Depression Home > Wellbutrin XL
Wellbutrin XL is commonly prescribed to treat depression and prevent seasonal affective disorder. The drug prevents the reuptake of certain chemicals in the brain, which helps alleviate the symptoms of these conditions. The medication comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. Possible side effects of Wellbutrin XL include headaches, weight loss, and insomnia.
What Is Wellbutrin XL?Wellbutrin XL® (bupropion XL) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). It is also approved for the prevention of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It is an extended-release version of Wellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride).
How Does Wellbutrin XL Work?Wellbutrin XL 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
- Wellbutrin SR® or Budeprion SR® (bupropion SR), a sustained-release version (taken twice a day)
- Aplenzin™ (bupropion hydrobromide), taken once a day
- Zyban® (bupropion SR) or Buproban®, a sustained-release version used to quit smoking (smoking cessation).