Wellbutrin is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. It is an antidepressant medication and of the aminoketone class. At least one brand is used to help individuals stop smoking by reducing cravings and other withdrawal effects. It is the 4th most prescribed antidepressant in the U.S.
Wellbutrin has a potential to cause seizures that has been widely publicized. It may also cause fast heartbeats, fever, confusion, or severe skin reactions. It may also cause thoughts of suicide in young people who are taking an antidepressant for the first time. It should not be taken for more than one condition at a time. It should not be taken during pregnancy.
Potential Wellbutrin lawsuits are being reviewed involving young women who took Wellbutrin during early pregnancy and had a child who suffered severe birth defects such as left outflow heart defects. Although these results are not conclusive, those planning to become pregnant are advised to exercise caution when taking Wellbutrin. When taken during pregnancy it is linked to 3.25 times the risk of congenital malformations.