Wellbutrin and ADHD.




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Wellbutrin for ADHD.

Some people are familiar with Wellbutrin  because they take it to treat major depression or back pain. However, some physicians prescribe Wellbutrin for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

Wellbutrin is the brand name for Bupropion, a type of antidepressant that also acts as a stimulant. Some studies have shown Wellbutrin is just as effective as Ritalin in treating ADHD. Physicians often prescribe Wellbutrin for ADHD if the patient is unable to tolerate other stimulant ADHD medications.

If you have heart problems or high blood pressure, your physician will be particularly cautious about prescribing Ritalin or Adderall for your ADHD so they may opt for Wellbutrin. Physicians may also prescribe Wellbutrin to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and cocaine cravings. Wellbutrin is used for smoking cessation programs and for the depressive phase of their bipolar disorder.

Wellbutrin, which has a chemical structure unrelated to any other antidepressant medication, does not act the same was as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft. Those drugs target the brain chemical serotonin. In contrast, Wellbutrin does not affect serotonin.

Some physicians feel Wellbutrin is ideal for ADHD because they think it may act on the neuro-transmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.

If you are taking Wellbutrin for your ADHD you cannot combine it with Strattera (atomoxetine). Never mix drugs unless advised to do so by your physician. Some of the drug interaction warnings for people taking Wellbutrin for ADHD include Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), Anticonvulsant medications such as Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol (carbamazepine) and ulcer medication such as Tagamet (cimetidine).
Wellbutrin and Strattera, which are used to treat ADHD, attempt to use the same precursors to activate the reuptake inhibition of norepinephrine. 

Not everyone with ADHD will want to take Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin is not for people who have a history of anorexia or bulimia, seizures or brain damage. Wellbutrin causes significant weight loss in 28 percent of people who take it.

If you have ADHD, you can use Wellbutrin, with caution, if you are bipolar disorder, have weight loss associated with depression, kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease, are more than 60 years of age or addicted to diet pills, narcotics, stimulants, cocaine or over-the-counter stimulants.

People using Wellbutrin for ADHD will need to keep an eye out for adverse side effects and reactions such as the following:
_ Restlessness.
_ Agitation.
_ Anxiety.
_ Excessive sweating.
_ Weight loss, decreased appetite.
_ Insomnia.
_ Headache.
_ Ringing in the ears.
_ Dry mouth.
_ Dizziness.
_ Constipation.
_ Nausea.
_ Vomiting.
_ Diarrhea.
_ Tremors.
_ Seizures.
_ Decreased white blood cell count.

Wellbutrin has been linked to rapid heartbeat, confusion, dizziness and menstrual complaints. Since Wellbutrin's effects during pregnancy are not well understood, you should not take Wellbutrin for ADHD when you are pregnant. Wellbutrin does pass into breast milk and could cause a serious reaction in the infant so it is also not advised to take Wellbutrin for ADHD while nursing an infant.

Also, since Wellbutrin may impair coordination or mental abilities, people with ADHD should not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking Wellbutrin.

There have been numerous lawsuits filed against the manufacturer by patients and their families who have suffered from seizures after taking Wellbutrin.

Some of the rare side effects of taking Wellbutrin to treat ADHD include change in hair color, painful erections, no erections and unusual ejaculations.

The more typical side effects of taking Wellbutrin for ADHD include agitation, anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, headache, dry mouth, nausea, constipation, and dizziness. Sometimes, although not often, people taking Wellbutrin for ADHD report sweating, strange body odor, tremor and nervousness. 

Finally, since the side effects of Wellbutrin are not known in children under the age of 18, Wellbutrin may not be safe for children with ADHD.

In addition to Wellbutrin side effects, there is an issue of Wellbutrin withdrawal. The FDA has warned that using Wellbutrin can increase the risk of suicide and deeper depression. Obviously, the best way to avoid harmful Wellbutrin side effects is to avoid Wellbutrin. Consider using Deprex, the natural alternative, for depression symptoms. Deprex quickly, safely, effectively and gently eases depression symptoms without the side effects or withdrawal symptoms typically associated with Wellbutrin and other antidepressants.

Like Celex, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants, Deprex aids in the production, increase and release of serotonin. Unlike prescriptive antidepressant medications, Deprex is a non-prescriptive, all-natural “antidepressant” that provides the necessary dietary precursors to complement the body's own ability to produce and release Serotonin. Deprex also affects Norepinephrine activity while reducing Cortisol secretion. This natural rebalancing of brain biochemistry calms anxiety while easing depression - all without side effects.

Do not stop taking Wellbutrin without first talking to your doctor. Your doctor may need to gradually reduce the dose before stopping Wellbutrin completely. Suddenly stopping Wellbutrin may cause unpleasant and potentially serious side effects.

*This antidepressant drug information does not endorse Wellbutrin, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible warnings, uses, precautions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse side effects of Wellbutrin. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your health care provider or pharmacist. The information provided should not be construed to indicate that Wellbutrin is safe, effective or appropriate.

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