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How effective are wellbutrin (bupropion) and electroconvulsive therapy?

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Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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

In brief: 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. Erin Robertson
Dr. Erin Robertson
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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Steven Griggs
Dr. Steven Griggs
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: 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.
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In brief: 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.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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