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Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Did you know there are many drug-free bupropion alternatives? We continue to be surprised at how few prescribing physicians have learned about these non-toxic and effective treatments.

Did you know that there are medical and physical causes of depression? Such as hormones, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, poor diet, adrenal fatigue, environmental toxins, and many others? Medication can’t fix poor nutrition or your off-gassing furniture.

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At Alternative to Meds Center, we provide bupropion alternatives and treatment methods that can help you live a life free from antidepressants and their associated side effects.

What is Bupropion?

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Bupropion, (aka Wellbutrin), is a prescription antidepressant, with all of the side effects attributed to similar medications.5

Prescribers also recommend bupropion for other conditions, for example, insomnia, anxiety, SAD (seasonal affective disorder — depression that is active during fall and winter months, especially in colder climates). Bupropion creates the effects it does by interfering with how the body’s natural brain chemicals are distributed or prevented from begin distributed along the nerve channels in the central nervous system.

What are the bupropion alternatives?

Natural Alternatives to Prescription DrugsIf your bupropion prescription is not working adequately enough for you or is producing bothersome side effects, it might be time to look at antidepressant alternatives.

In conventional medicine, a different type of antidepressant medication is often recommended first when a patient is looking for an alternative to their current medication. Bupropion is a norepinephrine dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI). Similar medications that conventional medicine suggests include tricyclic antidepressants, MAOIs, SNRIs, and SSRIs. Though these medications may act in slightly different ways in the brain, they carry the same bag of risks as bupropion does; side effects, withdrawal problems, ineffectiveness, dependence or tolerance to the drug, adverse reactions.

At Alternative to Meds Center, we are focused on providing safer, natural alternatives that are effective, but not harmful.

Natural Alternatives to Bupropion

collaborativeBehavioral therapists help individuals to learn how they can unlearn the thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to, result from, or cause their depression. Bupropion is prescribed to treat depression (clinical depression or major depression), but side effects while taking the medication could make this unsatisfactory treatment option. Unwanted side effects are the most common reason for discontinuing the medication. Many are simply looking for a more natural way to maintain mental health. Luckily, there are a number of Wellbutrin alternatives that often prove to be highly effective.

Is Bupropion Really Needed?

bupropionAs mentioned earlier, the most common alternatives suggested in conventional medicine will likely substitute a different prescription drug. So what are the other bupropion alternative natural approaches that do not involve chemically made prescription meds? First of all, people are often put on antidepressants prior to there being substantial investigative efforts to figure out why they have developed depression or other problematic symptoms. Are they really just chemically imbalanced in their brain and there are no other reasons why they are depressed? What if they have low thyroid? What if they have accumulated environmental neurotoxins, for example, heavy toxic metals that can damage energy metabolism? The person might have a diet so nutritionally poor that they are unable to produce what’s required for brain health. Food allergies in which internal swelling slows down metabolism can also play a causal factor.

Natural Remedies for Treating Depression

getting off bupropionOur treatment center offers comprehensive programs to help individuals who are looking for bupropion or other antidepressant Alternatives.

The first step is discovering the real underlying medical reasons why a person is depressed.

Ours is a logical sequence of actions. Once we have an understanding of the root causes, we’ve often found that environment, nutrition, and lifestyle changes are key.

Alternatives to bupropion include:

  • Exercising
  • Eating a healthy and organic diet
  • Vitamin and nutritional supplement therapy
  • Avoiding sugars, caffeine, and processed foods
  • Relaxation therapies that minimize stress and tension
  • Therapy or counseling*
  • Acupuncture**
  • Art, music, in therapeutic applications

*Studies have shown that counseling gets the same or even better results than medication in treating depression, especially for long-term success.

**Natural alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, and yoga have shown similar positive results in studies on combating depression without drugs.1,2,3

Alternative To Meds Center is Licensed to Treat Mental Health

The Alternative to Meds Center drug treatment program focuses on discovering the medical reasons that may be contributing to a person’s depression, anxiousness, or insomnia. Our bupropion alternative medicine program uses lab testing, natural substances to stabilize the neurochemistry, cessation from neurotoxins that have been environmentally accumulated, careful medication withdrawal techniques, peer support, targeted nutritional therapy, amino therapy, massage therapy, personal exercise training, yoga, and other natural therapies to help combat depression.3,4

We urge you to contact us for more information about these types of therapies. We combine these with identifying and treating the root causes of why the individual originally became depressed. We have proven that bupropion alternatives are safer to use, and can create success that is long-lasting.

Want to learn more about bupropion side effects, withdrawal and FAQs? Continue reading here.


1. DeRubeis R, et al., “Cognitive therapy vs. medications for depression: Treatment outcomes and neural mechanisms.” Nat Rev Neurosci [Internet] 2008 Sept 11 [cited 2020 Nov 6] PMID 18784657

2. Anthes E, “Depression: A change of mind.” Nature 2014 Nov [cited 2020 Nov 6] PMID25391944

3. Psychiatry Advisor contributing authors, “Drug-Free Chronotherapies Represent Unique Therapies for Depression.” [Internet] 2019 Oct 4 [cited 2020 Nov 19]

4. Tang TZ, Rubeis R, et al., “Cognitive changes, critical sessions and sudden gains in cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression.” Consult Clin Psychol [Internet] 2005 Feb [cited 2020 Nov 6] PMID 15709844

5. FDA drug label Wellbutrin (bupropion) [cited 2020 Nov 25]



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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