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Old 12-07-17, 01:11 PM
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Wellbutrin/Bupropion doesn't work on ADHD?

I'm a woman diagnosed with ADHD Combined Type. I was prescribed Wellbutrin 75mg twice a day to start off with by my psychiatrist. I've been taking it for a week now as instructed and have had no reaction to this medication, no positive or negative effects. I know this is an antidepressant, I've never suffered from depression in my life, but my doctor claimed it had worked well for adult ADHD.

Is this something I should contact my psychiatrist about or should I wait the 3 weeks until I see him again?

Has this worked effectively on anyone that has ADHD, but not depression?

Would appreciate any advice on how to move forward, I'm a newbie.
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Re: Wellbutrin/Bupropion doesn't work on ADHD?

max dosage is 300mg(some people use 450mg ) , maybe dosage isnt enough but stimulants are firstly prefered for ADHD treatment.
Yes you should wait at least 2 weeks , anti-depressants need time show efficacy
I think , you should ask your doctor why he didnt chose methylphenidate or amphetamines as first choice?
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Re: Wellbutrin/Bupropion doesn't work on ADHD?

Bupropion can have a minimal effect on ADHD.

Get a new psychiatrist who understands the disorder and understands what first-line treatments are.

Without any other information, based on what you have presented, your psychiatrist seems, at best, incompetent.

Right now, two things are being wasted...your time, and your money.


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Re: Wellbutrin/Bupropion doesn't work on ADHD?

yes, it does help because it's a seratonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine reuptake inhibitor sit touches a lot of neurotransmitters. It;s generally stimulating as well.
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Re: Wellbutrin/Bupropion doesn't work on ADHD?

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yes, it does help because it's a seratonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine reuptake inhibitor sit touches a lot of neurotransmitters. It;s generally stimulating as well.
Bupropion acts as an norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI). It is also an antagonist of the nicotinic receptors.

That said, serotonin is not involved.


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Re: Wellbutrin/Bupropion doesn't work on ADHD?

I took Welbutrin generic for almost 6 months before getting the ADHD diagnosis. The main thing it did for me was its effect on my clinical depression and anhedonia....but once my head was clear I started to notice the ADHD stuff more and more. Ritalin has had an additional effect, but not as much as I thought initially. I'd like to try dex sometime.

That said...I wouldn't expect Welbutrin to be very effective for just ADHD.
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Re: Wellbutrin/Bupropion doesn't work on ADHD?

Some people who cant take stimulants take wellbutrin. It is not considered a first line treatment for adhd and I would ask your doctor why he or she is trying a second line treatment for adhd first instead of the other way around.
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Re: Wellbutrin/Bupropion doesn't work on ADHD?

If you combine wellbutrin with amphetamines or methylphenidate you would get best results in my opinion.
I have used wellbutrin&concerta combination for 1.5 year and i was really satisfied.
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Re: Wellbutrin/Bupropion doesn't work on ADHD?

I tried to take Wellbutrin and Adderall and I wanted to unzip myself from my body and run! It was terrible!
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