General Anxiety Disorders and Wellbutrin...Is it Effective in Treating General Anxiety Disorders?

There have been some questions about general anxiety disorders and Wellbutrin treatment for them. What is Wellbutrin and is it effective in treating general anxiety disorders? In this section, we’ll take a look at this drug and whether or not it’s effective in the treatment of general anxiety disorder.

Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant drug that is chemically different than SSRIs, buspirone, or other common antidepressants. This drug is also sold under the name Zyban, which is used to help smokers quit smoking. It helps them reduce their nicotine cravings and helps with symptoms of smoking addiction and withdrawal.

Wellbutrin is also being tested to see if it helps with ADHD, restless leg syndrome, weight loss, seasonal affective disorder, and increased sexual function in women.

So, what is the relationship between general anxiety disorders and Wellbutrin? There hasn't been a lot of research about general anxiety disorders and Wellbutrin, so it’s actually difficult to give a good answer to the question. Some studies show that Wellbutrin is helpful in treating general anxiety disorder symptoms; other studies show that it is not helpful at all.

The best answer to the general anxiety disorder and Wellbutrin question will come from your doctor. Depending on your particular condition, your ability to tolerate side effects of various anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications and other medications that you may be taking, your doctor will work to prescribe the best medication for you. General anxiety disorder and Wellbutrin treatment for it might be right for you but talk to your doctor first.

Wellbutrin has been found to cause anxiety in some people. While most anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs can initially cause anxiety, the anxiety caused by Wellbutrin tends to be more severe than anxiety caused by the other medications.

One reason Wellbutrin may cause anxiety is that it is a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor. This means it increases the activity of those two neurotransmitters in your brain.

Most other anti-depressants like the SSRIs, increase the activity of the neurotransmitter serotonin in your brain. Biochemically, norepinephrine is associated with anxiety, so the more of it you have in your system, the better chance you’ll have of developing anxiety symptoms.

Wellbutrin is also converted into a type of amphetamine by your body so you might also experience the side effects of this amphetamine…one of which is anxiety.

Basically, general anxiety disorders and Wellbutrin don’t really go together because Wellbutrin is the only anti-depressant that doesn’t affect serotonin levels in your brain. However, it can be used to diminish the side effects of SSRIs that may have been prescribed for an anxiety disorder.

As we all know, everyone is different, so if your doctor believes that your case of general anxiety disorder and Wellbutrin therapy work best for you, there are a few things you should know about this drug.


Side Effects of Wellbutrin

Side effects of Wellbutrin include agitation, constipation, dry mouth, headache or migraines, insomnia, nausea, and tremors.

Wellbutrin does have one excellent advantage over most other anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. That advantage is that it does not cause sexual dysfunction in men. It may even increase sex drive in both men and women.

Other Considerations

Use of Wellbutrin in people under 18 years of age hasn’t been well-established. There are some indications that children and teenagers who take Wellbutrin may be more likely to develop suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Therefore, they need to be monitored very carefully if they take this drug.

If you have general anxiety disorder and Wellbutrin is used to treat it, be careful about discontinuing the medication. About 30% of people who’ve discontinued Wellbutrin have had withdrawal symptoms. Most of these symptoms resemble symptoms similar to the flu…muscle aches, nausea, headaches, etc. These kinds of withdrawal symptoms usually last about one or two weeks.

Please remember I am not a medical doctor and this information is for general information purposes only. If you have general anxiety disorder and Wellbutrin is being used to treat it, always consult with your doctor about anything related to your anxiety or any medication being used to treat it.

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