Wellbutrin [prescription drug, generic available]:
works by altering levels of the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine. It is NOT chemically related to other antidepressants such as Paxil and Prozac.
Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of differing conditions, including depression. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other important benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, talk to your doctor!
Side Effects of Wellbutrin: There is a risk of seizure with WELLBUTRIN XL which increases with higher doses. Seizures occurred in approximately four out of 1,000 patients treated. There are many other side effects with the most common being (percentage of people with this side effect in brackets): Agitation (up to 32%), Dry mouth (up to 28%), Constipation (up to 26%), Dizziness (up to 22%), Excessive sweating (up to 22%), Tremor (up to 21%).
Comparisons with Other Anti-Depressants: A recent study revealed that the three most commonly prescribed anti-depressants had about the same effectiveness. Drugs tested were paxil (paroxetine), prozac (fluoxetine) and zoloft (sertraline). This study followed depressed patients for nine months, well beyond the acute depressive phase. While similar tests do not yet seem available for two newer antidepressants, wellbutrin and lexapro, it is likely that they are also equally effective. For specific side effects of these others... Paxil Side Effects Prozac Side Effects Wellbutrin Side Effects Lexapro Side Effects. The above study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dec 19, 2001.
Popular Wellbutrin Sites
Understanding Depression. Facts & Myths. How Wellbutrin Can Help. Self-Quiz. Understanding
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- DrugDigest: ( Wellbutrin )
Information on usage, dosage, side effects, and drug comparisons, including generics.
- Brand name: Wellbutrin.
Complete drug monograph from Internet Mental Health.
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