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Bupropion for ADHD User Reviews

Brand names: Wellbutrin XL, Wellbutrin SR, Aplenzin, Budeprion Forfivo XL Budeprion SR

Bupropion has an average rating of 6.3 out of 10 from a total of 138 reviews for the off-label treatment of ADHD. 53% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 30% reported a negative experience.

Bupropion rating summary

6.3/10 average rating

138 ratings from 141 user reviews.

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Reviews for Bupropion

  • Pylla...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • June 3, 2021

"I've resisted medication for my depression for years, after terrible experiences with SSRIs: weight gain, suicidal ideation, flat affect. But finally asked dr to try me on 150 mg Bupropion XL. Within a week, my desk was tidy (a first), sleep improved, social anxiety and deep sadness reduced. Who knew?? All these years (I am 60), I had undiagnosed ADD, fighting against which caused depression. Transient side effects: mild headache, change in detecting odours (not in a bad way...noticed some perfumes that appealed before no longer do so, and vice versa with others.) But overall, this has been a godsend. I've done more ADD research (really, had no idea I had it as I was never hyperactive and am fairly high functioning) and am having both my son and mum tested. Consider this medication if you're struggling; it has changed my life."

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  • Ccano
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • October 18, 2020

"I’ve been taking Wellbutrin for half a year and it hasn’t done anything for me. Well, I went to the doctor because I can’t focus at work and school, and she thought I was depressed. I’m not depressed; I get depressed because I can’t focus and I’m behind, and every day is hard for me. For example, my main task is to do the laundry, but then I walk past my fish tank, I feed the fish, I see that it is dirty, so I start changing the water. Then when I’m at the restroom, I clean the toilet (not finished with the fish tank). I remember to feed the dogs, then I go smoke, and then I water the plants. I get distracted with my fishpond, start messing with it. Then I go to my room, and I see that I didn’t even put the dirty clothes in the washing machine. I don’t end up doing it because I get mad at myself for not putting it in the first place."

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  • Well...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • November 10, 2014

"I was prescribed Effexor, moved to Cipralex, then to Imipramine, and then to Cymbalta - doctor thought Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I was 2 years on Cymbalta and feeling impulsive, agitated, anxious, stressed, etc. Went to Psychiatrist instead of GP, he did some tests and indicated ADHD thing going on (anxiety was a symptom). Started Wellbutrin and what a difference. Clear concise thinking, lowered anxiety, not thinking at 100 mph, and wow - impulsivity is controlled completely. Psychiatrist and GP were floored! Now, 6 months, and only getting better. Wasn't able to save marriage but whoever gets me next is going to be very happy. Seriously, the control of Adult ADHD for me was life-changing. Only side effect is not so hungry (not a bad thing)."

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  • HyperNP
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • July 14, 2014

"I tried Wellbutrin XL 300mg per day because I was worried about long-term side effects of Adderall. It's been 2 months and so far so good. I'm not as focused but still pretty close. Only downfall is I can't fall asleep as well as I did with Adderall and I urinate like crazy. But I say the risks and side effects are less than with Adderall. I am happy this worked. After years of amphetamine-type medicines, I thought I was stuck. But this medicine is great. I hope it continues to work. Some background, I have had ADHD since childhood and now am in my thirties. I work full time as an NP, wife, and mother of 3. As a medical provider, I am greatly appreciative of this medicine, with less long-term adverse side effects."

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  • T Roy
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 12, 2016

"If only I had this as a teenager and young adult. No telling where I might be by now. At 50, this has changed so much for me. I'm focused, I've begun organizing and cleaning my home. I'm taking care of myself more. I have a more positive attitude and less anger. There's still a long way to go, but this could change my later years for the better."

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  • adult...
  • May 6, 2011

Wellbutrin SR (bupropion) "I have never been on medicines for ADD. My parents refused, as an adult I found life to be difficult with this disorder. After taking Wellbutrin, I feel like my true self, like a 'normal' adult. I have focus and can complete tasks. I don't feel the need to stay in bed to avoid the world. This medicine has been a blessing."

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  • Happy...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • December 19, 2019

"After becoming severely addicted to Adderall, now Wellbutrin changed my life. It is definitely not the same as Adderall (you don’t feel the effects immediately) but it is certainly effective. I am happy that I am able to study, focus, and not be as scatter-minded as I was before. It has definitely helped with the inattentive part of my ADHD."

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  • darko...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • September 21, 2016

"I have had a bad reaction to most stimulant-type medications made for ADHD. Instead of getting strung out like most people would, they put me right to sleep, or cause severe twitching, and made my anxiety much much worse. Wellbutrin ROCKS! But just by itself, my chest pains from stress are gone, I can remember more, stay on more tasks, and get stuff done, instead of spinning around finishing nothing (A.K.A: Hell). I thought it wasn't doing much at first until I forgot to take it for 2-3 days. The difference this makes! I never knew this damn ADHD was causing me this much stress. I was aware of it as I knew I had to fight all the time with myself just to listen to someone talk and not interrupt or take off. I'm a female with severe ADHD."

