Currently, generic Wellbutrin is sold in two strengths -- 75 mg and 100 mg tablets. The FDA has assigned generic versions of Wellbutrin an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to the brand-name medication. However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than their brand-name versions. These inactive ingredients, which may include fillers or dyes, can cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
An Overview of Generic WellbutrinWellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). Longer-acting forms of bupropion are also available (Wellbutrin SR®, Wellbutrin XL®, and Zyban®).
Wellbutrin was first manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. However, it has since come off patent and is available as a generic.
Strengths of Generic WellbutrinGeneric Wellbutrin tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Bupropion 75 mg tablets
- Bupropion 100 mg tablets.
Who Makes a Generic Version?Generic Wellbutrin is made by several different companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, and Apotex Corporation. Ask your pharmacist if you are interested in more information about the different makers of generic Wellbutrin.
Is Generic Bupropion as Good as Wellbutrin?All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic Wellbutrin versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Wellbutrin.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than their brand-name versions. These inactive ingredients might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.