Wellbutrin – See Related Topics

Simply put, Wellbutrin is used to treat symptoms associated with depression. It is unique as it is a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI), unlike most other common and highly-marketed antidepressants (think Cymbalta, Abilify, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft) that are either selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Each of these drugs are what are known as “reuptake inhibitors”, the difference is that Wellbutrin works to control levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, while the others control either serotonin or the combination of serotonin and norepinephrine in the user’s brain. It is usually prescribed to individuals who have had little success with other antidepressants. Aside from being prescribed to treat depression, Wellbutrin is also used by physicians to treat patients with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), SAD (seasonal affective disorder), or bipolar disorder (manic depression). An additional off-label use is for those attempting to stop smoking.

Wellbutrin is considered safe though, because it metabolizes differently in the body than other antidepressants, it has a list of serious potential side effects. These have included hallucinations, irregular heart rate, seizures, respiratory failure, coma, and death. One of the less serious side effects is its ability to reduce hunger. As such, it is sometimes misused by people trying to lose weight. It can become habit-forming to the point of addiction.

If you or somebody you know is using Wellbutrin and you suspect there may be an addiction, you can learn more by checking out the FAQ section, or contact The Recovery Village at any time to get the answers you need.

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Mixing Wellbutrin and AlcoholWellbutrin (bupropion) is a prescription medication used to treat depression and mood disorders. Mixing Wellbutrin with alcohol can magnify and worsen possible side effects associated with this drug. When prescribed a medication, it is imperative that you follow all oral and written guidelines.