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Antidepressants Bupropion Withdrawal

It is surprising to us that antidepressants are prescribed without any investigation into life dynamics or contributing medical problems, especially considering that Bupropion withdrawal can be even more complicated than the original symptoms.

Depression, insomnia, fibromyalgia and other symptoms that Bupropion could be prescribed for might stem from imbalanced hormones, sub optimal Vit D levels, substandard diet, adrenal fatigue, accumulated neurotoxins, and a whole host of reasons other than a medication deficiency

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What is Bupropion?

Bupropion, sold under various brand names, belongs to a class of antidepressant-like drugs called NDRIs or Norepinephrine Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors which are generally considered stimulants. NDRIs work by acting on neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.1

What is Dopamine?

Dopamine is similar in a way to adrenaline as it is a chemical messenger, and has an effect on the processes within the brain which control emotional responses, movement, and the ability to experience both pain and pleasure. Dopamine is commonly referred to as the body’s ‘‘reward chemical.”

What is Norepinephrine?

Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter, as well as a hormone. As a hormone, it is secreted through the adrenal gland and works conjunctively with adrenaline and epinephrine to provide the body with rapid energy during stressful times. As a neurotransmitter, Norepinephrine passes the nerve impulses of one cell within the nervous system onto the next cell. This is a scientific approach to Bupropion withdrawal.

What does a stimulant like bupropion do to the brain?

Bupropion increases dopamine and norepinephrine levels within the brain by preventing them from being absorbed into the cells along neuron pathways. This is a process called “reuptake inhibition.” This is a similar process to the way cocaine combats depression only temporarily.2 Cocaine will increase the dopamine and use it all up. But, at some point, all of the dopamine will be completely gone and at that juncture, often nothing will hold any reward or value to the person. This is a driver of addiction for many similar kinds of drugs. You don’t have to struggle with bouts of depression any longer.

What is bupropion withdrawal?

Like many other antidepressants, bupropion can display a unique array of symptoms when users stop taking it, especially when discontinued too quickly or without help. When an individual is in bupropion withdrawal, they may experience sleeplessness, anxiety, overstimulation, and even symptoms similar to Tourette’s.

These withdrawal symptoms commonly happen because there is now a dopamine deficiency. Even when an individual did not have a dopamine or serotonin or norepinephrine deficiency to begin with, using antidepressants can actually create real deficiencies over time. Our program for tapering off bupropion includes therapies that are specifically targeted to stabilize neurotransmitters. By easing your bupropion withdrawal symptoms, you can focus on your new medication-free lifestyle and begin to enjoy natural mental health.

What are the symptoms of bupropion withdrawal?

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Quitting bupropion may include the following symptoms: feelings of hostility or aggression, balance issues, brain zaps or electric jolts in the area of the head and neck, blurred vision, concentration impairment, crying spells, constipation, dizziness, diarrhea, depersonalization, fatigue, hallucinations, high emotional sensitivity, hostility, indigestion, impaired speech, irritability, insomnia, jumpy nerves, lethargy, lack or loss of coordination, migraines, increased headaches, nervousness, nausea, over-reacting to things, paranoia, sleep or sensory disturbance, internal restlessness or akathisia, muscle tremors, troubling thoughts, illusions, visual changes, vivid dreams, and worsened depression, sometimes leading to suicidal thoughts. It is important to seek bupropion withdrawal help so that most, if not all, of these symptoms can be greatly diminished or entirely eliminated. Don’t wait any longer to end bupropion side effects and withdrawal symptoms.

Why do people stop taking Bupropion?

This medication has several possibly severe side effects that can occur from regular use, which is a common reason for tapering off Bupropion. There have been possible links found between the uses of this anti-depressant while pregnant, resulting in cardiac birth defects. The findings suggested that the risk is doubled for specific heart defects when compared to infants whose mothers had not taken this medication. This medication may also increase blood pressure, and can cause possibly dangerous interactions with other drugs. Additionally, NDRIs are usually not the first-choice treatment for depression, but instead, are often used when other drugs have not worked.

Our program provides answers to the underlying causes of mental health concerns and offers medically supervised bupropion tapering help to abate symptoms. This combined with effective bupropion alternatives can ease the  withdrawal substantially.

How can withdrawal from bupropion be eased?

Alternative to Meds Center works on discovering the medical reasons for why a person may be depressed, unable to sleep, or anxious.3 To combat withdrawal from bupropion while an individual is discontinuing the medication, we employ the use of targeted nutrients and oral supplements designed to restore balance and stability in the brain and CNS. This combined with finding out the underlying reasons why the individual was originally depressed can provide lasting success, happiness and being medication free. Our program also includes lab testing, natural substances to stabilize neurochemistry, cleansing of the body to rid the person’s system of accumulated environmental neurotoxins, nutritional therapy, medication withdrawal methods, exercise, yoga, personal training, massage therapy, and other healing therapies to achieve success with bupropion withdrawal safely and gently.

  1. FDA Bupropion label information, October 18, 2019
  2. Article entitled, “How Does Cocaine Produce Its Effects?,” published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, accessed October 18, 2019
  3. Article entitled, “What Causes Depression,” published online by Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School, published June, 2009, u

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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