Bupropion HCL (Wellbutrin)
What is Wellbutrin used for?
How long until Wellbutrin works?
You may notice improvement in depression after 2 or 3 weeks1. And you should wait for 6-8 weeks for its full antidepressant effect.
What time of day to take Wellbutrin XL?
Best to take Wellbutrin XL is in the morning because it is activating and tends to keep people awake at night. But if you experience fatigue, try to take it at night. Bupropion SR is taken two times per day.
Difference between Wellbutrin SR and Wellbutrin XL
Both formulations SR and XL contain the same active medicine bupropion hcl. The main difference is how the medicine is released into the system and the time it takes for the body to digest and process it. Sustained-release (Wellbutrin SR) needs to be taken twice daily and extended-release (Wellbutrin XL) - once daily.
In general the slower release forms are better for most people, so XL will be better than SR and SR is better than immediate release. But not always.
The XL form is safer and better tolerated, than SR form, but is more expensive, so the benefits may be negated by cost issues.
Bupropion is less likely to affect sexual desire and opportunities. Moreover, it can increase libido and intensity of orgasm.
Another significant advantage is that the long-term treatment doesn't contribute to extra pounds. Sluggish and obese persons as well as smokers and ADHD sufferers may benefit from the energizing and anti-craving properties of bupropion. Recent 2013 study found that bupropion may help overweight women to lose weight2.
Bupropion is a good choice for lethargic or fatigued persons. On the other hand, it is not a perfect option for anxious and agitated persons, who may be particularly vulnerable to its stimulating properties.
Serious drug interactions
Author: OriginalDrugs Team
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