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Re: Budeprion (Generic) vs. Wellbutrin

Posted by clemons on June 12, 2008, at 0:30:56

In reply to Re: Budeprion (Generic) vs. Wellbutrin, posted by GregS on June 8, 2008, at 0:48:54

I was just given Budeprion XL instead of Wellbutrin XL, with not a word from my pharmacist, after years of getting the brand name. I decided to do some research before I started the new drug and all I have found is disturbing news.

But mostly what I want to contribute to this conversation is to tell anyone with questions to check out It's a consumer advocacy group that has done its own tests (more thorough than the FDA's) in response to excessive consumer complaints. Basically they found that it is the extended release mechanism that truly causes a problem in the Budeprion, even though it is "chemically identical" to the brand name. The Budeprion is releasing its active ingredient more quickly, causing the increased side effects and decreased efficacy of the drug. They explain it more thoroughly, so go check it out for yourselves.

Anyway, just wanted to throw out some independent information so no one will think they're crazy for what they're experiencing, and maybe those who have been fortunate enough to not have a bad reaction will not try to make others feel crazy, either. I am all for generics when they work the same, and they usually do. But sometimes they don't. Personally, I will be starting my morning with however many phone calls are needed to get my Wellbutrin back.

Good luck to all




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