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 287 129
Major depressive disorder 282 124
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 56 48
Bipolar disorder 23 13
Mild depression 22 9

Show all 82 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 43
Moderate 37
Mild 66
None 156

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Wellbutrin

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 12
Weight gain 10
Constipation 8
Anxious mood 5
Suicidal thoughts or urges 5
Fatigue 4

Show all 126 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Wellbutrin

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 27
150 mg daily 25
75 mg daily 21
300 mg daily 19
100 mg twice daily 8
150 mg twice daily 6
450 mg daily 6
200 mg daily 3
1 capsule(s) daily 2
3 tablet(s) daily 2

See all 29 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Wellbutrin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 123
Side effects too severe 98
Doctor's advice 76
Other 44
Personal research 13
Expense 12
Course of treatment ended 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
See all 278 patients who've stopped taking Wellbutrin

Duration

Currently taking Wellbutrin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Wellbutrin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 62
1 - 6 months 82
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 256
Usually 29
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 32
Not at all hard to take 243
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 4
$50-99 9
$25-49 19
< $25 129
Not specified 140

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Wellbutrin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 18
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 13
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 12
Citalopram (Celexa) 8
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 7

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Wellbutrin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 15
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 11
Citalopram (Celexa) 7
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 7
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 6

Show all 24 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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