Wellbutrin (bupropion)

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Wellbutrin (bupropion)

Post by Bjorn »

I've been on bupropion for about 10 years. Occasionally I'll miss a dose or two and not really notice any decline in mood so I thought I'd try to get off it. I didn't take it for a few days (yes I know, not advisable w/o doctor supervision) and my mood pretty much stayed the same. However, my RLS symptoms really took off and it happened much earlier in the day. You know what's it like.

I didn't increase my pramipexole because I don't want to take more than 1mg at bedtime so the RLS was excruciating for a few days. I wondered if stopping the bupropion had anything to do with what was happening so I started taking it again. The RLS stopped quite dramatically (I'm still taking the pramipexole) with hardly any symptoms the last couple of days. I don't think the two events (stopping the bupropion then starting again with resulting RLS effects) are coincidental but I could be wrong. I'm very skeptical of some RLS solutions I've read about and somewhat so with what happened to me but gotta say something made a huge difference.

I've searched this board and found a few references to bupropion being helpful but also not helpful for RLS. Not consistent at all. I suppose the response to bupropion is an individual thing.

So I'm posting this in case it's useful.

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Re: Wellbutrin (bupropion)

Post by stjohnh »

Google search says buproion is a dopamine agonist. Maybe you have found an alternate treatment for RLS.

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Re: Wellbutrin (bupropion)

Post by ViewsAskew »

It is the first AD that the experts recommend because it can be helpful for some, neutral for most, and only very rarely causes RLS/WED to worsen. it isn't usually prescribed specifically for RLS/WED as it doesn't seem to be that effective for most people alone. But, as I understand it, it is the best first drug to try for depression if you have RLS.

Thanks for posting that it was helpful for you.
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Re: Wellbutrin (bupropion)

Post by badnights »

It is mentioned on Buchfuhrer's website & in the little green book (2nd edition is blue) as possibly helping, because of its mild dopaminergic properties. The converse is mentioned too - that dopamine agonists can be effective against depression.
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Re: Wellbutrin (bupropion)

Post by fuz_mind »

my doc who prescribed wellbutrin says it helps with some but not all her rls patients.... but my doc says it helps with pain perception so i guess if your rls is painful, that might help a little

my pain worsened slightly when i cut the wellbutrin dose but no changes in mood. hope this helps

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