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Please describe the medication: wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Please describe the medication: wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Major depression: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used for the management of major depression and seasonal affective disorder (depression that occurs primarily during the fall and winter). Interestingly, it can also be used to help people stop smoking by reducing cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal. Do not take if you have seizures or an eating disorder or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol or sedatives. ...Read more

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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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I think I'm bipolar, is wellbutrin the best medication for me? After a lifetime of serious emotional problems, I'm finally ready to admit that I'm probably bipolar. I'm also ocd, have severe depression and anxiety. I'm almost 60 years old and only now am

I think I'm bipolar, is wellbutrin the best medication for me? After a lifetime of serious emotional problems, I'm finally ready to admit that I'm probably bipolar. I'm also ocd, have severe depression and anxiety. I'm almost 60 years old and only now am

Time to act: It sounds you have been suffering for a long time. Ocd can happen at the same time with bipolar disorder. And they are treatable. If you have bipolar type ii, it is easily mistook for major depression. Going back to the drawing board with your psychiatrist and look at all the symptoms as a whole will help you reevaluate your treatment and set it on a better course. Now that you admit the problem. ...Read more

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How long does it take a prescription medication like wellbutrin (bupropion) to start working?

How long does it take a prescription medication like wellbutrin (bupropion) to start working?

Can be very fast: Within a few days to weeks, but full effect will take many weeks to manifest. Keep in mind also dose adjustment is usually necessary to get to the right dose. Not being at the right dose can mean no effect at all. Don't give up too soon. ...Read more

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Dizzy after smoking a cigarette... And meds change I'm 19 years old and I take deppresion medication called wellbutrin I just started it a month ago... I am experiencing dizziness after smoking cigarettes I only smoke at night and I am usually walking my

Dizzy after smoking a cigarette... And meds change I'm 19 years old and I take deppresion medication called wellbutrin I just started it a month ago... I am experiencing dizziness after smoking cigarettes I only smoke at night and I am usually walking my

The: The dizziness that you are experiencing are most likely due to nicotine, one key ingredient in tobacco smoke. Nicotine has a number of effects on central nervous system and it also activates the sympathetic nervous system and by acting via splanchnic nerves on the adrenal medulla, stimulates the release of Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) into the bloodstream. Epinephrine increases heart rate and constricts blood vessels, which results in elevation of blood pressure. I wonder if what you are experiencing are actually the effects of released epinephrine. It is hard to tell if your taking any of the medications you described could have any interactions with the nicotine, other smoke ingredients or the released epinephrine. It is possible. However, at this point one good strategy that could very likely improve your health and quality of life would be to refrain from smoking. ...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

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What can I do for anxiety being caused by wellbutrin? Never had until started the medication last year

What can I do for anxiety being caused by wellbutrin? Never had until started the medication last year

Wellbutrin Anxiety: Desist taking it and talk to your doctor. Remind yourself that it is the likely reason for the anxiety. Breathing is vastly underestimated as a good answer in situations like this. Try to sit and breath deeply and make and keep your breath slow and methodical in and out for five minutes. Stop anytime you need to. Even when I am under a lot of stress I will stop frequently to do so if nec. ...Read more

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I have been taking 150 mg of Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL for one month. What would be the safe way to discontinue this medication?

Wellbutrinmonitoring: Your Emotional Health is Precious!
Please not to go off Wellbutrin (bupropion) abruptly.
If you are not depressed, discuss with Psychiatrist :
• To decrease the dose,
• Have Therapy; and
• Follow through if any withdrawal symptoms occur. ...Read more

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I'm changing my medication from Effexor (venlafaxine) 300mgs to wellbutrin 150mgs. How long before I notice a change in my mood?

I'm changing my medication from Effexor (venlafaxine) 300mgs to wellbutrin 150mgs. How long before I notice a change in my mood?

