HOW Does Bupropion Make You Feel?

Bupropion is a medication that is used to treat depression, aid in smoking cessation, and potentially promote weight loss or reduce symptoms of ADHD. While it can have significant benefits, some individuals may experience certain effects on their mood and overall feeling. In this response, we will explore how bupropion can make you feel in detail.

Improved Mood: One of the primary effects of bupropion is an improvement in mood for individuals with depression. By increasing the levels of neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, bupropion can help regulate mood and reduce symptoms of depression, such as sadness, hopelessness, and fatigue.

Reduced Cravings: Bupropion can also help individuals quit smoking by reducing cravings for nicotine. By increasing dopamine levels in the brain, bupropion can provide feelings of pleasure and reward that may help reduce the urge to smoke.

Increased Energy: Bupropion can sometimes cause increased energy levels or feelings of restlessness, particularly at higher doses. This can be a positive effect for individuals who experience fatigue or lethargy as a symptom of depression, but may be less desirable for others.

Decreased Appetite: Some individuals taking bupropion may experience a decrease in appetite or weight loss. While this effect may be desirable for individuals looking to lose weight, it can also be a concern for individuals who are already underweight or have a history of eating disorders.

Potential Side Effects: It is important to note that while bupropion can have positive effects on mood and other symptoms, it can also cause side effects such as dry mouth, headache, nausea, insomnia, and agitation. In rare cases, it can also cause more serious side effects such as seizures or suicidal thoughts. If you experience any side effects while taking bupropion, it is important to discuss them with your doctor or healthcare provider.

Conclusion: Bupropion can have several positive effects on mood, energy levels, and cravings, making it an effective medication for treating depression, aiding in smoking cessation, and potentially promoting weight loss or reducing symptoms of ADHD. However, individuals taking bupropion should be aware of the potential side effects and discuss any concerns with their doctor or healthcare provider. If you experience any changes in mood or other symptoms while taking bupropion, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

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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    • For mental health support, contact SOS Suicide: 01 45 39 40 00

    Belgium (French)

    Switzerland (French)

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    Canada (French)

    • Centre de prévention du suicide du Québec: 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553)
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    • Contact emergency number: 112
    • For mental health support, contact Sos Voz Amiga: 21 354 45 45, 91 280 26 69, or 96 352 46 60

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