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What does welbutin do?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Antidepressant: Wellbutrin is a brand name for bupropion, an antidepressant. Like all antidepressants, it changes brain chemistry while it's being taken, although the exact way it helps depression isn't known. Unlike most other antidepressants, wellbutrin mainly affects dopamine, a neurotransmitter also involved in addiction and craving, so it is also prescribed to help people stop smoking.

Answered 1/19/2017

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Dr. William Holmes answered

Specializes in Child Psychiatry

Antidepressant: Wellbutrin's primary action is on a chemical in the brain called dopamine. It also has impacts on other chemicals, but it is thought to have it's main benefit through its interaction with dopamine. The outcome is that wellbutin tends to help improve , symptoms of depression. When people are helped oby it they will report improvements in mood, concentration, energy level, and motivation.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez answered

Specializes in Geriatrics

Inhibit reuptatke: It is a neurotransmitter modulator( inhibits reuptatke) of norepinephrine and dopamine, used as antidepressant or to stop smoking.

Answered 1/29/2012

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Antidepressant: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an anti depressant and aid for getting over nicotine addiction.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Bupropion: Also called wellbutrin (bupropion) or zyban or aplenzin, is an atypical antidepressant & smoking cessation aid, which has mild psychostimulant action. It is a norepinephrine/dopamine reuptake inhibitor. It can lower seizure threshold at high doses, & elevate blood pressure.

Answered 4/30/2015

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