Alternatives to Bupropion SR for DepressionDepression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In some cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
For most people, bupropion SR is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects may occur or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to bupropion SR. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Wellbutrin SR Alternatives to learn more about these alternative medications. Click Dealing With Depression to learn about other ways of managing depression.)
Alternatives to Bupropion SR for Smoking CessationFor many people, bupropion SR is effective at helping with smoking cessation. It is also generally well tolerated. However, as noted, bothersome side effects may occur or the medicine may not produce the expected results. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative. Some examples of substitute medications include:
- Nicotine products, including patches, inhalers, gum, or lozenges
- Varenicline (Chantix®), a new non-nicotine medication for smoking cessation.
Many people take Wellbutrin SR instead of Zyban for smoking cessation because Wellbutrin SR is more likely to be covered by insurance (see Wellbutrin to Quit Smoking).
Various forms of counseling are also used to help people stop smoking. In fact, all of the studies of Zyban also included counseling for smoking cessation.
(Click Zyban Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for smoking cessation.)