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However, some physicians prescribe Wellbutrin for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

Wellbutrin is the brand name for Bupropion, a type of antidepressant that also acts as a stimulant. Some studies have shown Wellbutrin is just as effective as Ritalin in treating ADHD. Physicians often prescribe Wellbutrin for ADHD if the patient is unable to tolerate other stimulant ADHD medications.

If you have heart problems or high blood pressure, your physician will be particularly cautious about prescribing Ritalin or Adderall for your ADHD so they may opt for Wellbutrin. Physicians may also prescribe Wellbutrin to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and cocaine cravings. Wellbutrin is used for smoking cessation programs and for the depressive phase of their bipolar disorder.

Wellbutrin, which has a chemical structure unrelated to any other antidepressant medication, does not act the same was as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft. Those drugs target the brain chemical serotonin. In contrast, Wellbutrin does not affect serotonin.