Wellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved to treat depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
As an antidepressant, Wellbutrin works by affecting specific chemicals within the brain, known as norepinephrine and dopamine. When the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine become unbalanced, it can cause a variety of conditions, including depression. Wellbutrin helps block the reuptake of norepinephrine and dopamine so that more remains in the space between the brain's nerve cells.
Although most people do not experience problems with this antidepressant, Wellbutrin can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Before starting treatment with Wellbutrin, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
The drug comes in tablet form and is typically taken two to four times a day. Wellbutrin tablets are available in two strengths:
- Wellbutrin 75 mg
- Wellbutrin 100 mg.
(Click Wellbutrin for a more in-depth look at using Wellbutrin for treating depression. This article also discusses how Wellbutrin works and offers information on general precautions, dosages, and potential side effects.)