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July 27, 2021 Read Time - 6 minutes

What is Bupropion?

Bupropion is a type of antidepressant that is prescribed for the treatment of depression, seasonal affective disorder, smoking cessation and weight loss. 

There are many types of antidepressants; bupropion is a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI).

Bupropion is a generic drug sold under various brand names. 

They are usually marketed for depression or smoking cessation, but they are the same drug:

  • Wellbutrin SR (sustained-release)
  • Wellbutrin XL (extended-release)
  • Zyban
  • Aplenzin
  • Forfivo XL

Can You Buy Bupropion Online?

A prescription from a licensed doctor is required in order to get bupropion. You must have a medical evaluation and consultation with a professional physician to determine what course of treatment would be proper for your condition. 

If an online physician judges that prescribing bupropion would be an appropriate treatment for a particular patient’s specific medical situation, then the doctor could electronically send a prescription to a pharmacy for the patient to pick up.

  • Take your free mental health assessment.

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Bupropion and Smoking Cessation

Bupropion may be prescribed for smoking cessation. Bupropion works by inhibiting the dopamine reuptake, leading to changes in the brain doubling the chances to quit smoking.

Considered an effective treatment to help quit smoking, Bupropion can be prescribed as a first-line medication for smoking cessation. Speak with a Plushcare doctor to find out more and determine if this might be an option to consider as you begin the process of quitting smoking.

How is bupropion for smoking cessation often prescribed? Because bupropion has little effect for the first week or two, start taking bupropion one to two weeks before your quit date. For most patients, bupropion is only taken for 7 to 12 weeks. If the quit attempt was not successful at that point, bupropion usage is most commonly discontinued.

The maximum dosage of bupropion for smoking cessation is 300 mg per day.

Bupropion and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of seasonal depression that tends to occur during the late fall and winter months. 

According to Mayo Clinic, “An extended-release version of the antidepressant bupropion (Wellbutrin XL, Aplenzin) may help prevent depressive episodes in people with a history of SAD. Other antidepressants also may commonly be used to treat SAD.”

If you think that you may have seasonal affective disorder, talk to a Plushcare doctor about whether bupropion would be an appropriate treatment. For example, depending on the diagnosis, a patient might be prescribed to take bupropion in the fall and continue through the winter. The dose could then be reduced when spring is nearing and discontinued in early spring.

Bupropion for Weight Loss

Bupropion for weight loss is considered an off-label prescription, or alternative usage of the medication prescribed by a doctor. 

Bupropion may not be prescribed by itself for weight loss treatment; instead, a combination of Bupropion and Naltrexone in the form of the drug Contrave may be prescribed for weight management. Contrave is an FDA-approved medication, and works by helping to reduce hunger and control food cravings.

Bupropion Dosage and Treatment

To minimize the side effects of bupropion, patients usually start with an initial dose that is increased if the desired result is not achieved. 

  • The maximum dose for sustained-release tablets for depression is 400 mg per day, and 200 mg for single-dose. 
  • The maximum dose for immediate-release and extended-release tablets is 450 mg per day depending on the type of medication. 

Different bupropion medications should not be taken simultaneously to treat both depression and smoking cessation at the same time.

Side Effects of Bupropion

Severe allergic reactions to drugs are possible. Seek emergency care if you experience hives; rash; difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat.

Antidepressant drugs, including bupropion, can increase suicidal thoughts and behavior. This is more likely to affect people under the age of 24.

The Most Common Side Effects of Bupropion Include:

  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Agitation
  • Weight loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Tremor
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sore throat
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Rhinitis

Call your doctor if you experience any of these common side effects of bupropion:

  • Seizures
  • Manic episode
  • Changes in vision
  • Anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Hyperventilation
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking
  • Trouble sleeping

This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience any troublesome side effects not listed here, speak with your doctor.

Considerations and Precautions of Bupropion

Drug Interactions

There are hundreds of drugs known to interact with bupropion, over half of these are severe. Be sure to discuss with your doctor any medications or supplements that you are taking, have recently taken, or will be taking shortly.

Do not take bupropion 14 days before or after an MAO inhibitor.

Do not take bupropion if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, seizure medication, or a sedative.

Disease Interactions

Bupropion may be dangerous for people with certain conditions. 

Be sure to tell your doctor if you have:

  • A seizure disorder
  • An eating disorder
  • Liver disease
  • Pregnancy

It is unknown if bupropion will harm an unborn baby, but it does pass into breast milk. Talk with a doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Take your free mental health assessment.

    Your results will help determine which type of support you may benefit from the most.

  • Meet with a top doctor, get an official diagnosis and prescription treatment plan.

  • Sit back and have your prescription delivered to your door.

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Get Bupropion Online

To talk to a doctor about whether bupropion can help you, click here. You can discuss your symptoms with a physician and they can recommend treatment options including psychiatric care and prescribe medication including bupropion.

Getting a prescription for bupropion has never been more convenient. Try an online consultation today. The average appointment lasts just 15 minutes and 97% of patients are treated on the first visit.

Going to a doctor’s appointment, either in-person or online through a telehealth platform such as PlushCare, does not guarantee that any particular medication can or will be prescribed. 


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Warning: The use of certain antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder (MDD) in adolescents may increase the risk of suicidal ideations and behaviors. While taking antidepressants mental health can change in unexpected ways. You should call a doctor right away if you experience any suicidal thoughts. Always talk to a doctor about the risks and benefits of taking antidepressant medication before beginning treatment.


Sources:

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U.S. National Library of Medicine. Medlineplus. Bupropion. Accessed July 24, 2021 at https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a695033.html 

National Alliance on Mental Illness. Bupropion. Accessed July 24, 2021 at https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Mental-Health-Medications/bupropion-(Wellbutrin)

National Library of Medicine. Wilkes S. (2008). The use of bupropion SR in cigarette smoking cessation. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 3(1), 45–53. Accessed July 24, 2021 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2528204/ 

Mayo Clinic. Bupropion. Accessed July 24, 2021 at https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/bupropion-oral-route/description/drg-20062478 

American Academy of Family Physicians. Naltrexone/Bupropion (Contrave) for Weight Loss. Accessed on July 24, 2021 at
https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p554.html

American Addiction Centers. Norepinephrine and Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors (NDRIs). Accessed on July 24, 2021 at
https://americanaddictioncenters.org/antidepressants-guide/ndris

Mayo Clinic. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – Symptoms and causes. Accessed July 19, 2021 at
ttps://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20364651

Mayo Clinic. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – Diagnosis and treatment. Accessed July 19, 2021 at
ttps://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20364722

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