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 2405 1352
Depressed mood 1647 825
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 415 333
Mild depression 155 69
Anxious mood 121 66

Show all 182 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 291
Moderate 395
Mild 642
None 1180

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bupropion

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 114
Anxious mood 74
Weight gain 58
Insomnia 54
Headaches 50
Constipation 44

Show all 367 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bupropion

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg daily 97
150 mg daily 83
450 mg daily 41
100 mg daily 35
75 mg daily 27
300 mg/24 hours daily 25
150 mg twice daily 19
100 mg twice daily 10
200 mg twice daily 9
200 mg daily 8

See all 46 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Bupropion

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 690
Side effects too severe 586
Doctor's advice 441
Other 288
Course of treatment ended 96
Expense 86
Personal research 72
Change in health plan coverage 45
See all 1668 patients who've stopped taking Bupropion

Duration

Currently taking Bupropion

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 138
5 - 10 years 120
10 years or more 102

Stopped taking Bupropion

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 377
1 - 6 months 363
6 months - 1 year 239
1 - 2 years 233
2 - 5 years 301
5 - 10 years 133
10 years or more 72
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1966
Usually 368
Sometimes 55
Never taken as prescribed 119
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 89
Somewhat hard to take 150
A little hard to take 356
Not at all hard to take 1913
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 16
$100-199 29
$50-99 87
$25-49 183
< $25 1174
Not specified 1019

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Bupropion after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sertraline (Zoloft) 102
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 96
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 80
Citalopram (Celexa) 56
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 53

Show all 56 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Bupropion and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 56
Sertraline (Zoloft) 54
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 40
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 36
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 34

Show all 45 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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