A common medication used to treat depression, Wellbutrin (bupropion) takes a while to kick in and reach full effect. Typically, it takes weeks of daily medication and a period of adjustment before you begin to see positive effects. However, improvement in symptoms can be an early sign that the drug is working.
Generally, side effects associated with Wellbutrin are minor and temporary. They can include dry mouth, headache, weight changes and sleep disturbances. More serious side effects, such as seizures and blood pressure changes, are rare. If your side effects are severe, get worse or don’t go away, talk to your medical professional.
Wellbutrin can be used to treat depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and anxiety. It is also used for smoking cessation and to help people break bad habits like alcohol or illegal drugs. It can be taken by itself or in combination with other medications.
In addition, Wellbutrin is used to help relieve the anxiety and depression that accompany bipolar disorder. It may reduce episodes of mania and high energy levels in people with this condition. It can also be used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder. It can take several weeks for the medication to begin easing anxiety symptoms, so it is often paired with other antidepressants or benzodiazepines.
Bupropion should not be used by pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding. It can be harmful to the baby if passed through the breast milk. Talk to your prescribing doctor, nurse practitioner or Minded psychiatry provider about the risks and benefits before you start taking it during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.