Need some help please I've been on numerous ADs over the last few years to no avail am literally at the end of my tether getting no relief... looking online I think I may ask my gp for bupropion to hopefully help with the depression... does it also help with anxiety? It may be good for me as I am hoping to stop smoking aswell... any help or positive feedback would be appreciated... also there seems to be so many different types what is the best ones to ask for? I.e. Hcl or xl makes no sense to me
Hi, Ethan! Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to have to try several, even many, AD's before finding the one that works best for you. Bupropion is probably a good choice for you as it's very effective against depression as well as anxiety and has the bonus of being one of the most weight neutral AD's.
Hcl is merely the abbreviation for hydrochloride, part of the chemical name of the drug. XL is extended release and SR is sustained release meaning these formulations are released into the bloodstream more slowly than IR or immediate release. XL and SR usually only have to be taken once daily.
Best of luck on your journey!
Others will be by shortly to give their opinions and experiences.
I am not from the UK but no matter we are all in the same boat, trying to figure out how to manage our meds.
Bupropion also know as Wellbutrin is a good antidepressant but may not be so good for anxiety. It can be an activating med. It can pull you out of a depression and give a boost of energy which may trigger anxiety, but not always.
There are 3 different versions of Bupropion. The HCL which is the instant release, SR is the sustained release and XL the extended release. Most prefer the SR or the XL because it delivers a steady dose over a 24 hour period and they only have to take it once a day.If you can get the Brand name XL without it costing you too much that is the better way to go. But if not you will have a generic.
You may want to talk to your doctor about starting low and build up. I took this med for years but had to change due to it not working anymore. But really liked it when I was on it. If you can see a psychiatrist, that may be helpful as they specialize in prescription meds.
It would help if you posted what antidepressants you have tried, how long you were on it and at what dosages.
Let us know how it works out.
- Bupropion Information for Consumers
- Bupropion Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Bupropion (detailed)
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