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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Wendie, Community Member, asks

Q: Is Buspirone The Same As Wellbutrin?

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Judy, Community Member
4/13/11 10:17am

Wendie, buspirone is an anti-anxiety medication and Wellbutrin is an antidepressant.  I think you might be referring to bupropion as the generic for Wellbutrin.  Those two are the same.


Thanks for your question.

Wendie, Community Member
4/13/11 3:04pm

Thanks so much sweety. I was hoping it was the same thing as welbutrin isn't on walmart's $4 program and my medical coverage will only pay for 3 months worth for people who want to quit smoking (I quit 6 years ago lol) When i first took welbutrin back in 2005 for about 6 months (before my medical decided not to cover it any more) I absolutely LOVED how normal it made me feel, I didn't have the realy bad down times. I know i need to be back on something and would love to take the welbutrin again but it's so expensive and only taking it for 3 months would just be a tease. THanks again for the info, I guess i'll have to ask my doc next week and see if there is anything simialer I can take that my medical will cover.

Have a great day,


Judy, Community Member
4/13/11 3:23pm

Bupropion is the same thing as Wellbutrin and is cheaper, so that might work.  Yes, definitely ask your doctor about it.  You know, sometimes you can get the insurance to pay for something that's not on their list if the doctor gets a prior authorization.  You might want to ask your insurance about that.  Good luck!

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By Wendie, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/02/13, First Published: 04/13/11