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Can You Get Wellbutrin (Bupropion) Online?
Yes, licensed medical doctors can prescribe Wellbutrin (Bupropion) online after a medical evaluation.
You can speak with one of our online doctors to learn more about Wellbutrin. Book an online appointment with one of our top doctors using your phone or computer.
During your virtual visit, a physician will review your symptoms and medical history to provide a diagnosis. If the doctor determines that a patient would qualify for Wellbutrin, they can write a prescription and electronically send it to a nearby pharmacy for pickup.
What Is Wellbutrin (Bupropion)?
Wellbutrin is the brand name for 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, and Forfivo XL.
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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. These chemicals are reabsorbed (reuptake) to be recycled.
What does Wellbutrin do? 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. This leads to an increase in the chemicals and helps to normalize a person’s mood.
Is Zyban the Same as Wellbutrin?
Zyban is another brand name for bupropion. That said, Zyban is typically used for smoking cessation, whereas Wellbutrin is prescribed for depression. A doctor will help you decide which version of bupropion (Zyban or Wellbutrin) is best for you.
Is Wellbutrin Available Over The Counter?
No, you cannot buy Wellbutrin over the counter. Wellbutrin requires a prescription and a consultation with a doctor before the medication can be obtained. A physician will provide a comprehensive health assessment including your medical history, symptoms, and any current medications, and with your preferences help you choose a medication that works. If they find you may benefit from Wellbutrin, they will write you a Wellbutrin prescription and tell you how to take it and what to expect.
Is Wellbutrin a Controlled Substance?
No, Wellbutrin is not a controlled substance. Wellbutrin is a norepinephrine dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI), and can be prescribed by an online doctor if a patient qualifies after a medical evaluation.
How Long Does Wellbutrin Take to Work?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), sleep and energy may improve within the first 1 to 2 weeks of starting Wellbutrin; for depressed mood to improve, taking Wellbutrin for 6 to 8 weeks is customary and the dosage may need to be tailored to your needs. Speak with your doctor to learn more about a Wellbutrin prescription as part of a treatment plan for depression.
What Are the Associated Dosages and Treatments for Wellbutrin?
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 Wellbutrin dosage they recommend for other patients taking the same medications.
Your prescribed Wellbutrin dosage will also depend on which type of Wellbutrin you are taking. Below are common dosages for sustained release and extended-release Wellbutrin prescription medications:
– Wellbutrin SR: 100mg, 150mg, 200mg
– Wellbutrin XL: 150mg, 300mg
Do not attempt to adjust the Wellbutrin 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.
What Are the Benefits of Wellbutrin?
Patients who respond positively to Wellbutrin medication can reduce the impact of depression, improving their mood and restoring their occupational and social functioning to the level it was before their depressive condition developed.
Why Would a Doctor Prescribe Wellbutrin?
A doctor would prescribe Wellbutrin to a patient who is experiencing depression, and needs medical help in combating the symptoms of depression. Finding the right medication for treating depression can take some time with trials of multiple medications; be patient. You and your doctor will work together to find a medication that best treats the symptoms of depression you are experiencing. Wellbutrin is one prescription that can help, and can be taken alone or in conjunction with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
What Are the Side Effects of Wellbutrin?
Many 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, many patients experience zero to minimal side effects as they start a Wellbutrin prescription. The good news is that as long as your body can tolerate the reaction, there might not be a cause for alarm, and this must be balanced against the improvement in your mood.
Nonetheless, it pays to know what you might expect, which could include the following side effects:
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Muscle spasms
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of appetite
- Blurred vision
This is not a complete list of Wellbutrin 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.
- Loss of consciousness
- Assaulting others
- Extreme distrust of people
- Labored breathing
- Rapid heart rate
- Loss of vision
- Night terrors
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.
How Long Do Wellbutrin Side Effects Last?
Side effects of Wellbutrin will vary from person to person, but common side effects of antidepressants will stop after the first few weeks of taking the medication. It is important to talk to your doctor about any side effects you are experiencing.
If you feel an improvement in your sleep, energy, or appetite, in the first few weeks, it could be an early sign that the medication is working.
What Are the 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 taking certain other medications or those with certain other medical conditions.
If you use any of the following medications, the addition of Wellbutrin may cause significant life-threatening interactions:
This is not an all-inclusive list.
Wellbutrin has nearly many major drug interactions, and multiple 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.
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
- Renal dysfunction
Wellbutrin can be taken during pregnancy only with specialty consultation. 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.
Who Should Not Take Wellbutrin?
Wellbutrin is not for everyone. Do not take Wellbutrin if you are allergic to bupropion, or if you have:
- A seizure disorder
- An eating disorder (such as anorexia or bulimia)
- If you have recently stopped using alcohol, seizure medications, or a sedative (such as Xanax, Valium, Fiorinal, or Klonopin).
Other important considerations include:
- Do not take Wellbutrin if you have taken a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. Some examples of MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
- Do not take Wellbutrin to treat more than one condition at a time
- Tell your doctor you are pregnant before starting Wellbutrin.
Does Wellbutrin Help with 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 Bupropion Take to Work for Weight Loss?
Different forms of bupropion, including Wellbutrin, may be prescribed for weight loss and weight management. 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.
How Much Weight Can You Lose with Wellbutrin?
The amount of weight lost by taking Wellbutrin in the form of Contrave depends on several factors. A healthy diet and consistent exercise routine will help you drop weight quicker when taking Wellbutrin, or Wellbutrin as part of Contrave. In one study, participants lost an average of 25 pounds over the course of 6 months when taking Contrave in comparison to the placebo group.
What Should You Know About 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 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.
How Does Bupropion Interact With 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 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.
What Are the Drug Interactions for Bupropion?
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.
What Are the Disease Interactions for Bupropion?
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
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.
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