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Guidance on blood tests results for bupropion?

Posted by Gabriel14 on March 9, 2021, at 15:47:05

I've been on brand name Wellbutrin, i.e. bupropion, for over a decade, but I only recently discovered that there's a blood test that measures your levels for bupropion and its metabolite, hydroxybupropion...

I decided to have the test done. To my surprise, my levels were well below the reference range. For bupropion, it was only 13.5 ng/mL, compared to the reference range of 50.0-100.0 ng/mL. For hydroxybupropion, it was just below the bottom of the reference range, which is 600.0-2,000.0 ng/mL.

It seems like a lot of psychiatrists don't use these tests, so I've been having a tough time getting professional guidance on what to make of these results. I figured it couldn't hurt to ask folks here for their thoughts.

Might I have a bad batch of Wellbutrin right now? Or perhaps my body isn't properly metabolizing the drug? This is a bit concerning.




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