anti depressant wellbutrin substance abuse / The Maher Law Firm / Frank EidsonWellbutrin (Bupropion HCI) is an anti depressant manufactured by GalxoSmithKline Inc. (GSK)

Wellbutrin was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 1985 for the management of MDD (major depression disorders), SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and to help people quit smoking.  Although, it is often used for off-label (non-FDA approved) uses such as for the treatment of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).  Wellbutrin (Bupropion HCI) is also sold under the name Zyban.

Wellbutrin is in a class of medications known as dopamine-reuptake blocking compounds.  Unlike SSRI’s (Selective Seritonin Reuptake Inhibitors) Wellbutrin acts on the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine.  Wellbutrin (Bupropion HCI) is available in 3 different forms – IR (Immediate Release), SR (Sustained Release), XL (Extended Release).

Since Wellbutrin is a dopamine-reuptake inhibitor, it has different side effects than a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor such as – Celexa, Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro and Zoloft.

Wellbutrin Side Effects Include, But Are Not Limited To:

Birth Defects If Taken During Pregnancy



Ringing In The Ears

Blistering, Rash Of The Skin

Peeling Of The Skin

Muscle Pain


Unusual Thoughts or Behavior


Swollen Glands

Trouble Concentrating

Is There A Risk Of Substance Abuse With Wellbutrin?

In September of 2012 144 people reported substance abuse problems with Wellbutrin, 44.06% were Female and 55.94% were Male, they ranged in ages from 10 to 60+

Wellbutrin Lawsuits

Wellbutrin lawsuits continue to grow.  GlaxoSmithKline was negligent in sufficiently warning patients of the potential risk of birth defect if taken during pregnancy.

GlaxoSmithKline has certain responsibilities to the public, including:  Exercising reasonable care in drug development, informing the public of any side effects, advertising in a truthful and non-misleading way.

Unfortunately this is not always the case.

You have the right to trust your medication is safe.  Tragically, this is not always the case.  Well versed in the product liability laws that protect consumers, our Anti Depressant Attorneys have handled countless lawsuits involving harmful pharmaceuticals.  If you or a loved one have experienced side effects as a result of an Anti Depressant, contact our Anti Depressant Lawyers today.


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