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Bupropion is a prescription drug that is used to treat depression. The medicine works by blocking the reuptake of certain chemicals in the brain that become unbalanced during depression. Bupropion comes in tablet form and is generally taken two to four times a day. Side effects can include nausea, weight loss, and insomnia.
What Is Bupropion?Bupropion hydrochloride (Wellbutrin®) is a prescription medicine used to treat depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
Who Makes Bupropion?Brand-name Wellbutrin is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Generic bupropion is made by several manufacturers.
How Does It Work?Bupropion is a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor, or NDRI for short. NDRIs, such as bupropion, affect specific chemicals within the brain known as norepinephrine and dopamine. Norepinephrine and dopamine are two of several chemicals used to send messages from one nerve cell to another.
- Bupropion SR (Wellbutrin SR, Budeprion SR), usually taken twice a day
- Bupropion XL (Wellbutrin XL, Forfivo XL, Budeprion XL), taken once a day
- Bupropion hydrobromide (Aplenzin), taken once a day
- Bupropion SR (Zyban, Buproban), used for smoking cessation (taken twice a day).