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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.[1][2][3] 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.[1][4]

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Bupropion is available in different forms, and may be combined with other drugs for particular uses, including

  • Bupropion patches for severe, ongoing pain[2][3]
  • 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[4]

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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.[citation needed]

ME patients may tolerate brand name bupropion better than generic versions due to sensitivities.[citation needed]

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