Bupropion To Treat Insomnia


Basics

Doctors do not use bupropion to treat insomnia. In fact, bupropion, an antidepressant drug marketed under the name Wellbutrin, can cause insomnia as a side effect. Because of bupropion insomnia, patients are usually advised to take bupropion in the mornings or early afternoon.

Just because doctors do not use bupropion to treat insomnia, does not mean that it is not an effective medication. It is very effective at treating depression. Not all patients experience bupropion insomnia, and many patients experience relief from depression. Even when patients do experience insomnia, it can often be treated effectively while patients continue to take the medication. It must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.



Since you can't use bupropion to treat insomnia, you'll need to find other ways to cope with your sleep problems. We'll talk about preventing problems next, and then about treating them.

Prevention

You may be able to prevent bupropion insomnia by practicing what sleep experts call "good sleep hygiene." This includes going to bed and getting up at the same time each day. Don't sleep late on the weekends and don't nap during the day. Use your bed only for sleeping; don't read or watch television in bed. This will condition your brain to associate bed with sleep.

Avoid caffeine, found in coffee, tea, and chocolate. Even small amounts of caffeine consumed early in the day may cause difficulty sleeping at night.

Try to exercise everyday, but not too close to bedtime. Exercises like yoga and tai chi are particularly relaxing and help to relieve stress, while more strenuous exercises release endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that help to relieve depression.

Since you can't use bupropion to treat insomnia, these are good ways to cope with your sleep difficulties.

Treatment

As discussed earlier, bupropion to treat insomnia is not used. Bupropion can itself cause insomnia as a side effect. Doctors often prescribe other medications to treat bupropion insomnia. The problem is that these other drugs have side effects as well, some of them quite serious. For instance, Ambien, a popular sleep medication, can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, depression (which bupropion is meant to treat), and even hallucinations. Lunesta, a relatively new medication for insomnia, can cause diarrhea, anxiety, and chest pain. Most prescription sleeping pills are also habit forming if used for very long.

Many people wish to avoid the risk of more side effects and turn to natural sleep aids instead of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Natural sleep aids usually don't have side effects and often have other health benefits as well. For instance, many help to relieve stress and anxiety, which will also help with depression. Most are safe to use with prescription medications, but you should check with your doctor or pharmacist first just to be sure.

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When To See Your Doctor

If you are taking bupropion, you will already be under a doctor's care. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing insomnia. Your doctor can help you determine if you have bupropion insomnia and determine the appropriate treatment.

If you have any questions about the use of bupropion to treat insomnia, please write to us.



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