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 1,597 894
Depressed mood 1,475 693
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 312 265
Mild Depression 132 51
Anxious mood 113 52
Bipolar Disorder 97 81

Show all 203 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
Severe 213
Moderate 296
Mild 492
None 843

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bupropion

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 84
Anxious mood 52
Insomnia 44
Weight gain 41
Constipation 38
Headaches 38

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bupropion

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 83
300 mg daily 77
300 mg/24 hours daily 69
100 mg daily 49
150 mg/24 hours daily 32
450 mg daily 29
75 mg daily 28
100 mg twice daily 28
200 mg daily 22
150 mg twice daily 17

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Why patients stopped taking Bupropion

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 513
Side effects too severe 441
Doctor's advice 354
Other 241
Expense 76
Course of treatment ended 75
Personal research 62
Change in health plan coverage 34
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Duration

Currently taking Bupropion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 92
2 - 5 years 141
5 - 10 years 144
10 years or more 86

Stopped taking Bupropion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 249
1 - 6 months 316
6 months - 1 year 198
1 - 2 years 191
2 - 5 years 232
5 - 10 years 105
10 years or more 44
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1444
Usually 297
Sometimes 41
Never taken as prescribed 62
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 61
Somewhat hard to take 111
A little hard to take 283
Not at all hard to take 1389
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 22
$50-99 73
$25-49 149
< $25 899
Not specified 691

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Bupropion after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 50
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 39
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 36
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 30
Citalopram (Celexa) 23

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Bupropion and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 31
Sertraline (Zoloft) 23
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 17
Citalopram (Celexa) 15
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 13

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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183 patient evaluations for Bupropion

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CupcakeKitten
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CupcakeKitten
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

See CupcakeKitten's full Bupropion history

Apr 18, 2016 (Started Mar 29, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Slowness)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Overwhelming fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Apathy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Memory problems, Emotional sensitivity, Sensory sensitivity, Crying for no reason, Anxious mood, Panic attacks, Anger, Irritability, Heart palpitations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg/24 hours Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Missy180
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Missy180
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Missy180's full Bupropion history

Apr 14, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Pain in lower abdomen, Migraine headaches, Anxious mood, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: headaches never stopped, never benefited from the medication
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 5, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Pain in lower abdomen, Migraine headaches, Anxious mood, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Still having headaches.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 26, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Pain in lower abdomen, Migraine headaches, Anxious mood, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Two more days of headaches. Some stomach discomfort today also.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 24, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Migraine headaches, Anxious mood, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is the third day I have experienced a horrible headache while on this medication. It usually starts about 1 1/2 hour after taking it. Today wasn't as bad as yesterdays. I hope they will subside.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 23, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (Migraine headaches, Anxious mood, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 22, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Migraine headaches, Anxious mood, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 21, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Anxious mood, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Anxiety seems to still be more on the surface than prior to taking medication. Social anxiety, fast driving, lots of people, talking to people on the phone...
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 18, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I seem to get full faster therefore I am eating less than before beginning the medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 17, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Anxious mood, Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 16, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had a very brief panic attack. It didn't last more than 30 seconds and then again it happened in the afternoon... again, very fleeting.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
stargeek
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stargeek
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
47 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See stargeek's full Bupropion history

Dec 24, 2015 (Started Apr 11, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg/24 hours Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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