Wellbutrin- FAQ

Like other more popularly-marketed and well-known antidepressants such as Paxil, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor, Lexapro, Abilify, or Prozac, Wellbutrin is used to treat symptoms of depression. All these drugs are what are called “reuptake inhibitors” however, unlike the other which fall under either SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) or SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor), Wellbutrin is neither. It is an NDRI (norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor) affecting a different set of naturally-made chemical substances in the brain. Wellbutrin is often prescribed for people who have had unsuccessful results when taking other antidepressants.

In addition to being prescribed for depression, Wellbutrin (bupropion) is sometimes used to manage conditions like seasonal affective disorder (SAD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, or to help people quit smoking.

Wellbutrin comes with the standard list of side effects normally found with drugs that affect the brain. These include epileptic seizure, agitation, behavior changes, hostility, psychosis, and increase of suicidal thoughts. Additionally, it can be habit-forming. Patients have misused it as a diet aide as it has a known side effect of loss of appetite. Because Wellbutrin metabolizes in the body differently than other antidepressants, misuse and overdosing on Wellbutrin for this reason and others have been reported. Related outcomes have included seizures, hallucinations, abnormal heart rhythm, respiratory failure, coma, and even death.

Whether you use Wellbutrin yourself or know someone who does, and you suspect an addiction issue, you likely have questions or need assistance. To learn more, select a frequently asked question from the list, or contact a representative from The Recovery Village to find out more.