Wellbutrin XL 150mg (Bupropion Hydrochloride) is an antidepressant medication that is sometimes prescribed to treat ADHD symptoms.
Wellbutrin XL 150mg is an antidepressant medication primarily used to treat depression, major depressive disorder, and seasonal affective disorder in adults. Its safety has not been established for children or young adults under the age of 18.
Wellbutrin XL 150mg may help to relieve common symptoms of depression including disinterest in typical activities, impaired concentration, change in weight or appetite, and insomnia.
Wellbutrin XL 150mg is sometimes used off label to decrease hyperactivity and distractibility in people with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), and to help smoking cessation by limiting nicotine withdrawal effects. It is often prescribed in conjunction with a stimulant medication like Vyvanse or Adderall XR for patients with ADHD.
Wellbutrin might be prescribed in conjunction with a stimulant medication, such as Adderall or Ritalin if a person has ADHD and a co-existing condition of depression, or it could be prescribed as a single medication to try and address both conditions.
How Does Wellbutrin XL 150mg Work?
Wellbutrin XL 150mg is a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI), and it works by keeping the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine available to the brain’s neurons for longer. This helps improve concentration, focus, and other ADHD symptoms.
Since Wellbutrin does not influence serotonin, it works differently than many other antidepressants. For example, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) affect serotonin whereas tricyclic antidepressants [TCAs] increase norepinephrine and serotonin levels as well as blocking acetylcholine which can lead to side-effects. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)—the first antidepressants—increase norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine by suppressing the enzyme monoamine oxidase.
Side Effects Wellbutrin XL 150mg
Possible side effects include anxiety, excitement, agitation, increased motor activity, insomnia, tantrums, tremors, tics, dry mouth, headaches, and nausea. There is also a risk it can increase seizures in people who are susceptible to them or who have a history of eating disorders.
Wellbutrin is a Category C drug, which means it is considered unsafe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It is important to talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
What Is the Dosage for Wellbutrin?
As with all medications, follow your Wellbutrin prescription instructions exactly. Wellbutrin is taken orally, with or without food. It is available in two formulations:
Immediate-release tablets (Wellbutrin SR): Taken once or twice daily with at least six hours between doses. Available in 75mg and 100mg dosages.
Extended-release tablets (Wellbutrin XL): Taken once daily with at least 24 hours between doses. Available in 150mg and 300mg dosages. The time-release formulation is designed to maintain a steady level of medication in your body throughout the day.