Many Variables: When switching from one antidepressant to another it is difficult to predict how quickly the new medication will take effect. Generally one expects an antidepressant to begin to work after two weeks with the maximum benefit at six weeks. One should taper slowly off Effexor (venlafaxine) due to discontinuation symptoms. These would include anxiety and flu-like aches and pains. Work closely with your md. ...Read more

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Is there any medication I could take daily to battle anxiety that will not counteract the energy boosting properties of Wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Is there any medication I could take daily to battle anxiety that will not counteract the energy boosting properties of Wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Anxiety: A side effect of many medications for anxiety is sedation, but different people respond differently to different medications. SSRI medications are good for anxiety and can be given with bupropion (Wellbutrin). Sertraline (Zoloft) is approved for anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, and 85% to 98% do not report sedation with it. Exercise, deep breathing exercises, & CBT are VERY helpful also ...Read more

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What medication can be combined with wellbutrin (bupropion) to treat ocd and anxiety?

Quite a few: There are quite a few medicines across multiple classes (SSRI, SNRI, TCA, etc.) that can be added however Rx choice really depends on what symptoms need the "extra help." The goal is to reduce the risk of side effects as much as possible and a lot is dependent on your history/response and prescriber preference. Also, combining psychotherapy + meds helps ensure a better outcome. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I'm taking Topamax (topiramate) 200mg and wellbutrin 400mg will they both help me lose weight I'm trying to lose 20 I take for psychotropic medications?

I'm taking Topamax (topiramate) 200mg and wellbutrin 400mg will they both help me lose weight I'm trying to lose 20 I take for psychotropic medications?

Maybe: The manufacturers of Topamax (topiramate) suggest that it can control binge eating, and welbutrin is somewaht activating so they may help. However, the best way to look at these meds is that they are prescribed to treat your psychiatric condition and that at least they are not know for causing weight gain and do not stand in your way. Topamax (topiramate) is a serious medication and needs to be taken exactly as prescribed. ...Read more

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I stopped taking my medications over a month ago and have had no relapse, withdrawals, or any symptoms. How long until I can switch medications? I was previously on abilify, (aripiprazole) wellbutrin, and straterra.

I stopped taking my medications over a month ago and have had no relapse, withdrawals, or any symptoms. How long until I can switch medications? I was previously on abilify, (aripiprazole) wellbutrin, and straterra.

It depends: If you stopped taking your medications a month ago, I hope this was a mutual decision between you and your physician. I don't know what conditions you were being treated for, since these medicines could be used in different ways. Conditions do not have to relapse immediately for you to be in danger of that possibility. Your doctor is the best person to answer your question. ...Read more

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I take both Prozac and wellbutrin (bupropion) daily - what will happen if I do cocaine while taking these medications?

I take both Prozac and wellbutrin (bupropion) daily - what will happen if I do cocaine while taking these medications?

Meds & street drugs: Use of any illicit drug its self damaging to brain system makes life long irreversible changes in the neuronal circuitry. Combining with meds is never a good idea and can cause opposing effects that can be making mood and anxiety symptoms worse and at times difficult to treat. If you still need to use a substance to covet for mood and anxiety meds your current meds are not well talk to psychiayrst. ...Read more

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Smoking cessation I've heard that wellbutrin (bupropion) is used to help one quit smoking. How long is one generally on the medication?

Bupropion: Bupropion (wellbutrin) was developed and initially introduced in the United States as an antidepressant but was subsequently noted to reduce the desire to smoke cigarettes and shown in clinical trials to be effective in smoking cessation.It works best along with intensive behavioral support. Approximately 1 week of treatment is required to achieve steady-state blood levels of bupropion and treatment is typically continued for anywhere between 8 - 12 weeks. If you have not made significant progress towards abstinence by the seventh or eighth week of therapy, treatment should probably be discontinued. ...Read more

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I take Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin for panic disorder. What other treatments are best besides medications?

Talk therapy: Even with medication, I think it is a very goo idea to do some cbt talk therapy. That can help you feel more skilled (less helpless) in moderating or avoiding attacks. You may not need the meds if you are successful. Also meditation and certain exercise programs can be a good support for correcting this disorder. I'm impressed by your interest in self-management. I bet you'll do well. ...Read more

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I am currently taking lexapro Wellbutrin (bupropion) and alprazolam. Is it safe to take vyvanse with these medications?

I am currently taking lexapro Wellbutrin (bupropion) and alprazolam. Is it safe to take vyvanse with these medications?

It may not be: Wellbutrin (bupropion) has a well-known potential side effect of producing seizures (usually in higher doses like 450mg/day and in seizure-prone individuals) and Vyvanse may compound that risk. I am not a fan of alprazolam use in most people, particularly those with depression. Sounds like your depression has been significant, and perhaps you should consider a second opinion from another psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What's the best medication for extreme snappiness, and extremely tired very irritable. I've tried Prozac, Wellbutrin etc.?

