Bupropion is an both an antidepressant medication sold under the brand names Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, and Zyban, and formerly Budeprion, and an opioid sold as transdermal patches for severe chronic pain. In addition to treating depression and severe pain, it is also used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and to reduce cravings in smoking cessation and drug addiction.
Types[edit | edit source]
Bupropion is available in different forms, and may be combined with other drugs for particular uses, including
- Bupropion patches for severe, ongoing pain
- Sublingual Bupropion HCl, branded as Subutex for the treatment of drug dependency/addiction
- Bupropion for smoking cessation, brand name Zyban
- Bupropion for major depression, brand name Wellbutrin
Theory[edit | edit source]
Buproprion, like all antidepressants, does not address the underlying mechanisms of ME, so should not be regarded as a cure. It should be used only to improve quality of life of an ME patient, rather than to increase functionality.
ME patients may tolerate brand name bupropion better than generic versions due to sensitivities.
Evidence[edit | edit source]
Clinicians[edit | edit source]
Risks and safety[edit | edit source]
Costs and availability[edit | edit source]
Learn more[edit | edit source]
- Bupropion for depression and psychiatric use - Drugs.com
- Bupropion transdermal for pain - Medline Plus
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Bupropion: MedlinePlus Drug Information". medlineplus.gov. Retrieved January 8, 2019.