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  • Anonymous
  • June 15, 2011

Wellbutrin (bupropion) "I've been on Wellbutrin for over a year now, and I will probably be on it for the rest of my life. I have a dry mouth occasionally, food doesn't taste as good as it used to, and it makes me sweat a little more than normal, but without this medication, I would be in a fetal position, in bed, and crying most of the time. I would never even consider going off of it. I've tried for just a couple of days, and the old symptoms of sadness start to set in. I took Zoloft for a while, and it made me gain weight, and I just wanted to sleep all the time. I was a zombie. If it weren't for Wellbutrin, I would probably be a recluse. Nothing interested me, and I didn't want any social interaction. Now, I can't wait to get out and be around people. GOOD!"

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 26, 2020

"I was given 150mg of Wellbutrin XL to help with ADHD symptoms primarily and also anxiety. The only side effects I noticed were headaches (but they responded well to Tylenol and really weren't very bad anyway), and a mild pounding in my ears on the first day when I would lean over. Maybe a little bit of a fuzzy feeling and pressure in my head. I attribute all of those symptoms to the fact that this drug can raise your blood pressure. Only slight dry mouth/lips. No constipation, ringing in ears, no nervousness. I could tell it was doing something within 2 hours of taking it. I was alert in a way that I haven't experienced since childhood. Getting things done was much much simpler. My appetite wasn't really affected. I experienced hunger at mostly the appropriate times but found fighting off the urges to binge on snacks was very easy. Falling asleep took maybe 15-20 minutes longer than usual. Overall I'm very happy."

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  • AmyUMD
  • December 17, 2013

"I'm a 23-year-old college student who didn't get diagnosed with ADHD until last year. I was on 150 mg of Wellbutrin XL, then bumped up to 300 mg. The only way I can describe how this medicine makes me feel is even-keeled. I love it. I'm not nearly as emotional, overwhelmed, or distracted, and my grades show it. The only complaints about this medicine are it makes me sweat and pee a lot. Sometimes it makes me feel a little anxious, but not all the time. Overall, I'm very satisfied."

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  • Jelly
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 6, 2016

"Bupropion, the generic version, makes me feel more on top of things. I do feel the medicine kick in after about an hour, and I get a bit 'high' if you will. It's a feeling of motivation to go do things and be productive. The first time I was on Wellbutrin (one month), it only lasted about 2 hours (at least what I could feel) and ended up not caring about anything for the rest of the day. Then recently I started Wellbutrin XL 150MG, and it lasts much longer. I made the mistake of taking it at night when I should have taken it in the morning. Bad insomnia because of it, but I learned my lesson. I'd say it is the only antidepressant that has worked on both depression and ADHD by helping me concentrate, remember, stay on track, and also motivation."

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  • 32amrak
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 10, 2017

"I am taking Wellbutrin for ADHD and mild depression. I started on 150 mg XL for 3 weeks and increased to 300 mg XL because I didn't think it was working as well as it could. Initially, I did experience side effects, including headaches and nausea. I also experienced agitation and irritability initially on the 300 mg XL. However, by the following week I felt even better than I did on the 150 mg XL and it lasts all day! It is important to find the right dose for you. Some people do better on less, some more, some on sustained release, some on extended release. I feel like I have the focus, energy, and motivation that will be life-changing. Advise: tough out the side effects, they will go away and it will be worth it."

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  • Seattle...
  • May 29, 2018

"I have pretty severe ADD. I forget what I am talking about in the middle of a sentence quite badly. After about a week on this drug, I noticed a huge change in my ability to remember things, and this really helped increase my productivity."

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  • Adhd...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • April 11, 2017

"Well, not sure if everyone follows the take on ADHD 7-types, but my girlfriend pretty much says that the traits for the 'over-focused' type is me to a 'T'. Worrier, resistant to change, hyper-focused, impulsive, forgetful, etc. Doctor originally thought GAD - so treated with Effexor, Cipralex, Imipramine and then Cymbalta. Cymbalta made things so worse. Psychiatrist caught the ADHD and prescribed Wellbutrin. HUGE difference. I see it, friends see it...and my psych is really pleased with the change and turn-around. May not be for everyone..and give it several weeks if you try. Oh - some pluses...no impact on the libido (maybe even increased)...and a bit of appetite suppression (hey, two side-effects most could live with!)"

