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
Depressed mood 257 109
Major Depressive Disorder 204 94
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 41 35
Fibromyalgia 21 5
Bipolar Disorder 19 12
Mild Depression 19 8

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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 34
Moderate 31
Mild 58
None 112

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Wellbutrin

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 11
Constipation 8
Weight gain 5
Anxious mood 4
Dizziness 4
Nausea 4

Show all 98 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Wellbutrin

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 15
300 mg daily 14
75 mg daily 9
150 mg daily 9
150 mg twice daily 8
100 mg twice daily 7
400 mg daily 5
450 mg daily 5
75 mg twice daily 3
200 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Wellbutrin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 100
Side effects too severe 82
Doctor's advice 64
Other 42
Expense 12
Personal research 10
Course of treatment ended 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
See all 237 patients who’ve stopped taking Wellbutrin

Duration

Currently taking Wellbutrin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Wellbutrin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 53
1 - 6 months 70
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 200
Usually 21
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 186
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 4
$50-99 9
$25-49 17
< $25 104
Not specified 100

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Wellbutrin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 13
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 10
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 5
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 4
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 4

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Wellbutrin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 10
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6
Citalopram (Celexa) 5
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 4
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 4

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Wellbutrin

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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

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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

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thebobo1
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thebobo1
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
56 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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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

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Firerose
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Firerose
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 9 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Jan 11, 2014 (Started Nov 20, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily

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