Wellbutrin

30 Aug: An atypical antidepressant for atypical depression

Major depressive disorder affects approximately 15 million American adults in the U.S. in a given year, and a first pharmacological line of defense is often a prescription for an SSRI such as Prozac, Celexa, or Zoloft. (These drugs have been favored since the late 1980s for the treatment of depression as they are generally well tolerated, have fewer side effects than their predecessors the MAOIs, and help a great many people.) However, people suffering from atypical depression (characterized by hunger and sleepiness, rather than loss of appetite and insomnia) may have different needs in an antidepressant and should discuss with their doctor options such as Bupropion SR (familiarly known by its GlaxoSmithKline trade name, Wellbutrin), which could help where popular…