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Why hasn't there been any major studies on bupropion in the treatment of adult adhd? will it ever get approved for adult adhd?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Because it's generic: Most of the money for large scale studies come from drug companies who are hoping to profit from finding a new indication for a drug. Once a drug is generic, that motivation is gone. There have been many small studies showing that bupropion can be effective for adults with adhd, and many psychiatrists and other doctors treating adhd, including me, will use it in patients with adhd + depression.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not really : Bupropion has never been studied extensively because it had never shown improvement in objective studies of neural activity in adhd. Even when there was just wellbutrin, (bupropion) the only evidence for effectiveness was anecdotal and poorly controlled. When clinically effective in adhd patients, it is probably addressing a comorbid condition such as anxiety or depression, not the adhd.

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