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Depottablett 150 mg
(Vit, bikonvex, rund, 11,2 x 11,2 mm, märkt GX CH7)

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ATC-kod: N06AX12
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Miljörisk: Användning av bupropion har bedömts medföra försumbar risk för miljöpåverkan.
Nedbrytning: Bupropion är potentiellt persistent.
Bioackumulering: Bupropion har låg potential att bioackumuleras.

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Detaljerad miljöinformation

Detailed background information

Environmental Risk Classification

Predicted Environmental Concentration (PEC)

PEC is calculated according to the following formula:

PEC (μg/L) = (A*109*(100-R))/(365*P*V*D*100) = 1.5*10-6*A(100-R)

PEC = 0.303 μg/L


A =2,020 kg (total sold amount API in Sweden year 2018, data from IQVIA Health). Reduction of A may be justified based on metabolism data.

R = 0% removal rate (conservatively, it has been assumed there is no loss by adsorption to sludge particles, by volatilization, hydrolysis or biodegradation)

P = number of inhabitants in Sweden = 9 *106

V (L/day) = volume of wastewater per capita and day = 200 (ECHA default) (Ref. I)

D = factor for dilution of waste water by surface water flow = 10 (ECHA default) (Ref. I)

Predicted No Effect Concentration (PNEC)

Ecotoxicological studies

Green Algae (Scenedesmus subspicatus):

IC50 96h (growth) = 4,500 μg/L (OECD 201) (Reference 9)

NOEC = 625 μg/L

Water flea (Daphnia magna):

Acute toxicity

EC50 48 h (immobility) = 3,800 μg/L (OECD 202) (Reference 15)

Water flea (Ceriodaphnia dubia):

Chronic toxicity

NOEC 7 days (reproduction) = 400 μg/L (USEPA 1002) (Reference 14)

Rainbow Trout (Oncorhyncus mykiss):

Acute toxicity

LC50 96 h (lethality) = 33,000 μg/L (OECD 203) (Reference 8)

Fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas):

Chronic toxicity

NOEC 32 days (growth) = 100 μg/L (OECD 210) (Reference 14)

Other ecotoxicity data:

Microorganisms in activated sludge:

EC50 3 h (inhibition) > 100,000 μg/L @ 3 hrs (OECD 209) (Reference 11)

NOEC = 100 000 μg/L

Microbial Growth Inhibition:

EC50 (inhibition) > 1,000,000 μg/L (TAD 4.02) (Reference 7)

PNEC = 100/10 = 10 μg/L

PNEC (μg/L) = lowest NOEC/10, where 10 is the assessment factor applied for three long-term NOECs. NOEC for fathead minnow (= 100 ug/L) has been used for this calculation since it is the most sensitive of the three tested species.

Environmental risk classification (PEC/PNEC ratio)

PEC/PNEC = 0.303/10= 0.0303, i.e. PEC/PNEC ≤ 0.1 which justifies the phrase “Use of bupropion has been considered to result in insignificant environmental risk.”


Biotic degradation

Ready degradability:

1.21% degradation in 14 days (TAD 3.11) (Reference 6)

Inherent degradability:

0% ultimate biodegradation in 14 days (OECD 302) (Reference 12)

90% primary degradation in 14 days

This may be regarded as evidence for inherent primary biodegradation. This substance is not inherently biodegradable.

Abiotic degradation


50% degradation @25oC in 16.7 days (pH 7.4) (TAD 3.09) (Reference 4)


50% degradation in 48 h (TAD 3.10) (Reference 5)

Justification of chosen degradation phrase:

Bupropion is not readily degradable but it does undergo inherent primary biodegradation. This substance is predicted to degrade via hydrolysis and the half-life is less than 40 days. However, the relevant degradation products have not been identified or characterised. The phrase “Bupropion is potentially persistent” is thus chosen.


Partitioning coefficient:

Log Dow = 1.54 at pH 7.4 (TAD 3.02) (Reference 3)

Log Dow at pH 1.2 = -0.6

Log Dow at pH 6.0 = -0.1

Log Dow at pH 7.4 = 1.54

Justification of chosen bioaccumulation phrase:

Since log Dow < 4 at pH 7, the substance has low potential for bioaccumulation.

Excretion (metabolism)

Bupropion is excreted to 0.5% as parent compound and to 96.50% as metabolites. The pharmacological activity of the metabolites is not known. (Reference 2)


Bupropion is extensively metabolised in humans. Three pharmacologically active metabolites have been identified in plasma: hydroxybupropion and the amino-alcohol isomers, threohydrobupropion and erythrohydrobupropion. These may have clinical importance, as their plasma concentrations are as high or higher than those of bupropion. The active metabolites are further metabolised to inactive metabolites (some of which have not been fully characterised but may include conjugates) and excreted in the urine (Reference 2).


Following oral administration of 200mg of 14C-bupropion in humans, 87% and 10% of the radioactive dose were recovered in the urine and faeces, respectively. The fraction of the dose of bupropion excreted unchanged was only 0.5%, a finding consistent with the extensive metabolism of bupropion. Less than 10% of this 14C dose was accounted for in the urine as active metabolites (Reference 2).

PBT/vPvB assessment

Bupropion does not fulfil the criteria for PBT and/or vBvP.

All three properties, i.e. ‘P’, ‘B’ and ‘T’ are required in order to classify a compound as PBT (Reference 1). Bupropion does not fulfil the criteria for PBT and/or vBvP based on log Pow < 4.

Please, also see Safety data sheets on http://www.msds-gsk.com/ExtMSDSlist.asp.


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