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A healthcare provider may prescribe Wellbutrin to help treat depression. When certain chemicals in the brain become unbalanced, it can cause a variety of conditions, including depression. Wellbutrin works by blocking the reuptake of these chemicals. The medication comes in tablet form and is taken two to four times a day. Commonly reported side effects include nausea, insomnia, and weight loss.
What Is Wellbutrin?Wellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine used to treat depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
Who Makes It?Wellbutrin is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Generic versions are made by several manufacturers.
How Does Wellbutrin Work?Wellbutrin 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 SR (bupropion SR) or Budeprion SR®, usually taken twice a day
- Wellbutrin XL, Forfivo™ XL, or Budeprion XL® (bupropion XL), taken once a day
- Aplenzin™ (bupropion hydrobromide), taken once a day
- Zyban® (bupropion SR) or Buproban®, used for smoking cessation (taken twice a day).