|US brand name: Wellbutrin|
|Generic name: bupropion|
Wellbutrin’s Pros and Cons
Low chance of sexual side effects, unless you consider making you hornier with or without premature/spontaneous orgasms sexual side effects. None of the weight gain associated with SSRIs & SNRIs. Often a very effective and relatively fast-acting antidepressant, as dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibition are frequently part of, if not the answer for a lot of people.
Anything used recreationally, so it can be abused and has to be avoided by anyone with an eating disorder or other addictive behaviors. The abuse potential is a serious problem, as Wellbutrin is one of the few modern antidepressants that can kill you if you take too much.
Interesting Stuff your Doctor Probably didn’t Tell You about Wellbutrin
Bupropion is also the active ingredient in Zyban, a drug used to quit smoking. Depending on your HMO schedule or your health insurance, you may want to get a prescription for Zyban. Why? Sometimes it’s cheaper. While mental health coverage is now supposed to be treated like everything else by health insurance providers, the pervasive anti-crazy bigotry guarantees that won’t be the case. While smokers are treated like second-class citizens, non-crazy smokers are still considered human and don’t get anywhere near as much shit as we do for taking drugs to quit smoking. And some insurance companies have a points system like car insurance. If you get too crazy, your rates go way up, but if you do something positive like try to quit smoking, your rates go down. So check with the person who works in your doctor’s office about the rates and the system, and see if you need to game the system with a prescription for the same drug with a different name and lower maximum dosage.
Best Known for
Right now: Being marketed by Glaxo sales reps, and Dr. Drew, as the “happy, horny, skinny pill.”