I take Wellbutrin XL 300 mg. When I was switched from Brand name Wellbutrin to Par, Anchen, & Actavis generics I became more depressed, and had adverse reactions like unexplainable weight gain, Rashes, allergies, contact dermatitis to products that I had never been allergic to before ( I had never even had contact dermatitis to any thing for that matter before being switched to Wellbutrin XL Generics) I'm sick of not feeling well, and receiving different generic brands every time I pick my medication up. I want to be able obtain the name brand Wellbutrin XL 300 mg even if I do have to pay $50.00 for it. It would be well worth it If it works The same as it used to for me When my insurance did pay for it. I have been taking Wellbutrin XL for 8 years now, and there is NO DOUBT that the generics are horrible And do not work for me. Thank you all in advance for taking your time to respond. :-)
Thoes taking name brand Wellbutrin from Direct Success; How's it working? Are you Feeling better?
- 24 Jan 2015 by RichMich
- 3 Oct 2017
- wellbutrin, wellbutrin xl, depression, obesity, seasonal affective disorder, major depressive disorder, weight, generic, brand, actavis, reaction
Brand name Wellbutrin is made by GlaxoSmithKline. Bupropion is made by several companies. I take bupropion made by Mylan. Switching from one manufacturer of a drug to another will not cause everything that happens to you. Actavis is a large reputable company. So is Mylan. The problems with generic bupropion was addressed by the FDA in 2013. Mylan, actavis and par were deemed ok.
Hi, I agree with you completely, the generics are horrible. The inactive ingredients vary and you can't be sure what you're getting each time. Getting brand name through Direct Success was surprisingly easy and $50 a month is worth it to know I'm getting the real deal. I almost had to fight my primary care doctor to get her to understand I was only going to take the brand name, though. (Just print out the form from the WXL website and have your doctor fill out and fax to them. They call the next day to get your billing info, and I got it in no time with their UPS shipping.)
I was on the brand name 300mg XL for about a year and then the generic was released, and after the generics screwed me over (stopped working, made me feel like I was crazy for thinking my medication just suddenly stopped working--not realizing that it literally HAD stopped working, and also made my hair start to fall out), I was afraid to stay on it and I couldn't afford the brand name at that time. I had been managing mostly without meds for quite a while, (tried Prozac/Lexapro, but no thanks, due to their side effects!), but recently decided I needed to get back on Wellbutrin XL. I had been on 300mg before, but my lame new doctor insisted on 150, so I'm going to see how that goes until I can just go to a psychiatrist who understands meds and will listen to me about what I know works for me and skip my clueless doc.
Honestly, today is the first day I've taken the 150 XL's from Direct Success, so I do apologize for being another person who can't *quite* answer your question, but I can tell you that it hit me within hours, I could feel my head clear. I know everyone says it takes weeks, but the initial "welcome sign" in my brain goes off quick. (NOT a placebo effect, I'm sure of it). Based on that, I have no doubt that the stuff from Direct Success is the real deal. Yes, Glaxo is the original maker of the drug, and the manufacturer listed on the D.S. label says Valeant Pharma, Canada. The bottle does also have the brand name label on it. (A simple Google search will show you that GSK & Valeant are partners.). I trust a business deal a hell of a lot more than I trust the FDA claiming that all the WXL generics on the market today are "just fine." It's wrong that so many insurance companies won't pay for the brand name when it clearly is superior to the generics.
I'm so glad I discovered the Direct Success Pharmacy option, which they show right on the Welbutrin XL website. It seems too good to be true, but it worked without a hitch for me.
I can check back after I've been on it a while, but I expect nothing but lighter, happier brain feels from this. Your question is from January, so I hope you've had time to give the DSP a try since then.
I began on one generic of bupropion about eight months ago, and it worked fantastic for me. However, about a month and a half ago the prescription switched their generic to another, and I have increasingly been having issues with it since. More depression, and weight gain as well (it is due to my appetite, but it was fairly non-existent for the period before, and I know it's tied in with the depression). I am unsure of who the makers of the generics were, other than the fact that they switched. I am currently going through the process of appealing this to my insurance company so that I can try the brand name for the first time to see if it works better, however.
That being said, I don't doubt that you're reacting poorly to the generic. I'm sorry, and hope that you're able to find something that works for you. Good luck.
