Side effects and Withdrawal Symptoms
WELLBUTRIN is an atypical antidepressant. Bupropion, (generic name), is also prescribed as a smoking cessation medication, marketed as Zyban.
Seizures are the most controversial side effect of WELLBUTRIN, and were responsible for its removal from the market in 1986. But the risk of seizures was found to be dose-dependent and WELLBUTRIN was reintroduced to the market in 1989 with a maximum recommended dose of 450 mg per day. In 2006, WELLBUTRIN was the fourth most prescribed antidepressant in the United States.
However, due to its anticonvulsant properties, stopping WELLBUTRIN should be done with a gradual dose reduction (also known as tapering), combined with specific nutritional products to support the body and the brain during the withdrawal process.
WELLBUTRIN depletes the body of essential vitamins, minerals, and Glutathione (the body’s master antioxidant), and alters Melatonin production, which is critical for normal sleep patterns. Glutathione is essential for a healthy immune system and the detoxification process. Low Glutathione levels are associated with immune and liver dysfunction, cardiac disease and premature aging. Dr. Jimmy Gutman describes Glutathione as “Food for the Immune System.” Replenishing the body of critical Glutathione levels not only to help improve immune function, but also allows the body to detoxify naturally.
WELLBUTRIN Side Effects May Include:
Abdominal pain (Wellbutrin SR), agitation, anxiety (Wellbutrin SR), constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, excessive sweating, headache, loss of appetite (Wellbutrin SR), nausea, palpitations (Wellbutrin SR), vomiting, skin rash, sleep disturbances, sore throat (Wellbutrin SR), tremor, Acne, allergic reactions (severe), bed-wetting, blisters in the mouth and eyes (Stevens-Johnson syndrome), blurred vision, breathing difficulty, chest pain, chills, complete or almost complete loss of movement, confusion, dry skin, episodes of over-activity, elation, or irritability, extreme calmness, fatigue, fever, fluid retention, flu-like symptoms, gum irritation and inflammation, hair color changes, hair loss, hives, impotence, incoordination and clumsiness, indigestion, itching, increased libido, menstrual complaints, mood instability, muscle rigidity, painful ejaculation, painful erection, retarded ejaculation, ringing in the ears, sexual dysfunction, suicidal ideation, thirst disturbances, tooth ache, urinary disturbances, weight gain or loss.
WELLBUTRIN Withdrawal Symptoms May Include:
aggression, anxiety, balance issues , blurred vision , brain zaps, concentration impairment, constipation, crying spells, depersonalization, diarrhea, dizziness. electric shock sensations, fatigue, flatulence, flu-like symptoms, hallucinations, hostility, highly emotional, indigestion, irritability, impaired speech, insomnia, jumpy nerves, lack of coordination, lethargy, migraine headaches / increased headaches, nausea, nervousness, over-reacting to situations, paranoia, repetitive thoughts or songs, sensory & sleep disturbances, severe internal restlessness (akathasia), stomach cramps, tremors, tinnitus (ear ringing or buzzing), tingling sensations, troubling thoughts, visual hallucinations / illusions, vivid dreams, speech visual changes, worsened depression.
Patient Feedback on Side Effects:
- “Sweating, feeling very “out of body” and like my arms are made of lead. Can’t concentrate. Am probably going to stop taking this medication.”
- “swelling of hands, feet, ankles, legs, muscle pain in hands and knees and long term health effects”
- “jitters, stomach pains, insomnia, spacing out, lack of focus, dizziness, vivid dreams, agitation”
- “Angry and Hostile! I felt like I was going to explode and I felt like a hothead and control freak.”
- “After de-tox in hospital my doctor put me on Wellbutrin XL, 150 mg. Everything was going great for 4 weeks then, boom, I went into anaphylactic shock. I blew up like a balloon…You should have seen my lips and eyes. Worse than any heavyweight bout!! Rash all over. Ambulanced to ER. Doctor’s tried everything to no avail. They DID NOT KNOW WHAT I WAS ALLERGIC TO. They kept telling me it was a seafood reaction. I kept telling them NO. Finally a specialist came in and since he had seen it before, knew it was Wellbutrin right off. I was in the hospital about 10 days to get it controlled. So if this happens to you, you will know it might be Wellbutrin XL.”
- “Irritability, increased depression, dryness of the mouth, night sweats, hot flashes (I’m male), hand tremors, light-headedness, high-blood pressure. All but high-blood pressure (now take medication for hypertention) and dry-mouth have disappeared.”
- “brain foginess – someone could say something to me and it sounded like a different language – anxiety and a bit of extra hair loss, vivid dreams and trouble staying asleep.”
- “Clenching jaw, tension, headache, increased irritability, constipation, dry mouth, tremors–especially after exercise, dizzy and weak spells, decreased sensitivity during sex.”
You are encouraged to report all adverse side effects to http://www.fda.gov.
Learn how to taper off Wellubtrin safely by visiting http://www.pointofreturn.com. It involves self-administered supplements. If you feel you need professional help tapering off see one of the other Detox links in the right-hand navigation panel.