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Can You Get a Wellbutrin Prescription Online?

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Can You Get a Wellbutrin Prescription Online?

Dr. Maria Glukhovsky

Dr. Maria Glukhovsky

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June 23, 2020 Read Time - 8 minutes

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Dr. Maria Glukhovsky, Pharm.D. has been a pharmacist for the past 12 years, clinical educator across many disease states and a clinical instructor at Jefferson School of Pharmacy. She loves to educate her patients and everyone around her on the proper use of medications and top disease management techniques to improve health and wellbeing.

Can I Get Wellbutrin Online?

Yes, you can get a prescription for Wellbutrin online by booking an appointment with a PlushCare doctor here. Our doctors can write prescriptions and prescription refills for any necessary medications, including Wellbutrin.

Mood disorders can be tricky. As hormonal balances shift and change in your brain, manifestations in your mood can make you withdraw from social and occupational activities that are vital to everyday life.

Although often misunderstood by most members of society, mood disorders can’t simply be resolved by ‘mind over matter,’ but require real medical treatment.

One of the steps towards addressing conditions like depression involves the use of medications such as Wellbutrin.


Read: Get Antidepressants Online


If you think you might need a prescription for Wellbutrin, this complete guide should tell you everything you need to know about this medication as well as how you can acquire a prescription for Wellbutrin online.

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What is Wellbutrin?

Wellbutrin is the brand name for bupropion, a medication that’s used to treat major depressive disorder. In special situations, doctors may also prescribe Wellbutrin for the treatment of withdrawal from smoking cessation, as it has anti-addiction properties.

Is Zyban the Same as Wellbutrin?

Zyban is another brand name for bupropion and is very similar to Wellbutrin. That said, Zyban is typically used for smoking cessation whereas Wellbutrin is prescribed for depression.

A doctor will decide which version of bupropion (Zyban or Wellbutrin) is best for you.


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Is Wellbutrin Available Over The Counter?

No, you cannot buy Wellbutrin over the counter. Wellbutrin is a prescription medication and requires a consultation with a doctor before the medication can be obtained. A doctor will provide a comprehensive health assessment including your medical history, symptoms and any current medications.

After your consultation the doctor will be able to diagnose your condition and determine an appropriate treatment plan. If they find you may benefit from Wellbutrin, they will write you a prescription and dosing instructions.

How Does Wellbutrin Work?

Like many other antidepressants, the exact mechanism of bupropion is not fully understood.

Our brains release chemicals that help regulate our mood. When some of these chemicals are not used or absorbed after their release, the brain reuptakes them to be recycled.

It has been speculated that Wellbutrin works by blocking the reuptake of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. In effect, the brain ends up retrieving smaller amounts of released chemicals. In response, it releases more of the chemicals, which then helps to normalize a person’s mood.

Wellbutrin Dosage and Treatment

Dosages for medications like Wellbutrin are carefully measured because of the extensive range of side effects and interactions they might have. So what your doctor recommends for you might not be the same dosage they recommend for other patients taking the same medications.

Your prescribed dosage will also depend on which type of Wellbutrin you are taking.

Below are common dosages for sustained release and extended release Wellbutrin:

  • Wellbutrin SR: 100mg, 150mg, 200mg
  • Wellbutrin XL: 150mg, 300mg

Do not attempt to adjust the dosage amount prescribed, and do not change the dosage schedule recommended by your doctor. Making even slight adjustments to dosage specifics could result in severe side-effects and potentially life-threatening adverse reactions.

Wellbutrin can be a dangerous medication when used inappropriately. For this reason, doctors will start off with a small dosage and gradually work up to the ideal amount to produce the ideal effects. Increases in dosage should not exceed 100 mg within a 3 day period.


Read: Stopping Antidepressants and Managing Withdrawal


Benefits of Wellbutrin

Patients who respond positively to Wellbutrin can reduce the impact of depression, improving their mood and restoring their occupational and social functioning before their depressive condition developed.

Side Effects of Wellbutrin

Most of the medications used to manage mental disorders often produce a long list of side-effects because they directly interact with brain chemistry. That said, you should expect to experience a range of reactions as soon as you start using Wellbutrin. The good news is that as long as your body can tolerate the reaction, there might not be a cause for alarm.

Nonetheless, it pays to know what you might expect, which could include the following side effects:

  • Anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Hyperventilation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Restlessness
  • Fidgeting
  • Muscle spasms
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

This is not a complete list of side effects.

