Bupropion and anticonvulsant drug interactions

Ann Clin Psychiatry. 1995 Jun;7(2):99-101. doi: 10.3109/10401239509149035.


The use of bupropion (BUP) involves a higher seizure risk than the use of other antidepressants, limiting its dose and widespread use. The two reported cases document anticonvulsant-BUP drug interactions through plasma levels. Carbamazepine appeared to decrease the plasma BUP to nondetectable levels, while hydroxybupropion was found at very high levels. Data presented suggest that BUP may increase sodium valproate levels. Conclusions from these case reports are tentative, pending further study. Monitering of BUP and its metabolites may ultimately prove useful in guiding clinicians dosing decisions, especially when mood stabilizers are combined with other psychotropic drugs in refractory bipolar patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anticonvulsants / metabolism*
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Antidepressive Agents / pharmacology*
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Bipolar Disorder / drug therapy*
  • Bupropion / blood
  • Bupropion / pharmacology*
  • Bupropion / therapeutic use*
  • Carbamazepine / metabolism*
  • Carbamazepine / therapeutic use*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Female
  • Humans


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Bupropion
  • Carbamazepine