Wellbutrin XL (Bupropion)
150 mg extended release tablets
Bupropion is one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants, and the available evidence indicates that it is effective in clinical depression as effective as several other widely prescribed drugs
, including fluoxetine (Prozac) and paroxetine (Paxil).
Bupropion is one of few antidepressants that do not cause sexual dysfunction.
A range of studies demonstrate that bupropion not only produces fewer sexual side effects than other antidepressants, but can actually help to alleviate sexual dysfunction. According to a survey of psychiatrists, it is the drug of choice for the treatment of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction, although this is not an indication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There have also been a few studies suggesting that bupropion can improve sexual function in women who are not depressed, if they have hypoactive sexual desire disorder.
Bupropion when used for treating obesity over a period of 6 to 12 months, may result in weight loss of 2.7 kg over placebo.
This is not much different from the weight loss produced by several other established medications, such as sibutramine, orlistat and amfepramone.