about this medication
Bupropion is a special or "atypical" antidepressant medication in the NDRI family. Notably, Bupropion was the first modern antidepressant on the market (ahead of Prozac), FDA-approved first in 1985 and later in 1989 as an extended-release (XL) formula. Bupropion is sold under the brand names Wellbutrin XL, Wellbutrin SR, Aplenzin and Zyban. Bupropion is a prescription medication.
Bupropion hydrochloride is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), seasonal affective disorder, and smoking cessation (in combination with nicotine replacement therapy).
Bupropion affects the balance of three neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain. Specifically, bupropion inhibits the absorption of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine (aka noradrenaline), which is associated with more neurotransmitters present to transmit messages and a reduction of symptoms like depressed mood.
The most common side effects of bupropion include feeling anxious, stuffy nose, dry mouth, trouble sleeping, dizziness, nausea, constipation, and joint aches. Less commonly, high blood pressure may manifest as a serious side effect.
what to expect
we've got answers