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Life Insurance for Bupropion Users (Wellbutrin). Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

Life Insurance for Wellbutrin users.

In this article, we wanted to take a moment and try and answer some of the most common questions we get from folks applying for life insurance after they have been prescribed Bupropion or one the many brand names it is sold under including:

  • Aplenzin,
  • Budeprion Sr
  • Budeprion XL,
  • Forfivo XL,
  • Wellbutrin Sr,

And Wellbutrin XR to help treat one’s depression or be used as an aid to help individuals quit smoking.  It can also be used in some to help those who have a tendency to suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Questions that will be directly addressed will include:

  • Can I qualify for life insurance after I’ve been prescribed Bupropion?
  • Why do life insurance companies care if I’ve been prescribed Bupropion?
  • What kind of information will the insurance companies ask me or be interested in?
  • What rate (or price) can I qualify for?
  • What can I do to help ensure that I get the “best life insurance” for me?

So, without further ado, let’ dive right in!

Can I qualify for life insurance after I’ve been prescribed Bupropion?

Yes, individuals who have been prescribed Bupropion can and often will be able to qualify for a traditional term or whole life insurance policy.  The problem with Bupropion is that it is used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions some of which could make it impossible to qualify for coverage.

This is why…

In this article, we’re going to “shift gears” a little bit and rather than talk primarily about Bupropion, we’re going to focus a bit more on what “conditions” Bupropion can be used to treat and how those conditions can potentially effect the outcome of one’s life insurance application.

Why do life insurance companies care if I’ve been prescribed Bupropion?

Insurance companies “care” if an individual has been prescribed Bupropion in the past because it’s use can tell a life insurance underwriter a lot about a life insurance applicant and let him or her know what “kind” of questions he or she will want to know the answers to before making a final decision about your life insurance application.

What kind of information will the insurance companies ask me or be interested in?

Common questions you’ll likely be asked will typically look something like this:

  • Why were your first prescribed Bupropion?
  • Who prescribed your Bupropion? A general practitioner or a psychiatrist?
  • Have you been diagnosed with depression?
    • If so:
      • What “kind” of depression have you been diagnosed with?
      • Do you suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD)?
      • Is Bupropion the only prescription medication that your taking to treat your depression?
      • Have you ever been hospitalized as a result of your depression?
      • Have you ever attempted or thought about attempting suicide?
      • In the past 12 months, have any of the medications that your taking to treat your depression changed in any way?
    • Were you prescribed Bupropion to help you quit smoking?
    • In the past 12 months, have you used any tobacco or nicotine products?
    • Are you currently working now?
    • In the past 12 months, have you applied for or received any form of disability benefits?

What rate (or price) can I qualify for?

Now when it comes time to determine what “kind” of rate you’ll be eligible for it’s important to first separate those who are using Bupropion to help them quit smoking from those who are using it to help them manage and/or treat symptoms of depression.

For those…

Using Bupropion to simply help them quit smoking, what you’re going to find is that having been prescribed Bupropion for this reason shouldn’t affect the outcome of your life insurance application other than the fact that you will probably be labeled a “smoker” regardless of the fact that you aren’t currently using any tobacco today.

This is because…

Life insurance companies generally won’t consider someone a “non-smoker” until they have remained completely “tobacco free” for an entire year.  And by “tobacco free”, we mean completely tobacco free.  So even if you only smoked one cigarette 10 months ago, insurance companies are going to want to know about it and in their eyes, you would still be considered a smoker.

This is also why…

Having been prescribed Bupropion 8 months ago to help you quit smoking can and will usually be a way that an insurance company can determine when in fact an individual did ultimately quit smoking for the purposes of a life insurance application.

Now for those who…

Have been prescribed Bupropion in an effort to help them deal with their depression, it should be noted that if you simply suffer from a “mild” case of depression or you suffer from Season Affect Disorder (SAD) and aren’t experiencing any “serious” symptoms, you should theoretically still be considered eligible for a Preferred rate.

The problem is…

That in making this determination, an insurance underwriter has a lot of “discretion” when determining what constitutes a “mild” case of depression and what constitutes a “moderate” or “severe” case.  This is why, it’s so important to spend some time and “shop” around a bit before you ultimately decide to apply for coverage, this way you can get a “feel” for how an insurance underwriter might view your case before you’ve actually submitting your application.

Which brings us to the last topic that we wanted to discuss which is…

What can I do to help ensure that I get the “best life insurance” for me?

In our experience here at IBUSA, what we have found that works best for folks who have been diagnosed with a pre-existing medical condition where the “severity” of the condition is often “subjective” is for the applicant to make sure that they first find a true-life insurance profession who will work as an advocate for you.

Such an agent…

Will not only help guide you through the application process but also be perfectly “frank” with you about what options may or may not be possible for you.

From there…

You’ll also want to make sure that the very same agent you have chosen has access to dozens of different life insurance companies because after all, it really doesn’t matter how “great” of a life insurance agent you might have if they don’t have access to the “best” life insurance policy for you!  Now does it?


You’ll want to make sure that you’re completely honest with your life insurance agent prior to applying for coverage.  By doing so, you will be helping him or her narrow down what options might be the “best”

So, what are you waiting for?  Give us a call today and see what we can do for you!

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