Wellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved to treat depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
As a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) medication, 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 and seasonal affective disorder. 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 have any problems while taking this medication, Wellbutrin is not suitable for everyone. 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). Some of the common side effects include headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
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.
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