What's the best medication for extreme snappiness, and extremely tired very irritable. I've tried Prozac, Wellbutrin etc.?

Irritable: A medication is not the only way to fix this. Please think holistically. See doc to make sure you do not have medical issues such as thyroid or other hormone imbalances. How is your diet and exercise level? Are there decisions you need to make? Consider seeing a mental health pro for support and clarification. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm taking lexapro Wellbutrin (bupropion) and alprazolam. Is it safe to take a vyvanse with these medications in my system?

I'm taking lexapro Wellbutrin (bupropion) and alprazolam. Is it safe to take a vyvanse with these medications in my system?

Caution: You already have significant drug interactions with the 3 meds listed. Adding Vyvanse plus Wellbutrin (bupropion) increases risk for seizures. Vyvanse plus Lexapro increases side effects of Vyvanse and risk for serotonin syndrome. Review these meds with prescribing doctor. You need close medical supervision to take these medications. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I am on Wellbutrin (bupropion) and it was working really well, but this past month I've felt really horrible. Can anxiety/depression medications stop working?

I am on Wellbutrin (bupropion) and it was working really well, but this past month I've felt really horrible. Can anxiety/depression medications stop working?

See doctor: I'm sorry you're feeling worse. "Horrible" can't be assessed in this format. Does this mean feeling worse emotionally, have some recent upsetting events happened, do you have any physical symptoms as well? Best to review with prescribing doctor to reassess Wellbutrin (bupropion) dose or alternative med and consider seeing a mental health professional for support and guidance during this tough time. Take care. ...Read more

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Will a rash from wellbutrin (bupropion) go away? As my body gets used to the medication? Rash is minor and I started about a month ago drug is helping depression

Will a rash from wellbutrin (bupropion) go away? As my body gets used to the medication? Rash is minor and I started about a month ago drug is helping depression

Wellbutrin (bupropion) rash: Please tell your doctor immediately about the rash -- it may be an allergic response that will not go away. If there's any possibility other factors are involved (new laundry detergent? Exposure to other allergens? Etc) it can be confusing. I would call my doctor today and not repeat wellbutrin (bupropion) dosing until you speak with your doctor or the on-call physician. ...Read more

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My medication dosages were upped 24 hours ago and I have had a migraine ever since. Can these medications be causing it? Wellbutrin 100mg->150mg Abilify 5mg->15mg Vistaril 10mg->25mg

My medication dosages were upped 24 hours ago and I have had a migraine ever since. Can these medications be causing it? Wellbutrin 100mg->150mg Abilify 5mg->15mg Vistaril 10mg->25mg

Side effects: Headache is a reported side effect of all of these medications. Suggest informing your prescribing doctor about your headache. You and your doctor can discuss a plan to address the problem. ...Read more

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Is there any new medications for depression that are not SSRIs or Wellbutrin, or Effexor (venlafaxine). Is there anything new? I feel like I've tried every med.

TheQuestionDepresses: Boy, that's a big question. First you say you've tried everything, but that must mean your doctor (s) have tried many prescription medications. Sorry about that. It's really tough to stay motivated, but you have to! There's a world of alternative therapies and approaches for this. Google it! Right now you have to stay active. It's always the next necessary thing to do. It's documented that exercise helps. ...Read more

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Is it true viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) causes seizures like wellbutrin does? I never had seizures bit don't want a medication that can cause one. How about brintellix?

Is it true viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) causes seizures like wellbutrin does? I never had seizures bit don't want a medication that can cause one. How about brintellix?

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) & seizures?: It's probably an oversimplification to say that viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) "causes" seizures. In some small percentage of the population, it can decrease seizure threshold. Although, it should be noted that most anti-depressants, albeit to widely varying degrees, decrease seizure threshold. The best thing to do is discuss your particular concerns & your risk/ benefit & side effect profile with your prescribing MD. ...Read more

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I am talking wellbutrin (bupropion) XL 150 mg for anxiety (gad) is this a good medication for anxiety also on therapy?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a: Great medicine for atypical depression. However, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are often the first go -to medications for anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Adding a dopamine medication such as latuda/wellbutrin to an ocd/bipolar patient--wouldn't this make the OCD worse?

