How does bupropion make you feel?

Bupropion is an antidepressant medication that works by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine and norepinephrine. Here is a more detailed explanation of how bupropion may make you feel:

Improvement in mood:

Bupropion can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, and may make you feel more positive and motivated. It may take several weeks to notice these effects, as it can take time for the medication to reach its full effect.

Decreased cravings:

Bupropion is also used as a smoking cessation aid, as it can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with nicotine addiction. If you are using bupropion to quit smoking, you may feel less of an urge to smoke and may find it easier to quit.

Increased energy:

Bupropion may increase your energy levels, as it can stimulate the central nervous system. This can be helpful if you are experiencing fatigue or lethargy as a symptom of depression.

Improved focus:

Bupropion may also improve your ability to concentrate and focus. This can be helpful if you are experiencing symptoms of ADHD or have difficulty concentrating as a symptom of depression.

Possible side effects:

It is important to note that while bupropion can have positive effects on mood, it may also cause side effects. Some common side effects of bupropion include dry mouth, nausea, insomnia, and headaches. Less common but more serious side effects include seizures, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

It is important to only take bupropion as prescribed by a healthcare provider and to report any side effects or concerns to them. They may be able to adjust your dose or switch you to a different medication if needed.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

You can search for further information and PILs on websites such as:

  • The British National Formulary (BNF)
  • Electronic medicines compendium (emc)
  • The National Library of Medicine's DailyMed
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Different drug forms like tablets or liquids have specific patient information leaflets (PIL) for various doses. Refer to the PIL for your prescribed drug form and dose.

    Search for PILs on websites like:


    • ANSM (Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé):


    • AEMPS (Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios):


    • BfArM (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte):


    For questions about your medication:

    • Consult your doctor, a healthcare professional, or a pharmacist


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