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Wellbutrin® is a medication that is used to treat depression and is the brand-name for the prescription drug known as bupropion. Doctors prescribe this antidepressant to patients who have a severe depressive disorder, including seasonal affective disorder, sometimes called SAD.

The active ingredient in Wellbutrin® and other drugs with bupropion is buproban. There are several different types of bupropion-containing medications, including:

  • Aplenzin®
  • Wellbutrin®
  • Wellbutrin® SR
  • Wellbutrin® XL
  • Budeprion® SR
  • Budeprion® XL
  • Zyban®

Generic Wellbutrin®: Bupropion Hhydrochloride

The active ingredient in the medication is buproban. Wellbutrin® acts as an antidepressant while others, such as Zyban®, are used for smoking cessation rather than to treat depression. Bupropion can be prescribed to help patients with bi-polar disorders, episodes of mania, as well as help in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Wellbutrin® for Depression

Wellbutrin® is prescribed to treat depression in certain patients. It is sometimes also used to treat seasonal depressive disorders.

You should not take Wellbutrin® if you have a history of:

  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia

Wellbutrin® may put patients with heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease or head injuries at risk of serious health complications.

Wellbutrin® Side Effects

As with any medication, some patients may experience uncomfortable side effects with Wellbutrin®. These can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body shakes uncontrollably
  • Loss of weight
  • Constipation
  • Excessive sweating
  • Seizures
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Rash
  • Swelling of body parts
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest, muscle, and joint pain
  • Irregular heart beat

Wellbutrin® May Lead to Birth Injuries

A study published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) suggests that infants whose mothers take Wellbutrin® early in their pregnancy may be at risk of severe heart defects, specifically left outflow tract heart defects. Heart defects can arise when the medication interferes with the development of the fetus.

Talk to a Lawyer About Wellbutrin® Birth Injuries

If your child was born with a heart defect and you have a history of Wellbutrin® use, our Wellbutrin® lawyers may be able to help you seek compensation. For more information or to schedule a case evaluation, contact a Wellbutrin® attorney today.

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