What is Bupropion?

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Bupropion, a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) antidepressant is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder, including seasonal affective disorder, and as an adjunct in smoking cessation. It may also be used for attention-deficit/hyperactivity and bipolar disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 2,152 1,224
Depressed mood 1,565 770
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 375 312
Mild depression 150 63
Anxious mood 122 67

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 255
Moderate 367
Mild 590
None 1,075

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bupropion

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 103
Anxious mood 66
Weight gain 55
Insomnia 49
Headaches 46
Constipation 42

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bupropion

Dosage Patients
300 mg daily 165
150 mg daily 137
100 mg daily 89
75 mg daily 60
300 mg/24 hours daily 55
450 mg daily 43
100 mg twice daily 39
150 mg twice daily 37
200 mg daily 26
150 mg/24 hours daily 21

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Why patients stopped taking Bupropion

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 623
Side effects too severe 522
Doctor's advice 406
Other 267
Course of treatment ended 86
Expense 81
Personal research 71
Change in health plan coverage 40
See all 1524 patients who've stopped taking Bupropion

Duration

Currently taking Bupropion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 78
6 months - 1 year 77
1 - 2 years 128
2 - 5 years 209
5 - 10 years 189
10 years or more 156

Stopped taking Bupropion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 319
1 - 6 months 349
6 months - 1 year 241
1 - 2 years 219
2 - 5 years 262
5 - 10 years 117
10 years or more 56
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1787
Usually 345
Sometimes 52
Never taken as prescribed 103
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 77
Somewhat hard to take 144
A little hard to take 332
Not at all hard to take 1734
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 13
$100-199 24
$50-99 84
$25-49 169
< $25 1108
Not specified 889

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Bupropion after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 87
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 81
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 61
Citalopram (Celexa) 45
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 45

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Bupropion and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 44
Sertraline (Zoloft) 43
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 32
Citalopram (Celexa) 28
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 26

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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184 patient evaluations for Bupropion

Sep 19, 2017 (Started Apr 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for complex post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 17, 2012 (Started Apr 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for complex post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Have someone you trust remind you to take the medicines. I have my wife who reminds me, although I have the medicine in the cupboard by the glasses. When I experience headaches with the buproprion, I take some Aleve or Motrin.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 23, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily

Jan 28, 2001 (Started Jul 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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