I have been on Wellbutrin for over a decade. Many insurance companies and pharmacies tout the benefits of generics. I've tried the Teva version, the Watson version, and the Anchen version. What they often don't tell you is some of the generics are actually budeprion and not bupropion. They also don't tell you the 300mg XR Teva version was pulled after two bioequivalacy investigations. I have to order direct since the generic medications are not covered by my insurance (read 350 a month for the name brand that works!) I've been on this medication for over a decade! I know what works.
I had similar reactions to the generics that you mentioned above. Let me add that I also tried Watson and Sandoz generics. I can't take Wellbutrin XL - too many side effects for me. It made my stomach hurt, made me very irritable, high anxiety, headaches.
I take Bupropion SR by Mylan pharmaceuticals. Most benefits and least side effects.
My insurance won't cover brand name, and the cash price is over $1,100.00 a month. Another poster here said Mylan Pharmaceuticals version of Bupropion SR was not available anywhere that they had checked. I get mine filled at CVS Pharmacy, and when they don't have it, they order it for me. Walgreen's Pharmacy has also ordered the Mylan generic for me. Try those 2 pharmacies for it. G
Hi, Rich! You can simply ask your druggist to special order the generic you prefer. They order the product that is least expensive each time they order in order to keep your cost down. Your cost may be slightly higher than the last time you purchased it, but will still be the generic rather than brand price.
I started on bupropion xl 300 (brand zydus) on sept 14th this year for depression . It helped gradually over the month and by one month in I was feeling alot better. I went to pick up my refill and didnt notice until I got home that they gave me a different brand. It was bupropion xl 300 (brand actavis) While taking this new brand I seemed to gradually be getting my depression feelings back. I then found direct success and my doctor sent in a prescription for the brand name wellbutrin xl 300. I took it only 3 days but it was almost like I was not taking anything. I had all my symptoms back! Should I continue on the brand name because everyone says its the best or go back to the one that worked. I am so confused as to why the brand name wellbutrin works so well for everyone but me .
Forgot to mention... The wellbutrin I got from direct success says this on the bottle. Manufactured for: Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America NJ. Made in Canada
I'm writing to let you guys know that Direct Success called me on Wednesday evening and left a voicemail. It basically said that they are stopping the 0$ copay for name-brand Wellbutrin XL *and* the 30 pills a month for 50$ name-brand plan. *Both* of them. As of November 1st.
I've taken brand-name Wellbutrin XL for the last year, and it was the only thing that pulled me out of my second major clinical depression.
As you can well imagine, the news hit me like a brick to the head. The voicemail said to call a 1-800 number to find out the new co-pay schedule. After I finally got over the panic, I called that number - it turned out to be a general answering center for some insurance companies. They were nice but unable to help me since I get my insurance (not one they cover) from my workplace. They suggested I contact my insurance directly but my insurance only covers generic WB XL.
I don't know what to do. My psychiatrist said the best thing to do would be to try the generic - didn't say *which* generic - and see if that works. (This, despite the fact that I did try the generic last year and it did nothing for me.) I don't mind confessing that I'm quite frankly terrified. I nearly didn't make it through my last depression - now the only drug that *finally* broke it has been priced out of my reach. I've got a month of the brand-name left and I am already making as many plans as possible to accomplish what I enjoy or need to do, before I end up in the dark nothingness again.
I have copied and pasted below, a comment exchanged between me and another poster here earlier: ( I was addressing Mouthmaid, but was 'corrected' by Westwindspiritworld ).
"~~~~GM G mc 8 Nov 2016
Mouth maid: Has Direct Success raised the price of the Wellbutrin from $50/month to $100/month?"
"WE Westwindspiritworld 5 days ago:
No they did not.~~~~".
@ Westwindspiritworld: That is good news and bad news. The good news is that I was wrong in stating that the Direct Success Program had raised their monthly price of name brand Wellbutrin, and you were right.
The bad news is: that they didn't raise the price, but they discontinued the program, and no longer offer Wellbutrin at any reduced price. Bummer...
