A healthcare provider may prescribe Wellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride) to treat depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
Wellbutrin is an oral medication (taken by mouth) and is part of a group of medications called norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors, or NDRIs for short. NDRIs affect 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.
The drug comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually two to four times a day. Wellbutrin oral tablets are available in two strengths:
- Wellbutrin 75 mg
- Wellbutrin 100 mg.
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