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Wellbutrin SR, a medication that is available by prescription, is commonly used to treat depression. As a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor, the medication works by blocking the reuptake of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. Conditions you should let your healthcare provider know about before taking Wellbutrin SR are kidney disease, epilepsy, and any allergies. Side effects include insomnia, dizziness, and nausea.
What Is Wellbutrin SR?Wellbutrin SR® (bupropion SR) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). It is a sustained-release (long-acting) version of Wellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride).
Who Makes It?Wellbutrin SR is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Generic versions are made by several manufacturers.
How Does Wellbutrin SR Work?Wellbutrin SR is a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor, or NDRI for short. NDRIs affect specific chemicals within the brain known as norepinephrine and dopamine. These are two of several chemicals used to send messages from one nerve cell to another.
- Wellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride), a short-acting version, taken three or four times a day
- Budeprion SR®, a generic version of Wellbutrin SR
- Wellbutrin XL®, Forfivo™ XL, or Budeprion XL® (bupropion XL), a long-acting version, taken once a day
- Aplenzin™ (bupropion hydrobromide), taken once a day
- Zyban® (bupropion SR) or Buproban®, a sustained-release version used for smoking cessation, taken twice a day.