I am copying and pasting the following two comments from previous posters, as I think it is food for thought about Brand Name Wellbutrin. Here it is:
1) ~~~~"CH chandraclaws 9 Oct 2016
Brand name Wellbutrin used to be made by GlaxoSmithKline. Now it is made by Valeant, and whatever questionable manufacturer in the world that they happen to be using. They sent me a new shipment because the previous ones didn't work and looked a little funky, but they are no better. My depression is horrible, extreme mood swings, can't remember anything, have a headache all the time, and have begun to have panic attacks. This is not the Wellbutrin that used to come from GSK. It is not the same drug, and I seriously believe it will never exist again. I've been on this drug for over 20 years. It's the only one that works for me and I'm not sure how to survive the long term (year or more) withdrawal and the projection that the depression will be much worse than it was before I began taking it."~~~
2) ~~~"KA katiebooks 17 days ago
Wellbutrin xl was manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and it is now manufactured by Valeant and I'm finding it totally ineffective. None of the generic bupropions have worked in the past. Is anyone else having trouble with the brand name and have you found any solutions?~~~~"
3) My comment:
~~~~So, some people are experiencing a lack of efficacy from even some of the BRAND NAME WELLBUTRIN antidepressants. Something to be aware of. Why do I bring this up? Because years ago, ( back when it was still being manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline ), before my insurance changed, I was using brand name, and as far back as 2009, it just wasn't as effective as it was all the years previously that I had been taking it. I can't explain it. I just know that it wasn't being effective for relieving my anxiety/depression. And now that brand names are being manufactured in foreign countries, who knows what we are getting??? ~~ **shrugging my shoulders** ~~
My husband was on it a year and it worked GREAT. But Just want to mention. The program with Direct Success is no longer. We found out 3 days prior to the end of the year and my husband only had 12 days left of medicine. Stinks and really put us in a bind. But we were fortunate to be on this program for a year when our insurance carrier wouldn't allow him to take brand name wellbutrin xl. WPS stinks. They would but with a cost of $3,648 a month. We pay the total bill. Apparently there is another program but you need to have a household income under $36,000 for 2 people. My husband has taken 2 of the 3 generics and has been in the ER for them not working correctly. More depressed. They say not to order from Canada but how can you not when the cost of the one drug is more than we make in a month. My husband gave us a pharmacy in Canada that several of his patients get the Wellbutrin xl from and none of them had bad side effects.
This is for everyone who needs the brand Wellbutrin XL and cannot take generics for whatever reason. I was in the Direct Success Wellbutrin XL Guarantee Program and only found out yesterday that it had been stopped. I was paying $150 for 90 day supply, I have high deductible insurance and a 90 day supply through my insurance would be $4000. So for me $150 was a great bargain for medication I have to have. Generics worked poorly for me due to the generics time release mechanism releasing the medication too fast into my system. Brand time release works perfect for me. Anyways I called Valeant, the manufacturer, directly today to ask if they have a replacement program. They do and its not on their website. You have to call! Call 1-877-431-3578, which is their Consumer Affairs.
(Any problems calling that number, you can call 1-866-268-7325, which is for their Patience Assistance Programs and they can transfer your call to the right place.)They will mail you a coupon that you take to a pharmacy and the costs for medication will be $100 for 30 day supply. This is double the cost of the old program I was paying but still better then alternative for me. Anyways the coupon is good for 12 refills and is their 2017 program and at this time they said they do not know what 2018 program will be. Oh, and there is no income requirement. They only ask if you have commerical insurance but they do not ask for specifics.
This is an extremely late post, but I read this and could not NOT respond. Your concern with Par Wellbutrin is common. To my knowledge, there are two big manufacturers of generic wellbutrin, Par and Global.
I have experience working with wellbutrin both as a patient and as a health care professional. I am a pharmacist and I take Wellbutrin for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It has been my experience, both as a patient and as a clinician, that wellbutrin manufactured by Par does not work for many, many people. It appears that the drug component in the pills of wellbutrin made by Par does not get absorbed adequately by the body in some people. Even though pills of the same drug made by different manufacturers have the same drug (called the active ingredient) in them, the excipients (inactive ingredients like fillers, binders, emulsifiers, etc.) can be completely different. The excipients influence the way a drug works in the body as well. They can affect the drug’s dissolution, absorption, distribution, and even excretion.
I would recommend either finding a pharmacy that orders in bupropion from the manufacturer Global or finding a pharmacy that would be willing to special order Global. This can be difficult, as Global tends to charge more per capsule than does Par. Or, you could ask your doctor to write you a script for the brand name drug and have them write DAW on your script, meaning, dispensed as written. Depending upon your insurance, it will likely require a prior authorization, and may or not pay any towards the cost of the drug.
I understand your frustrations and concerns. I hope that this information helps.
(For the record, I do not have ties with any manufacturers and am not receiving any endorsements of any kind.)
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