Does Wellbutrin Show Up As An Amphetamine On A Drug Test?


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Yes, Wellbutrin may indeed show up as Amphetamine on a standard drug test.

The active component of Wellbutrin is known as Bupropion, and is used to help patients with depression, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The chemical composition of Bupropion is similar to that of Amphetamine - which is why some drug tests can be confused by its presence.
Will Wellbutrin show up as an amphetamine on a drug test?
  • Along with being used to treat mental illnesses, Wellbutrin can also help people stop smoking and combat other addictive cravings and withdrawal effects.
  • Your doctor should be fully-informed of any other medication you are taking before prescribing you Wellbutrin, as it can cause nasty side effects when it is mixed with other substances.
  • If you are taking other medication, or have certain other medical conditions, then taking Wellbutrin could cause seizures.
  • As with most anti-depressants, you may feel more depressed when you start the course of the medication initially, especially if you are younger than twenty-five years of age.
  • You will have to attend regular doctor's appointments during your first twelve weeks of treatment. 
To conclude - yes, Wellbutrin can indeed cause a false positive on a drugs test as it may appear as Amphetamine.
It would therefore be advisable to take a letter from your doctor, and your prescription, with you - to inform the technician that there could be the risk of a false positive.

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