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Bupropion Alternatives

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Antidepressant medications such as Bupropion generally are administered prior to any substantial medical investigations or lifestyle interventions, and almost no consideration that Bupropion alternatives do exist.

Depression can be the result of impaired hormonal states, deficiency of vitamin D, substandard diet, adrenal fatigue, lack of exercise, failed life aspirations, etc., not necessarily a medication deficiency.

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

What is Bupropion?

Bupropion, (aka Wellbutrin), is a prescription drug generally used as an antidepressant. It can also be prescribed for other conditions, for example, insomnia or anxiety. It is also prescribed for SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, which is a type of depression that generally only affects the individual during fall and winter months. 

What are the Alternatives to Bupropion?

If your Bupropion prescription is not working adequately enough for you, or is producing bothersome side effects, there are numerous antidepressant alternatives available.

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); some of the Bupropion alternative medicines that conventional medicine suggests include tricyclic antidepressants, MAOI’s, SNRI’s, and SSRI’s. 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.

Natural Alternatives to Bupropion 

Many individuals may also consider natural Bupropion antidepressant alternatives. For example: behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapists help individuals to learn how they can unlearn the thought and behavioral patterns which contribute to, result from, or cause their depression. Bupropion is prescribed to treat depression (clinical depression or major depression), but there is the possibility of side effects occurring while taking the medication or the medication may not be an adequate treatment for the persons symptoms. These are some most common causes of individuals discontinuing the medication. Many other people though, 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? 

As mentioned earlier, the alternatives suggested in conventional medicine will likely be 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 which cause great damage to energy metabolism? The persons might have a diet so poor in nutrition 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 of why a person is depressed. Once we have an understanding of the root causes, we’ve found that environment and lifestyle changes are key. Natural remedies include: 

  • Exercising
  • Eating a healthy and organic diet
  • Vitamin and nutritional supplement therapy
  • Avoiding sugar and processed foods
  • Participating in relaxing therapies that greatly help minimize stress and tension
  • Therapy or counseling

Natural and holistic alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, and yoga have also been very effective for many people who are trying to combat depression without medications. 

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, IV amino therapy, massage therapy, personal exercise training, yoga, and other natural therapies to help combat depression. These therapies, combined with identifying why the individual originally became depressed, have proven to create success that is long lasting.

Want to learn more about Bupropion Side Effects, Withdrawal and FAQs? Continue reading here.



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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