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The generic for the popular anti-depressant Wellbutrin XL is under investigation by the FDA after consumers complained of severe headaches, anxiety, insomnia and digestive ailments. The generic Budeprion XL was approved for use in 2006. A consumer products advocacy group began testing the drug after the complaints arose. The tests revealed some differences in the scientific formulation of the drug from Wellbutrin. Other tests revealed that the generic Budeprion’s timed release formula actually released 4 times the amount of drug into the body in the same two hour period as Wellbutrin.

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