Bupropion XL (Wellbutrin XL)
Bupropion XL (Wellbutrin XL®, Forfivo™ XL) is an extended-release medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). It can also be prescribed to prevent seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Wellbutrin XL is approved for both uses, while Forfivo XL is approved only for treating depression.
This drug works by allowing certain chemicals to stay in the brain for a longer time. It comes in tablet form, and is taken once daily, typically in the morning. Insomnia, weight loss, and headaches are some of the potential side effects. However, most people tolerate it well, and any side effects that do occur tend to be mild and easy to treat.
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