What is Bupropion?

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Bupropion is a type of antidepressant. It may be used to treat certain types of depression, such as major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. It may also be used to help quit smoking and for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity and bipolar disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 2444 1382
Depressed mood 1650 832
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 417 337
Mild depression 155 70
Anxious mood 122 68

Show all 192 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 297
Moderate 400
Mild 657
None 1198

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bupropion

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 116
Anxious mood 74
Weight gain 59
Insomnia 55
Headaches 50
Constipation 44

Show all 372 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bupropion

Dosage Patients Percentage
150 mg daily 79
300 mg daily 73
450 mg daily 27
100 mg daily 26
75 mg daily 17
150 mg twice daily 13
300 mg/24 hours daily 12
100 mg twice daily 10
200 mg twice daily 8
150 mg/24 hours daily 7

See all 49 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Bupropion

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 698
Side effects too severe 589
Doctor's advice 446
Other 289
Course of treatment ended 95
Expense 87
Personal research 72
Change in health plan coverage 44
See all 1679 patients who've stopped taking Bupropion

Duration

Currently taking Bupropion

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 114
5 - 10 years 82
10 years or more 89

Stopped taking Bupropion

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 382
1 - 6 months 363
6 months - 1 year 243
1 - 2 years 233
2 - 5 years 302
5 - 10 years 133
10 years or more 72
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1999
Usually 372
Sometimes 58
Never taken as prescribed 123
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 89
Somewhat hard to take 153
A little hard to take 359
Not at all hard to take 1951
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 16
$100-199 29
$50-99 90
$25-49 191
< $25 1193
Not specified 1033

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Bupropion after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 104
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 96
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 82
Citalopram (Celexa) 56
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 53

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Bupropion and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 58
Sertraline (Zoloft) 56
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 42
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 36
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 35

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching to

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187 patient evaluations for Bupropion

Dec 8, 2019 (Started Jul 03, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (ringing in ears (tinnitus))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 175 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: ringing in ears (tinnitus)

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Jul 03, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (ringing in ears (tinnitus))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 175 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: ringing in ears (tinnitus)

Dec 18, 2013 (Started Jul 03, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (ringing in ears (tinnitus))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: ringing in ears (tinnitus)

Oct 20, 2010 (Started Jul 03, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: ringing in ears (tinnitus)

Aug 30, 2010 (Started Jul 03, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: ringing in ears (tinnitus)

Jul 16, 2009 (Started Jul 03, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: ringing in ears (tinnitus)

  • 0 helpful marks

May 10, 2019 (Started Apr 27, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 27, 2019 (Started Mar 28, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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