Not really.: Latuda (lurasidone) is an antipsychotic. Sometimes ocd is so severe that it reaches psychotic proportions, that Latuda (lurasidone) can help. But it is not indicated for ocd itself. Wellbutrin is an antidepressant of the aminoketone group, a Dopamine agonist and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. It is not indicated for ocd but may help the depression in ocd. Neither drug can make ocd worse. ...Read more

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Does any of these medications cause frequent urination. Transdone citalpram ambiem warfarin morphine wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Does any of these medications cause frequent urination. Transdone citalpram ambiem warfarin morphine wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Not commonly: However, I would be suspicious about trazodone and mild morphine withdrawal as partly contributory. You may need further testing. ...Read more

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Hello, my doctor would like to add another medication to Paxil which I use for (gad), he suggested Buspar (buspirone) or wellbutrin, which combo is better?

Hello, my doctor would like to add another medication to Paxil which I use for (gad), he suggested Buspar (buspirone) or wellbutrin, which combo is better?

For GAD, BuSpar (buspirone): Buspar (buspirone) works on its own in gad. If you do not have depression, then you may be able to come off the Paxil and just use the Buspar (buspirone) for gad. I always dose this conservatively: Buspar (buspirone) 5mg twice a day for one week, the 10mg twice a day for one week then 15 mg twice a day after that. I hope you feel better soon. Håper du vil føle deg bedre! (i love your city. My relatives came from south of oslo.). ...Read more

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Wellbutrin (bupropion) is for sure causing me bad GERD. BUT this medication works VERY WELL for my fatigue and depression, what can I do to prevent or stop GERD?

Prevention methods: Includes avoiding certain foods/drinks, planning when you eat in relation to sleep/activity, and adjusting your sleep position. See comments section for a link to additional info. Over the counter meds may be useful, including omeprazole or Pepcid, (famotidine) but it is recommended this be coordinated with your provider as they are meant for short-term use and may be associated with side effects. ...Read more

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My physician rx me with Wellbutrin (bupropion) for my ADD. I'm not depressed but simply cannot focus at all. Is this medication ok to take?

My physician rx me with Wellbutrin (bupropion) for my ADD. I'm not depressed but simply cannot focus at all. Is this medication ok to take?

Sometimes: It is an off label use for ADD. Wellbutrin (bupropion) increases Dopamine, which helps people with the drive and focus to do things, apart from giving them a mild relaxed feeling too. For some it works. Also curbs cigarette use in case u smoke, and helps with anxiety that may be associated with ADD. ...Read more

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Can any of these medications cause extremely dry mouth? Plaquenil, atenolol, Nexium (esomeprazole), or wellbutrin (I just started wellbutrin 2 weeks ago)

Can any of these medications cause extremely dry mouth? Plaquenil, atenolol, Nexium (esomeprazole), or wellbutrin (I just started wellbutrin 2 weeks ago)

Dry mouth: Yes. These medications can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth makes you at high risk for dental decay. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks. Avoid mouthwash with alcohol. These will make your mouth drier. Chew xylitol or sugar free gum. Have regular dental care. ...Read more

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Which is a better drug for my ADD more so to help me focus- wellbutrin (bupropion) or stratta?

Which is a better drug for my ADD more so to help me focus- wellbutrin (bupropion) or stratta?

How about the cause?: Maybe you're one of the few patients who's undergone rigorous neurological, neuropsychological, & metabolic screenings to really determine whether ADD is TRULY the right diagnosis for you. If so, then, the provider who made the diagnosis should be able to guide you to the better medication depending on your clinical situation. If you've not been screened PROPERLY then, NEITHER DRUG is good for you ...Read more

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Why does wellbutrin (bupropion) say to not consume alcohol if there is no drug interaction?

Why does wellbutrin (bupropion) say to not consume alcohol if there is no drug interaction?

Product Labels: Product labels are designed to ensure that people who use the medication are as safe as possible, also some of the labelling is based on the class of agent rather than on specific information about the medication. So, you will find that the don't consume alcohol warning is on almost every, if not every, psychotropic agent. General experience is that a glass of wine at night is fine. ...Read more

Wellbutrin (Definition)

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