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Does wellbutrin (bupropion) affect your memory?

Does wellbutrin (bupropion) affect your memory?

No: Wellbutrin (bupropion) does not affect your memory unless 1) you were very forgetful while depressed, and wellbutrin (bupropion) improves both your depression and your memory, or 2) you have a rare toxic reaction to wellbutrin (bupropion). In fact, wellbutrin (bupropion) is sometimes used to treat people with attention deficit disorder (add), and as such, could improve attention, comprehension, and memory. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bupropion (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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Does wellbutrin (bupropion) affect your memory? If so, does it cause permanent damage? I have been on it ~2 years and find my memory/learning impaired.

Does wellbutrin (bupropion) affect your memory? If so, does it cause permanent damage? I have been on it ~2 years and find my memory/learning impaired.

NO !: Utrin is not a cause of progressive memory lossif anything it should improve memory by treating depression may be your depression is not fully treated see a specialist. ...Read more

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Does Wellbutrin (bupropion) help for improving memory and concetration?

Does Wellbutrin (bupropion) help for improving memory and concetration?

Possible: Since depression can affect secondarily both focus and concentration, and will certainly impede memory, the Wellbutrin (bupropion) may alleviate most if not all of your issues. ...Read more

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I take Wellbutrin (bupropion) (450mg) for depression and Klonopin (.25mg) for anxiety daily. Is there a better drug for me? I'm concerned about memory loss.

I take Wellbutrin (bupropion) (450mg) for depression and Klonopin (.25mg) for anxiety daily. Is there a better drug for me? I'm concerned about memory loss.

SSRI?: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is excellent for atypical depression & klonopin is used for anxiety. A Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor can help anxiety and typical depressive symptoms. It is something that you could discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) 150 taking with Zoloft and Risperdal for GAD and depression and can boost memory and sex drive and energy?

Can wellbutrin (bupropion) 150 taking with Zoloft and Risperdal for GAD and depression and can boost  memory and sex drive and energy?

Maybe: Welbutrin is sometimes rprescribed to counter adverse sexual side effects of some antidepressants such as Zoloft (sertraline). I can not predict if it will give you more energy. Sometimes it causes decreased appetite. ...Read more

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What migraine med works best for someone weaning off topamax, (topiramate)w no weight gain or memory loss side effects etc?on trileptal,wellbutrin,neurontin,klon.

What migraine med works best for someone weaning off topamax, (topiramate)w no weight gain or memory loss side effects etc?on trileptal,wellbutrin,neurontin,klon.

Beta blockers: The beta-adrenergic blockers are the most commonly used prophylactic migraine medications. Inderal, (propranolol) Corgard, Tenormin, just to name a few. They have longer half-life and more favorable side-effect profile. Take care. ...Read more

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Topamax (topiramate) substitute for weekly migraines w/no weight gain&memory loss side effects?tylenol,NSAIDs&neurontin dont work.on trileptal,klon,&wellbutrin now

Weekly migraine: Most people would not take a medicine every day to prevent a migraine that occurs once per week. Unless that migraine lasts several days. Substitutes for topamax (topiramate) could be propranolol, magnesium, or valproate perhaps. Normally wellbutrin and propranolol are not used together, in case the mood worsens. Why are you using trileptal? Your side effects may occur due to medicine interactions. ...Read more

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Why can't I store my wellbutrin (bupropion) XR in anything but the original bottle? I'd like to be able to put them in my pill box.

Why can't I store my wellbutrin (bupropion) XR in anything but the original bottle? I'd like to be able to put them in my pill box.

Ah, language!: I expect that the intent is to not lose the important directions, warnings and identification information. Don't discard the original or fully empty it (leave one to compare for ID). That's a lot more words and may be harder to translate too.) Rarely, packaging is protective against moisture damage, etc. but that's not likely here. Relax - but keep the info handy when you use a pill box. Best! ...Read more

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How can I tell if my wellbutrin (bupropion) dose is not high enough ? 7 days in and i can't tell a difference yet. Should i give it more time ?

How can I tell if my wellbutrin (bupropion) dose is not high enough ? 7 days in and i can't tell a difference yet. Should i give it more time ?

Too soon yet: Yes, it's too soon to know. Like other antidepressants, wellbutrin (bupropion) requires at least 4-6 weeks of consistent dosing to show positive effects. You should be checking in with your doctor, who can gradually titrate your dose. Most often this begins at a lower dose so your body can equilibrate; then dose is increased for optimal symptom relief. Be well. ...Read more

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Psych says to increase my 150 MG Wellbutrin dose to receive full benefits. But I already feel so good on low dose. Why increase? I don't understand.

Dose adjustments: First, make sure to discuss any concerns with your psychiatrist. It is true that positive effects can be felt at lower doses of medications such as Wellbutrin, and some people are more sensitive to medications/doses and can stay on the lower side of the dosing range. Sometimes those initial positive effects can be seen to plateau, however, and that may be what your doctor is considering. ...Read more

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Dr. gave me 200mg/day SR Wellbutrin (bupropion) bc 1 month of 150 XR didn't do anything. Can I expect a change? New to me Dr & didn't seem big on meds.

Dr. gave me 200mg/day SR Wellbutrin (bupropion) bc 1 month of 150 XR didn't do anything. Can I expect a change? New to me Dr & didn't seem big on meds.

WELLBUTRIN (bupropion) : Wellbutrin (bupropion) can be very effective. Follow up with your doctor to titrate the dose and monitor your response. You need an exam and labs. Also discuss referral for therapy.if symptoms persist Meds to boost serotonin like Lexapro may be of benefit . ...Read more

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With all the medications I'm prescribed if you look on my profile , don't you think it's possibly the Wellbutrin that I should ween off?

With all the medications I'm prescribed if you look on my profile , don't you think it's possibly the Wellbutrin that I should ween off?

Discontinuing Meds: Your profile does not include a list of the medications you are prescribed. It poses ethical issues for a doctor who is not the prescribing physician to recommend stopping a med. Wellbutrin is a widely prescribed antidepressant that helps addictive and compulsive behaviors like smoking and overeating with few sexual side effects. About 40% of patients lose weight on it in contrast with SSRI's. ...Read more

Wellbutrin (Definition)

Bupropion is an addiction reducing agent and an antidepressant which are both a ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory (Definition)

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