Bupropion SR 150 mg., Generic for Wellbutrin, Watson
Bupropion is a non-tricyclic antidepressant drug. Tricyclic antidepressants, which have a three-ring chemical structure, may cause troublesome side effects, including sedation, dizziness, faintness, and weight gain. Until the 1980s, such drugs were the mainstay of the pharmacological treatment of depression. Bupropion was one of the first antidepressants with a significantly different chemical structure to be developed by pharmaceutical researchers seeking drugs effective in treating depression but without the unwanted actions of the tricyclic antidepressants. The exact way that bupropion works in the brain is not understood. Its mechanism of action appears to be different from that of most other antidepressant drugs, although bupropion does act on some of the same neurotransmitters and neurotransmission pathways. Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring chemicals that regulate the transmission of nerve impulses from one cell to another. Mental well-being is partially dependent on maintaining the proper balance among the various neurotransmitters in the brain. Bupropion may restore normal emotional feelings by counteracting abnormalities of neurotransmission that occur in depressive disorders. In contrast to the drowsiness frequently caused by other antidepressants, bupropion is a mild stimulant. Bupropion is also less likely to cause weight gain and adverse effects on blood pressure and the heart. However, it is more likely to trigger epileptic seizures.