Make the Most of Your WELLBUTRIN XL® Experience

Learn how you can make the most of your treatment with WELLBUTRIN XL by downloading the patient brochure.

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Brand Name WELLBUTRIN XL vs Generics

There are many different generic versions of WELLBUTRIN XL. It’s important to understand what can be different about generics:

1 - Appearance

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  • The generic version of WELLBUTRIN XL may smell, look, and taste different1,2
  • Being given a different generic version of WELLBUTRIN XL that is different in appearance from month to month could become confusing1,2
  • With brand name WELLBUTRIN XL, you will have the comfort of knowing you are getting the same tablet with the same ingredients in it each month

2 - Inactive ingredients

  • Generic versions of WELLBUTRIN XL may contain different inactive ingredients1
  • Inactive ingredients do not affect how well a medicine works but may cause different or additional effects1,3

3 - Refills

  • If you are taking a generic version of WELLBUTRIN XL, you may be given a different generic each month
  • Each generic could have different inactive ingredients1,3

WELLBUTRIN XL Provides 24-Hour Coverage

Patented SmartCoatTM Technology4-6

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Demand the Brand

There are steps you can take to make sure your pharmacist fills your prescription with brand name WELLBUTRIN XL and not a generic. Remember, it is up to you if you want a brand name or generic product, so don’t be shy about speaking up!

  • Tell your doctor you want brand name WELLBUTRIN XL. Ask them to write DAW1 or “brand medically necessary” on the prescription. DAW1 means “dispense as written.”
  • Let your pharmacy know that you and your doctor want the prescription to be filled for brand name WELLBUTRIN XL.
  • If eligible,* enroll in the Copay Savings Program prior to picking up your prescription. Bring your Copay Savings Card with you to the pharmacy when you pick up your prescription so that you can get your savings.
  • Check your prescription before leaving the pharmacy. Brand name WELLBUTRIN XL is a creamy white to pale yellow round tablet that has “WELLBUTRIN XL” on it followed by the dose.7

Questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist

For your doctor

  • Who from your office can help me find out if my insurance company will cover brand name WELLBUTRIN XL?
  • Will you write my prescription for WELLBUTRIN XL so that it specifically asks for the brand name product?

For your pharmacist

  • Am I set up in your system to automatically receive generics?
  • Will you ask me before switching me from a brand name to generic medicine?
If you find you have been given a generic, ask to speak to the pharmacist so that he or she can fix the prescription.
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Get your savings offer!

  • Eligibility Criteria/Terms and Conditions: By using the WELLBUTRIN XL coupon, you confirm that you understand and agree to comply with the following terms and conditions of this offer:
  • This offer is only valid for patients with commercial insurance.
  • This offer is not valid for any person eligible for reimbursement of prescriptions, in whole or in part, by any federal, state, or other governmental programs, including, but not limited to, Medicare (including Medicare Advantage and Part A, B, and D plans), Medicaid, TRICARE, Veterans Administration or Department of Defense health coverage, CHAMPUS, the Puerto Rico Government Health Insurance Plan or any other federal or state health care programs.
  • You agree not to seek reimbursement for all or any part of the benefit received through this offer and are responsible for making any required reports of your use of this offer to any insurer or other third party who pays any part of the prescription filled.
  • This offer is good only in the United States of America (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) at participating retail pharmacies.
  • This offer is not available for patients who live in California or Massachusetts and/or who have insurance coverage for prescriptions in either of these states.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to redeem this offer.
  • You must present the coupon along with your prescription to participate in this program. You must activate the coupon before using by calling 1-855-330-1963 or by visiting
  • The coupon is good for use only with the products identified herein. No other purchase is necessary.
  • This offer cannot be redeemed at government-subsidized clinics.
  • The coupon is good for a maximum of 12 prescription fills.
  • You are responsible for paying the first $5 for each eligible prescription fill using the coupon. The coupon has a maximum benefit, and the patient is responsible for all additional costs and expenses after maximum benefit limits are reached.
  • The coupon and offer are not health insurance.
  • The selling, purchasing, trading, or counterfeiting of the coupon is prohibited by law. Void if reproduced.
  • This offer is not valid with other offers. The coupon has no cash value. No cash back.
  • Bausch Health reserves the right to rescind, revoke, terminate, or amend this offer at any time, without notice.
  • You understand and agree to comply with the terms and conditions of this offer as set forth above.
  • This offer and coupon expire on 12/31/20.
  • For questions call: 1-855-859-2966.
  1. Straka RJ, Keohane DJ, Liu LZ. Potential clinical and economic impact of switching branded medications to generics. Am J Ther. 2017;24(3):e278-e289.
  2. Peters JR. From our perspective: the importance of the physical characteristics of generic drugs. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Accessed June 21, 2019.
  3. Brown T. Inactive ingredients in medications cause trouble for some. Accessed June 21, 2019.
  4. Fava M, Rush AJ, Thase ME, et al. 15 years of clinical experience with bupropion HCl: from bupropion to bupropion SR to bupropion XL. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2005;7(3):106-113.
  5. US Patent 6096341.
  6. US Patent 6143327.
  7. WELLBUTRIN XL (bupropion hydrochloride extended-release) Prescribing Information. 2017. Bausch Health Companies Inc.

