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Wellbutrin SR has been approved to treat depression in adults. There are also several off-label Wellbutrin SR uses, such as treating ADHD, treating seasonal affective disorder, and helping people to quit smoking. Wellbutrin SR works by blocking the reuptake of certain chemicals in the brain. Because Wellbutrin SR has been studied only in adults, it has not been approved for use in children.
An Overview of Wellbutrin SR UsesWellbutrin SR® (bupropion SR) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Some common symptoms of depression include:
- Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
- Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
- Physical pain
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Suicidal thoughts.
In large clinical trials, Wellbutrin SR has been proven to help adults with depression. However, it is important to keep in mind that many antidepressants (including Wellbutrin SR) take several weeks to begin working. Sometimes, other people will notice an improvement in your depression symptoms before you do. Often, the physical symptoms of depression (such as pain or changes in sleep) will improve first, sometimes within the first few weeks of treatment. It can take several weeks before significant changes in mood occur. It is important to give Wellbutrin SR a chance to work before becoming discouraged.
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medication to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).