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What Is Bupropion Hydrobromide Used For?

Bupropion hydrobromide is prescribed for treating depression in people who are at least 18 years old. This antidepressant works by balancing certain chemicals in the brain, including norepinephrine and dopamine. Off-label uses for bupropion hydrobromide include treating seasonal affective disorder and bipolar disorder. Make sure to give this medication a chance to work, as it can take a few weeks to notice a difference.

An Overview of Uses for Bupropion Hydrobromide

Bupropion hydrobromide (Aplenzin™) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of depression. It is a once-daily, long-acting version of bupropion.
 
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Some of the common symptoms of depression include:
 
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Decreased interest in things that you used to enjoy
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
  • Changes in appetite (and weight gain or weight loss)
  • Physical pain.
     
Keep in mind that antidepressants often take a few weeks (or even longer) to begin working. Sometimes, other people (such as friends, relatives, or coworkers) will notice an improvement in your depression symptoms before you do.
 
Often, improvements in your physical symptoms of depression (such as pain or changes in sleep) will be most noticeable at first, before you notice significant improvements in mood. It is important to give bupropion hydrobromide a chance to work before becoming discouraged.
 
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medication to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).
 
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