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  • Ashers
  • September 13, 2010

Wellbutrin SR (bupropion) "I have been on Wellbutrin for about a week and have already noticed a significant difference in my study abilities. I was able to actually sit down and actively study tonight for 4 hours, and I have not been able to do that for years! I took Ritalin when I was in high school, but stopped taking it when I had a complete nervous breakdown. My doctor started me on 150mg twice daily, and I tell you what, I feel like me again! Bright, alert, I have energy, and completely at ease and happy. Thank you Wellbutrin for giving me myself back again."

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  • Confi...
  • August 25, 2016

"I have always had such a hard time learning and was diagnosed with depression by the age of 8. After trying many antidepressants, nothing worked for me besides bupropion. Not only am I confident and happy again, I'm able to actually understand information that I am learning instead of it going in and out as I focus. It has helped me achieve time and time again my goals. I recently graduated from college and am so impressed with where I stand today. I have taken 300mg with another ADHD medication. Once my doctor took me off of it due to unrelated problems, everything in my life fell through the floor. My grade went from a B down to a D. My personality went from happy to irritable. Once I started taking it again, everything went back to normal."

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  • fast...
  • June 30, 2015

"I was just diagnosed at 40 with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I currently take 150mg and have noticed a change in moods and focus. I can complete projects, don't feel so hopeless, downcast, and helpless. I actually have a desire to live life. I am truly grateful for this medicine."

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  • BayAr...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 28, 2015

"According to my GP, bupropion (Wellbutrin) takes 6 weeks to reach full effect. If you've been taking it for less time than that, wait! Give it the full 6 weeks before you reach any conclusions. As for me, this medication is a godsend! I've had zero side effects. My thoughts are clearer, not bouncing all over the place. It's a lot easier to focus on things that aren't terribly exciting. I don't get distracted as easily. For me, this is awesome stuff. I take 300mg extended-release once a day, in the morning."

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  • TAYSMOM
  • May 29, 2010

Wellbutrin XL (bupropion) "I am self-diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I have been diagnosed by doctors for PTSD, ADHD, severe depression, and bipolar disorder. I take 1 x 150mg in the morning but work full-time in sales, go to school, and just recently moved in a year ago with the father of my 6-year-old. Prior to this medicine, we almost didn't make it. I was angry, jealous, compulsive, impulsive, and could have committed suicide twice in one month. This medicine has saved my life and possibly my family. Nothing else worked. I also take 200mg of generic Lamictal twice a day. I am alive again."

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  • Charles
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • August 8, 2019

"Works great if you have ADHD!! It does the exact same for me that Adderall 30mg accomplishes, without the Hyperfocus/crash! Bupropion HCL is more of a mood stabilizer for me and keeps me from freaking out over different work tasks. I take 150mg's 2x daily, 1 in the morning, and in the evening after I work after 3:30pm. You can't tell when the medicine kicks in, it you just feel more balanced throughout the day."

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  • Great...
  • April 4, 2016

"Started out at 150 mg XL, and just upped my dosage to 300 mg XL. This medication has worked wonders for me. It definitely helps with attention span and impulse control, without making me feel on edge like some stimulants did. I am very productive at work, and I find it easier to stay on task. Overall happiness and motivation have increased immensely. Best medication I've been prescribed so far."

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  • Toto
  • April 4, 2014

"I am an adult male in my 40s. I was very distracted, anxious, and sexually had a driven behavior, almost addicted to it. It made me have problems with my personal relationships. Fortunately, sports became an escape, but it was still a concern. I was diagnosed with ADHD and received Strattera for almost a year. It improved everything in my life, but I always had a headache, especially in the afternoon. My psychiatrist recommended Wellbutrin 150 once a day and then twice a day. It worked for me. I am not as focused as with Strattera but happier with no headaches. I take the first dose at 7:00 am and the second at 3:00 pm. If I cannot take it before that time, I prefer to miss that dose; otherwise, I can't sleep at night."

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  • Teddy...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • May 2, 2012

"My doctor gave me Wellbutrin XL as an experiment. I was hyper, couldn't focus, or stay still for very long. My mind raced, and I was easily distracted. And like many others, I had projects that were started but never finished. My shrink told me that my childhood characteristics were those of an ADD kid. As an adult in my 40s, I still had the hyperactive and difficulty staying focused on one thing at a time. Wellbutrin starting at 100 mg and going up to 300 mg once daily had a calming effect on me, and I was more able to focus on one thing at a time instead of my thoughts being scattered and drifting. It did not have any effect on my erectile dysfunction problem though. If anything, it decreased my sexual drive. Wellbutrin has helped with my ADD symptoms, and I feel calmer."

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  • Charles
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 14, 2019

"I honestly think this works better than adderall. I tried different dosages of adderall, and it all seems to have the crash effect. This medicine starts to work quickly, and you feel well balanced, not quick to react, calm, and focused. I take it once in the morning 100mg, and second dose in the evening. No side effects. Boosts sex drive!"

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