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I've been taking wellbutrin (bupropion) for about 1+1/2 yes.What would happen if I stopped taking them?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Unexpected Results

It is not uncommon to withdraw antidepressant therapy after 12-18 months.
Most patients, who had a complete remission of their symptoms during this time, will remain symptom free. There is a chance the symptoms could return. A patient should be monitored closely as they withdraw treatment just as they were monitored when they initiated treatment. Do not cease treatment on your own.

In brief: Unexpected Results

It is not uncommon to withdraw antidepressant therapy after 12-18 months.
Most patients, who had a complete remission of their symptoms during this time, will remain symptom free. There is a chance the symptoms could return. A patient should be monitored closely as they withdraw treatment just as they were monitored when they initiated treatment. Do not cease treatment on your own.
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Dr. Glenn Archibald
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: It depends.

The short answer is usually nothing will happen physically, if that is what you are concerned about.
However, if one has a diagnosis of recurrent depression, especially more than three episodes of major depression lifetime, then the likelihood of relapse is high, 90%, if you do not get on another antidepressant. I am assuming here that you are taking wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression and that it works.

In brief: It depends.

The short answer is usually nothing will happen physically, if that is what you are concerned about.
However, if one has a diagnosis of recurrent depression, especially more than three episodes of major depression lifetime, then the likelihood of relapse is high, 90%, if you do not get on another antidepressant. I am assuming here that you are taking wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression and that it works.
Dr. Glenn Archibald
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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Wellbutrin (bupropion) dc

Typically not a problem compared to the ssri's - they can cause considerable problems (serotonin discontinuation).
Since wellbutrin (bupropion) has its major effect on Dopamine > norepinephrine, the acuity of symptoms with its discontinuation even if abrupt is much less. Of course one is not to abruptly stop any med unless allergy or significant untoward reactions. There is a chance of depression recurring.

In brief: Wellbutrin (bupropion) dc

Typically not a problem compared to the ssri's - they can cause considerable problems (serotonin discontinuation).
Since wellbutrin (bupropion) has its major effect on Dopamine > norepinephrine, the acuity of symptoms with its discontinuation even if abrupt is much less. Of course one is not to abruptly stop any med unless allergy or significant untoward reactions. There is a chance of depression recurring.
Dr. K. Olson
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Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Stopping welbutrin

First thing is to ask yourself why are you taking welbutrin? If its for depression is it working? If its for smoking cessation is it working? The only long term side effects of bupropion is tinnitus (ringing of the ear) and high frequency deafness.
But if something is working why stop it? The risk may out weigh benefit to discontinue a treatment thats working. It does not cause withrawal.

In brief: Stopping welbutrin

First thing is to ask yourself why are you taking welbutrin? If its for depression is it working? If its for smoking cessation is it working? The only long term side effects of bupropion is tinnitus (ringing of the ear) and high frequency deafness.
But if something is working why stop it? The risk may out weigh benefit to discontinue a treatment thats working. It does not cause withrawal.
Dr. Leonard Lado
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry

In brief: Has it helped?

U may have a return of depressive symptoms eventually.

In brief: Has it helped?

U may have a return of depressive symptoms eventually.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey
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