Mixing Alcohol and Wellbutrin
With almost any medicine someone takes, there can be things to ensure you’re aware of, and also interactions and side effects of mixing it with other substances. A medicine that’s often prescribed to people is called Wellbutrin.
Wellbutrin is the brand name of the generic bupropion, and it’s sold under other names as well including Budeprion and Zyban. It’s used primarily for the treatment of depression.
So what about alcohol and Wellbutrin? What are the interactions and side effects of mixing alcohol and Wellbutrin? They’re discussed below, as are some general things to know about Wellbutrin.
Unlike what happens when someone takes serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), when they take Wellbutrin it acts on the brain differently, and it’s often used in people who haven’t responded well to SSRIs. Wellbutrin is also less likely than most other commonly prescribed SSRIs to cause weight gain or sexual dysfunction.
Wellbutrin is classified as a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI).
It can be prescribed for people with major depressive disorder who aren’t responding completely to SSRIs, and it can be used as an additional depression medicine. It can also help prevent some of the sexual dysfunction that occurs when people use many other antidepressants.
Some of the more common side effects of Wellbutrin include restlessness, dizziness, anxiety, trembling, irregular heartbeat, dry mouth and increased sweating. Symptoms can also include shortness of breath, and sleep problems.
Less common possible side effects include blurry vision, severe headaches, tiredness, increased urination and a general feeling of being unwell. Rare side effects can include seizures, concentration problems, confusion, distrust, hallucinations, anger, and aggression.
Wellbutrin may also make it more likely that someone predisposed to having seizures would have one while on the medicine. For that reason, people with epilepsy or people going through benzodiazepine or alcohol withdrawal shouldn’t take it.
There are other interactions possible with Wellbutrin as well. For example, if you take an MAO like Marplan or Nardil, you should let your doctor know and should avoid Wellbutrin because it can lead to severe side effects like elevated blood pressure and body temperature.
So, what about alcohol and Wellbutrin? What are the interactions and side effects of mixing alcohol and Wellbutrin?
Mixing alcohol and Wellbutrin can also put users at a higher risk of blacking out, nausea, vomiting, and seizures. People mixing alcohol and Wellbutrin may experience impaired judgment and thinking, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts.
In some people mixing alcohol and Wellbutrin leads to a lower tolerance for the alcohol, so they may become very intoxicated very quickly. This could increase the likelihood of alcohol poisoning.
There’s something else to consider if you’re wondering about the interactions and side effects of mixing alcohol and Wellbutrin, and this is the effect alcohol can have on your underlying condition.
Wellbutrin is used for the treatment of depression, and drinking can cause symptoms of depression to appear or worsen. Many people will turn to alcohol as a way to self-medicate conditions like depression or anxiety, and ultimately it makes their condition worse. If you’re being treated with
Wellbutrin to help your symptoms of depression and then you’re regularly drinking, it may make it harder to treat your depression.
If you are going to combine alcohol and Wellbutrin, you should speak to your doctor first and get his or her advice. You should also make sure that you keep close tabs on how much you’re drinking.
There’s also an increased risk of seizures when you combine alcohol and Wellbutrin, and people being treated for depression are advised not to drink or to limit their intake because it can make their underlying symptoms more difficult to treat.
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