WELLBUTRIN XL® (bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a certain type of depression called major depressive disorder, and for the prevention of autumn-winter seasonal depression (seasonal affective disorder).



Suicidal Thoughts or Actions and Antidepressant Drugs

Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, or young adults within the first few months of treatment. Depression or other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts and actions. People who have (or have a family history of) bipolar illness, or suicidal thoughts or actions may have a particularly high risk. Pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. Call your healthcare provider right away if symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, impulsivity, trouble sleeping, aggressive behavior or suicidal thoughts are new, worse or worry you. WELLBUTRIN XL has not been evaluated for use in patients under the age of 18.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you or your family member has any of the following symptoms especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

  • thoughts about suicide or dying
  • attempts to commit suicide
  • new or worse depression
  • new or worse anxiety
  • feeling very agitated or restless
  • panic attacks
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • new or worse irritability
  • acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
  • acting on dangerous impulses
  • an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
  • other unusual changes in behavior or mood

Although WELLBUTRIN XL is not a treatment for quitting smoking, it contains the same active ingredient (bupropion hydrochloride) as ZYBAN which is used to help patients quit smoking.

  • Seizures: There is a chance of having a seizure (convulsion, fit) with WELLBUTRIN XL, especially in people with certain medical problems or who take certain medicines. Do not take any other medicines while you are taking WELLBUTRIN XL unless your healthcare provider has said it is okay to take them. If you have a seizure while taking WELLBUTRIN XL, stop taking the tablets and call your healthcare provider right away.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension): Some people get high blood pressure, that can be severe, while taking WELLBUTRIN XL.
  • Manic episodes: Some people may have periods of mania while taking WELLBUTRIN XL. If you have any of the following symptoms of mania, call your healthcare provider:
    • greatly increased energy
    • severe trouble sleeping
    • racing thoughts
    • reckless behavior
    • unusually grand ideas
    • excessive happiness or irritability
    • talking more or faster than usual
  • Unusual thoughts or behaviors: Some patients may have unusual thoughts or behaviors while taking WELLBUTRIN XL, including delusions (e.g. believe you are someone else), hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there), paranoia (feeling that people are against you), or feeling confused. If this happens to you, call your healthcare provider.
  • Visual problems: Some people are at risk of glaucoma if they take Wellbutrin. You should see an eye doctor to determine whether you are at risk prior to starting therapy. If you experience any of the following symptoms you should see an eye doctor:
    • eye pain
    • changes in vision
    • swelling or redness in or around the eye
  • Severe allergic reactions: Some patients have severe allergic reactions to WELLBUTRIN XL. Stop taking WELLBUTRIN XL and call your healthcare provider right away if you get a rash, itching, hives, fever, swollen lymph glands, painful sores in the mouth or around the eyes, swelling of the lips or tongue, chest pain, or have trouble breathing. These could be signs of a serious allergic reaction.
  • have or had a seizure disorder or epilepsy.
  • have or had an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia.
  • are taking any other medicines that contain bupropion, including WELLBUTRIN or WELLBUTRIN SR, APLENZIN®, ZYBAN, or FORFIVO XL. Bupropion is the same active ingredient that is in WELLBUTRIN XL.
  • drink a lot of alcohol and abruptly stop drinking, or use medicines called sedatives (these make you sleepy), benzodiazepines, or anti-seizure medicines, and you stop using them all of a sudden.
  • take a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take an MAOI, including the antibiotic linezolid.
    • do not take an MAOI within 2 weeks of stopping WELLBUTRIN XL unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.
    • do not start WELLBUTRIN XL if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 2 weeks unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.
  • are allergic to the active ingredient in WELLBUTRIN XL, bupropion hydrochloride, or to any of the inactive ingredients.
  • have liver problems, especially cirrhosis of the liver.
  • have kidney problems.
  • have, or have had, an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia.
  • have had a head injury.
  • have had a seizure (convulsion, fit).
  • have a tumor in your nervous system (brain or spine).
  • have had a heart attack, heart problems, or high blood pressure.
  • are a diabetic taking insulin or other medicines to control your blood sugar.
  • drink alcohol.
  • abuse prescription medicines or street drugs.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • are breastfeeding. WELLBUTRIN XL passes into your milk in small amounts.