Is Wellbutrin An SSRI?

Updated January 02, 2019

In this post, we will be looking at the drug Wellbutrin, which is a brand name for bupropion. We will discuss what it does, what the side effects are if you need to have it, and so on. Let's begin by answering the question of this article?



A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor is a drug that treats anxiety, depression, or other mental disorders. How an SSRI works exactly is a bit up to debate. It is believed to affect serotonin, the neurotransmitter, and increase its level. Serotonin is a feel-good chemical that can treat your mental disorders as a result. SSRIs may be a bit controversial due to their side effects, but luckily, Wellbutrin is not an SSRI.

What Is Wellbutrin?

This drug is used for depression and is a general move improvement. It is believed to work by helping you balance the chemicals in your brain that are responsible for you feeling good. Besides depression, Wellbutrin is sometimes prescribed for quitting smoking. The exact cause is not known, but the drug appears to reduce the cravings you may have when you quit smoking. As it contains no nicotine, it can get you off that nicotine addiction.

How To Take Wellbutrin

You need to speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about the drug. You can read the leaflet that your pharmacist has if you want to have any other information about Wellbutrin or any concerns about the side effects. You can take this medicine with or without food, and you may have t take it multiple times a day. Usually three hours. If you're taking medicine three times a day, space the pills for about 6 hours. However, your doctor may give you a more accurate time. This can help reduce serious side effects such as a seizure, though they are rare.

Take the medication as prescribed. Do not take more or less, as this can affect your risk for seizure. Dosage should be under 150mg, and total 450 every day. The dosage may be increased depending on your reaction. You could feel sleepless, or have a risk of seizure. The sleeplessness should mean that you shouldn't take this medication shortly before bedtime.

With all drugs, you need to take this medication on a regular basis to have the best results. Also, take it at the same time every day if you want to have consistency.

If you want to stop taking it, talk to your doctor. Suddenly quitting the drug can cause withdrawal effects. Gradually tapering off the drug is the safest way to go about it.

Also, the drug doesn't work overnight. It could take a month or so before you start seeing results. Even after you feel good, it's worth it to continue taking the medication to reap the benefits from it. If the medicine isn't working after a while, talk to your doctor.

Side Effects

With any drug, there are side effects. As mentioned before, seizures can happen, but they are rare. Instead, you may feel nauseous, vomiting, have a dry mouth, constipated, sweat, feel sore in your throat, have dizziness, and so on. Many of these side effects will go away after a while, but if they continue persisting, talk to your doctor as soon as you can. Most people who use this medication will not have serious side effects, and you should talk to your doctor if the side effects are outweighing the benefits. Also, check your blood pressure on a regular basis, as high blood pressure may be a side effect.

Also, always talk to your doctor if you have any allergies. Sometimes, there may be inactive ingredients in the medicine that can give you an allergic reaction, and no one wants that. So talk to your doctor and see if there are any concerns.

Also, talk to your doctor about your medical history as well. This is always worth bringing up, especially if you have seizures. This can increase your risk of seizures. Then, you should talk to your doctor if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver problems, a history of mental illness, or any other mental illness history that is worth discussing. All these factors can play a part as to whether or not the medication is right for you.


If you are stopping taking sedatives or alcohol or stopped taking seizure medication, try to avoid the pill. It can increase the seizure risk.

Also, this drug is an antidepressant, so you shouldn't feel more depressed or have suicidal thoughts as you take the drug. If your depression worsens, or any of your other symptoms, be it panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, and so one worsen, then it is worth it to talk to your doctor. Remember that with medicine, there should be careful monitoring to ensure that the drug is working as best as it possibly can. Otherwise, you could find yourself in trouble.

Now, let's discuss dizziness. If you find yourself dizzy when you first take the drug, it could be a normal side effect. If you take marijuana or alcohol while taking the drug, it can make your problem worse. When you're dizzy, try to avoid driving or using heavy machinery. Try to avoid alcohol as well. It can make you more likely to have a seizure. The side effects can increase with age as well. Particularly the dizziness, which can cause a fall. An older person may experience memory loss as well.

What about pregnancy? With pregnancy, talk to your doctor. If you need to have the drug, then it should be prescribed, but it can cause some effects during the pregnancy, or if you 're a newborn mother. It can cause some effects in the breastmilk, for example, by having remnants of the drug in the milk.

Drug Interactions

Sometimes, you may be taking other drugs along with the drug you're taking. If so, you need to be aware of how the drugs can interact. They can make your risk of side effects go up if you're taking two drugs that are in conflict with each other. Codeine, tamoxifen, and pimozide may be some drugs that could interact. MAO inhibitors may cause a fatal reaction if you are taking them. If you are, they should be quit two weeks before taking the drug, and two weeks after.

There may be false brain scan results when you take the drug as well, along with false medical results such as a drug test. If you are taking any of those scans, then you need to speak to a doctor about it to make sure the results are as accurate as possible.


In the end, keep your doctor in the loop. If there are any medications you are taking, please tell your doctor about them. Don't leave anything out. Sometimes, the dosage of the drug may affect whether or not the drug is going to be interactive. It's always worth it to speak to a doctor about any questions or concerns you may have.

Overdose Information

Of course, you should always take the drug as prescribed, and no more. If you do overdose, you could have a hard time breathing, or you may pass out. Someone who witnesses an overdose should call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. For those living in Canada, there is a provincial center one can call.

Also, seizures and hallucinations can be a sign of an overdose as well.

More Information

With any prescription drug, it's for you and you alone. Never share with another person. Also, always have a checkup to make sure the drug is going well.

As for missing a dose, skip it if you missed it and took the pill as normal. Trying to "catch up" with your medication by taking more than what was prescribed can end up causing negative side effects.

Storage And Disposal

Let's end this post by talking about storing and disposing of your medication. Always store at room temperature, and avoid light or any moisture. When you take the pill, if it has a smell, that's fine. Keep all medication in a place where a child or a pet can't access them.

If you want to get rid of the medication, follow the disposal instructions. Do not flush them in a toilet or down a drain. Doing so can affect the water around you.

Seek Help


Wellbutrin is a good medication to take for your depression, but medicine alone isn't what you need to treat it. In addition to medication, which treats the symptoms, a therapist can help you treat the cause. Talk to a therapist and see what they can do for your depression. Sometimes, therapy is what you will need to treat your depression even further. Sometimes, there is no cure for your depression, but therapy and medication can help you live a better life and manage your symptoms.

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