Overwhelming side effects may call for an adjusted dose or may require that you switch to a different medication.

While side effects are normal, adverse reactions are not. If you experience any of the following dangerous reactions to the use of Wellbutrin, contact your physician immediately and do not take your next dosage.

  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Assaulting others
  • Mania
  • Extreme distrust of people
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Labored breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Loss of vision
  • Night terrors

It’s also worth mentioning that Wellbutrin has been known to cause suicidal ideations in both adult and pediatric patients. This is most common during the first few doses.

Before taking the medication, make sure there will be trusted people nearby who can assist you as the side effects kick in. If possible, do not start taking Wellbutrin unless there are family and friends who can support you through the effects.


Read: Feeling A Little Blue?


Considerations and Precautions for Wellbutrin

Wellbutrin is not the only medication for depression. If your doctor finds that you might not benefit fully from the use of Wellbutrin, then they might recommend that you use a different medication completely. This is particularly true for individuals on certain medications or those with certain conditions.

If you use any of the following medications, the addition of Wellbutrin may cause significant life-threatening interactions that may put your life at risk:

This is not an all-inclusive list.

Wellbutrin has nearly 400 major drug interactions, and 400 other minor and moderate interactions. Discuss the different medications you take regularly or even just occasionally with your doctor to find out how you can safely use Wellbutrin without sacrificing the other medications necessary for your health.

If you suffer from any of the following medical conditions, your doctor might recommend that you take a medication other than Wellbutrin:

  • Liver disorders or diseases
  • Seizure disorders
  • Angle closure glaucoma
  • Manic episodes
  • Psychosis
  • Renal dysfunction

Wellbutrin can be taken during pregnancy only if the benefits of the medication outweigh the potential risks it might cause the developing fetus. Babies in utero that are exposed to Wellbutrin especially during late stages of pregnancy may require prolonged hospital stays, tube feeding, and respiratory support.

For breastfeeding women, there is not enough substantial information to support the dangers of using Wellbutrin during lactation.

However, some studies suggest seizure disorders in babies who ingest Wellbutrin through their mother’s milk. Consult your doctor for further information and advice.

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    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Does Wellbutrin cause weight loss?

A side effect of Wellbutrin is weight loss. While not everyone experiences weight loss (and some patients may experience weight gain) it is important to be aware of this side effect before taking Wellbutrin. Weight loss has only been seen in nonsmokers.

How long does it take for bupropion to work for weight loss?

Some bupropion users have reported weight loss in as little as one to two weeks in addition to improved sleep and energy levels. Assuming other negative side effects are not present this may be an early indicator that the medication is working.

Will Wellbutrin Change My Sex Drive?

Unlike many other antidepressants Wellbutrin typically does not change sex drive.

The incidence of sexual dysfunction with Wellbutrin (bupropion) is generally lower than with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, but has been reported

Your libido will likely remain the same while taking Wellbutrin.

How Much Does Bupropion XL Cost?

Without insurance generic bupropion costs around $180 for your prescription. That said you may be able to use coupons to lower the cost. This is the generic price.

For Wellbutrin XL the average out of pocket cost is around $1,544 for a supply of 30 tablets

How Much Does Wellbutrin XL Cost With Insurance?

With insurance a Wellbutrin XL prescription costs around $87 for a supply of 30 tablets.


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Can You Buy Wellbutrin Online?

Wellbutrin can be purchased online through legitimate, registered pharmacies with web-based services, but it’s important that you’re able to present a prescription in order to secure a purchase.

Luckily, you can also get a prescription for Wellbutrin online through online doctor services like PlushCare.

PlushCare’s website lets you meet with a board-licensed doctor without having to leave home. This way, you can get the medical advice and prescriptions you need without having to step out the door.

Give PlushCare’s services a try today. Click here to book a PlushCare appointment and get a Wellbutrin prescription today.


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Sources

Drugs.com. Wellbutrin. Accessed January 17, 2020 at https://www.drugs.com/wellbutrin.html

Rxlist. Wellbutrin. Accessed January 17, 2020 at https://www.rxlist.com/wellbutrin-drug.htm

National Alliance on Mental Illness. Bupropion. Accessed January 17, 2020 at https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Mental-Health-Medications/bupropion-(Wellbutrin)

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