medication.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Why is electroconvulsive therapy used as a treatment for the elderly?

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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Intolerance to Meds: Ect is a safe and very effective treatment for depression. Rates of major depressive disorder are about the same in the elderly as the rates in younger adults, but the elderly are much more prone to intolerable side effects from medications. Ect is safe but not without risks.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Does wellbutrin (bupropion) have fewer side effects than lexapro?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Depends: Each person is biochemically different. One person may have no problem with a drug but another may have a serious side effect. There is a genetic predisposition to having side effects to certain drugs and there are tests available to find out which individuals are more likely to have a side effect to a particular drug.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

If you don't wean off of wellbutrin (bupropion) slowly can it trigger mania?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Generally not: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is one of the antidepressant medications that seems to have few withdrawal effects. It also is less likely compared to other antidepressants to trigger bipolar symptoms, especially when the person is not yet on a mood stabilizer. That said, the possibility then of mania as a result of rapid withdrawal of wellbutrin (bupropion) seems unlikely. As with all withdrawal close attention is needed.

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