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While depression is a serious medical condition that affects more than 14 million people in the United States, many have gained control over their symptoms with Wellbutrin XL. Experts believe that depression is caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. Wellbutrin XL is formulated to restore your brain's levels of dopamine and norepinepherine. This popular prescription antidepressant is approved for use by people over the age of 18, although it is not recommended for people who have a history of heart diseases, seizures, eating disorders, alcoholism, or illegal drug use. The active ingredient in this medication is bupropion HCl, which is also sometimes used to help patients who wish to quit smoking.


When used as directed or as part of a treatment program that includes regular counseling, Wellbutrin is very effective at helping patients regain control over depression symptoms. In most cases, you'll start to see significant results after four to six weeks of daily use.

When compared to Prozac, Paxil, and other prescription antidepressants, Wellbutrin XL offers significant benefits. The medication relieves symptoms with a low risk of sexual side effects or unwanted weight gain.

Studies have shown that patients who use Wellbutrin to treat their depression are no more likely to experience sexual side effects than those who are treated with a placebo or sugar pill. If you've experienced a decrease in sexual interest, difficulty reaching orgasm, trouble maintaining an erection, or pain during intercourse while taking other antidepressants, ask your doctor about switching your prescription.

While weight gain is a common symptom of depression, many prescription antidepressants only serve to aggravate the problem. Fortunately, Wellbutrin XL has a low risk of weight gain. If you are committed to regular exercise and following a well-balanced diet, you should not gain any weight while taking this medication. However, it's best to discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider.

Side Effects

All medications carry some risk of unpleasant side effects, but patients have reported fewer adverse reactions with Wellbutrin XL. The most common side effects are as follows:

  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Increased urination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears

Most side effects will disappear after several weeks of treatment, but side effects are also more common if you forget to take your medication on a regular basis. If you are concerned about possible side effects from your antidepressants, ask your healthcare provider for advice. You should never simply stop taking your medication, since this may cause your depression symptoms to return.

Wellbutrin XL vs. Wellbutrin SR

If you are currently taking twice daily Wellbutrin SR tablets, switching your prescription to the once daily extended released Wellbutrin XL formula may offer a new level of convenience. Both forms of antidepressant medication contain the same active form of bupropion HCl. The only difference is that patients who take the extended release formula don't need to worry about the side effects that can occur as the result of forgetting to take the second daily dose.