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Can Wellbutrin Affect My Chances of Getting Pregnant?

I’m trying to quit smoking and considering taking Wellbutrin. Can it affect my fertility?

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I’m trying to quit smoking and considering taking Wellbutrin. Can it affect my fertility?

The Bump Expert

Wellbutrin is an antidepressant medication that can also be used to help quit smoking. It’s not thought to affect fertility or compromise your ability to get pregnant, but it’s classified as a Category C drug, which means that there are either no good studies in pregnant women or that the medication has shown an adverse effect in animal studies. In other words, you likely shouldn’t take it during pregnancy. If you’re using Wellbutrin as a way to break your smoking habit, it’s probably safest to try and quit first and get off Wellbutrin before trying to conceive. Women using Wellbutrin as an antidepressant should talk to their doctor about alternatives or minimizing their treatment levels.

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Lowell T. Ku, MD, reproductive endocrinologist, Dallas IVF

Can Wellbutrin Affect My Chances of Getting Pregnant?

I was on a low dose of Wellbutrin last year and spoke with my doctor about what might happen if i wanted to start TTC while on it. He said it was safer for me to get pregnant on it than to risk coming off the drug and having depression creep up again meaning i wouldn't be taking care of myself and that could easily affect the baby. He told me that within the last trimester they may wean me off the drug to reduce withdrawal symptoms in the baby, but that the drug would not cause any fetal growth problems. I'm off anti depressants now and will be TTC this year, but wanted to pass that along.

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