Wellbutrin for ADHD

Non-stimulant medication for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Using Wellbutrin for ADHD

Living with ADHD can be tough. But why? A lot of people think that ADHD is nothing but a made-up disorder. However, others consider this disorder to be inconsequential as it seemingly disappears when a child moves into adulthood. Truth be told, ADHD can be difficult for those who suffer from it as it can impact their day-to-day life. 

What is ADHD?

ADHD or Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a mental disorder that affects people of different age groups. However, it can most commonly be found in children. According to the American Psychiatric Association, around 2.5% of adults and 8.4% of children are affected by this disease. Additionally, the organization states that ADHD is more common in males than females.

Some of the most common symptoms of ADHD are

  • First, excess movement (hyperactivity)
  • Second, hasty and impulsive work (impulsivity)
  • Third, and lack of focus (inattention)

Often those affected by this disorder make careless mistakes while doing simple tasks. Moreover, they forget to keep a tab of their daily chores.

What can help treat ADHD?

There are some of the factors that contribute to ADHD are stress during pregnancy, brain injury, and premature birth. However, many believe that this condition does not have a cure as such. Even, psychotherapy, social skills training, support groups, and behavior therapy can prove beneficial. Moreover, stress management methods like meditation and exercise can also be advantageous. Besides these, doctors also recommend medication which may include amphetamine-based stimulants and methylphenidate.

Moreover, stimulant medications like these are often the first line of treatment prescribed for treating the symptoms of the disease. Moreover, a vast majority of clinicians prefer stimulant medications because of their effectiveness to reduce the symptoms of the disease. That said, you might wonder about those people who respond less to stimulant medications.  Secondly, what types of medicines are prescribed for those who have other co-existing conditions like depression and anxiety?

So, for such patients, doctors often use off-label medication options.

What is off-label medication?

When medicines are scientifically proven to help treat a condition but are not approved by the FDA for that particular use, they are considered as off-label medications. So, one such medicine is Wellbutrin.

Wellbutrin Xl

Brand Name:  Wellbutrin XL extended-release tablets

Generic Name: bupropion (bue-PROE-pee-on)

Pharmacology:  Bupropion is an inhibitor of the neuronal uptake of norepinephrine and dopamine.  Secondly, it does not affect serotonin.  

Contraindications:  History of seizures, recent head injury, current or past history of eating disorder, and patients current taking a class of antidepressants called MAO Inhibitors.

Dosage Forms:  150 mg, 300 mg tablets.  Moreover, there is a 450 mg tablet sold under the brand name Forfivo.

Dosing:  Initial starting dose is 150 mg once daily in the morning without regard to meals. However, the usual adult target dose is 300 mg once a day (maximum recommended dose is 450 mg per day).

Habit Forming:  No

Pregnancy:  Risk Category C (animal studies do not show adverse effects, but no controlled studies in humans).

Wellbutrin Side Effects

Wellbutrin (Bupropion) is generally well tolerated, with a low incidence of sexual side effects and weight gain. But like all medications, it may cause side effects.  However, the top ten most frequent side effects are:

  • Irritability 29%
  • Dry Mouth 28%
  • Headache 26%
  • Constipation 25%
  • Nausea 22%
  • Dizziness 22%
  • Excessive Sweating 22%
  • Tremor 21%
  • Sedation 20%
  • Insomnia 19%
Irritability 29%
Dry Mouth 28%
Headache 26%
Constipation 25%
Nausea 22%
Dizziness 22%
Excessive Sweating 22%
Tremor 21%
Sedation 20%
Insomnia 19%

FDA Package Insert for Wellbutrin (Bupropion)

Wellbutrin formulations