Since Wellbutrin is a stimulant, Wellbutrin side effects are similar to those of other stimulants such as caffeine.
Common Wellbutrin side effects include decreased appetite, irritability, and insomnia.
What Is Wellbutrin?
Wellbutrin (generic name: Bupropion) is a prescription medication that is used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and another conditions.
For those with multiple conditions or dual disorders such as suffering from depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, an antidepressant is often part of the treatment protocol.
In addition, since Wellbutrin acts as a stimulant it is similar to stimulant-based ADHD medications such as Ritalin.
Another common side effect of any stimulant. Take the medication with meals or eat smaller, more frequent meals.
Sometimes sleep disturbances are due to ADHD, not the medication. Therefore, it is a good idea to take a sleep history before starting taking any stimulants. If sleep disturbances are due to the medication, there are several options such as adjusting dosages and medication times.
This is a common side effect of all stimulants, and there is a strong link between Wellbutrin and weight loss because it decreases appetite and speeds up metabolism. If it continues to be problematic, dosages and medication times can be adjusted. Often a large breakfast, small lunch and large supper can do the trick. Or a late evening snack can also help.
The Shakes Or "Jitters"
Ever consumed too much caffeine? Like all stimulants, Wellbutrin produces the jitters and the shakes. To avoid this try eliminating all caffeine and other stimulants. A small dose of a beta-blocker (a type of blood pressure medication) can block tremors, shakes and jitters. Be sure to eat regular meals and ingest some food.
Irritability may be due to ADHD but if it is due to the medication the dosage may be altered or another ADHD medication could be substituted.
Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, particularly in children, teens, and young adults. As a result, it is important to track your moods while taking any antidepressant. If you experience any thoughts of self-harm while taking Wellbutrin, inform your doctor immediately. For more information, read this important warning about antidepressants and suicide.
There may be a link between taking antidepressants during pregnancy and possible birth defects and other health problems in newborns. For more information, read this important warning about antidepressants and pregnancy.
Due to risk of seizures, avoid mixing this medication with alcohol. Also, since alcohol is a depressant it should not be consumed by those who already suffer from clinical depression. Alcohol merely worsens depressive symptoms. Also, both substances inhibit users' ability to drive and operate heavy machinery. For more information, read this important warning about antidepressants and alcohol.
It is not recommended for use in children since the side effects of this medication in children under 18 are not fully known. Report all side effects to your prescribing doctor.
If you experience any severe or unusual reactions seek immediate medical attention. Once your symptoms have been stabilized, notify your prescribing doctor and schedule a follow up appointment.