my doc perscribed this and i just wondered if it will help me get my life back
Wellbutrin is not indicated for treatment of ADHD in children or adults. It is a very weak dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Stimulants, such as anything in the amphetamine family (Adderall etc) are dopamine and norepinephrine agonists. Non-stimulant ADHD medication are also Reuptake inhibitora but are stronger than Wellbutrin. bupropion (Wellbutrin) can have a mild affect on attention and ia designed to lift the mood. If your Dr. prescribed one and not the other, they obviously felt that the depression was more of a serious risk than any ADHD symptoms. I would talk to your Dr and be honest about what aspect of your life needs the most work. You cannot take ADHD meds and bupropion at the same time. The hepatic and renal ramifications could be dire.
Although, there are patients who take both a stimulant and non-stimulant medications jointly, pharmacodynamics of Wellbutrin versus other dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are vastly different.
Like many drugs in it's class, Wellbutrin requires a "loading" period. Many patients report mild euphoria in the first few doses but that quickly wears off and is due, in part, to the dopamine that is in the system that has not been taken back up. It can take 30 days to reach stable efficacy. Rarely, it can take up to 60 days.
I hope this helped.
For all the technical advice you received here, there must be some reason physicians are prescribing Wellbutrin off label for ADD as well as depression. My Dr definitely did. It helped me and I stayed on it for several years. I only changed meds because Wellbutrin ceased to be as effective for my depression. When another anti-depressant was chosen, I required an entirely new ADD med. To my knowledge Wellbutrin is indeed rather widely prescribed for mild ADD, perhaps only when accompanying depression.
- Wellbutrin Information for Consumers
- Wellbutrin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Wellbutrin (detailed)
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