Wellbutrin is both a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor and as such increases the synaptic concentration of both neurotransmitters. The antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) is not an SSRI but has been linked to sleep disorders. The increased activation may also be responsible for some of the side effects, such as initial insomnia and reduced sleep efficiency, particularly when taken at night. If the sleep problems are due to Wellbutrin, it can in theory last up to 4 weeks (once you’ve developed a solid sleep routine).
But what happens when you take a medication like Wellbutrin for your mental health and it prevents you from sleeping at night? What if this lack of sleep causes your mental health to deteriorate even further? Struggling with mental health issues and suffering from insomnia at the same time can make fighting mental illnesses a challenge. Still, some pediatricians prescribe Wellbutrin to children and adolescents who suffer from depression under close monitoring. However, if the sleep problems are due to depression or psychological distress, the insomnia is likely to last until your emotional distress (depression or anxiety) improves.
Can you take a sleep aid with Wellbutrin?
Regardless of the cause, any sign of recovery can feel like a blessing if you’ve been struggling with an inability to sleep healthily. Your doctor may also prescribe a sleep aid or another antidepressant, such as Ambien or trazodone, to combat “insomnia.” Wellbutrin appears to be effective for depression and other side effects. However, it may not improve the quality of sleep if you also suffer from sleep disorders. If these tips don’t work, there are some specific sleep aids that are safe to take with Wellbutrin.
One of the most popular antipsychotics, Seroquel (quetiapine), has been linked to faster sleep onset and longer overall sleep time.