What is Wellbutrin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Bupropion

See also: Wellbutrin SR Wellbutrin XL

Wellbutrin® is a brand name for the drug bupropion, a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) antidepressant is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major depressive disorder 293 132
Depressed mood 291 132
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 58 49
Mild depression 24 11
Bipolar disorder 23 13

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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 47
Moderate 37
Mild 66
None 163

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Wellbutrin

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 12
Weight gain 9
Constipation 8
Anxious mood 6
Decreased appetite 6
Suicidal thoughts or urges 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Wellbutrin

Dosage Patients
300 mg daily 28
100 mg daily 23
75 mg daily 22
150 mg daily 17
450 mg daily 9
100 mg twice daily 5
200 mg daily 5
150 mg twice daily 5
1 capsule(s) daily 2
50 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Wellbutrin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 129
Side effects too severe 102
Doctor's advice 80
Other 48
Personal research 13
Expense 12
Course of treatment ended 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
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Duration

Currently taking Wellbutrin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 25

Stopped taking Wellbutrin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 74
1 - 6 months 78
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 266
Usually 30
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 31
Not at all hard to take 256
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 4
$50-99 10
$25-49 19
< $25 133
Not specified 146

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Wellbutrin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 17
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 15
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 14
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 11
Citalopram (Celexa) 8

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Wellbutrin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 16
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 13
Citalopram (Celexa) 8
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 7
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 7

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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30 patient evaluations for Wellbutrin

Jan 13, 2017 (Started Dec 06, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for exhaustion)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excessive sleeping (hypersomnia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle twitching (fasciculations), impulsivity)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

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

Apr 6, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 150mg dosage is low. That was set 'to avoid problems with blood pressure' - I disagree with that and few other things, I'll have to find a new psychiatrist.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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