What is Wellbutrin SR?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Bupropion

See also: Wellbutrin

Wellbutrin SR®, a brand name of bupropion SR, is a sustained release version of bupropion, a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) used to treat major depressive disorder, including seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 184 91
Major depressive disorder 141 69
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) 21 16
Fatigue 12 5
Anxious mood 10 5

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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 20
Moderate 23
Mild 51
None 84

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Wellbutrin SR

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 7
Dry mouth 7
Constipation 5
Shakiness 5
Weight loss 5
Weight gain 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Wellbutrin SR

Dosage Patients
150 mg daily 11
300 mg daily 11
100 mg daily 6
200 mg daily 3
100 mg twice daily 2
150 mg twice daily 2
200 mg twice daily 2
450 mg daily 2
2 tablet(s) daily 1
50 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Wellbutrin SR

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 50
Side effects too severe 47
Doctor's advice 31
Other 29
Course of treatment ended 9
Expense 9
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Wellbutrin SR

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Wellbutrin SR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 144
Usually 27
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 37
Not at all hard to take 128
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 16
< $25 94
Not specified 64

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Wellbutrin SR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sertraline (Zoloft) 6
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 4
Citalopram (Celexa) 4
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 4
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 4

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Patients stopped taking Wellbutrin SR and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 3
Citalopram (Celexa) 3
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 3
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 2
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 2

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22 patient evaluations for Wellbutrin SR

May 9, 2017 (Started Oct 02, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Oct 02, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 15, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I was told I would probably lose weight on this, but I didn't.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 15, 2014 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 26, 2016 (Started Dec 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: More energy, less irritability.

  • 0 helpful marks
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