What is Budeprion XL used for?
Budeprion XL (manufactured by Teva) is the FDA approved generic version of Wellbutrin XL®.
Difference between Budeprion and Bupropion
Budeprion XL® is the bupropion hcl extended-release manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Bupropion XL is the bupropion hcl extended-release manufactured by Watson Laboratories.
So Budeprion and Bupropion contain the same active drug. However, there is a real difference between the two generics. Compared to original Wellbutrin XL® and other generics, the Teva product contains an inferior delivery mechanism for the active drug. This explains why many people who have used both medications claim that they have reacted very differently to them.
Watson Pharmaceuticals and Anchen Pharmaceuticals developed a generic Bupropion XL product with a membrane release technology, which more or less resembles sophisticated membrane-release technology developed by GSK for original Wellbutrin XL®.
Teva's Budeprion XL®, unlike other generics, relies on inferior and older matrix technology. As a result, Budeprion XL®, releases its active ingredient 4 times faster during the first 2 hours than does original Wellbutrin XL® or other generics (such as Watson).
Important note: Matrix release mechanism is utilized in immediate-release (IR) and sustained-release (SR) formulations of bupropion.
Last updated: February, 2015
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